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    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
    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
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., Memphis State University
    James Moore  jmoore25@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 110  Phone: 321-3451
    Assistant 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
    Professor
    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
    Professor
    Ph.D., Clemson University


    Biology Students Welcome and CBU 101 Meeting
    Tuesday, 9 Sept. 2014  1:00--1:50 p.m.  Room: Spain Auditorium
    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 (Dr. Moore, et al.) 
    • 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
      • Students are invited to attend the MCAT information session at 7:00pm Tues., 9 Sept. in AH122 (with Mama Dee's Italian Ices served starting at 6:30pm). 
      • Contact Dr. Eisen to sign up for the Caduceus email list.
    • 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 Thurs., 25 Sept. 2014 in Canale Arena (the gym). 

  • CBU Biology Student Survival Tips
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    Students and faculty at the 2014 bio meeting. Students at the 2014 meeting.
    Dr. James Moore at the 2014meeting.
    Dr. Mary Ogilvie 9 Sept 2014  Dr. 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


  • Thursday, 25 Sept. 2014   Grad School Expo / Health Career Opportunities Fair at CBU!
    • 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Canale Arena (Gym)
    • CBU Career Services & Dr. Eisen have more than 50 programs registered to attend so far, and are expecting a few more before registration closes.  See the current list below.  Note this includes several departments from UTHSC, and several other science/healthcare-related programs.  This is an extremely worthwhile event for any students who are thinking about graduate school, particularly in the sciences.
      GRADUATE SCHOOL EXPO -- THURSDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2014
      12:00-2:00 pm, CANALE ARENA

      Currently scheduled to attend as of 2 September 2014: 

      Belmont University College of Law

      Bethel University

      Candler School of Theology

      Christian Brothers University (Masters Of Accountancy)

      Christian Brothers University (Masters Of Business Administration)

      Christian Brothers University (Graduate Education)

      Christian Brothers University (Graduate Engineering)

      Christian Brothers University (Physician Assistant Studies)

      College of Graduate Health Sciences, The University of Tennessee

      College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

      Delta State University

      Freed-Hardeman University

      Harding University Health Sciences

      Harding University Mid-South Professional Center

      IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

      Jacksonville University

      LMU- Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

      Logan University

      Louisiana State University Law Center

      Manderson Graduate School of Business The University of Alabama

      Memphis Theological Seminary

      Mercer University School of Law

      Middle Tennessee State University

      Mississippi College School of Law

      Saint Louis University: College Of Public Health & Social Justice

      Samford University's Cumberland School of Law

      Samuel Merritt University

      Southern College of Optometry - Memphis

      Southern Illinois University Carbondale

      Tennessee Tech University

      The University of Alabama

      The University of Memphis School of Public Health

      The University of Mississippi-DeSoto

      Union University Germantown

      Union University School of Pharmacy

      Union University School of Social Work

      University of Alabama at Birmingham

      University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

      University of Memphis (University College)

      University of Memphis Graduate School

      University of Memphis School of Law

      University of Mississippi School of Law

      University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

      University of Tennessee College of Law

      University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis

      University of Tennessee Health Science Center (College Of Health Professionals)

      University of Tennessee Health Science Center (College of Allied Health Sciences)

      University of Tennessee, College of Social Work

      University of Tulsa Graduate School

      Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

      Wake Forest University School Of Divinity


    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


  • Saturday, (date TBA) Oct. 2014   MHIRT Projects Symposium and 2014 Wrap-up 
  • Presentations: 9:00 am--noon in CW 105
    • The Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Projects Symposium and Wrap-up for Summer 2014 will be held on a Saturday, in October 9:00 a.m.-noon, in Cooper Wilson 105. 
    • Students who participated in the 2014 projects will be presenting the results from their summer international research experiences in Uganda and Brazil. 
    • The symposium is free and open to the public.  Breakfast and lunch will be served. 
    • This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the summer projects for 2015 to meet with students and learn more about the program, and how they can qualify for an all-expense paid research experience.
    • If you plan to attend, RSVP to Dr. Fitzgerald malinda@cbu.edu. To learn more, visit the CBU MHIRT web pages .
    Dr Fitzgerald MHIRT Symposium Sept 2011StudentTeaire Carmichael at MHIRT Symposium 2011
    • The Minority Health International Research Training grant to CBU supports undergraduate and graduate students who are selected to join summer research projects in Brazil and Uganda.  MHIRT is a paid internship.  All expenses relative to travel, room and board, preparation, and workshops are paid for and you receive a stipend.   The MHIRT application deadline is 16 Dec. 2011.
    • See the MHIRT web pages and contact Dr. Fitzgerald (malinda@cbu.edu) to find out about MHIRT paid research opportunities in Brazil, Kenya, Thailand, and Uganda for 2015!
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded CBU's Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program $242,208 per year for five years to continue its training of undergraduate and graduate students. The renewal of this grant will fund the MHIRT program at CBU with more than $1.2 million until 2014.

  • 31 Oct. 2014.  Halloween
  • Before 31 October...  (specimen, F. Cucurbitaceae)After:  on 31 October.  Happy Halloween!


    Friday, (date TBA) Nov. 2014   Beta Beta Beta  Bowling for Uganda  6:00 pm
  • BOWLING FOR UGANDA: The annual Beta Beta Beta Bowl-a-thon for Uganda is Friday evening, 6:00 p.m at Billy Hardwick's Lanes.  The Bowl-a-Thon supports the Hope North Community in Uganda that shelters and educates Ugandans displaced by the war. 
    • BOWLING FOR UGANDA: Tri Beta, CBU’s Biology Honor Society, presents the annual Bowling for Uganda benefit bowling tournament on Friday, 15 November 2013 at Billy Hardwick’s Lanes (1576 S. White Station Road) at 6:00 p.m.
    • Teams will consist of 4-5 people. $20 per person (or $15 with 2 sponsorships) - sponsorship forms and team packets are available in Dr. Mary Ogilvie’s office (Cooper-Wilson 113). All teams get pizza and drinks! All proceeds go to the benefit of Hope North Uganda, an accredited secondary school located on a 40-acre campus with an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm, designed to educate and heal the young victims of Uganda’s civil war.
    • Sign up to play by contacting Dr. Mary Ogilvie  (CW113) mogilvie@cbu.edu for a team signup sheet.
    The entrance fee per person is $15 with two sponsors and $20 each without sponsors, and covers the lane, bowling shoes, as well as pizza and drinks for each team.  If you plan on getting sponsors to help cover your entrance fee, a sponsor form is available.  Additional donations are always welcome. 
    • Ending Poverty Through Enterprise:  Raising Funds for Hope North, an Internally Displaced People’s Camp in Uganda
      • Hope North is a remote village in Uganda and is commonly referred to as a self-sustainable internally displaced people’s camp, created as the result of a civil war in Uganda. 

     
     


     


  • Thursday -Friday, 27-28 Nov. 2014   Thanksgiving Break
  • IHappy Thanksgiving!

  • (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!
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  • 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 2014-15:
    President
    JD (John) Wolfe
    Vice PresidentChawan Rasheed
    Vice President of Membership: Brooke Joyce and Brent McGlaughlin
    Vice President of Programming: Emi Abutineh
    Treasurer: Katie Robinson
    HistoriansMatt Brint and Ryan Tomlinson
    Secretary:  Thomas Summers
      Board Members for 2014-15:
              Bowling:  Heer Patel and Nirali Patel
              Pre-Health:  Nuti Desai and Megan Huynh  
      Philanthropy:  John Buttross and Lauren Jeu
              Publicity: Juan Meji
             
    Social:  Kyle Fioranelli and Kiera Turner
              Volleyball
    : Damini Patel and Fatima Excovar
  • TriBeta's Facebook page

  • Link to CBU's BBB web page.


    Link to CBU's BBB web page.
    CBU Biology Student Survival Tips
  • CBU Counseling Center offers Study Skills Assistance
  • Study Skills Links (from Indiana University)
  • MCAT Test Prep
  • Learning: Your First Job (by Dr. Robert Leamnson)

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  • "A Modest Proposal to Students"  suggestions for classroom behavior, etc.

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  • Successful Math and Science Study Skills:
  • Math study skills
  • Biology study skills; Biology reading skills
  • Physics study skills
  • Chemistry study skills
  • Do you need a tutor for a CBU science course?
    In the past, Beta Beta Beta students have offerd a tutoring service.
    • Tri-Beta may be able to suggest a possible tutor for CBU students in the sciences. Contact Dr. Ogilvie for information. 

    Tennesse HOPE scholarships
    (lottery scholarships)  FAQ
    Link to Being a successful student
  • How to be a Student
  • Study smarter
  • Reading in the sciences
  • Sleep on it!
  • Recent Past CBU Biology Activities
    (Fall 2014, Spring 2014)
    Archived items are listed in reverse chronological order.
    Older Archives: Fall 2012-Spring 2013 Academic Year


  • Fall Registration and Classes
  • Fri.--Sun., 22-24 Aug. 2014:  New Student Welcome 

  • Monday, 25 August 2014  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, 15 April 2014 
  • 2014 Research Poster Session
    2014 Poster Session Web page
    2014 Poster Session
  • Saturday, 5 April 2014   Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Meeting.  CBU Assisi Hall 8:30 am Link to 2009 CBU at TAS page
    • The West Tennessee Academy of Science Collegiate Division of TAS rotates through colleges and universities in West Tennessee. The 2014 meeting was Saturday, 5 April 2014 at Christian Brothers University. 
      • Registration is at 8:30 am in the Assisi Foyer. Students may present in either a poster or oral (power-point) format, but are encouraged to do an oral presentation. 
    • The Abstracts deadline [passed 2014]. These abstracts should not exceed 150 words. Abstracts can be submitted in any discipline of science, engineering and behavioral science. Student papers will be judged in each session and best paper awards will be given. There may be a registration fee (about $10.00 per attendee) to help defray costs; registration usually includes lunch for one person. 

    3 April 2014  CBU School of Sciences Charity Volleyball Game
    6:30 pm Canale Arena Gymnasium. 
    Youth and Vitality?
    Youth & Vitality
    (SOS Students)
    Youth & Vitality   (SOS Students)
    vs.
    Old Age & Deceit  (SOS Faculty & Staff)
    CHARITY VOLLEYBALL GAME: CBU's biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta (along with the other School of Sciences Student organizations), is hosting the 11th annual Students vs. Faculty Charity Volleyball Game. Youth and Vitality (Tri-Beta, ACS, and other Sciences students) will take on Old Age and Deceit (Sciences faculty, alumni, and various "ringers") on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Canale Arena. All proceeds will go to the Church Health Center. Lots of prizes will be raffled, and admission is free! 
    Old Age and Deceit?
    Old Age & Deceit
    (SOS Faculty)
    2014 Faculty Team Student team 2014


  • Tuesday, 25 February 2014  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.  
    2013:
    2013 Junior Poster Session2013 Junior Poster Session
     


  • 13 February 2014    Annual Beta Beta Beta Induction  6:00 pm Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall
  • Photos from the February 2013 Beta Beta Beta Induction are on the Tri-Beta facebok page (and here)
  • Some of the new members at the Feb 2013 Induction
    Beta Beta Beta at CBU
    beta beta beta is a national biology honor society for undergraduates.
    "Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research."

  • 12 February Darwin's Birthday (12 Feb. 1809)
  • Cake at the 2007 Darwin's Birthday celebration.  (Link to 2007 photos)
    Galapagos finches pictured on the 2007 cake:  Left: Tower (Genovesa) Is.  Sharp-beaked ground finch (female), Geospiza difficilis, on Opuntia flower. Middle: Cactus ground finch, Geospiza scandens, on Opuntia.  Right: Santa Cruz Is.  Small tree finch, Camarhynchus parvulus. Dr. Ross's Galapagos photos of finches
  • Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England on February 12, 1809. 
  • The complete works of 
    Charles Darwin online

  • Monday, 13 January 2014
  • First Day of Spring Semester Classes
  • Check the updated room assignment for your courses:  online course schedule
    • Many science labs do meet the first week of classes.  Check with your professor. 

    Final Exam Schedule for Fall 2013
    • The final exam schedule for the fall term for day classes is available online. 
    • Exams will be held in the room where the class normally meets unless a specific room is noted.
    • First, look in the "Exam Groups" for your course number and section.  If you do not find a listing for your specific course, then look for the time your class met during the semester.  Exam dates are listed along the top row and Exam times are listed down the left column. 



    • 1-2 November 2013  Gulf Coast Research Lab field Trip  

    This year’s visit to the Gulf Coast Research Lab (Fall 2013)

    by Dr. Stan Eisen, Professor of Biology

    The GCRL crew

    The GCRL crew: (L-R): Dr. Stan Eisen, Natalie Wright, Elizabeth Nguyen, Eisha Thakor, Kevin Pharm, Chawan Rasheed, Elton Banks, Samantha Canizaro, Damien Stevenson, Garrett Burton, Eric Joe

    During the Fall semester, the Biology Department plans a weekend trip to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, located in Ocean Springs, MS, to give students a “taste” of marine biology.  This year, Dr. Stan Eisen took a group of students during the weekend of Friday, November 1, through Sunday, November 3, to go trawling the Bay of Biloxi on Saturday morning, to tour the lower Pascagoula River on Saturday afternoon, and to conduct laboratory studies on the digeanean (fluke) parasites of snails and fish from the area.

    Students examining the days catch.

    Students examining the days catch.

    According to its website,  the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is a marine/ coastal research and education enterprise sited in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and is a unit of The University of Southern Mississippi‘s College of Science and Technology.  GCRL has a workforce of 200 faculty, researchers, graduate students and support staff. Research at GCRL is multidisciplinary and applications-oriented with a focus on sustainable coastal and marine resources, development of new marine technologies, and the education of future scientists and citizens.  Education opportunities span graduate degree programs in coastal sciences, undergraduate field courses in marine biology and hands-on discovery programs for precollege students and teachers.  http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/about_us/index.php

    Jessica Schneider photographing specimens in the laboratory

    Jessica Schneider photographing specimens in the laboratory

    Research and education activities at GCRL are conducted through one academic department, the Department of Coastal Sciences, and three centers.

    • Center for Fisheries Research and Development
    • Marine Education Center
    • Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center
    The Titanic Pose (Chawan Rasheed)

    The Titanic Pose (Chawan Rasheed)

    As part of its mission for marine education, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory maintains a consortium of colleges and universities, which provide a venue for students to take classes at the Laboratory.  Christian Brothers University is a member of that consortium.










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