Dr. Raena King, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, had her baby girl, Lily Elizabeth, on March 23 at 11:20 AM. She weighed 7 lb. 13 oz.
Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology, had a paper accepted for publication:
Type-specific Photoreceptor Loss in Pigeons after Disruption of Parasympathetic Control of Choroidal Blood Flow by the Medial Subdivision of the Nucleus of Edinger-Westphal, by A Reiner, TT Wong, C.C. Nazor and N. Del Mar, and M.E. C. Fitzgerald has been accepted to Visual Neuroscience. Ting Wong, Biology 2010, and Carter Nazor, Biology 2008, are both CBU grads and worked on the project. Dr. Nazor is currently a neurology resident at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Ting Wong graduated from pharmacy school and is studying for the board exam while working part time in Dr. Reiner’s laboratory.
Madison Cobb, Biology 2016, has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s accelerated nursing program.
Alma Godoy Biology 2016, has been accepted to the Doctorate in Physical Therapy program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Nuti Desai, Biochemistry 2017, has been accepted into the 2016 Summer Research Scholars Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
Christian Lyons, Chemistry 2016, has been accepted into the Fall 2016 entering class of the School of Pharmacy at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
On March 25th and 26th , Becky Wauford, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering 2016, attended the Southeast Section of the Mathematical Association of America in Birmingham, AL., where she presented her poster “Literally the Worst: An Analysis of a Modified Game of Chutes and Ladders.”
Christian Lyons, Chemistry 2016, Tiffany Rice, Chemistry 2016, and Thomas J. Summers, Biochemistry 2016, presented research papers at the Rhodes College 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference on February 20. The title of Christian’s talk was “Synthesis of Isoquinoline Derived Pentadentate Ligands”, and this research was performed under the direction of Dr. Xuan Zhao at The University of Memphis. The title of Tiffany’s talk was “Synthesis of Nitrogen-Rich Ligands and Cobalt Complexes for Hydrogen Production”, and this research was also performed under the direction of Dr. Xuan Zhao at The University of Memphis. The title of Thomas’ talk was “Computational Examination of the Energetics of Biphenyl Dihedral Rotation within a Modified Threonyl-Transfer RNA Synthetase”, and this research was performed under the direction of Dr. Nathan DeYonker at The University of Memphis.
On February 17, the Society of Physics Students hosted a STEM game night.
On February 18, the Mu Tau chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society welcomed new full and associate members. Several friends, faculty, and family members were present to witness this induction which was followed by refreshments. The names of the full members are: Andrea Campos,Sam Elkhayyat, Olivia Evans, John Gillenwater, Richard Grambergs, Ben Kueter, Saehymn Oh, Elizabeth Parr, Prakruthi Phaniraj, Hozyer Saeed, Lance Silvis, and Devam Zalawadia. The names of the new associate members are: Diana Abu-Obeid, Jamila Ahmad, Chanteal Boyd, Ashley Cavalier, Jazmin Castillo, Jerika Chambers, Brittany Nicole Crawford, Jennifer Davis, Daria Dyer, Gil Erwin, Christopher Feldmayer, Jeremy Goodwin, Jhakalin Kimmons, Peter William Kinsella III, Stephanie Lara-Montiel, Abraham Lin, Maribel Lopez Mata, Michael Mendez, Ragan Victoria Morton, Hung Nguyen, Janie Huong Nguyen, Daniel Orleans-Lindsey, Courtney Pendergrass, Fernando Salazar, Hannah Schideler, Kennedy Simmons, Logan Stewart, Alexandra Wakefield, Antoinette Wilson, and Lily Wong. A big thanks goes to John Buttross, Lauren Jeu, and Thomas Summers for coordinating the event.
The Regional Science Olympiad was held at CBU on Saturday, February 27, this year. Dr. Andrew Diener, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, is the Director. We had eight registered High School teams and nine registered Middle School teams. The participating schools were: Arlington High School (2 teams), Collegiate School of Memphis, Collierville, Southwind High School (2 teams) and White Station High School (2 teams) in the upper division, Bellevue Middle School, Collegiate School of Memphis, Memphis School of Excellence, NSA Homeschool, Kate Bond Middle School, Ridgeway Middle School, and White Station Middle School (2 teams). Lausanne Middle School registered but withdrew before the day of the competition.
The competition consisted of 23 different events for High School and 23 for Middle School. These events range from theoretical subjects like astronomy to applied engineering and construction. In the more theoretical events the students take written exams. In the more applied events students do things like test a bridge they have constructed for its weight bearing capacity or launch a projectile at a target.
This year we had 109 high school students participating and 76 middle school students. This was a record number at the middle school level and very near the record (last year we had 111) for the high school students. This year the CBU Regional had two invitations for high schools to go to the state tournament and three invitations for middle school. White Station High school placed first and Southwind High placed second, though there was a virtual tie between Arlington, Collierville and Southwind, with Southwind winning the tie breaker. At the middle school level White Station Middle won first place, the homeschoolers were second, and Memphis School of Excellence won third. So these were the teams invited to the State Tournament in Knoxville.
Throughout the week of March 14th, Beta Beta Beta (Honors Biology Society) partnered with Campus Ministry to help the homeless around Memphis. Members of Tri Beta and friends donated various items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, hand sanitizer, band aids, body wash, and more. As a result, nine bags full of items were collected. At the end of the week, Tri Beta members gave the bags to the homeless on the streets of downtown Memphis. Responses from the recipients were very positive. It was a learning experience for everyone involved and definitely a start of a great tradition for Tri Beta. The opportunity to work with Campus Ministry in such a way serves as another reminder of the Lasallian mission that CBU proudly stands for.
On March 19, the Department of Chemistry and CBU Student Members of the American Chemical Society co-hosted the 2016 Local Exam for the Chemistry Olympiad and the 2016 Memphis Section of the American Chemical Society High School Competitive Examination. Participating high schools included: Arlington High School, Bartlett High School, Bolton High School, Collierville High School, Germantown High School, Middle College High School, Memphis University School, Pleasant View School, and Saint Benedict at Auburndale.
On March 30, Beta Beta Beta held its annual Trivia Night benefiting the Church Health Center. Seven teams across campus tested their wits to see who really knew the most about sports, entertainment, science, science fiction, history, and random facts. First place went to members of TKE Fraternity and second place went to members of the CBU Honors Program. However, the true winner of the night was the Church Health Center. Tri-Beta raised a little over $200. Thanks to Nirali Patel, Thomas Summers, Lauren Jeu, and John B. Buttross for coordinating an event that challenged the little gray cells.
On April 2, Rhodes College hosted the Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Meeting this year. The keynote speaker was Dr. Rachel Jabaily, a Rhodes faculty member. Her topic was: “What’s in a name? Using molecular systematics to recognize new genera in Goodenia s.l., a clade of charismatic Australian wildflowers”. Eighteen students gave oral presentations and twenty students gave poster presentations.
The CBU biology students that gave oral presentations were: Biology section: Alma Godoy, Rachel Depperschmidt, Katherine Robinson, Ryan Tomlinson. Health and Medical Science: Madison Cobb, Ben Tansey, Chelsea Casaccia, Chandler Martin, Ellie Vo, Joe Krebs and Miranda Anderson. Student poster section participants were Austyn Harriman, Megan Moiser, and Kelly Gaines. Lynda Miller, Biology Lab Coordinator and Adjunct Biology Instructor, was co-author on the poster. Dr. James Moore, Associate Professor of Biology, and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology, also co-authored student presentations.
Best Paper awards were given: Katherine Robinson won first place in the biology section with her paper entitled “The effect of nephrotoxic drugs on fetal mesangial cell survival.” Coauthors: T. A. John, H. Soni, Randal K. Buddington and A. Adebiyi. Chelsea Casaccia won first place in Health and Medical Science with her paper entitled “Anxiolytic effects by modulation of GABAa receptors in the basolateral amygdala. “Her coauthors were Y. Gao, and S. Heldt. Madison Cobb won second place with her paper entitled “Common motor phenotypes in mouse models of dystonia.” Her coauthors were J. Xiao, and M.S. LeDoux. All three students conducted their summer thesis research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Pharmacology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Neurology respectively. Katie participated in the Summer Research Scholars program and Chelsea received the Crane Vision fellowship. Katherine will start medical school the August at UTHSC and will get married in June. Chelsea will start optometry school in August at NOVA in Florida.
On April 5 and 14, the CBU Student Members of the American Chemical Society and the School of Science co-hosted the first 2 sessions of 2016 Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair. The Fair annually hosts a total of 250 to 300 middle school and high school science and engineering projects presented by approximately 260 to 330 total students from across Shelby County. This Fair is a regional Fair affiliated with the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair; and the high school winner of this Fair will go on to represent Shelby County at the International Fair that will be held in Phoenix, Arizona May 8-13, 2016. The top scoring 10% of the middle school participants are eligible to enter the national Broadcom Masters Competition to compete for a grand prize of $25,000. For more information, please contact Dr. Dennis Merat at email@example.com. See Upcoming Events for an image and information about the last two sessions of the fair.
On April 7-10, five CBU students and the two faculty sponsors traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Alpha Chi National Convention. The students were: Chandler Martin (president), Breeana Nikaido (VP), Carly Geis, Abigail Lockard, and Andrea Perez Munoz. Faculty sponsors were Dr. Randal Price, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology, who served as judges in computer science and health science respectively. Alpha Chi is an interdisciplinary honor society that represents the top 10% in the senior and junior class at each participating institution. There are over 300 chapters that are divided up into seven regions. CBU is in Region III, which is the SE USA. Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald has served as the president for the past two years and VP prior to that. Over 500 students attended the conference held in the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center outside of Washington, D.C.
The theme of this year’s convention was Transcending Boundries and the keynote speaker was Pulitzer-prize winner Sonia Nazario. She discussed her book, Enrique’s Journey, a story of a child’s journey to the US from Central America, just one of many children immigrants that travel unescorted to try and reunite with parents within the US. Students also attended workshops and toured DC and museums as part of the convention activities.
The students presented papers in their disciplines and competed for awards (see titles below). Unfortunately none of the student speakers won an award this year; however, Katherine Robinson had submitted a paper to compete for one of ten national graduate student Benedict Fellowships, named for the first
Alpha Chi president. She won a fellowship and is the second to successfully obtain this honor in the past few years from CBU. Additional winners have been first alternates to the Benedict Fellowships (Johnnie Huddleston in 2015) and undergraduate students have also obtained scholarships and awards from Alpha Chi in previous years. The CBU chapter won a Star chapter award and students are preparing for the Alpha Chi student research poster session that will be help on April 19th in the Thomas Center at CBU. The titles of the student presentations were:
Chandler Martin: “Influence of Voluntary Exercise on Appetite and Obesity in the Paraventricular and Arcuate Nuclei”
Breanna Nikaido: “Code Puzzles”
Carly Geis: “God, evil and suffering”
Abigail Lockard: “The effect of optimism and stress on frustration”.
On April 13, the Society of Physics Students went on a tour of the GE Aviation plant in Batesville, MS., in conjunction with the engineers.
On April 14, Tri-Beta had a guest speaker at their meeting, Captain Coleman, who spoke about the different branches in the military and scholarship opportunities post-graduation.