Note from the Dean
Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences

Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences

We've started the 2011-2012 academic year! While we begin the process of challenging and encouraging students to see how fascinating science can be, we also take a look back in this newsletter to see how well our students and graduates have done over the past summer and the past several years. Our featured articles on Student Success and Summer Research show what our students and grads have accomplished, and this provides a solid basis for the hope we have for our current students. Our Alumni News section also confirms our past work and provides a source of hope for our current students.

Education, including science education, is a very important tool in keeping our technological society alive and functioning. As important a tool as it is, we must always keep in mind that pursuing the understanding of things is a fundamental aspect of being human, or in other words, it is fun. It is important to keep that in mind and to continually demonstrate this fundamental aspect to our students and to ourselves. What a joy it is to wonder, and even though it is hard work, how satisfying it is to work to understand and further appreciate that wonder.

I hope you are enjoying these newsletters. The next newsletter is scheduled for October. If you have comments, questions or reactions, you may send an e-mail now to jholmes@cbu.edu .

News of the Moment
Dominic Dunn award winners for 2011

The 2011 Dominic Dunn award winners
Brittany Course and Rachel Haag with Dr. Holmes

The recipients of the 2011 Dominic Dunn Award were announced at the Research Poster Session last April, and the awards were presented at graduation in May to Brittany Course, Mathematics 2011, and Rachel Haag, Biology 2011. The Biology Faculty award for 2011 was presented to Kathleen Nelson at graduation in May. Brittany is a Systems Performance Analyst at Pinnacle Airlines Corporation. Rachel is working as an intern with the Church Health Center. Kathleen is in Physical Therapy School at UTHSC.

Samantha Bownes, Biology 2012, Andrew Greenop, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics 2012, and Steven Menezes, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering 2012, were announced as Lasallian Fellows of the class of 2012.

Dr. Anna Ross received the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Professor award for 2011 at the opening Community Convocation on August 18.

We welcome two new faculty members, Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dr. Anthony Trimboli, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Moore comes to us from the University of Memphis and will be teaching Botany, Evolution and Ecology as well as the Principles of Biology courses. Dr. Trimboli comes to us from the University of South Carolina and will be teaching General Chemistry (for our engineers) and the Principles of Chemistry courses.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald returns this fall from a year long sabbatical. Three of her recent publications are:
1. Published online before in print August 9, 2011, doi: 10.1167/iovs.10-6464 Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. August 9, 2011 iovs.10-6464 Age-related Impairment in Choroidal Blood Flow Compensation for Arterial Blood Pressure Fluctuation in Pigeons by Anton Reiner(1,2), Nobel Del Mar(1), Yuri Zagvazdin(1), Chunyan Li(1) and Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald(1,2,3) with author affiliations: (1) Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology; (2) Department of Ophthalmology University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN 38163; and (3) Department of Biology Christian Brothers University 650 East Parkway So. Memphis, TN 38104
2. IEEE 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) How to provoke creativity and innovation within the classroom by modifying the role of faculty by Lluís Vicent*, Xavier Gumara** and Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald*** with author affiliations: *LaSalle Open University; ** Ramon Llull University; *** Christian Brothers University
3. Immunohistochemical localization of AMPA-type glutamate receptor subunits in the nucleus of the Edinger-Westphal in embryonic chick by Toledo CA, Reiner A, Patel RS, Vitale AW, Klein JM, Dalsania BJ, Fitzgerald ME.C., in Neurosci Lett. 2011 Jul 12;498(3):199-203. Epub 2011 Apr 27. Note that Patel, Vitale, Klein, and Dalsania are all CBU/MHIRT alums.
She also co-authored a chapter in a book: Reiner A, Fitzgerald MEC, Li C. 2010, Neural control of ocular blood flow, in: Ocular Blood Flow edited by L Schmetter, J Kiel; Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, in press; presented four posters at the Association for Research in Vision and Opthamology (ARVO) meeting; and gave a talk at the symposium of the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics(AOPT).


high school math competition

High School Math competition at CBU in April.

On April 19, CBU Math Faculty and the CBU Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America hosted a section of the TMTA High School Math Competition in which 433 students participated: 82 in Algebra I, 97 in Geometry, 98 in Algebra II, 15 in Statistics, 69 in Precalculus and 72 in Calculus. They came from 18 schools along with some home schooled students.

Students from Arlington High School, Bolton High School, Briarcrest Christian High School, Germantown High School, Lausanne Collegiate School, and White Station High School participated in the National Examination for the Chemistry Olympiad that was held at Christian Brothers University on April 16. This event is sponsored by the Local Section of the American Chemical Society and is co-hosted by the CBU Student Members of the American Chemical Society and CBU Department of Chemistry. The top-scoring students, along with their parents and teachers, from the 2011 Memphis Area Competitive Examination in High School Chemistry and the Local Examination for the Chemistry Olympiad were honored at a luncheon held on the campus of Christian Brothers University on May 2. This annual event is sponsored by the American Chemical Society and hosted by the CBU Department of Chemistry and the Chair of the Memphis Section of the American Chemical Society.

2011 was a very successful year for the annual Memphis and Shelby County Science & Engineering Fair (MSCSEF) that is held on the campus of Christian Brothers University. Bowei Deng, the High School winner of the MSCSEF fair this spring, placed fourth in the Medicine and Health category of the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair held in Los Angeles May 8-13. Dr. Dennis Merat, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Fair Director, also attended the Fair in Los Angeles. Top winners from the Middle School Division of the 2011 MSCSEF were nominated as Semi-Finalists for the Broadcom Masters middle school science competition. Two of the top students from the MSCSEF held at CBU were named Semi-finalists in this competition; they were the only 2 students from the State of Tennessee to be so honored.

Last April CBU held its 15th Annual Research Poster Session. There were 62 posters presented.

Jack Land, Biochemistry 2011, Yandira Salinas, Biochemistry 2011, and DeMario Smith Biochemistry 2011, presented their research at the 34th Annual Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting held on April 16 at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Jack Land and Yandira Salinas performed the research that they presented in the Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemical Biology, respectively, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. DeMario Smith completed his research project in the Department of Chemistry at CBU.

Br. Joel Baumeyer, Br. Walter Schreiner, Dr. Holmes Peacher-Ryan, Mrs. Sandra Davis, and Dr. Arthur Yanushka have led or will lead three discussion sections on The Soloist by Steve Lopez as part of ORIN 100. The book has a theme of service which connects to CBU's mission. It also has a theme of homelessness which connects to Dr. Evelyn McDonald's, Vice President for Institutional Mission, work with President Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.

On Thursday, September 8, the CBU chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) held its first meeting of the year. Brent Holmes, Physics and Mathematics 2013, was elected President; Thomas Schill, Physics and Mathematics 2012, was elected Vice President; Josh Swillum, Electrical and Computer Engineering 2014, was elected Treasurer; and Ecklin Crenshaw, Physics 2013, was elected Secretary. This year's tee shirt design was determined for the members, and a slate of activities was also selected.

Ben Chism, Biology December 2011, won the local competition for the Texaco Country Showdown at the Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday, September 10. Radio station 95.3 Rebel put the competition on. He will compete in the regionals in Little Rock Arkansas in November. He wrote the song he sang called "College".


Upcoming Events:

The Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 24th, in CW 105 from 9 A.M. to 12 noon. This is the event in which the students present their results from the previous summer. This is the official end of the summer 2011 program and the beginning of recruitment for the summer 2012 program. It is open to any one that wishes to attend. If you do plan on attending the lunch, RSVP dmjames1@gmail.com .

Beta Beta Beta, the Biology Honor Society and student group, has decided to take up a new organization as part of their philanthropy, the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. They have joined up with the Humane Society in order to give members more hands on service that is biology oriented. Volunteers help out by making the animals more "adoptable" by grooming, exercising, and socializing them. Regular volunteers may come to the Humane Society whenever they please to play with the cats and dogs, while the Dog Walkers group commits to walking the dogs one day a week. If you would like to get involved, you must go to a Volunteer Orientation at the Humane Society. They are held the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM and the third Saturday of every month at 9:00 AM. Both members and non-members are encouraged to join!

Dr. Leigh Becker, Professor of Mathematics at CBU, will be giving talks on fractional differential equations and Volterra integral equations each Thursday afternoon at 2:00 PM. The first one will be on September 15. The first two or three talks will introduce the notion of a fractional derivative. Talks after that will discuss how a fractional differential equation is related to the generalized Abel equation and to certain sections in his latest research paper. Prerequisites for these talks are the topics covered in Calculus (Math 131, 132, 231, 232), and some knowledge of Real Analysis (Math 414) such as in the Bartle & Sherbert book that we use in that course. And there will be some advanced theorems from integration theory that we will have to use now and then but not prove. The main purpose of these talks is for senior seminar students who might be interested in pursuing this topic for their senior seminar. Besides math majors, fractional differential equations should be of interest to physics and engineering students because of its applications to mechanics (tautochrone, viscoelasticity, viscoplasticity), electrical engineering (transmission of ultrasound waves, medicine (modeling of human tissue under mechanical loads), etc.

Beta Beta Beta will be hosting Mock Interviews with Healthcare Professionals. The mock interviews will be similar to the interviews conducted when applying for a health care graduate program. This is a great opportunity to have a one-on-one interaction with a physician, pharmacist, etc. When: September 28; where: Conference Room CW 303 on the third floor of Cooper Wilson; time 6:00 pm. Tri Beta is welcoming everyone to come and take advantage of this great opportunity. However, preference will be given to juniors and seniors. If you are interested in interviewing with a physician, dentist, pharmacist, nurse, etc. please email Ashia Rallings at aralling@cbu.edu. Specify the type of medical professional you would like to conduct your interview.


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Alumni News

Dr. Fitzgerald and Dr. Felix Vasques Choan

Dr. Felix Vasques Choan, Biology 1998, caught up with Dr. Fitzgerald at
the ARVO meeting in May. Felix is currently a post-doctoral fellow in Utah.

Melody Allensworth, Biology 2009, had the following article published in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience: Comprehensive motor testing in Fmr1-¬-KO mice exposes temporal defects in oromotor coordination by Snigdha Roy, Yu Zhao, Melody Allensworth, Mohamed F. Farook, Mark S. LeDoux, Lawrence T.Reiter, Detlef H. Heck. Melody is working on her Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Science.

Heather Gossnell Hill, Biology 2009, is teaching at St. Benedicts High School here in Memphis.

Alan Killen, Mathematics and Civil Engineering 2011, is a Design Engineer at THY Inc.

University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy News July 2011, page 22, has a "Student Spotlight" article on Hilaire Playa, Chemistry 2001.

Kim Williams, Biology 2008, defended her M.S. thesis in Ophthalmology this July. She joined Dr. Steinle's lab during her senior year at CBU. Here are a couple of her publications: Maintenance of beta-adrenergic receptor signaling can reduce Fas signaling in human retinal endothelial cells by Williams KP, Steinle JJ. Exp Eye Res. 2009 Oct;89(4):448-55. Epub 2009 Jun 11. PMID: 19523948 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]; and Beta-adrenergic receptor stimulation modulates iNOS protein levels through p38 and ERK1/2 signaling in human retinal endothelial cells by Steinle JJ, Chin VC, Williams KP, Panjala SR. Exp Eye Res. 2008 Jul;87(1):30-4. Epub 2008 Apr 26. PMID:18541234 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Ashley Prevost Salvaggio with husband

Ashley Prevost Salvaggio, Chemical Engineering 2008 and past
Beta Beta Beta president and Lasallian volunteer, with
her husband at her medical school white coat ceremony

Alumni Acceptances:
Jeremy Armstrong, Biololgy 2008, has been accepted to the University of Memphis Law School.
Jennifer Cobb, Biology 2011, has been accepted to a graduate program at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.
Rachael Escue, Biomedical Science 2010, has been accepted into the IPBS program at UTHSC.
Jennifer Johnson, Chemistry 2010, was accepted into a Master’s Program in Biomedical Science at Midwestern University College of Health Sciences.
Carrie Le. Biology 2011, was accepted to the Southern College of Optometry.
Xiong Bin Lin, Biology 2010, has been accepted to the Ph.D. program at UAMS; initially he was in the M.S. program.
Wallace Coy Lock, Biomedical Science 2010, has been accepted to medical school at UAMS.
Makita Reed, Biology 2007, has been accepted to the Pharmacy School at Union.
Kanika Robinson, Biology 2007, has been accepted to the Pharmacy School at Union.
Sania Sayani, Biology 2010, was accepted to St. James Medical School.


Graduations May-June 2011
Laura Anglin, M.S., Natural Science 2007, graduated with a masters degree in anthropology from the Univesity of Memphis and is working for Americor writing service learning modules for the Memphis City Schools.
Rebecca Glatt, Ph.D., CBU psychology 2003, not strictly a Sciences alum but close enough, received her Ph.D. in May 2011 from UTHSC in Neuroscience. She lives in Knoxville and has been hired to teach full time at Pellissippi State Community College. She is teaching Anatomy and Physiology.
Christen Gregory, M.D., Biology 2005, graduated from East Tennessee State University with residency in ER at Orlando Health.
Oscar Herrera, Pharm. D., Chemistry 2006, graduated from UTHSC Pharmacy School.
Anmol Khan, M.S., Biomedical Science 2010, graduated with a M.S. in Pharmacy from UTHSC.
Lawrence LeBlond, M.D., Biology 2002, graduated from St. Georges with residency in Family Medicine at UT Memphis.
Mitchell Lingerfelt, Pharm.D., Chemistry 2007, graduated from UTHSC Pharmacy School.
Alan Newton, Pharm.D., Biology 2007, graduated from UTHSC Pharmacy School.
Priya Patel, Pharm.D., Chemistry 2006, graduated from UTHSC Pharmacy School.
Teri Shepherd, O.D., Natural Science 2007, graduated from the Southern College of Optometry.
Garrett Smithson, Natural Science 2005, graduated from CBU with a M.A.T last month.
Brian Walter, M.S., Biology 2008, graduated with a M.S. in Biology from the University of Memphis.
Laura Williamson, D.M.V.,, Biology 2001, graduated from St. Georges in Veterinary Medicine.

Engagements:
Cina Ali, Biology 2001, is engaged to Dominique Butawan, They are both currently residents at UTHSC.
Ashley Miller, MHIRT 2004 and Biology 2006, is engaged to Josh Dohmen. Ashley worked as a Lasallian volunteer during 2006-07 and worked in Admissions at CBU from 2007-09. She is currently in a masters program in epidemiology at UTHSC.
Frank Ramirez, Chemistry 2008, and Erin Green, Natural Science 2008, are engaged and will be married on October 8. Frank is in his last year of pharmacy school at Union He is currently doing rotations in Memphis at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Erin graduated with a M.S. in Occupational Therapy and is currently working in acute care at Methodist University Hospital.

Natalie Hart Gulry

Natalie Hart Guley, Biology 2009, with Dr. Anton Reiner
of UTHSC at her medical school white coat ceremony.
Natalie worked for two years with Dr. Reiner
and they recently published an article together.

Weddings:
Indre Augustinaite, Biology 2008, married Gene Gerlach on September 10th. Indre is a nurse in the ICU at BMH.
Christina Brown, MHIRT 2006 and Biology 2006, and David Tran, Chemistry 2007, were married on July 23. Christina is in her second year of med school and David is teaching at St. Agnes Academy here in Memphis.
Ray W. (Trey) Brown, Biology 1991, and Angela Laughlin were married on June 18. Trey Brown, son of CBU Mechanical Engineering Professor Ray Brown, taught at CBU and is now at the University of Texas at Arlington. His wife, Angela, will be a faculty member at the University of Memphis law school.
Cynthia Caceres, D.D.S, Biology 2005, and Lawson Baker were married on June 4. Cynthia (MHIRT 2005, CBU 2006, UTHSC 2010) is currently a dentist and Lawson is a lawyer. They will live in Little Rock.
Cathy Carter, Professor of Mathematics, and Jerry Grilli, Desktop Support for Faculty/Labs in CBU's Information Technology Services, were married June 3. Both continue to be at CBU.
Paula Cerrito Adams, Pharm.D., Biology 2006, and John Paul Adams were married in Gulf Shores, AL. Paula is currently a pharmacist at Target.
Mary Jane Dickey, Biomedical Science 2011, and Blake Gibbs were married on June 11. Mary Jane is working as an intern at the Church Health Center.
Natalie Hart, CBU alum, and Patrick Guley were married on June 3. Natalie just started medical school at UTHSC.
Jonathan Henderson, Natural Science 2005, married Doneisha Peoples, Business Administration 2006 and MBA 2009. Jonathan is currently a Physical Therapist at Health South and BMH.
Chris Meade, past adjunct professor of biology, and Pamela Eldridge were married on June 4. Chris was an adjunct at CBU and is currently an assistant professor in Ohio.
Caroline Mitchell, MHIRT 2008 and History 2010, and Greg Carrico, Civil Engineering 2010, were married on August 13. Caroline is in graduate school in history at the University of Memphis.
Ashley Prevost, Chemical Engineering 2007 but active in biology, and Daniel Salvaggio were married on June 4. Ashley was a LaSallian volunteer, worked at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and has just started medical school at UTHSC.
Katie Clements and Colin Whittington, CBU 2003 and Mac guru for the School of Sciences, had a destination wedding. Collin is currently working for Morgan Keegon.
Kim Williams, Biology 2008, was married on May 14 to Andre Guy.

New Babies!
Analice Hosey Sowell, M.A.T., Chemistry 2002 and Master of Arts in Teaching 2005, and Michael Sowell had a baby boy, Patrick, on July 23, 2011.
Ashley Wise Jett, Pharm.D., Biology 2004, and her husband, Bryan Paul Jett, welcomed their baby girl, Bryley, on July 31 - just 2 weeks prior to Ashley's birthday. Bryley was 7 lbs 5 oz 20 1/2 in at birth. Ashley is currently working at Walmart Pharmacy in Oakland as the Pharmacist in Charge.
Adriane Wilkinson Vitale, Biology 2005 and Nursing UTHSC 2007, and Sam Vitale are the proud parents of Ariana Claire Vitale born on 9/10/2011. They are currently in St Louis.

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Featured Story: Student Success

At CBU, we strive to give each and every student the best opportunity for success. Sometimes that means helping students get into professional or graduate school to further pursue their ambitions. Sometimes that means helping students determine a "Plan B" if their initial plan was not really suited to their talents and/or initial expectations. Othertimes, it means helping a student determine what are the possibilities out there that match up with their interests and talents.

In the last five years (classes of 2007 to 2011):

  • We had 25 of our graduates accepted into medical school (76%* acceptance rate)
  • We had 22 of our graduates accepted into pharmacy school (92% acceptance rate)
  • We had 17 of our graduates accepted into physical therapy school (85% acceptance rate)
  • We had 13 of our graduates accepted into nursing school (100% acceptance rate)
  • We had an additional 15 students accepted into various other health professional schools such as dentistry, veterinary, optometry, occupational therapy and chiropractic.
  • We also had 10 of our graduates accepted into graduate programs in the health sciences (100% acceptance rate).

* In reviewing these percentages, please note that we do not pre-screen our applicants to the various professional or graduate schools as some institutions do. Some of our students were initially rejected but were accepted in a following year. If a student was accepted in one area and rejected in another, we only count the acceptance and not the rejection since we concentrate on student success.

For comparison purposes with medical school acceptances at UT, East Tennessee, U of Arkansas and nationwide (data for 2009, see data from aamc):

  • UT-Memphis accepted 165 out of 1,352 applications (12% acceptance rate).
  • East Tennessee Quillen accepted 66 out of 1,445 applications (5% acceptance rate).
  • University of Arkansas accepted 165 out of 1,701 applications (10% acceptance rate).
  • nationwide, 18,390 are accepted out of 42,269 applicants (43% acceptance rate).

For pharmacy schools, the average acceptance rate is about 12% for each school, but since students often apply to more than one school, we obtained information that 50.2% of all PharmCAS applicants received at least one acceptance.

Michelle Paul at her white coat ceremony

Michelle Paul, Biology 2009, at her white coat ceremony
at the start of medical school at the University of Arkansas Medical
School College of Medicine in Little Rock. The white coat ceremony
marks the transition from pre-clinical into clinical studies.
In some instances where clinical studies are integrated into all
the years, it can happen during the first year of the program.

CBU's Steps for Success

To get into competitive professional (e.g., medical, pharmacy, dental) schools, there are five things that are important:

1. Grades At CBU, most of our science courses have labs associated with them, and the instructor for the lecture is usually the instructor for the lab. Our professors have at least 10 office hours each week to help students both with their coursework and with advising for their career plans.

2. Entrance tests (e.g., MCAT, PCAT, DAT) The excellent courses supported by well equipped labs prepare our students for these tests. In addition, the CBU Career Center offers practice tests to try to help prepare our students.

3. Experience in the field At CBU, we provide our students with many opportunities to gain experience in their chosen field. In the freshmen Principles of Biology courses, we have a discussion section that spends some time talking about what it takes to get into various fields. In the sophomore year we have a Biology Careers course that has students shadow a couple of professionals and hear many more make presentations about their fields. In the junior year we have a Junior Seminar course that brings researchers onto campus to talk about their research. All of our majors have a senior capstone research or internship course. This experience is viewed very positively by the various health professional schools.

Kanika Robinson and Makita Reed white coat for Pharm school

Kanika Townsend Robinson, Biology 2007, and Makita Reed,
Biology 2007, at their white coat ceremony for pharmacy school

4. Recommendations from your professors and the supervisors of your work in the field At CBU, you are encouraged to really get to know your professors. If you take advantage of this, the professors will be able to write very specific letters of recommendation for you.

5. Interviews As part of the admissions process for professional schools, students are required to attend an interview. At CBU, we help students prepare for this opportunity by holding mock interviews staffed by our alumni and other health professionals. For more information and pictures from the 2006 event, click here. [Due to lack of a photographer, pictures are not available for the 2009 event.]

To help and guide you in your preparation for pursuing any of the health careers, we have a Pre-Professional Heath Director, Dr. Stan Eisen. He has a very extensive set of web pages on the various health careers and what it takes to get into these professional schools.


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Featured Story: Summer Research
Dominique Garcia-Robles in Brazil.

Dominique Garcia-Robles working in
the MHIRT program in Brazil.

This summer was a busy one for science majors. Below is a list of some CBU students who have worked out of town, have worked under named fellowships, or under paid internships or programs.
REU = Research Experience for Undergraduates program
UTHSC = University of Tennessee Health Science Center
MHIRT = Minority Health International Research Training

Joe Alfonso, Biology 2012, received a Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the University of Texas with Dr. G. Stunz.
Larry Anderson, Biology and Chemistry 2012, had a chemistry REU at Virginia Commonwealth University with Dr. Matt Hartman.
Raymond Bedrossian, Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering 2013, had summer work at Saint Louis Catholic School working as an administrator assistant under Mitzi Donato. The work includes configuring and setting up the wireless routers, setting up computers, setting up printers and various other electrical devices and installing software across the campus.
Samantha Bownes, Biology 2012, worked in the MHIRT program in Uganda with Mr. Dustin James and Ms. Julia Hanebrink.
Garrett Brooks, Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering 2012, had a summer internship with Federal Express. The project was a coding of a security function for an application. The work was done in a group of 12 people including 2 CBU graduates at FedEx.
Teaire Charmichael, Natural Science 2012, worked in the MHIRT program in Brazil with Dr. Luiz Silvera.
Dominique Garcia-Robles, Chemistry 2011, worked in the MHIRT program in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this last summer with Debora R. Flor Chadi.
Catherine Gluszek, Biochemistry 2012, had a Neuroscience Merit Scholarship at UTHSC in the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department with Dr. Scott Heldt.
Andrew Greenop, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering 2012, had a summer internship at Evaporcool Solutions. The project included: writing quotes for frames and calculating pipe sizes and water treatment requirements; simplifying the use of data base for writing quotes in Excel using Macros; using Autosketch to design a system of equipment to make factory process of plastic welding more efficient; and researching valves and compressors to help design a winterization process for Evaporcool system.
Brent Holmes, Physics and Mathematics 2013, had a physics REU at Montana State University on solar flares with CBU alum Dr. David McKenzie, Physics 1989.
Luanzo Lung’aho, Biochemistry 2012, worked at the V.A. Hospital in Little Rock with Dr. Mohammad Moursi of the University of Arkansas Medical School.
Claire May, Biology 2012, had a Crane Vision Fellowship at UTHSC in the Ophthalmology Department with Dr. Tonia Rex.
Scott Parker, Biology 2012, had an Ophthalmology Fellowship at UTHSC in the Ophthalmology Department with Dr. Tonia Rex.
Caristy Polischeck, Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering 2012, had a summer internship with Federal Express. The project was on coding internet pages and applications to present lab information. The work was done in a group of 14 interns.
Rachael Reese, Biomedical Science 2012, had an Ophthalmology Fellowship at UTHSC in the Ophthalmology Department with Dr. Monica Jablonski.
Sarah-Catherine Ryan Biochemistry 2012, worked in the laboratory of Dr. Clinton Stewart at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Thomas Schill, Physics and Mathematics 2012, had a math/physics REU at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech University which focused on mathematical modeling of mammalian iron metabolism.
Alecia Stewart, Biochemistry 2013, worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, with Dr. Y. S Prakash.
Martin Tribo, Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering 2013, had a summer internship at Federal Express.
Drew Wellman,Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering 2012, had a NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholarship. The Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program is managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) under a sub-award from the National Institute of Aerospace. Participants gain exciting hands-on research experience while working side-by-side with NASA’s finest scientists and engineers who serve as mentors at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Brent Holmes at Yellowstone.

Brent Holmes (on left in blue shirt) with
other REU students at Yellowstone Park.

Here are some of the other science students who worked in local labs this summer:
Robert Banks, Biology 2012, worked in a Prescience program at UTHSC with Dr. Eldridge Johnson.
Carey Bowen, Biology 2012, worked in the Biology Department at the University of of Memphis with Dr. M. Koontz.
Porsha Chillis, Biomedical Science 2012, worked in the Neurology Department at UTHSC with Dr. Michael McDonald.
Cheryl Clausel, Biology 2012, worked in the Pharmacology Department at UTHSC with Dr. W-L Sun.
Justin Edwards, Biochemistry 2012, worked in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Dopico at UTHSC.
Joe Fong, Biology 2012, worked in the Physiology Department at UTHSC with Dr. A.P. Naren.
Anthony Ford, Biology 2012, worked at James Chiropractic with Dr. Bobby Meyers.
Justin Gallagher, Chemistry 2012, is starting in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Dopico at UTHSC.
Michael Hankins, Biology 2012, worked in the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department at UTHSC with Dr. Scott Heldt.
Corey Haughey, Biology 2012, worked in the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department at UTHSC with Dr. Anton Reiner.
Sarah Hill, Biology 2012, worked in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Memphis with Dr. Buddington.
Grace Hutchison, Biology 2012, worked in the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department at UTHSC with Dr. K. Hamre.
Shanandria Jackson, Biology 2012, worked at CBU with Ms. Lynda Miller.
Kelly Jeu, Biomedical Science 2012, worked in Pediatrics at UTHSC with Dr. Pat Fitzgerald.
David Kim, Biomedical Science 2012, worked in Dental Research at UTHSC under Dr. M. Dabbous.
Keara Moore, Chemistry 2012, worked in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel L. Baker at the University of Memphis.
Dana Pabalate, Biomedical Science 2012, worked in Orthopedics at UTHSC under Dr. Karen Hasty.
Prashant Patel, Biochemistry 2012, worked with Dr. John Young, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at CBU, in the laboratory of Dr. Abby Parrill at the University of Memphis.
Adrienne Renfro, Biology 2012, worked at Southern Spine Specialists under Dr. Patrick Curlee.
Madeline Reynolds, Biology 2012, worked in the Antaomy and Neurobiology Department at UTHSC under Dr. John Boughter.
Mario Sauceda, Biomedical Science 2012, worked in the Biology Department at the University of Memphis under Dr. Michael Kennedy.
Nick Selvo, Chemistry 2012, worked with Dr. John Young, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at CBU, in the laboratory of Dr. Abby Parrill at the University of Memphis.
Kyle Smith, Biomedical Science 2012, worked at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital under Dr. Clinton Stewart.
Jonathan Timmerman, Biology 2012, worked in Orthopedics at UTHSC under Dr. Richard Smith.
Xinyu Wang, Biochemistry 2012, worked in the laboratory of Dr. Clinton Stewart at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Nick Watkins, Biology 2012, worked in the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department at UTHSC under Dr. Detlef Heck.


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Featured Alum: Hannah Shackelford, MHIRT 2007 and Biology 2008
Graduate Student Goes to China
Hannah Shackelford in China

Hannah Shackelford in China.

This is from an original article written by Dr. Judith Cole and Hannah Shackelford for the Biology Newsletter at the University of Memphis. It is printed here with their permission.

Hannah Shackelford is currently working on her Master of Science degree at the University of Memphis with Dr. Kent Gartner, a long time collaborator of Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald and Dr. Mary Ogilvie. Hannah went to Shanghai during the summer of 2010 and the following is a description of her trip.

During my summer in Shanghai, China in 2010, I studied at Shanghai Jao Tong University, School of Medicine in Dr Junling Liu's laboratory. Dr. Liu was a former post-doctoral fellow of Dr. Gartner. Dr Liu's lab is in the Department of Hematology, and he specializes in platelets. During my time in the lab, I was able to participate in many experiments including bone marrow transplantation in mice following irradiation, immunohistochemical analysis of blood vessels, and the effects of anti-thrombotic drugs on tumor metastasis. Studying in Dr Liu's lab was a great experience. Not only was it interesting to see scientific research performed at an advanced institution, it was a unique experience to see it performed by individuals of another culture.

In addition to learning useful laboratory techniques, I was able to spend some time exploring several Chinese cities. My mother and two sisters came to visit, and we toured areas of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. We climbed The Great Wall of China, observed the Terracotta Warriors and walked through sacred areas like the Summer Palace and Forbidden City. We even had the chance to visit a typical Chinese home to see how the people live. It was surreal to stand in historical places you have seen many times in photographs or on television, and thanks to the connections at the University of Memphis I was given the opportunity to do so. It was a summer that I will never forget.

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Thank You Notes to Sciences Faculty

This month we have a thank you note to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald and all of the Sciences faculty. It is from Bobby Lawrence, Biology 2007.

"Hey Dr. Fitz! Things are great! I am loving school and so glad that I went with osteopathic medicine...totally up my alley! We had our first exam and needless to say I had a great background in histo, embryo, and cell bio. (No phys. yet, but I hear it gets intense 2nd semester!). Thank God for you guys kicking my butt in undergrad because it is def. paying off! I hope that things are going great at CBU and I will definitely be by to say hello when I have time to visit (someday)!!" Bobby Lawrence class of 2007

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Featured Department: Biochemistry
Student in the Biochemistry Lab

The image above shows Yusef Akbik, Biochemistry 2013, preparing to
pour a Gel Filtration column in the Biochemistry Laboratory.


The Biochemistry degree is designed to provide a strong preparation for both the workplace and professional schools, including pharmacy, medical and dental schools. The degree places a strong emphasis on the development of a wide range of skills at the molecular level that are needed in medical and biochemical research laboratories. For this reason the major places a heavy emphasis on requiring laboratory courses to accompany most of the lecture courses required for completion of the degree. Of the 16 biology and chemistry courses required in the program, 14 of them have companion laboratory courses.

This was a year of firsts for the B.S. degree program in Biochemistry at Christian Brothers University. This year, the first five students to complete the requirements for the B.S degree in Biochemistry graduated. This year, Justin Edwards Biochemistry 2012, became the first Biochemistry major to be elected President of the CBU Student Members of the American Chemical Society. This year, Catherine Gluszek Biochemistry 2012, became the first Biochemistry major to be elected President of Beta Beta Beta, the Biology Honor Society and student group. Justin Edwards also became the first CBU student to be selected to receive an all expenses paid scholarship to attend the 2011 American Chemical Society Leadership Institute and one of only 17 undergraduates from across the nation that were selected in 2010 to receive this prestigious honor.

The image below shows biochemistry research students
From left to right: Luanzo Lung’aho, Xinyu Wang, Justin Edwards,
Sarah-Catherine Ryan, Prashant Patel, and Catherine Gluszek.


Biochemistry Research students

Research is an important component of the B.S. Biochemistry degree program. In recognition of this fact, several new courses are being offered. The 2 semester Research Seminar series has been expanded to a 4 semester sequence, including CHEM 330 Research Seminar I, CHEM 331 Research Seminar II, CHEM 428 Research Seminar III, and CHEM 429 Research Seminar IV. A photograph of Biochemistry Senior Research Class is shown on the left.

A related new course is CHEM 490, Internship in Chemistry, where students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry are placed in area companies or research facilities. A total of four Biochemistry majors have completed or are currently taking this course.