Dr. Mary Ogilvie (center) with Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., President of CBU, and Maria Lensing, (’01, MSEM ’07) CBU Alumni Board President.
Congratulations to Dr. Mary Ogilvie, Professor of Biology! She received the Teaching Excellence Award at the Bell Tower Gala on November 14. Dr. Ogilvie has taught in the biology department since 1991 and currently teaches Principles of Biology I and II, Biology Seminar, Immunology and Cell/Molecular Biology lecture and lab.
Dr. James Moore, Associate Professor of Biology, has a paper accepted for publication: Trout Fryxell RT, J.E. Moore, M.D. Collins, Y. Kwon, S. Jean-Philippe, S.M. Schaeffer, A. Odoi, M.L. Kennedy, A.E. Houston. ACCEPTED. Habitat and vegetation variables are not enough when predicting tick populations in the southeastern United States. PLOS One.
Dr. Ogilvie and some students cleaning up at McKellar Lake
As part of the September of Service, approximately 25 Tri Beta people showed up. They picked up trash along McKellar Lake which is an area that is a spillway for the river when it gets high. At one time several years ago it was considered one of the most polluted areas of the country. Since then, events like McKellar Clean Up Day have tremendously decreased the amount of trash and debris in the area.
Student Members of the Society of Physics Students (SPS)
As a welcome back after a well-deserved break, students and alumni from the Schools of Engineering and Sciences came together for food, fellowship, and professional networking at the 1st Annual STEM Alumni & Student Networking Cookout on November 4 at Nolan Field. It was hosted by the CBU student chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Mathematical Association of America, Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Physics Students, Tau Beta Pi, and Theta Tau.
Students who participated in the Mock interview.
On October 8th, in the Cooper-Wilson student lounge, the Annual Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor’s Society Mock Interviews were held. This mock interview was open to all students to help them get an understanding of how it is to apply to graduate school and jobs.
Beta Beta Beta, the Biological Honors Society(Tri Beta), has implemented a tutoring system for the freshman and sophomore level courses offered at CBU. The reason Tri Beta has started offering tutoring is because we found that many of our students in the sciences were having problems comprehending the material presented to them and therefore we as an organization came together and decided to provide a service for our students to excel in the biological sciences. Tri Beta does a lot of charity and community service, but, until recently, has not been as focused on the educational aspect of being an honor society; therefore we felt that by offering tutoring to our students we would grow in that aspect. The Educations Chair of Tri Beta, Juan Mejia, along with co-Vice President, John Buttross, organized the ‘when, where, and how’ of the tutoring system as well as organized who the tutors would be based on professor approval and proficiency in the courses. The tutors are as follows: John Buttross, Juan Mejia, Miranda Anderson, Prakruthi Phaniraj, Saehymn Oh, Sagar Keriwala, Solomon Shoukouh-amiri. The tutoring is taking place in the Tri-Beta/Pre-Health room in Assisi Hall, AH 114. The schedule is below and is posted outside of the tutoring room. With tests coming up as well as getting close to the end of the semester, this should be a resource you take full advantage of. We hope you guys find this available tutoring useful and wish you the best of luck in your studies!
Schedule (as of 6 Nov 2015)
9:00-11:00 am MWF : Juan and Sagar
2:00-3:30 pm MW: Solomon
2:00-3:30 pm Fri: Miranda
3:30-4:30 pm Fri: John B.
12:30-2:30 pm Tues.: Saehymn
1:45-3:45 pm Thurs: Saehymn
5:00-7:00 pm Tues, Wed, Thurs: Juan
Students managing the Bowling for Uganda event.
On Saturday, November 7, Beta Beta Beta, Honorary Biology Society, held its annual event, Bowling for Uganda, at Billy Hardwick’s Bowling Alley. The group successfully raised $1,200 for the Ishaka Health Plan, a public health initiative in Uganda. Individual winners were Nathan Sanford for Best Male Bowler and Meghan Hutton for Best Female Bowler. In team competition, first place winners were Team TKE (Connor Meeks, Trey Gillenwater, Clark Sawyers, Ben Kueter, and Jacob Knight). In second place, was Team Frisky Faculty consisting of: University President, Dr. John Smarelli, Ms. Kristina Smarelli, Dr. Serge Salan (Math/CS), Mr. Mark Kelly, and Dr. Jing Wang (Math). Third place winners belonged to Team MAA and included: Nathan Sanford, Luke Wade, Shannon Little, Olivia Koonce, and Ali Crisp. Thanks to those who organized the event, i.e., Clare Sauser, Natural Science 2018, Ben Kueter, Biochemistry 2018, and Katelyn Wilson, Biology 2018, and to all who participated.
Dustin Higgins, Biomedical Science 2017, is shown wearing the official T-Shirt of the Undergraduate Program of the 2015 SERMACS-SWRM meeting. The T-Shirt was designed by Jennie (Thuy-Anh) Phan, Biochemistry 2016. Dustin helped with many tasks at the meeting, including registration and the Chemistry College Bowl.
The Memphis Section of the American Chemical Society hosted the 71st Southwest and 67th Southeastern Combined Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (2015 SERMACS-SWRM) that was held in Memphis, Tennessee November 4-7, 2015. Dr. Dennis Merat, CBU Associate Professor of Chemistry, was the General Chair for the meeting in overall charge of the planning and running of the meeting. Over 1190 abstracts were submitted for paper and poster presentations with a meeting attendance of approximately 1,500 people. The meeting included a number of workshops, symposia, and poster sessions, as well as an Undergraduate Program, a High School Teachers’ Program, and a variety of social events. One of the highlights of the meeting was the Thursday night performance of Country –Rock music by Ben Bradford, CBU Biology alum, a rising country music star in Nashville.
Pictured from left to right are Jennie (Thuy-Anh) Phan, Biochemistry 2016 , Janice Nguyen, Biochemistry 2016, and Thomas Summers, Biochemistry 2016. All 3 helped with many tasks at the 2015 SERMACS-SWRM meeting, including assisting with registration and placing signs in front of meeting rooms.
The CBU Student Members of the American Chemical Society (CBU SMACS) played an important role in the 2015 SERMACS-SWRM meeting by hosting the Undergraduate Program. The CBU SMACS club received a $2,600 grant from the Undergraduate Programming Office of the American Chemical Society for planning activities and helping to oversee the running of this program. Undergraduate activities at the meeting included an Undergraduate Mixer and Dinner, CheMagic Show, a Demomania competition, and a College Chemistry Bowl. The College Chemistry Bowl involved a series of matches with 2 teams of students competing with one another to answer questions from Physical, Organic, Biological, Inorganic, and Analytical Chemistry. Thomas Summers, Biochemistry 2016, prepared all of the questions for the College Chemistry Bowl; and both he and Dustin Higgins, Biomedical Science 2017, ran all of the individual matches between rival SMACS clubs from Universities across the Southeast and Southwest. A number of students from the CBU SMACS club also assisted with Registration and changing signs and numbers. The following CBU students helped with registration and other tasks at the 2015 SERMACS-SWRM meeting: Courtney Banks, Kiva Burt, Abraham (Hsuan-Hsin) Lin, Maribel Lopez Mata, Rhemrose Sabio, Devam Zalawadia, and Paula Zeballos.
CBU alums and additional chemistry faculty also participated in the 2015 SERMACS-SWRM meeting. Analice Sowell, Chemistry 2001 & MAT 2005, was the Chair of the High School Chemistry Teachers’ Program and of the Southern Chemist Award Committee. Dr. John Young, Associate Professor of Chemistry, chaired a Biomolecular NMR Symposia. Dr. William Peer and Dr. Anthony Trimboli, Associate Professors of Chemistry, assisted with registration and judging of Undergraduate sessions. CBU alums Christine Nguyen, Biochemistry 2014, Kevin Liao, Biochemistry 2014, and Parth Thakor assisted with a number of tasks, including registration.
Christian Lyons and Tiffany Rice presented posters at the 2015 SERMACS-SWRM meeting. The title of Christian’s poster was “Synthesis of Isoquinoline Derived Pentadentate Ligands”; coauthors on the poster included R. Mattapalli, K. Driskill, K. Knight, and X. Zhao. The title of Tiffany’s poster was “Synthesis of Nitrogen-rich Ligands and Cobalt Complexes for Hydrogen Production”; coauthors on the poster included S.R. Powers, Y. Gueye, and X. Zhao. Christian and Tiffany performed their research in the laboratory of Dr. Xuan Zhao in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.
On November 12, at the invitation of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS), Dr. William J. Busler, Professor Emeritus, CBU Department of Chemistry, gave the first of a two part guest lecture series on THE MESSAGE OF STARLIGHT. The title of his talk was “Without Spectroscopy, Astronomers Would Know Very Little About the Universe”. Dr. Busler traced the history of astronomical spectroscopy and elucidated the principles upon which it is based. Part 2 of the series will be on November 19 – see the Upcoming Events section of the newsletter.
Trivia Night Winners with the trophy.
The CBU Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter hosted the Fourth Annual Science Trivia Contest on Thursday, November 12. Teams tried to come up with the correct answers to questions dealing with biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and other miscellaneous scientific topics. The first place team, shown holding the coveted “Science Genius” trophy, consisted of Hunter Gore (University of Memphis), Jordan Meyer (Rhodes College), and Edo Draetta (Rhodes College).
Luke Wade and Ali Crisp, the 2nd place winners of the Trivia Contest.
The second place team consisted of Luke Wade and Ali Crisp (both from CBU). It was a close contest that came down to the last question. Congratulations to all the teams that competed!
On November 13, Beta Beta Beta had a behind the scenes tour of the Herpetarium at the Memphis Zoo.
JD Price, CBU Nursing Student, Dr. Florence Jones VP and Chief Nursing Officer of Methodist North Hospital and Laura Scott, CBU Nursing Student.
Laura Scott was a recipient of the Tennessee Nurses Foundation Board – Edna Mason Memorial TNA Annual Conference Scholarship. She earned a scholarship to attend the TNA Annual Meeting in October 2015.