Department of Biology News & Events 
Fall 2015
[Updated 30 October 2015]
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  • Cooper-Wilson (Photo by Dr. Holmes) September 2008
    Fall 2015
    Upcoming events are listed in chronological order.

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    Cooper-Wilson and Assisi (Photo by Dr. Holmes) September 2008

    CBU Biology Faculty

    Dr. Stan Eisen Stan Eisen  seisen@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 112  Phone: 321-3447
    Professor; Director of Pre-Health Programs
    Ph.D., Indiana University
    Bro. Edward Salgado Br. Edward Salgado  esalgado@cbu.edu
    Office:  CW 215   Phone: 321-3450
    Adjunct Professor, Professor Emeritus
    Ph.D., University of the Philippines
    Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald Malinda Fitzgerald   malinda@cbu.edu
    Office: CW 112  Phone: 321-3262
    Professor; Director of MHIRT Program
    Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Memphis
    Dr. Katie Sauser Katie Sauser     ksauser@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 108  Phone: 321-3463
    Associate Professor
    Ph.D., Memphis State University
    James Moore  jmoore25@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 110  Phone: 321-3451
    Associate Professor
    Ph.D., University of Memphis
    Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger SandraThompson-Jaeger sthompso@cbu.edu
    Office: CW 114  Phone: 321-3453
    Associate Professor
    Ph.D., University of Munich
    Dr. Mary Ogilvie Mary Ogilvie   mogilvie@cbu.edu
    Office: CW 113  Phone: 321-3437
    Ph.D., Memphis State University
    Lynda Miller   lmiller@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 113  Phone: 321-3090
    Science Lab Coordinator
    M.S., Memphis State University
    Dr. Anna Ross Anna Ross    aross@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 111  Phone: 321-3436
    Ph.D., Clemson University
    Bro. Tom
    Br. Tom Sullivan   tsulliv1@cbu.edu
    Office: TC 100  321-3477
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Director of Campus Ministry
    Ph.D., University of Minnesota

    • Saturday, 31 Oct. 2015.  Halloween
    • Before 31 October...  (specimen, F. Cucurbitaceae)After:  on 31 October.  Happy Halloween!

      Saturday, 7 Nov. 2015   Beta Beta Beta  Bowling for Uganda  7:00 pm
      • BOWLING FOR UGANDA: Tri-Beta, CBU’s Biology Honor Society, presents the annual Beta Beta Beta Bowl-a-thon for Uganda a fund-raising bowling tournament on Saturday, 7 November 2015 at Billy Hardwick’s Lanes (1576 S. White Station Road) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
      • Teams will consist of 5 people and the entrance fee is $20 per person.  Trophies will be awarded to top male, top female, and top three teams.  Raffle tickets will be sold on site $1/ticket and $5 for 6 tickets.  -- Benjamin Kueter, 2015 Tri-Beta Bowling Chair
      • Team packets are available in Dr. Mary Ogilvie’s office (Cooper-Wilson 113). 
      • The Bowl-a-Thon supports the Ishaka Health Plan in Uganda. If you'd like to learn more about the Ishaka Health Plan, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/ishakahealthplanuganda/

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    • Thursday -Friday, 26-27 Nov. 2015   Thanksgiving Break
    • IHappy Thanksgiving!

      Link to CBU's BBB web page.

    • Tri Beta at CBU: Watch for signs (& your CBU email) for info on Tri Beta meetings this semester.
      • New students are welcome. You do not have to be an official member of Tri-Beta to attend and participate!  Meetings are usually Thursdays, 12:30 pm in CW105.
      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."
      • The award winning CBU (Mu Tau) Chapter of Beta Beta Beta also serves as a Biology Club welcoming interested students to participate in a variety of social and career related activities.
      • Dr. Ogilvie is the faculty advisor for BBB.
      Mu Tau Chapter Officers for 2015-16:
      PresidentThomas Summers
      Vice PresidentsJohn Buttross and Lauren Jeu
      SecretaryNirali Patel
      Treasurer: Damini Patel
      HistoriansKyle Fioranelli and Megan Huynh
      Bowling: Ben Kueter, Clare Sauser, and Katelyn Wilson
      Education: Juan Mejia
      Philanthropy Sydney Kermeen, Caroline Montague, and Saehymn Oh
      Pre-Professional: Ruthi Phaniraj and Dev Zalawadia
      Publicity: Sam Elkhayyat
      SocialHozyer Saeed and Paula Zeballos
      Special EventsHeer Patel and Nuti Dasai
      Volleyball: Olivia Evans,Parth Thakore, and Mariana Tonelli Ricci
    • TriBeta's Facebook page
    • Link to CBU's BBB web page.

      Recent Past CBU Biology Activities
      (Fall 2015, Spring 2015 and earlier)
      Archived items are listed in reverse chronological order.
      Older Archives: Fall 2012-Spring 2013 Academic Year

    • Tuesday, 22 Sept. 2015   Grad School Expo / Health Career Opportunities Fair at CBU!
      • 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Canale Arena (Gym)
      • Tuesday, September 22:  Graduate School Expo (Open to All Students in All Majors!), Canale Arena, 12:00-2:00 pm.  More than 60 graduate and professionals schools are expected to attend to share information about their programs.  Open to all students in all grade levels, as well as alumni!  If you're thinking about graduate school as an option, you won't want to miss this opportunity to talk to these school representatives face-to-face!  Mark your calendar today!  Representatives of healthcare-related graduate programs and of military scholarships will also be attending, including the following:
        American University of the Caribbean
        Arkansas Tech University
        Aspire Public Schools
        Ave Maria School of Law
        Bethel University
        Christian Brothers University (MBA)
        Christian Brothers University (MEM)
        Christian Brothers University (MACC)
        Christian Brothers University (MED)
        Cleveland Chiropractic College
        College of Medicine University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Columbia Theological Seminary*
        Delta State University
        Freed-Hardeman University
        Harding University
        Harding University Physician Assistant Program
        Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
        Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
        LMU- Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
        Logan University
        Louisiana State U niversity Law Center
        McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University
        Meharry Medical College
        Memphis College Of Art*
        Memphis Theological Seminary
        Mercer University School of Law
        Middle Tennessee State University
        National University Of Health Sciences
        Pacific McGeorge School of Law
        Richmont Graduate University
        Samford University
        Samford University Cumberland School of Law
        Southern Arkansas University*
        Southern College of Optometry
        Southern University Law Center
        St. Thomas University School of Law
        Tennessee Tech University
        The John Marshall Law School
        The University of Mississippi School of Law
        The University of Mississippi-DeSoto
        The University of Tennessee
        The University of Tulsa Collins College of Business
        The University of Tulsa Graduate School
        Uniformed Services University
        Union University Germantown: MBA Program
        Union University School of Education
        Union University School of Pharmacy
        Union University School of Social Work
        US Army Medical Recruiting Center Memphis
        University of Alabama at Birmingham
        University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
        University Of Arkansas, Clinton School Of Public Service
        University Of Memphis (University College)
        University of Memphis Graduate School
        University of Memphis School of Law
        University of Memphis School of Public Health
        University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
        University of Missouri: Mizzou Law
        University Of Tennessee Health Science Center
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Health Professions
        University of Tennessee College of Social Work
        University Of Tennessee College Of Law
        University of Tulsa College of Law
        Vanderbilt Divinity School
        Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
        Webster University
        Western Governors University
        Western New England Unive rsity School of Law
        William Carey University: Master Of Biomedical Science Program
        William Mitchell College Of Law*

        12:00-2:00 pm, CANALE ARENA


    • Saturday, 19 Sept. 2015   MHIRT Projects Symposium and 2015 Wrap-up 
    • JOIN US!  The 2015 Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Symposium is Saturday, 19 Sept. from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at CBU (Assisi Hall Room 155).

       Students who participated in the summer 2015 projects will present the results from their international research experiences in Brazil, Trinidad, and Uganda.  Please join us for any or all of the presentations!

       The symposium is free and open to the public.  A light breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 am. Lunch will be served at noon. If you plan to attend breakfast and/or lunch, please RSVP to Julia Hanebrink at mhirtcbu@gmail.com before noon on Wednesday, 16 Sept. so catering arrangements can be made.

       This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in the summer projects for 2016 to meet with students, learn more about the program, and find out how they can qualify for an all-expense paid international research experience!

      The preliminary schedule is as follows:

      8:30-9:00 am  CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

      9:00-9:10  Welcome  Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald

      9:10-9:30  The Use of a New Color Test for Chromatic Discrimination and Luminance Noise Comparison in Normal and Color Deficient Subjects Measured with Pseudoisochromatic Stimuli  Erika Odigie (CBU) & Natalie Walker (UT Knoxville)

      9:30-9:45  Expression of TSC1 in Hemiparkinsonian Mouse Brain  Malika Malik  (University of Michigan)

      9:45-10:00  Exploring the Effects of Cynodon dactylon Extract on White Spot Syndrome Virus Virulence in Pennaus vannamei  Aviva Aguilar (Case Western Reserve University)

      10:00-10:15  How Good is Your Idea? Conducting a Systematic Review on the Efficacy of Antidepressants in the Forced Swimming Test  Cari Harris (Rhodes College) 

      10:15-10:35  A Needs Assessment of Akashanda Health Center  Jessica Shotwell (MTSU), Daryl Stephens (U of M), & Eyerusalem Tessema (Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

      10:35-10:45  COFFEE BREAK

      10:45-11:00  Effects of Beta Blockers on Isoprenaline Fear Conditioned Rats  Veronica Go​ (UT Knoxville)

      11:00-11:15  Study of the Melanopsin Gene Expression in Diurnal and Nocturnal Snakes  Sushma Kalava (CBU)

      11:15-11:30  Uncovering Hypertension  Ashley Kemembin (Temple University)

      11:30-11:50  Needs Assessment of Disability Service Providers within the San Fernando Region of Trinidad and Tobago  Itzel Lopez (Washington University) & Chloe Moore (Rhodes College)

      11:50-12:00  Closing Remarks

      12:00pm  LUNCH

      [1:00-4:00  Wrap-up and Evaluation.  Debriefing and discussion for the 2015 MHIRT students.]

       To learn more about MHIRT, visit www.cbu.edu/mhirt


      Julia R. Hanebrink
      Minority Health International Research Training
      Christian Brothers University
      Memphis, TN 38104

      Dr Fitzgerald MHIRT Symposium Sept 2011

      Biology Students Welcome and CBU 101 Meeting
      Tuesday, 8 Sept. 2015  1:00--1:50 p.m.  Room: AH 153
      All first year CBU Biology, Biomedical Science and Ecology majors are required to attend.

      Tentative Agenda CBU 101 Topics for Biology Students:
      • Welcome:  Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger will welcome the group and introduce the Biology Department Faculty and CBU's Biology Major, Biomedical Science Major, and Ecology Major
      • Tri-Beta officers will be introduced and will discuss 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. Tri-Beta meetings are every-other Thursday, 12:30 in CW 105.  New students are welcome!
      • How to study Biology and Succeed  
      • Do’s and Don’ts for Students in the College Classroom (Dr. Ogilvie) Dr. Ogilvie's Presentation
      • Preparing for a health care career (Dr. Eisen):  Dr. Eisen will discuss Pre-professional Health Care Careers advising.  This year's edition of the Health Careers booklet is available online
      • MHIRT and other CBU Biology Student Research (Dr. Fitzgerald).
      • Your questions are welcome throughout our brief meeting!
      • Students are encouraged to attend CBU's Grad School/Medical Careers Expo noon-2:00pm Tues., 22 Sept. 2015 in Canale Arena (the gym). 
      Students and faculty at the 2014 bio meeting.
      Dr. James Moore at the 2014meeting.Dr. Mary Ogilvie 9 Sept 2014Dr. Stan Eisen 9 Sept 2014

      Learning and Teaching Strategies (the authors are experienced teachers of chemistry but they offer advice applicable to any subject)  From personal experience and research comes advice on what works and why by Roald Hoffmann, Saundra Y. McGuire American Scientist Sept-Oct 2010

    • Fall Registration and Classes
    • Fri.--Sun., 21-23 Aug. 2015:  New Student Welcome 

    • Monday, 24 August 2015  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 dmerat@cbu.edu; 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. 
      Principles of Biology 4 Nov. 2008
      Link to Being a successful student

      Be prepared:
      Will you need gloves for your 
      Biology lab course?

    • Tuesday, 21 April 2015 
    • 2014 Research Poster Session
      2015 Poster Session Web page
      2014 Poster Session

    • Saturday, 11 April 2015   Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Meeting.   Link to 2009 CBU at TAS page
    • TAS 2015TAS 2015 
      Here are the CBU Best Paper Award Recipients for 2015 Western Collegiate Division Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences
      • Section 1:
      • Shannon Brooke Joyce, CBU
        2nd place award
        An examination of tight junction protein expression in human brain microvascular endothelial cells (hBMEC) in the presence of conditioned media from medulloblastoma subtypes.  Brooke Joyce*, Megan Jacus, Stacy Throm, and Clinton Stewart, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (BJ), and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (MJ, ST, CS).
      • Andrew Aristorenas, CBU
        3rd place award [photo]
        Diabetes attenuates metabolic oscillations regulated by circadian clock rhythms. Andrew Aristorenas* and Martin E. Young, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, and University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.
      • Section 2:
      • Daniel Schenck, CBU
        1st place award  [photo]
        Testing of Stream Health of the Loosahatchie River Using Macroinvertebrates. Daniel Schenck*, Cheryl Goudie, Lynda Miller, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (DS, LM) University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee (CG).

      9 April 2015  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) take on Old Age and Deceit (Sciences faculty, alumni, and various "ringers") on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. All proceeds will go to the Church Health Center. Lots of prizes are raffled, and admission is free! 
      Old Age and Deceit?
      Old Age & Deceit
      (SOS Faculty)
      Faculty Team 2015 Student team 2015

      BBB shield
    • 19 March 2015    Annual Beta Beta Beta Induction  6:00 pm Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall
    • (Photos are posted on Facebook)
    • Some of the new members at the Feb 2015 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."
      BBB shield

    • Tuesday, 24 February 2015  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.  
      2015 photos are posted on Facebook.  Photos below are from 2014.
      2014 Junior Poster Session2014 Junior Poster Session2014 Junior Poster Session

    • 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, 12 January 2015
    • 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. 

    • (Date TBA) Dec. 20014   Beta Beta Beta  and ACS Christmas Dinner 
      • 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

      Link to CBU's Beta Beta Beta web page

    • Thurs., 2 Oct. 2014  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. 
    • Interviewees 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.  
      • The deadline to sign up is Fri. 19 Sept. 2014.
      Sept. 2012 BBB Interview Workshop
      27 Sept 2012
      On September 24, 2013, 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 the Tri Beta members who planned the event.
      BBB Interview Workshops: 
      Be part of the Tradition

      2004 BBB Interview Workshop

      Sept. 2012 BBB Interview Workshop

      Archives CBU Biology News & Events
    • CBU Biology:  Fall 2011-Spring 2012 Academic Year
    • CBU Biology:  Fall 2010-Spring 2011 Academic Year
    • CBU Biology:  Fall 2009-Spring 2010 Academic Year
    • CBU Biology:  Fall 2008-Spring 2009 Academic Year
    • CBU Biology:  Fall 2007-Spring 2008 Academic Year
    • CBU Biology:  Fall 2006-Spring 2007 Academic Year
    • CBU Biology:  Fall 2005-Spring 2006 Academic Year
    • Index of photo pages:  CBU Biology Fun Photos
      CBU's Mu Tau chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society.
      CBU Biology Students' research. CBU Biology Student Research: List of Examples
      Biology Faculty Award and Dominic Dunn Award

      CBU Biology

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