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Spring 2007 and Fall 2006
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Scenes from CBU Bio Labs
CBU voted one of the top three finalists for Most Beloved University
CBU has been notified by the Commercial Appeal (on 16 July 2007) that it has been voted a finalist in the 2007 Memphis Most Awards a contest that they sponsor every year.  We were voted one of top-three finalists in the Most Beloved University category.  The winners will be announced August 11 and then included in a special magazine section in the Sunday edition that has a circulation of 220,000.  The voting was based on our exposure to the Memphis and surrounding communities via our print ads, articles, and web presence on the CA Web site.  Elisa C. Marus, Executive Director, Communications and Marketing, Christian Brothers University
Congratulations to the May 2007
CBU School of Sciences Graduates
BACHELOR OF ARTS / BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
Laura Nicole Anglin Natural Science
Bernard Ho Bach Biology
Rebecca Shannon Bastnagel Natural Science
Keshia Maria-Yvonne Belle Natural Science
Vincent Lee Bryant Natural Science
Nathan N. Chantara Computer Science and Mathematics
Chantel Sheriece Engleberg Biology
Adam Ryan Eubank Chemistry
Cynthia Lynn Johnson Natural Science
Divya Elizabeth Jose Natural Science
Brian Seok Kim Biology
Austin Parker King Natural Science
Jordan Marc Klein Biology
Robert Theodore Lawrence III Biology
Mark Mitchell Lingerfelt Chemistry
Sara Anne Lynch Natural Science
Kyle Christopher Markway Natural Science
John Paul Masterson Mathematics (Bachelor of Arts)
Sheharyar Sohail Minhas Biology
Michelle Lynn Moats Natural Science
Matthew Stephen Morgan Physics
Shawn Anthony Morgan** Mathematics (Bachelor of Arts)
Sana Mujahid Biology
Alan Dalton Newton Biology
Jennie Hua Nguyen Biology
Jessica Von Nguyen Natural Science
Phuc Anh Nguyen Chemistry
Angela Marie Papachristou Natural Science
Richard Brett Prentiss Biology
Paulina Daria Reilly Natural Science
Johnnie Dee Scott Biology
Dorothy Frances Sellers Natural Science
Hannah Blythe Shackelford Biology
Teri Lynn Shepherd Natural Science
Tiffany Erin Stinson** Natural Science
Kanika LaKathryn Townsend Biology
Kristin Lea Warner Computer Science
*Completed degree requirements August 2006 
**Completed degree requirements December 2006
Final Exam Schedule for Spring 2007:  Wed-Fri, 2-4 May and Mon-Tues, 7-8 May 2007
  • The final exam schedule for the spring term for day classes is available online at: http://www.cbu.edu/Academics/registrar/Spring2007Exams.html
  • 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. 
  • Friday, 4 May 2007  Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences  Ground Breaking CeremonyPhotos
  • Link to CBU's BBB web page.
    Beta Beta Beta received CBU's Outstanding Community Service Award for 2006-07
    presented at CBU's  Club Recognition Day on 26 April 2007.
    • Mu Tau Chapter Officers for 2006-07:

    • President: Ashley Prevost
      Vice President:  Michael Herr
      Treasurer: Rebecca Bastnagel
      Secretary: Sana Mujahid
      Historian: Whitney Heath
    • Committee Chairs for 2006-07:

    • Social Chair: Cynthia Johnson, John Legge
      Philanthropy: Raven Fifer
      Public Relations: Jeremy Armstrong
      Fundraising: Antony Eddy
      Volleyball Game: Brian Kim
      Sophomore Representative:  Kelley Towns
    • Mu Tau Chapter Officers for 2007-08:

    • President: Michael Herr
      Vice President:  Jeremy Armstrong
      Treasurer: Daniel Darnell
      Secretary: John Legge
      Historian: Alicia Scarborough
    • Committee Chairs for 2007-08:

    • Social Chair: Erin Green
      Philanthropy: Antony Eddy
      Publicity: Kelly Towns
      Fundraising: Caitlin Clay
      Volleyball: Nicole Bates
      Bowl-a-thon Chair: John York
    Link to CBU's BBB web page.
  • Thursday, 19 April 2007   12:30 pm in S214 Beta Beta Beta  Meeting
    • Agenda items: contact Ashley Prevost for more information.
    • Tuesday, 17 April 2007 
    11thAnnual CBU Student Research Poster Session.
  • 2007 Poster Session Program and Photos
  • 2007 CBU Student Research Poster Session
  • Saturday, 14 April 2007    Univ. of Memphis Distinguished Alumni Awards

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    • Dr. Marguerite Cooper (Chemistry) was honored with a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Memphis on April 14 at a black-tie gala at the Gibson Guitar Factory. Dr. Cooper, who has taught at CBU for 30 years, was the first woman to get a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the U of Memphis.  

    Distinguished Alumni Awards
    (U Memphis)
  • Thursday, 12 April 2007   12:30 pm in S214 Beta Beta Beta  Meeting
  • CBU School of Sciences Charity Volleyball Game
    Wednesday, 11 April 2007  6:00 pm in the Canale Arena Gymnasium. 
    Photos and Team Rosters, etc.
    Youth and Vitality?
    Youth & Vitality
    (SOS Students)
  • Youth & Vitality (Students) vs. Old Age & Deceit (Faculty & Staff): 
  • Donations to benefit the Church Health Center
  • Photos from the 2007 Game 
    • First Match:   Old Age & Deceit defeated Youth & Vitality Team A
    • Second Match: Youth & Vitality Team Cdefeated Youth & Vitality Team B
    • Championship Match:Youth & Vitality Team C defeated  Old Age & Deceit
    Old Age and Deceit?
    Old Age & Deceit
    (SOS Faculty)
    2007 Championship Team SOS Charity VolleyballSOS Charity Volleyball 2007
  • Thursday, 29 March 2007   12:30 pm in S214 Beta Beta Beta  Meeting
    • Agenda items include Nominations for those who wish to stand for election: contact Ashley Prevost for more information.
  • Tuesday 27 March 2007   Annual Beta Beta Beta Induction
  • 6:00 pm Spain Aud., Buckman Hall.
  • Photos from the March 2007 Beta Beta Beta Induction
  • New TriBeta Full Members March 2007
  • Saturday, 24 March 2007    Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate MeetingLink to 2007 CBU at TAS page
  • CBU participants at the 2007 TAS meeting
    Thursday, 22 March 2007  Health Careers Meeting
    17 March 2007 CBU MHIRT Student presenting a research poster.
    • Laura Anglin will be presenting a poster at the 2007 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference in Orlando Fla. on March 17th.  The title of the poster is "The effects of agricultural land clearing surrounding Emas National Park, Brazil on the viability and diet of the maned wolf"  Coauthored with Ashley Ragsdale from the University of Memphis.  This is their senior research and the result of MHIRT 2006.
    Laura Anglin (Natural Science '07) presented a poster at the 2007 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference in Orlando on March 17. The title of her poster was "The effects of agricultural land clearing surrounding Emas National Park in Brazil on the viability and diet of the maned wolf," and it was coauthored with Ashley Ragsdale from the University of Memphis. It was part of their senior research and the result of MHIRT 2006. [Source:  CBU Connection, 26 March 2007]
  • 15-17 March 2007. CBU Alpha Chi Students will present their research at the National Alpha Chi Convention in San Antonio.
    •  Dr. Fitzgerald is taking four students to the Alpha Chi National Convention in San Antonio Thursday-Sunday.  Three students will be making presentations, two of these are biology and one is a bio minor engineering major.
      • Sana Mujahid (Biol '07), “Characterization of Lysophosphatidic Acid 3 Receptor Using Computationally Guided Site-directed Mutagenesis” 
      • Sheharyar Minhas (Biol '07), "Incorporation of HA into H5N1 Vaccine Virus is Independent of Matrix Gene Origin". He has entered this presentation for the Benedict scholarship competition.
      • Ashley Prevost (Engin '07), "CpG Island Methylation in Prostate Cancer Cell Line"
      • Jennifer Aldrich will be attending as the voting member and the junior class representative.
    Four CBU students attended the Alpha Chi National Convention in San Antonio, March 15-17. Pictured are Sheharyar Minhas (President, Biology '07), Ashley Prevost (Secretary, Chemical Engineering '07), Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology, Faculty Sponsor), Sana Mujahid (Vice President, Biology '07), and Jennifer Aldrich (Business '08). The three senior members presented papers at the convention. Dr. Fitzgerald received a 10-year service pin. She has served as a faculty sponsor since 1995. Alpha Chi is an interdisciplinary honor society, whose membership is by invitation only and based on academic standing. More than 400 students attended from 125 schools. [Source:  CBU Connection, 26 March 2007]
  • Thursday, 15 March 2007   12:30 pm in S214 Beta Beta Beta  Meeting
    • Agenda items: contact Ashley Prevost for more information.
  • Friday, 9 March 2007    Abstract Deadline for Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Div.Link to 2005 TAS @ CBU page
  • 2007 West Tennessee Collegiate Division of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences
  • Because the deadline falls during CBU's Spring Break, CBU students will need to send in their abstract by 2 March (before Spring Break). 
  • Call for Abstracts (flyer)
  • Submit your abstract as a MSWord attachment to an email sent toHarris_TAS@loc.edu
  • Guidelines for Abstract format and length.  The abstract must be submitted using 12 point Times New Roman font, with margins 1 inch right and 2.5 inch left, left justified, submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment in an e-mail to Dr. Delphia F. Harris (Harris_TAS@loc.edu). Each talk should be 10 – 12 minutes long with approximately 3 minutes left for questions.
    • The West Tennessee Collegiate Division of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences will meet at LeMoyne-Owen College, in Memphis on Saturday, March 24, 2007 starting at  8:00 am. 
      • There will be sessions appropriate for research in the Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science as well as Geographic Information Systems.
  • Thursday, 1 March 2007   12:00 pm in Biology hallway Beta Beta Beta  Study Break 
    • Spring break is rapidly approaching…and that means it’s time for midterms.

    • To give you a break from all your studying, Tri-Beta is hosting a Study Break on March 1st.   We need volunteers to bring in snack foods and drinks for the study break, so if you’re interested in bringing cookies, cake, drinks, etc. send John Legge, BBB Social Chair(jlegge@cbu.edu) an email.   Any and all help is much appreciated!
       
    • BBB Meeting in S214 at 12:30 pm:  Meeting Agenda items: contact Ashley Prevost for more information.
    Hope North Research site for CBU's MHIRT program featured in news stories
    • "In Uganda, 'Last King' generates pride and pain.  Crowds flock to Oscar-honored film about late dictator Idi AminMSNBC/Washington Post  [upper photo at right]

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    • "Uganda: Corporates Bond With Famed Actor to Support School ProjectEast African Business Week (Kampala)

    • February 26, 2007
      "Under the auspice of its flagship corporate social responsibility programme, 'Build Our Nation', telecommunications firm Celtel Uganda and dfcu bank donated 400 text books and US$5,000 (Ush9 million) respectively to Hope North School in the north western district of Masindi."
      "The aim of North Hope is to provide a peaceful resettlement village in which the children of northern Uganda and the surrounding community will benefit from improved educational and housing facilities."
       
    • "Uganda: Whitaker Supports Masindi School"  New Vision (Kampala) February 21, 2007

    • "Forest Whitaker, the multiple award-winning American actor on Sunday gave out 200 textbooks to Hope North School in Masindi.
      The school, an initiative of Sam Okello, an actor with the Ndere troupe, enrolls children affected by the insurgency in the north. It is a boarding secondary section and a vocational centre with over 200 students."
       
    • "Whitaker: Filming in Uganda Was Vital" By Associated Press Updated: 2/19/2007 [lower photo at right]
  • The Minority Health International Research Training grant to CBU supports undergraduate biology students who are selected to join summer research projects in Brazil and Uganda.  The application deadline is 17 Jan. 2008.
  • American actor Forest Whitaker, center, chats with the chairman of Hope
    North School, Sam Okello, right, and students in Masindi, Uganda, on Feb. 18,
    2007. Whitaker handed over textbooks to the school that takes cares of
    former abducted children the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). After months 
    waiting to see the Oscar-nominated film "The Last King of Scotland", 
    Ugandans welcomed what they saw as a realistic portrayal of their 
    blood-thirsty former dictator, Idi Amin. (AP Photo)  Caption and Photo Source:
    MSNBC/Washington Post
    (AP Photo): U.S. actor Forest Whitaker, centre, in white shirt, being received by
    Chairman of Hope North School Sam Okello ,in black shirt, and students of the 
    school in Masindi , about 400km northwestern of Ugandas capital Kampala, 
    Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007. Whitaker handed over textbooks to the school that 
    takes cares of former abducted children by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA).
    After months waiting to see the Oscar-nominated film "The Last King of 
    Scotland", Ugandans welcomed what they saw as a realistic portrayal of their
    blood-thirsty former dictator, Idi Amin. 
  • Saturday, 24 Feb. 2007  Science Olympiad 
    • The CBU School of Sciences hosts the local Science Olympiad at CBU on Saturday, February 24.  CBU's chapter of Tri-Beta will be assisting with the Olympiad.
    • We are sponsoring more than 28 events. There are some events where teams have been building something (wooden vehicles, robots, bridges, towers, trebuchets, etc.) and will bring them for testing. Other events involved identification, answering of questions, or performing experiments. 
    • The two schools with the two highest results in each division will be awarded a place in the state competition. This is CBU's second year hosting the Olympiad. 
    • Contact:  Br. John Monzyk  (email jmonzyk@cbu.edu)
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2007  Biology Seminar Mini-poster Session  1:00-2:00 pm in S153
  • Photos from the 20 Feb 2007 Junior Poster Session
  • Pairs of students in Dr. Ogilvie's Biology Seminar course will present posters on a paper of their choice from the primary literature.   
  • Photos from the 2007 Junior Poster Session
  • 2005 CBU Student Research Poster Session
  • Thursday, 15 February 2007   12:30 pm in S214 Beta Beta Beta  Meeting
    • Agenda items: 
      We have alumna Christina Brown ('06) and Marvin Stockwell coming to speak about the Church Health Center.  We've been raising money for the Church Health Center for years through one of our biggest fund raisers: the Student/Faculty Volleyball tournament! It is coming up this year on March 22!
      Contact Ashley Prevost for more information.
  • Monday, 12 February 2007  Darwin's Birthday Celebration
    • Photos from the event 
    • Come visit the Biology floor of CBU's Science Building to share a cake and celebrate this momentous event in our cultural and scientific history.

    Galapagos finches pictured on the 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
  • Listen to a public radio program "Evolution of Wonder: Understanding Charles Darwin"
    • On Monday, February 12, Beta Beta Beta, the Biology Honor Society will sponsor the first ever Ape Olympic Biathalon in honor of Charles Darwin's 198th birthday anniversary.  The events include the following:  [Photos]
      • Introduction and a few facts about Darwin:  Dr. Eisen
      • Coconut Shot Put:  The Coconut Shot Put is very much like any other Shot Put competition, except you use a coconut.  Coconut shot put Winners: Thomas Turner and Dr. Mary Ogilvie.
      • Mate-calling contest from the landing on the 2nd floor of the Alfonso Dining Hall:   Judged on the basis of audibility and clarity. Men's Mating Call Contest Winner: Jeremy Armstrong.  Video clips can be downloaded here(filesizes are ~10K each)
      Thanks to Drs. John Varriano and Teri Mason for serving as judges (and shills) for the event, and to Rebecca Bastnagel for recording results.

     
     




    anti-Darwin cartoon from the 1800s

    Fruit of the Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera).   Botanically, a coconut is a simple dry fruit known as a fibrous drupe (not a true nut).
  • Beta Beta Beta and ACS Homecoming Float Photos 
  • Link to CBU's ACS web page
    Thursday, 8 Feb. 2007  USAF Medical College Scholarship Program
  • Thursday, February 8, 2007:  12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in S214: 
  • Nicole Greenwood, Technical Sergeant, will be talking about the USAF Medical College Scholarship Program, which provides tuition, room, board, and a stipend for individuals interested in health-related careers.
  • http://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/incolschol/incolProgram.php
  • http://airforcemedicine.afms.mil/index.html
  • For more information contact:  Dr. Stan Eisen (seisen@cbu.edu), Pre-professional Health Programs, CBU
  • Thursday, 1 February 2007   12:30 pm in S214 Beta Beta Beta  and ACS Meeting
    • Agenda items: Topics include Tri-Beta/ACS homecoming activities, possible activities for the Mon., 12 Feb. celebrateion of Charles Darwin's Birthday, and other plans for the rest of the semester.

      Contact Ashley Prevost for more information.

    Link to CBU's ACS web page
    Thursday, 25 Jan. 2007   Experience Critical: Health Career Opportunity
  • Thurday, January 25, 2007; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in S214: 
    • Paige Heinz, Systems Marketing Specialist Baptist Memorial Hospital, wll be speaking about the Experience Critical Campaign which recruits volunteers to serve in Baptist's metro-Memphis emergency rooms. 

    • "Our target audience for this team is  mainly area college students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in health care.  The hands-on experience not only serves as a great addition to a student's resume, but the volunteer hours also may be worth college transcript credit.”
  • Thursday, 18 January 2007   12:30 pm in S214 Beta Beta Beta  Meeting
    • Agenda items include Tri-Beta's planned participation in the Birthright Bowl-a-thon on Sat., 27 Jan. at Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes from 12:30-4:30. Registration must be

    • completed by Jan. 22 (contact Ashley Prevost or Dr. Ogilvie for more information).
    Final Exam Schedule for Fall 2006:  Monday-Friday, 11-15 December
    • The final exam schedule for the fall term for day classes is available online at: http://www.cbu.edu/Academics/registrar/Fall2005Exams.html. 
    • 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. 
  • Thursday, 7 December 2006   Beta Beta Beta  and ACS Christmas and Holiday Party   6:30 pm in the East Lounge
  • Photos!
  • We will eat, sing Christmas carols, and have a fun time.  If you would like to attend and can bring a dish (dinner or dessert), it would be greatly appreciated!  -- Ashley Prevost, BBB Chapter President 
  • New students are welcome.  You do not have to be an official member of tri-Beta to attend this party!

  • Link to CBU's BBB web page
    Link to CBU's ACS web page
  • Thurs., 7 Dec.  2006  Tri-Beta Study Break  at lunch time, Biology floor of Science Bldg.
  • Tri Beta Activities and Service Projects for Fall 2006 (MSWord)
  • Thursday -Friday, 23-24 Nov. 2006   Thanksgiving Break
  • IHappy Thanksgiving!
    Ornaments for Muslim Mission (Tri-Beta Service Activity)
  • Two CBU students presented papers in the cell and molecular biology section of the Tennessee Academy of Science at Austin Peay State University on 17 November 2006. Sheharyar Minhas (Biology '07) presented a paper on "Incorporation of HA into H5N1 vaccine virus is independent of M1 gene origin." Sana Mujahid (Biology '07) presented a paper on "Characterization of the lysophophatidic acid 3 receptor via computationally-guided site-specific mutagenesis." 

  • 17-19 November 2006  Students in Dr. Stan Eisen's Invertebrate Zoology and Bro. Edward Salgado's Ecology courses participated in the field trip to the Univ. of Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab. Photos from the trip.
  • Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) was an invited symposium speaker at the International Congress of Eye Research in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 29 October - 3 November 2006. The title of her presentation was "Evidence for facial nucleus regulation of compensatory choroidal vasodilation in response to systemic hypotension in pigeons and rodents," co-authored with Mark LeDoux, Sherry Cuthbertson, and Anton Reiner. 
  • Friday, 10 Nov. 2006   Beta Beta Beta  Bowling for Uganda  7:00-9:00 pm 
    • Tri-Beta has organized a campus-wide fund raiser to benefit a village in Uganda.

    • “Bowling for Uganda” 7:00-9:00 pm Friday, 10 November 2006 at Billy Hardwick's All-Star lanes on White Station and Quince ($15.00 for 3 games and shoes)
    • Photos:  Bowling for Uganda 2006
    • BOWL-A-THON FOR HOPE NORTH 

    • Tri-Beta (CBU's Biological Honor Society) will host a Bowl-A-Thon benefiting Hope North US on November 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Billy Hardwick's All-Star lanes on White Station and Quince.
      Hope North US is a organization that was established in Uganda to combat poverty and educate children in a country which has been torn by an ongoing civil war. The civil war has led to one of the worst humanitarian situations in the world.  The organization provides clean water, sanitary facilities, a school for children displaced by the war, and other aid. Everyone is encouraged to create or join a team of five. Teams and bowling fees should be turned in by Monday, 6 November. Team sponsor(s) are allowed to make a one-time donation or donate money per pin knocked down.
    • 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.  The Acholi people have been the targets of this war, in which their own children have been abducted by the “Lord’s Resistance Army” and then forced to kill their own kinfolk.  The U.N. and many other non-profit organizations have set up camps in Uganda in hopes of protecting many of the displaced Acholi people.  These camps are overcrowded and have been infiltrated by many diseases such as Typhoid, Malaria, and now most commonly Cholera. These are only a few of the numerous challenges that the villages face.
    • HOW CAN WE HELP?
      • Tri Beta is planning a campus-wide Bowl-A-Thon.  We are asking each club to form at least one team of five or six people.  Everyone else in your organization is encouraged to support your team by donating or raising money.  Each team will go head-to-head with the other clubs on campus in a fun evening of bowling for a good cause.  Prizes will be given to the organizations that raise the most money and bowl the highest score. 

      • Our goal is to raise $2200 in order to build a house for one of these camps in Uganda.  With your help, this can be done!
    • If you are interested, please contact:  Ashley Prevost aprevost@cbu.edu (Tri Beta President) or Dr. Mary Ogilvie (mogilvie@cbu.edu)

     
     
     
     
     


     
     
     
     


     

     

  • Tuesday, 31 Oct. 2006.  Halloween
  • Before...  (specimen, F. Cucurbitaceae)After:  31 October.  Happy Halloween!
  • Thursday, 26 October 2006   12:30 pm in S214 Beta Beta Beta  Meeting
  • This is the T-Shirt design for the 2002 cohort of MIRT students and mentors.
  • Wednesday, 11 October 2006  Vision Research Opportunties in Brazil: MIRT Informational Meeting   12:00 pm (noon) in S201
  • Dr. Claudio Toledo from Sao Paulo Brazil and MHIRT program participating faculty member will be on campus Wednesday, 11 Oct. 2006.  Dr. Toledo will  discuss his research on subcortical neural pathways controlling the eye.  He will also meet individuall with students who want to find out more about participating in his research program.  To arrange a meeting, or if you need any further information contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at extension 3262 or malinda@cbu.edu.
  • You are invited to attend and find out about MIRT paid research opportunities in Brazil for 2007!
  • The Minority International Research Training grant to CBU supports undergraduate students (juniors and above) who are selected to join summer research projects in Brazil and Uganda.  The application deadline is 26 Jan. 2007
  • Dr. Toledo and MIRT students in Brazil, 2003 (with Amada Fitzgerald)
  • Fri., 6 Oct. -- Sat., 7 Oct. 2006 Tour d'Esprit to benefit Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis
    • CBU's Tri-Beta students will be assisting at the 24-Hour Tour d'Esprit at Holy Spirit Church in East Memphis Friday, 6 Oct. through Saturday, 7 Oct. 2006 to benefit Haiti Medical Missions.
    • CBU's chapter of Tri-Beta has entered a team for this event and is still recruiting team members.  If you would like to participate, please stop by Mrs. Allen's desk near the Biology offices (S203) and pick up an application to fill out or contact Evan Kraus (email ekraus1@cbu.edu) or Dr. Ogilvie (mogilvie@cbu.edu). 
    • Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis.

    CBU Students volunteer for Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis
    Thursday, 5 Oct. 2006   Health Career Opportunities Fair at CBU!
    PLOUGH AWARDS $2.5 MILLION TO CBU SCIENCES 

    The Plough Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million grant to expand the CBU science facilities, the largest gift of its kind for the School of Sciences. "This generous financial commitment will allow the University to further enhance the excellent reputation of our degree programs in the sciences,” said CBU president Brother Vincent Malham. The expanded Science Center will include additional state-of-the-art biology and chemistry labs, meeting space, multi-purpose research and study areas, and needed faculty office space.

    Plough Foundation awards CBU $2.5 million for sciences project 

    (Memphis)--- The Plough Foundation has awarded Christian Brothers University a $2.5 million grant to expand the University’s science facilities, the largest gift of its kind for CBU’s School of Sciences. 
    “This generous financial commitment will allow the University to further enhance the excellent reputation of our degree programs in the sciences,” said CBU president Brother Vincent Malham, FSC. “We are honored to be a partner with the Plough Foundation in providing quality and relevant science education for tomorrow’s leaders.” 
    The expanded sciences center will include additional state of the art biology and chemistry labs, meeting space, multi purpose research and study areas and needed faculty office space. 
    “The Plough Foundation’s continued commitment to education as evidenced by this partnership will reap rich dividends for both CBU and the community for years to come,” said CBU vice president for advancement Ruth Carr. “This is the type of investment that will live on through the positive impact our graduates have on society.” 
    The present Science Center at CBU was built in 1967 and has had several renovations over the years. The School of Sciences was established in 1990 when then Christian Brothers College (CBC) became Christian Brothers University. 
    CBU offers eight different undergraduate sciences degrees in four departments: biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science and physics and natural science. 
    A new major in biomedical sciences is being added this fall. Minors in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics are also offered. 
    “With the explosion of science based careers and workforce shortages, we are thrilled to join with the Plough Foundation to help better prepare our students to meet these challenges and succeed in the future,” said Dr. Johnny Holmes, dean of the School of Sciences. “Our students are currently at the top of their programs, but with this added boost to our facilities, we expect nothing but continued growth and success.” 
    CBU science students complete internships at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, the Memphis Zoo and several other local hospitals and corporations. More than 90% of CBU graduates who apply to medical schools and more than 87% of those who apply to pharmacy schools are accepted. 


  • Tuesday, 26 September 2006     Beta Beta Beta  Bake Sale
  • 5:30-8:00 pm
  • Tables will be set up in front of Montesi in Buckman Hall and at the end of the walkway leading to the science building from the commuter lot 
  • Cookies, brownies and other goodies.
  • A TriBeta fundraiser to benefit Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis
  • CBU's chapter of Beta Beta Beta 

  • Thursday, 21 September 2006   12:30 pm in S214 Beta Beta Beta  Meeting
    • New students are welcome. You do not have to be an official member of tri-Beta to attend this meeting!
    • The main agenda items will be the upcoming Beta Beta Beta activities for this semester.
    • Associate and Full Members:  Chapter dues ($5.00) 
    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 CBU 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.
    • CBU's chapter of Beta Beta Beta 
    • Mu Tau Chapter Officers for 2006-07:

    • President: Ashley Prevost
      Vice President:  Michael Herr
      Treasurer: Rebecca Bastnagel
      Secretary: Sana Mujahid
      Historian: Whitney Heath
    • Committee Chairs for 2006-07:

    • Social Chair: Cynthia Johnson
      Philanthropy: Raven Fifer
      Public Relations: Jeremy Armstrong
      Fundraising: Antony Eddy
      Volleyball Game: Brian Kim
    Link to CBU's Beta Beta Beta web page

  • Wednesday, 20 Sept. 2006  BBB Interview Workshop
    • 6:00 pm 2nd floor Science Building
    • If you are a CBU student who is currently applying or planning to apply to a professional school (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary, Optometry, etc.), you may now sign up for a mock interview.  Contact tri-Beta chapter Historian, Whitney Heath at wheath@cbu.edu 
    • 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, which will be held on Wednesday, 20 September 2006.
    • Students who wish to participate need to sign up in advance.  To register, please send and email containing your name and area of interest to Whitney Heath (wheath@cbu.edu).
    • Photos from the 28 Sept. 2005 Interview Workshop
    2004 BBB Interview Workshop
    BBB Interview Workshops: 
    Be part of the Tradition

    2004 BBB Interview Workshop

    2004 BBB Interview Workshop


     
  • Saturday, 16 Sept. 2006   MHIRT Projects Symposium and 2006 Wrap-up  
    • Presentations:  9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. in room S214
      • Schedule of presentations  The presentations are open to all... particularly if you may be interested in applying to participate in MHIRT research in the future.
      • MHIRT students present their summer 2006 research results and share their experiences in Uganda and Brazil.  (RSVP to Dr. Fitzgerald to attend the luncheon.)
      • Contact Dr. Fitzgerald (malinda@cbu.edu) to find out about MHIRT paid research opportunities in Brazil and Uganda for 2007!
    • 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 application deadline is 17 Jan. 2007.   Photos from the 2005 Symposium
    This is the T-Shirt design for the 2002 cohort of MIRT students and mentors.
  • Thursday, 7 September 2006   12:30 pm in S214  Beta Beta Beta  Meeting
    • New students are welcome. You do not have to be an official member of tri-Beta to attend this meeting!
    • The main agenda item will be planning Beta Beta Beta activities for this semester.
    • Associate and Full Members:  Chapter dues ($5.00) 
    beta beta betais 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 CBU 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 2006-07:

    • President: Ashley Prevost
      Vice President:  Michael Herr
      Treasurer: Rebecca Bastnagel
      Secretary: Sana Mujahid
      Historian: Whitney Heath
    • Committee Chairs for 2006-07:

    • Social Chair: Cynthia Johnson
      Philanthropy: Raven Fifer
      Public Relations: Jeremy Armstrong
      Fundraising: Antony Eddy
      Volleyball Game: Brian Kim

    Biology Majors & Health Careers Meeting
    Thursday, 31 August 2006  12:45 p.m.  Room S153
    Photos from the 2006 Meeting
    Here are some of the topics on the agenda for the meeting....
    Biomedical Sciences Degree Announced at CBU 

    (Memphis)---Christian Brothers University will offer a degree in biomedical sciences beginning Fall 2006. The new degree, offered within the biology department, is designed particularly for students interested in medicine and veterinary medicine.
    “This program is more focused on medicine than the traditional biology degree,” said Dr. Johnny Holmes, dean of sciences. “It has all of the requirements of a regular biology degree but with most of the biology and chemistry electives specified.”
    Students also take advantage of mentored research courses that make a CBU biology degree distinctive as well as exceptional internships at various facilities including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Memphis Zoo. Courses included in the biomedical degree program are: vertebrate embryology, vertebrate physiology, microbiology, parasitology, animal histology, immunology and biochemistry. 
    “With interest in medical fields so high, and since CBU has traditionally offered biology and chemistry courses that students need for the field, it was only natural for us to put together a degree in this area,” said Holmes. More than 85% of CBU students who apply to medical school and other professional programs are accepted. For more information, call the CBU admissons office at 901-321-3205. 

    Fall 2006 Welcome and Welcome Back!
  • Fall Registration and Classes
  • The Biology Major paradigm and Checksheet 
  • CBU Online Class Schedule
    • Monday, 21 August 2006: First Day of Fall Semester Classes
      • Science Students:  Many science labs do meet the first week (for example, sophomore-level Biology labs will meet).
      • The following Labs WILL meet as scheduled during the first week of school:

      • BIOL 211L
        BIOL 217L
        BIOL 311L
        BIOL 335L
        BIOL 412L
        BIOL 451L
        CALC Labs
        CHEM 211L
        CHEM 315L
        NCSI 111L
      • The following Labs WILL NOT meet during the first week of school:

      • BIOL 111L
        CHEM 113L
        PHYS 150L
        PHYS 201L
        PHYS 251L
        PHYS 252L
        PHYS 415L
    Link to Being a successful student
    Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation Announces Science Scholarship

    (Memphis)---The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation of Memphis has announced a partnership with Christian Brothers University and will provide a $250,000 scholarship fund for juniors and seniors majoring in the sciences at CBU. 
    The annual scholarships will be awarded to sciences majors maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and a full academic schedule and who are involved in community service activities. The Wilson Science Scholarships are renewable for qualified students. 
    “We are most grateful to the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation for this wonderful gift,” said Brother Vincent Malham, FSC, CBU president. “This gift will support students pursuing studies in the sciences, an area of strategic importance to the future of our region and the nation.”
    The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation is a family-run foundation and honors the legacy of giving established by Dorothy and Kemmons Wilson. The Foundation supports community outreach and development, enrichment programs for youth and education, faith-based ministries and health and research organizations 
    “The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation is delighted to be a partner with Christian Brothers University in the important work of providing scholarship support for today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders,” said Robert A. Wilson, executive vice president, Kemmons Wilson, Inc. “CBU continues its rich history of providing excellent academic programs in the sciences and the university’s reputation of preparing outstanding alumni is well known.”

     

    Fall 2006

    Scenes from CBU Bio Labs
     
  • NIH GRANT RENEWED FOR MHIRT PROJECT AT CBU 
  • This is the T-Shirt design for the 2002 cohort of MIRT students and mentors.
  • CBU has been awarded a grant of more than $900,000 from the the Fogarty International Center and the Office of Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health, designed to support research opportunities for minority students. 
  • This is the sixth consecutive year CBU has received the Minority Health International Research and Training (MHIRT) grant, which will be received in increments of more than $200,000 a year over a four-year period. 
  • Research projects address problems inherent to health care in minority and rural populations in the U.S. and in developing countries; CBU programs involve lab and health programs in Brazil and Uganda. 
  • Since the first grant was awarded in 2000 more than 40 students from CBU and several other colleges and universities in the Mid South and throughout the U.S. have participated in the project. 

  • For additional information on the MHIRT grant and project, see the linked web page or contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) at malinda@cbu.edu or 321-3262. 
    Global Village Africa at Heifer Project (2004)

    Photos from Christian Brothers University Graduation May 2005
    Archives CBU Biology News & Events
    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





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