Society of Physics Students Named a National Distinguished Chapter

The CBU Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was named a Distinguished Chapter by the SPS National Office for the 2017-18 academic year.  This special designation recognizes the different events and activities that the chapter sponsored such as the solar eclipse viewing party and the annual science trivia contest.  Ali Crisp (Physics ’18) served as chapter president and authored the annual report sent to the SPS National Office.  Dr. Ted Clarke (Physics) serves as the SPS faculty advisor.

CBU Sciences Grads Making a Difference


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Leah Allen (former employee and friend of the CBU School of Sciences), recently wrote to several faculty members in our School. With her permission, I share what she wrote:

Hope this finds you all well and about to wind up the semester.  I wanted to brag a bit on some of the SOS Alumni.  I recently had a total knee replacement (one month ago today) and have been going to rehab 3 times weekly since the 4th day after my surgery. Kathleen Nelson Goldberg (CBU Sciences Alum) at Rehab Etc. has been instrumental in my recovery.  I just can’t say enough about this outstanding young woman.  There are other CBU/SOS alumni working there, and they are all awesome.  Kathleen has worked with me patiently, tirelessly, and shown such talent, grace, and love for what she does, I just had to let you all know how proud you should be.  Thank you all for the work and knowledge you have poured into these remarkable young people.  I have personally benefited from your diligent teaching.  I appreciate you and them more than words can express. I think of you all often, and wish you all the happiest of holidays, and a blessed 2019!


News from Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society

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Hsuan-Hsin ‘Abraham’ Lin (current Treasurer of CBU’s Mu Tau Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society), reports:

Great news! Thanks to the approval and support from CBU School of Sciences and Biology Department, Tri-Beta is glad to announce that the brand NEW phone charging station is now serving for ALL students in Tri-Beta/Pre-Health Room (Assisi Hall 114)!

Congratulations Lyndsey Pierson

Lyndsey_Pierson_AWe are pleased to announce that on December 16, 2018, Lyndsey M. Pierson will be graduating with her Ph.D. from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Memphis. Lyndsey (who has previously taught at CBU as an adjunct instructor) will be joining the CBU faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology starting January 2019. Dr. Pierson will be teaching the upper division Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and the Principles II courses.

Featured in the photo with Lyndsey is a vole. Her academic research focuses on the impact of phytoestrogens on the behaviors of voles. Prior to her Ph.D. work in Memphis, Lydnsey received a BS in Biology from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

Society of Physics Students (SPS) @ Holmes Road Elementary Science Night

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Members of the CBU chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) were special guests for Science Night at Holmes Road Elementary School.  The event was organized by Ms. Jacqueline Mask, a fourth-grade science teacher at the school.  Members demonstrated various physics phenomena to students and their families.  The first photo shows, left to right, SPS members Rachel Stephens (Physics ’20), Donal Newsome (Physics ’20), and physics professors Dr. Greg Vieira and Dr. Ted Clarke.  Dr. John Varriano also attended the event.  The second photo shows Dr. Vieira demonstrating a Tesla coil.  The hour-long event was loads of fun and SPS members are looking forward to participating in the next Science Night.

New Electron Spin Resonance Equipment for Physics Laboratory

physics_labPhysics majors Rachel Stephens (Physics ‘20) and Donal Newsome (Physics ‘20) show off some new equipment for an electron spin resonance experiment that they will perform when they take their Advanced Physics Laboratory (PHYS 452) course next year.  Dr. John Varriano (Chair and Professor of Physics) was awarded an equipment grant from the Johnathon F. Reichert Foundation to aid in the purchase of the equipment.  Dr. Varriano received training for the experiment at an immersion workshop that he attended at the University of Chicago in July 2018.  The workshop was sponsored by the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association (ALPhA), an organization devoted to helping faculty and staff who are involved in advanced physics laboratory instruction.  The Reichert Foundation offers equipment grants to ALPhA workshop attendees to help physics departments upgrade their advanced lab courses.  The remaining cost of the equipment was covered by funds donated to the School of Sciences general fund by our generous donors.


CBU Students Intern at Medtronic – Summer 2018



CBU students Jessica Morrison (Chemical Engineering 2021) and Heidi Stonecipher (Biology 2021) are interning at Medtronic in the summer of 2018.



As part of their internship they had hands on experience in the Cadaver Lab. This included learning how to insert screws into the thoracic spine to correct spinal instability.

CBU Chemistry Students Attend Undergraduate Research Conference

Alan Cecil (B.S. Chemistry), Liam O’Donnell (B.S. Biochemistry), Parth Thakore (B.S. Biochemistry), and Saehymn Oh (B.S. Biochemistry)

Alan Cecil (B.S. Chemistry), Liam O’Donnell (B.S. Biochemistry), Parth Thakore (B.S. Biochemistry), and Saehymn Oh (B.S. Biochemistry)


Four CBU students attended the 50th Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Mississippi on February 3rd, 2018.

Parth Thakore received the overall second place award for oral presentation of his undergraduate research project.

St. Agnes Academy Visitors

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, David Tran (Chemistry 2005) brought his students from St. Agnes Academy to visit CBU’s Physician Assistant Clinical Simulation facility. Cheryl Scott, Director of Clinical Simulation, demonstrated several clinical skills and the equipment in our labs. Also assisting with the visit was Dr. Christina Brown Tran, M.D. (Chemistry 2006).

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