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Spring 2015
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    Spring 2015
    Upcoming events are listed in chronological order.

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

    CBU Biology Faculty

    Dr. Stan Eisen Stan Eisen  seisen@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 112  Phone: 321-3447
    Professor; Director of Pre-Health Programs
    Ph.D., Indiana University
    Bro. Edward Salgado Br. Edward Salgado  esalgado@cbu.edu
    Office:  CW 215   Phone: 321-3450
    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
    Ph.D., Memphis State University
    Lynda Miller   lmiller@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 113  Phone: 321-3090
    Science Lab Coordinator
    M.S., Memphis State University
    Dr. Anna Ross Anna Ross    aross@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 111  Phone: 321-3436
    Ph.D., Clemson University

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

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

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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 President:  Chawan Rasheed
    Vice President of Membership: Brooke Joyce and Brent McGlaughlin
    Vice President of Programming: Emi Abutineh
    Treasurer: Katie Robinson
    Historians:  Matt Brint and Ryan Tomlinson
    Secretary:  Thomas Summer
    Board Members for 2014-15:
    Bowling:  Heer Patel and Nirali Patel
    Pre-Health:  Nuti Desai and Megan Huynh
    :  John Buttross and Lauren Jeu

    : 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.

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    CBU Biology Student Survival Tips
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  • "A Modest Proposal to Students"  suggestions for classroom behavior, etc.

  • Successful Math and Science Study Skills:
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  • 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. 

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    (Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
    Archived items are listed in reverse chronological order.
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    9 April 2015  CBU School of Sciences Charity Volleyball Game
    6:00 pm Canale Arena Gymnasium. 
    Youth and Vitality?
    Youth & Vitality
    (SOS Students)
    Youth & Vitality   (SOS Students)
    Old Age & Deceit  (SOS Faculty & Staff)
    CHARITY VOLLEYBALL GAME: CBU's biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta (along with the other School of Sciences Student organizations), is hosting the 11th annual Students vs. Faculty Charity Volleyball Game. Youth and Vitality (Tri-Beta, ACS, and other Sciences students) take on Old Age and Deceit (Sciences faculty, alumni, and various "ringers") on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. All proceeds will go to the Church Health Center. Lots of prizes are raffled, and admission is free! 
    Old Age and Deceit?
    Old Age & Deceit
    (SOS Faculty)
    Faculty Team 2015 Student team 2015

    BBB shield
  • 19 March 2015    Annual Beta Beta Beta Induction  6:00 pm Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall
  • (Photos are posted on Facebook)
  • Some of the new members at the Feb 2015 Induction
    Beta Beta Beta at CBU
    Beta Beta Beta is a national biology honor society for undergraduates.
    "Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research."
    BBB shield

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015  Biology Seminar Junior Poster Session 

  • 12:30-1:50 pm  CW 105
    • Pairs of students in Dr. Ogilvie's Biology Seminar course presented posters on a paper of their choice from the primary literature.  
    2015 photos are posted on Facebook.  Photos below are from 2014.
    2014 Junior Poster Session2014 Junior Poster Session2014 Junior Poster Session

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

  • Monday, 12 January 2015
  • First Day of Spring Semester Classes
  • Check the updated room assignment for your courses:  online course schedule
    • Many science labs do meet the first week of classes.  Check with your professor. 

  • (Date TBA) Dec. 20014   Beta Beta Beta  and ACS Christmas Dinner 
    • We will eat, sing Christmas carols, and have a fun time. 
    • New students are welcome.  You do not have to be an official member of Tri-Beta or ACS to attend this party!
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  • Thursday -Friday, 27-28 Nov. 2014   Thanksgiving Break
  • IHappy Thanksgiving!

    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. 



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

    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, 27 Sept. 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 Saturday, 27 September 9:00 a.m.-1:00pm, 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 breakfast or lunch, please RSVP to Julia Hanebrink at JHANEBRI@CBU.EDU by noon on Wednesday, 24 Sept. so catering arrangements can be made.  To learn more, visit the CBU MHIRT web pages .

    The 2014 preliminary schedule is as follows:


    9:00-9:10  Welcome  Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (CBU)

    9:10-9:30  Low Number of Luminance Levels in the Luminance Noise Increases Color Discrimination Thresholds Estimated with Pseudoisochromatic Stimuli.  Teera Crawford (UTHSC) and Felecia Malone (U of M)

    9:30-9:45  Effects of Smoking on Neuropathological Lesions - Results from the Brain Bank of the Brazilian Aging Brain Study Group.  Franklyn Roch a Cabrero (University of Illinois-Urbana College of Medicine)

    9:45-10:00  Molecular Defense Responses in Neohelice Granulata infected with White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV).  Ana Solorio (Rhodes College)

    10:00-10:15  Effects of Subcutaneous Serotonin on Male Rat Erectile Behavior In vivo.  Amaka Dike (Meharry Medical College.)

    10:15-10:35  Customer Satisfaction and Household Retention in Community-Based Health Financing in Uganda: An Analysis of Ishaka Health Plan.  Alexandra Boss (Rhodes College) and Daryl Stephens (CBU)

    10:35-10:45  COFFEE BREAK

    10:45-11:00  Effects of Systemic Injections of Nonselective Beta-adrenergic Agonist Isoprenaline on Fear Conditioning in Rats.  Elizabeth Walker (Rhodes College)

    11:00-11:15  Genetic analysis, CAD Tests, and CCT Yield the Same Result for Colorblind Classifications.  Victoria Honnell (Rhodes College)

    11:15-11:30  Modulation of the System of Carbon Dioxide, Using the Analysis of Heme Oxygenase-2 for the Agonist of the Receptor A2a of Adenosine in Culture Cells from the Medulla and Cerebellum of Rats with Normal Blood Pressure and Spontaneous Hypertension.  Josh Cortis (Truman State University)

    11:30-11:45  TSC: A Look into the Mouse Brain.  Adriana Martinez-Lopez (Rhodes College)

    11:45-12:00  The use of Multifocal Electroretinogram Response Dynamics on Diabetic Retinopathy.  Hope Npimnee (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

    12:00-12:10  Closing Remarks

    12:15pm – LUNCH

    1:00-4:00  Wrap-up and Evaluation.  Debriefing and discussion for the 2014 MHIRT students.

    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. 2014.
    • 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.

  • 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.
      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

    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
    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

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

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


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