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[Updated 5 Aug 2013]
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    Cooper-Wilson and Assisi (Photo by Dr. Holmes) September 2008

  • Tuesday, 16 April 2013 
    • 17thAnnual CBU Student Research Poster Session

    • Noon--1:45 pm Sabbatini Lounge, 2nd floor Thomas Center 
    • Dominic Dunn Award Presentation 12:45 pm followed by Engineering Award.
    2013 Research Poster Session
    2013 Poster Session Web page
    2013 Student Research Poster Session
    Thursday, 11 April 2013  CBU School of Sciences Charity Volleyball Game
    6:00 pm Canale Arena Gymnasium. 
    Youth and Vitality?
    Youth & Vitality
    (SOS Students)
    Youth & Vitality   (SOS Students)
    Old Age & Deceit  (SOS Faculty & Staff)
    CHARITY VOLLEYBALL GAME: CBU's biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta (along with the other School of Sciences Student organizations), is hosting the 11th annual Students vs. Faculty Charity Volleyball Game. Youth and Vitality (Tri-Beta, ACS, and other Sciences students) will take on Old Age and Deceit (Sciences faculty, alumni, and various "ringers") on Thursday (April 11) at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. All proceeds will go to the Church Health Center. Lots of prizes will be raffled, and admission is free! 
    Old Age and Deceit?
    Old Age & Deceit
    (SOS Faculty)
    2013 Faculty Team
    2013 Student Team
  • Saturday, 6 April 2013    Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Meeting.  CBUAssisi Hall 8:30 am Link to 2009 CBU at TAS page
    • The 2013 TAS meeting was hosted by Christian Brothers University, Memphis. 
    • Complete 2013 TAS PROGRAM  (pdf) The program includes the Schedule of Events, Abstracts and the room/time for each oral presentation.
    • CBU's 2013 TAS webpage shows the meeting schedule, a link to the program, and a grid showing the oral presentations schedule. 

    • 2013 TAS meeting2013 TAS meeting
    • The West Tennessee Academy of Science Collegiate Division of TAS rotates through colleges and universities in West Tennessee. The meeting will be Saturday, 6 April 2013 at Christian Brothers University. 
      • Registration is at 8:30 am in the Assisi Foyer. Students may present in either a poster or oral (power-point) format, but are encouraged to do an oral presentation. 
    • The Abstracts deadline was 15 March 2013. These abstracts should not exceed 150 words. Abstracts can be submitted in any discipline of science, engineering and behavioral science. Student papers will be judged in each session and best paper awards will be given. There may be a registration fee (about $10.00 per attendee) to help defray costs; registration usually includes lunch for one person. 
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2013  Biology Seminar Junior Poster Session 

  • 12:30-1:50 pm  CW 105
    • Pairs of students in Dr. Ogilvie's Biology Seminar course presented posters on a paper of their choice from the primary literature.   
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    2013 Junior Poster Session2013 Junior Poster Session
    2013 Junior Poster Session2013 Junior Poster Session
  • Wednesday, 20 February 2013    Annual Beta Beta Beta Induction  6:00 pm Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall
  • Photos from the February 2013 Beta Beta Beta Induction are on the Tri-Beta facebok page (and here)
  • Some of the new members at the Feb 2013 Induction
    Beta Beta Beta at CBU
    beta beta beta is a national biology honor society for undergraduates.
    "Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research."
  • 12 February Darwin's Birthday (12 Feb. 1809)
  • Cake at the 2007 Darwin's Birthday celebration.  (Link to 2007 photos)
    Galapagos finches pictured on the 2007 cake:  Left: Tower (Genovesa) Is.  Sharp-beaked ground finch (female), Geospiza difficilis, on Opuntia flower. Middle: Cactus ground finch, Geospiza scandens, on Opuntia.  Right: Santa Cruz Is.  Small tree finch, Camarhynchus parvulus. Dr. Ross's Galapagos photos of finches
  • Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England on February 12, 1809. 
  • The complete works of 
    Charles Darwin online
  • Monday, 7 January 2013 
  • First Day of Spring Semester Classes
  • Check the updated room assignment for your courses:  online course schedule
    • Many science labs do meet the first week of classes.  Check with your professor. 
    Final Exam Schedule for Fall 2012:  Monday-Friday, 10-14 December
    • The final exam schedule for the fall term for day classes is available online. 
    • Exams will be held in the room where the class normally meets unless a specific room is noted.
    • First, look in the "Exam Groups" for your course number and section.  If you do not find a listing for your specific course, then look for the time your class met during the semester.  Exam dates are listed along the top row and Exam times are listed down the left column. 
  • Tuesday,  4 Dec. 2012   Beta Beta Beta  and ACS Christmas Dinner 
  • 6:00 pm in Sabbatini (Thomas Center, 2nd floor)
    • We will eat, sing Christmas carols, and have a fun time. 
    • New students are welcome.  You do not have to be an official member of Tri-Beta or ACS to attend this party!
    Link to CBU's BBB web page
  • Thursday -Friday, 22-23 Nov. 2012   Thanksgiving Break
  • IHappy Thanksgiving!
    Friday, 9 Nov. 2012   Beta Beta Beta  Bowling for Uganda  6:00 pm
  • BOWLING FOR UGANDA: The annual Beta Beta Beta Bowl-a-thon for Uganda is Friday evening, 6:00 p.m at Billy Hardwick's Lanes.  The Bowl-a-Thon supports the Hope North Community in Uganda that shelters and educates Ugandans displaced by the war. 
    • Sign up to play by turning in a team sign-up sheet to Dr. Mary Ogilvie  (CW113) by Monday, 5 Nov. 2012. The entrance fee per person is $15 with two sponsors and $20 each without sponsors, and covers the lane, bowling shoes, as well as pizza and drinks for each team.  If you plan on getting sponsors to help cover your entrance fee, a sponsor form is available.  Additional donations are always welcome. 
      • Bowling teams should be 4 or 5 people (no more than 5 per team).  If you don't have a team but still want to participate, don't worry- email Dr. Ogilvie ( and we can assign you to a team. 
      • Bring spouses, friends, and family members for a great time and a great cause.   This will be a fun evening, with raffle prizes and trophies at the end, and we hope to see you there! 
      • 2011 Photos are in an album on TriBeta's Facebook page.
    • Ending Poverty Through Enterprise:  Raising Funds for Hope North, an Internally Displaced People’s Camp in Uganda
      • Hope North is a remote village in Uganda and is commonly referred to as a self-sustainable internally displaced people’s camp, created as the result of a civil war in Uganda. 



  • Thursday, 1 Nov. 2012   Health Career Opportunities Fair at CBU!
    • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Sabbatini Lounge, Thomas Center
    • Arranged to help CBU students find out about graduate programs in health care.  At the annual Health Career Opportunities Fair representatives of health-related graduate programs will be available to answer your questions about their programs.  This event is anchored by the various schools of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, and we expect representatives from the following regional universities. 
    • University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis
      • College of Allied Health Sciences (Cytology, Dental Hygiene, Health Info. Management, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy)
      • College of Dentistry 
      • College of Graduate Health Sciences 
      • College of Medicine 
      • College of Nursing 
      • College of Pharmacy 
    • Southern College of Optometry - Memphis 
    • Christian Brothers University Physician Assistant Program
    • DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine
    • Southern College of Optometry
    • Union University

    • • School of Pharmacy
      • School of Social Work
      • Southern College of Optometry
    • U.S. Army Healthcare Scholarships.
    • William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    In the evening, we will have special presentations for interested students pertaining to the following programs:
      • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, AH 103, starting at 6:00 p.m.
      • DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, AH 122, starting at 6:30 p.m.
      • Christian Brothers University Physician Assistant Program, featuring Jamee Covington and Elizabeth Schriner, two of the students in the entering class, starting at 7:00 p.m.
      • U.S. Army Healthcare Scholarship, room and time TBA
      REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED, and will be available in the BBB/PHP Lounge.  Depending on the turnout, we may combine these evening meetings.
  • For more information contact:  Dr. Stan Eisen (, Pre-professional Health Programs, CBU
  • Wednesday, 31 Oct. 2012.  Halloween
  • Before 31 October...  (specimen, F. Cucurbitaceae)After:  on 31 October.  Happy Halloween!
    27-28 Oct. 2012 Gulf Coast Research Lab field Trip

    Link to CBU's Beta Beta Beta web page

  • Thursday, 27 Sept. 2012  BBB Interview Workshop 6:00 pm in CW 2nd floor lounge
  • The mock interviews will be similar to the interviews conducted when applying for a health career graduate program. 
  • Interviewwes include students interested in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinarian, dental, and physician’s assistant. 
    • Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors students who are applying or planning to apply to professional schools (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary, Optometry, etc.), need to sign up ahead of time for a mock interview.  For more information, contact Dr. Ogilvie (
    • CBU's chapter of Beta Beta Beta will match CBU student interviewees with medical professionals who will conduct one-on-one interviews.
    • Professionals from each field will be in attendance for the interviews.
    • Photos are on TriBeta's Facebook page
    Sept. 2012 BBB Interview Workshop
    27 Sept 2012
    On September 27, 2012, Tri-Beta hosted an evening of mock interviews with medical professionals from the Memphis area. Students interested in pursuing health-related careers met with a professional in their field of interest and were interviewed as though they had applied to a professional school. The goal of the mock interview was to provide the students with insights on how a real interview might be conducted. Many thanks to the medical professionals who participated in the interviews. Thanks also to JD Wolfe and Anna Birg who planned the event.

    The interviewers (many of whom were alums) included:
    Dr. Mark Scott, Physicians Assistant
    Dr. Melissa Hines, MD (2006)
    Dr. Shanna Wall, DVM (2002)
    Dr. Jana Pierini, MD (2002)
    Beth Trouy, Physical therapist (1990)
    Dr. Frank Ramirez, Pharm. D. (2008)
    Dr. Rick Alsobrook, OD.

    The students who were interviewed included:
    Chawan Raheed
    Danielle Frazier
    Anna Birg 
    Hope Gilbertson 
    Lauren D'Surney
    JD Wolf
    Cameron Volpe
    Lydian Hyatt
    Lauryn Murphy 
    Krystyna Clark 
    Sheshaben Shah 

    BBB Interview Workshops: 
    Be part of the Tradition

    2004 BBB Interview Workshop

    Sept. 2012 BBB Interview Workshop

  • Saturday, 22 Sept. 2012   MHIRT Projects Symposium and 2012 Wrap-up 
  • Presentations: 9:00 am--noon in CW 105
  • Teaire Charmichael (CBU NSCI) MHIRT Symposium Sept 2011Dominique Robles MHIRT Symposium Sept 2011
    • The Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Projects Symposium and Wrap-up for Summer 2012 will be held Saturday, 22 September 9:00 a.m.-noon, in Cooper Wilson 105. 
    • Students who participated in the 2012 projects will be presenting the results from their summer international research experiences in Uganda, Brazil, and Kenya. 
    • The symposium is free and open to the public.  Breakfast and lunch will be served. 
    • This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the summer projects for 2013 to meet with students and learn more about the program, and how they can qualify for an all-expense paid research experience.
    • If you plan to attend, RSVP to Julia Hanebrink at To learn more, visit the MHIRT web pages .
    Dr Fitzgerald MHIRT Symposium Sept 2011MHIRT Symposium Sept 2011
    • The Minority Health International Research Training grant to CBU supports undergraduate and graduate students who are selected to join summer research projects in Brazil and Uganda.  MHIRT is a paid internship.  All expenses relative to travel, room and board, preparation, and workshops are paid for and you receive a stipend.   The MHIRT application deadline is 16 Dec. 2011.
    • See the MHIRT web pages and contact Dr. Fitzgerald ( or Dustin James ( to find out about MHIRT paid research opportunities in Brazil, Kenya, Thailand, and Uganda for 2012!
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded CBU's Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program $242,208 per year for five years to continue its training of undergraduate and graduate students. The renewal of this grant will fund the MHIRT program at CBU with more than $1.2 million until 2014.
  • Biology Students Orientation Meeting
    Tuesday, 28 Aug. 2012  1:00--1:50 p.m.  Room: AH 153
    All first year CBU students majoring in Biology or Biomedical Science are expected to attend.
  • Tentative Agenda 
  • Handout:  How is College Different From High School
  • CBU Biology Student Survival Tips
  • Students and faculty at the 2012 meeting.Students and faculty at the 2012 meeting.
    Students and faculty at the 2012 meeting.Students and faculty at the 2012 meeting.
    Students and faculty at the 2012 meeting.Students and faculty at the 2012 meeting.
    Students and faculty at the 2012 meeting.
    The following is an excerpt from an article on learning and teaching strategies.  The authors are experienced teachers of chemistry but they offer advice applicable to any subject.

    Learning and Teaching Strategies
    From personal experience and research comes advice on what works and why by Roald Hoffmann, Saundra Y. McGuire American Scientist Sept-Oct 2010

    < begin quote >

  • Six Learning Strategies

  • The first learning strategy is to take notes by hand, even if the class notes are provided.
    Preferably no later than the evening of the class day, rewrite your notes, by hand, amplifying their content. During the rewriting stage, it is important that you not just recopy your notes, but rather both condense and extend them where appropriate, paraphrasing them so that you make the meaning your own. The question of whether taking notes on a laptop or by hand is more effective is a contentious one. We think taking notes by hand works best, largely because it is difficult to type in chemical structures, graphs and equations on a computer.

    It is now well established that active engagement in the process is imperative for learning to occur. When students take their own notes, they are engaged, in real time, and their minds focus on the task. For kinesthetic learners (those who learn best when moving, activating large or small muscles), the movement involved in taking notes facilitates learning.

    The process of paraphrasing and rewriting the notes shortly after a lecture helps to transfer information from short-term to long-term memory. 
    If the rewriting is delayed longer than 24 hours, much of the information needed to flesh out the notes taken in class will have disappeared from accessible memory. And it is so much better that gaps in understanding surface in the engaged rewriting of notes, rather than in the frantic cramming the night before an exam. Students need to be convinced that it is important to take the time to rewrite their notes, even if they felt they have understood the material the first time.

    Missed classes provide the second learning strategy. If you must miss a class, rather than simply download the notes from a Web page, get the notes from a fellow student. This strategy is another way into group discussion and learning. 
    It is important to develop relationships with other class members and to form study groups early in the course. During discussion of the class notes, much learning takes place. A typical scenario: Student A (the one who missed lecture and is borrowing the notes) says “I don’t understand this part of what you wrote,” to student B, the note taker. Because B is a fellow student, A is comfortable asking her the question, whereas A might be reluctant to ask it of the course instructor. B explains, and is thus engaged in the most salutary of learning actions, teaching. The only potential problems are that the note taker may not understand, or may propagate a misconception. Additionally, some people are just too shy to ask another human being.

    A third strategy makes the best use of a course’s textbook. Most students do their homework in solitude (or as much of that as a residence hall room allows) by trying to follow text examples of similar problems. But often the text examples are not exploited for the learning opportunities they provide. First do the obvious; study the text and lecture information relevant to the problems. But then treat the examples in the text and in lecture notes as if they were homework problems¬ work out the example before looking at the answer, and compare your approach to the text’s, not just your answer. There are often several ways to do a problem, but try to understand the text’s method. If the homework answers provided do not include a way of working out each problem, the instructors should be encouraged (that’s putting it mildly) to provide complete solutions. The ability to work a problem without using a model is the essential skill tested by all exams (which is obvious to instructors, but not to most students). This approach to homework focuses on methods rather than final answers. Furthermore, exploring alternative methods will help you to learn to be an agile, flexible thinker.

    Study groups are important in learning, but it seems to work best to alternate group work with individual effort. First, you should try to do a homework problem or prepare for an exam on your own. Then, the collective wisdom of a study group can be enlisted. Three to six fellow students who have each done their best to digest and absorb difficult material are powerful resources for each other. Social constructivist learning theorists have shown that meaningful learning results from small study groups with two crucial features: discussion and problem-solving activities. Several websites provide excellent tips on forming and running successful study groups. But finally, you must return to solving the problem set or facing the exam preparation on your own.

    Not all instructors are comfortable with homework done in groups, but our experience is that groups are very effective. Do-it-yourself is the primary principle of active learning, though groups can help resolve the occasional blind spot. Some social dynamics may limit group value- for instance, passive personalities are likely to merely listen.

    Groups can also be useful study aids if students make up practice quizzes and tests for each other, thereby thinking from the teacher’s perspective. One of us (Hoffmann) tells his students: “The only way you will get into my mind about the exam is… to try to get into my mind. That means to do what I do, and make up an exam.” 
    Creating a practice exam involves not only selecting and organizing all the material (including choosing what is representative and what is important) but also discussing the exam in a group setting.

    Another way to enter the tester’s mind is by teaching the material, one student to another. 
    When one of us (McGuire) asks instructors attending faculty-development workshops when they began to develop a deep understanding of the conceptual structure of their discipline, most say that it did not happen until they began teaching. Helping a fellow student not only accelerates one’s learning but moves one past disappointment about not getting things right oneself. Usually, if you can help someone else get going, the gratification is motivating for both parties.

    Finally, we encourage students to set attainable goals. If you are spinning your wheels and studying does not lead to learning, the process can share some symptoms with depression- feeling unable to act, for instance. For this reason, it is important to tackle small, achievable tasks.

    In working problems and taking tests, move slowly, from simple problems to more complicated, integrative ones. Success, self-achieved, builds confidence, and so is a very powerful motivator. 
    When you attempt to reach a goal that is within your grasp, a wonderful cycle of initial success, more effort, and additional success is put into motion.

    It is important for students to realize that everyone learns differently; an attainable goal for one student may be trivial for another. It is most relevant to develop the learning skills necessary to perform more cognitively demanding tasks.

    < end quote >

    You can find the full article online at

      Students and faculty to the 2010 meeting.
    Biology Students Welcome Meeting
    Thursday, 23 Aug. 2012  1:00--1:50 p.m.  Room: AH 153
    All first year CBU Biology and Biomedical Science majors are expected to attend.



    Photos from the 2012 Meeting:
      Students and faculty at the 2012 meeting.Students and faculty at the 2012 meeting.
      Dr. Eisen and students at the 2012 meeting.Dr. Moore and students at the 2012 meeting.
      Students and faculty at the 2012 meeting.
  • Agenda:Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger welcomed the group and introduced the Biology Department Faculty.  We discussed CBU's Biology Major, Biomedical Science Major, and Biology degree with an Environmental Science Concentration. 
    • All students need to keep in touch with their academic advisor and should check their CBU email often. 
  • Tri-Beta officers described CBU's chapter of Beta Beta Beta and how new students can participate right away.  This National Biology Honor Society is also your Biology club at CBU.  The group will sponsor several activities open to all CBU students interested in Biology. The date for the first BBB meeting is Thursday, 9 Sept. 2012 at 12:30pm in CW105.  New students are welcome! 
  • Dustin James described CBU Biology International Research and service opportunities available through MHIRT.  Interested students are encouraged to attend the MHIRT Projects Symposium on Saturday, 22 Sept. 2012. 
  • CBU Biology Student Research: Dr. Moore showed photos from th Ecological Census Techniques course and described some research opportunities for students.
  • Dr. Eisen discussed Pre-professional Health Care Careers advising.  This year's edition of the Health Careers booklet is available online.  Contact Dr. Eisen to sign up for the Caduceus email list. 

  • During the meeting we will see some Biology Dept. web pages.  There is an email listserv for all biology students.  If you are not receiving CBU Biology email ( messages, you are welcome to join the Biology listserv.  To be added to the list, email Dr. Ross,

  • Fall Registration and Classes
  • Fri.--Sun., 16-18 Aug. 2013:  New Student Welcome 

  • Monday, 19 August 2013  First Day of Fall Semester Classes
    • Chemistry Placement Exam Information:  The placement exam was given during summer orientation.  The placement exam is required for those who wish to take Chem 113.  For those who missed the exam this summer, contact Dr. Merat (email; phone 901-321-4201) 
    • Many science labs do meet the first week of classes.  For example, all sections of BIOL 111L Principles of Biology I Lab will meet.  Additionally, all BIOL 111 "discussion" sections will meet as scheduled.  Many non-Freshman Biology labs will also meet the first week.  Check with your professor. 
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