Department of Biology News & Events 
Fall 2017
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    Fall 2017
    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
    Professor Emeritus
    Ph.D., University of the Philippines
    Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald Malinda Fitzgerald   malinda@cbu.edu
    Former Professor; Director of MHIRT Program
    Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Memphis
    Dr. Katie Sauser Katie Sauser     ksauser@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 108  Phone: 321-3463
    Associate Professor
    Ph.D., Memphis State University
    James Moore  jmoore25@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 110  Phone: 321-3451
    Associate Professor, Biology Dept. Chair
    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
    Jerad Henson Jerad Henson  jhenson2@cbu.edu
    Office: AH 113  Phone: 321-3090
    Assistant Professor
    M.S., University of Memphis
    Dr. Anna Ross Anna Ross    aross@cbu.edu
    Professor Emerita
    Ph.D., Clemson University
    Bro. Tom
    Br. Tom Sullivan   tsulliv1@cbu.edu
    Office: TC 100  321-3477
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Director of Campus Ministry
    Ph.D., University of Minnesota

      Link to CBU's Beta Beta Beta web page

    • Wed., 4 Oct. 2017  BBB Mock Interviews  6:00 pm in CW 2nd floor lounge
    • Do you want a career in healthcare or the sciences? If so, sign up now so you can join us on 4 October 2017 at 6:00 pm in the CW Lounge for the annual Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society's Mock Interviews! This mock interview is to help you get an understanding of how it is to apply to graduate school and jobs. It is open to all students interested in any field of science.

      Link to Application:  https://goo.gl/forms/imhxIA3K7AdPhXzB2

      Oct. 2015 BBB Mock Interviews
      Oct 2015 Interviewers
      BBB Interview Workshops: 
      Be part of the Tradition

      2004 BBB Interview Workshop

      Sept. 2012 BBB Interview Workshop

    • Tuesday, 31 Oct. 2017.  Halloween
    • Before 31 October...  (specimen, F. Cucurbitaceae)After:  on 31 October.  Happy Halloween!

    • Thursday -Friday, 23-24 Nov. 2017   Thanksgiving Break
    • IHappy Thanksgiving!

      Link to CBU's BBB web page.

    • Tri Beta at CBU: Watch for signs (& your CBU email) for info on Tri Beta meetings this semester.
      • New students are welcome. You do not have to be an official member of Tri-Beta to attend and participate!  Meetings are usually Thursdays, 12:30 pm in CW 105.
      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 2017-18:
      PresidentLance Silvis
      Vice PresidentsMichael Mendez, Shane Talley
      SecretaryHozyer Saeed
      Treasurer: Saehymn Oh
      Historians:   Diana Abu-Obeid, Sam Elkhayyat
      Bowling: Bawan Qaladize, Matthew Scott
      Special Events: Linda Razany, Paula Zeballos
      Philanthropy Ashley Cavaliere, Hailey McKinney
      Pre-Health Nicholson Perkins, Krishna Patel
      Publicity: Sara Tucker
      SocialMark Elias, Jasmine McKinney
      Volleyball Tara McElroy, Regina Acuna, Tucker McKinney
      SGA Representative: Abraham Lin
    • Tri-Beta's Facebook page

    • Link to CBU's BBB web page.

      Recent Past CBU Biology Activities
      (early Fall 2017 and earlier)
      Archived items are listed in reverse chronological order.

    • Thursday, 21 Sept. 2017   Grad School Expo / Health Career Opportunities Fair at CBU!
      • 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Canale Arena (Gym)
      • Thursday, 21 September:  Graduate School Expo (Open to All Students in All Majors!), Canale Arena, 12:00-2:00 pm.  More than 65 graduate and professionals schools are expected to attend to share information about their programs.  Open to all students in all grade levels, as well as alumni!  If you're thinking about graduate school as an option, you won't want to miss this opportunity to talk to these school representatives face-to-face!  Mark your calendar today!  
      Grad School Expo
      • Note:  Participants include several departments from UTHSC and several other science/healthcare-related programs. 
        Healthcare specific schools are highlighted, but many of the state schools can also address their healthcare programs:

      At this event, you can learn more about:

      • Entrance requirements
      • Program prerequisites
      • Funding opportunities (Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, Financial Aid, etc.)
      • Courses of Study
      • Research/Internship/Practicum Opportunities
      • ...and more!

      If you think graduate school might be in your future, then this is a can't-miss opportunity!  Stop by any time between 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. (Some schools occasionally have to leave early, so to ensure you get to talk to everyone you want, be sure to arrive before 1:30 p.m.)

      • 12:00-2:00 pm, CANALE ARENA

      CBU 101 meetings by Department
      Tues., 19 Sept. 2017
      Biology, Biomedical Science, Ecology
      prospective majors will meet in Spain Aud. (Buckman)
      Dr. James Moore at the 2014meeting.Dr. Mary Ogilvie 9 Sept 2014Dr. Stan Eisen 9 Sept 2014

    • Saturday, 16 Sept. 2017   MHIRT Projects Symposium and 2016 Wrap-up 
    • JOIN US!  The 2017 Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Symposium is Saturday, 16 Sept. from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at CBU (Assisi Hall Room 155).

       Students who participated in the summer 2017 projects will present the results from their international research experiences in Brazil, Nicaragua, and Uganda.  Please join us for any or all of the presentations!

       The symposium is free and open to the public.  A light breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 am. Lunch will be served at noon. If you plan to attend breakfast and/or lunch, please RSVP to Daryl Stephens at mhirtcbu@gmail.com before noon on Wednesday, 13 Sept. 2017 so catering arrangements can be made.

       This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in the summer projects for 2018 to meet with students, learn more about the program, and find out how they can qualify for an all-expense paid international research experience!

      The preliminary schedule is as follows:


       Welcome   ​​Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald

       Psychological Impact of Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk
      Ashley McCray (Meharry Medical College)

      9:25-9:40 Assessing genetic variability of a population of cultivated shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, through microsatellites 

      Elizabeth Parr (CBU)

      9:40-9:55 Effects of luminance contrast on color discrimination

      Ketan Brodeur (University of Michigan)

      9:55-10:10 Youth Empowerment in El Bambú, La RACCS, Nicaragua

      Melinique Walls (Washington University, St. Louis) 

       Evaluating Psychosocial Issues in Post-war Northern Uganda
      Yohana Temesghen (University of Memphis)


      10:40-10:55 Endotoxemia in Female Rats Acutely Treated with Fluoxetine

      Winter Beaton (Spelman College)

      10:55-11:10 Effect of Beta Adrenergic Antagonist on Fear-Induced Behavior Rats

      Aminata Sow (CBU)

      11:10-11:25  Community-Based Positive Deviance/Hearth Intervention to Improve Childhood Malnutrition in Rural Nicaragua

      Amaya Martinez (UNC Chapel Hill)

       Combating Chronic Diseases by Analyzing Behavior Change
      ​Brisa Rodriguez (Our Lady of the Lake University)

      11:40-12:00 Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer in Southwestern Uganda

      ​​Elizabeth Karolczuk (UTHSC), Hermon Phuntling (MTSU), & Kinnon Ward (Tuskegee University)

      12:00-12:05 Closing Remarks

      12:05pm-1:00 LUNCH 

      1:00-4:00 Wrap-up and Evaluation

      Debriefing and discussion for the 2017 MHIRT students

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


      Daryl Stephens
      Program Coordinator

      Minority Health International Research Training
      Christian Brothers University
      Memphis, TN 38104

      Dr Fitzgerald MHIRT Symposium Sept 2011

    • Fall Registration and Classes
    • Fri.--Sun., 18-20 Aug. 2017:  New Student Welcome 

    • Monday, 21 August 2017  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)
      • Math Placement Information: ALEKS
      • 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?

      CBU School of Sciences Welcomes a few of our new students (15 June 2017)
      15 June 2017

    • Tuesday, 18 April 2017 
    • 2017 Research Poster Session
      2017 Poster Session Web page
      Biology Students with Dr. Fitzgerlad at the 2017 Research Poster Session
      Biology Students at 2017 Poster Session

    • Saturday, 1 April 2017   Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Meeting.   Link to 2009 CBU at TAS page
    • 2017 TAS  2016 TAS
      Best Paper Awards Presented to CBU Students at the 1 April 2017 TAS Meeting.
      Organismal Biology


      A novel technique for assessing biomarkers of stress in snakes. 
      Kyle Fiornelli*
      , Emily Lichtenberger, and Beth Roberts. 

      Award Ribbon

      Accumulation of heavy metals by chironomids in the Wolf River, Memphis, Tennessee.
      Alex Wolf*, Lynda Miller. 

      Award Ribbon

      Effects of Microstegium vimineum competitive interactions on focal plant growth and local species diversity.
      Jacob Mann*
      , James E. Moore. 

      Health & Medical Sci


      Quantification of amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s Disease mouse models.
      John B. Buttross, Jr.*, S. M. Neuner, and C. C. Kaczorowski.

      Award Ribbon

      rAAV targeting GD3 synthase protects against MPTP-induced nigrostriatal destruction and Parkinsonian symptoms.
      Nuti M. Desai*, David F. Delotterie, and Michael P. McDonald. 

      Award Ribbon

      Amelioration of high glucose induced apoptosis on retinal explants with adipose-derived stem cell conditioned media.
      Damian Kaminski*
      and Ramesh Periasamy. 

      he LED Mirror.
      John Frizzell*, Aaron Kellner*and Sean Stocking

      Award Ribbon

      Wireless Power Transfer.
      Juan Avalos* and Anh Kha Le*

      Award Ribbon

      Solar Controller.
      Thanh N. Truong*



      Brain responses indicate that task difficulty and distractor salience create competition for attention.

      Andrea Perez-Munoz
      *, Patrick Woody*, James W. Rogers*, Jamonte D. Wilson*, and Jeffrey J. Sable.

      Award Ribbon

      Lichens of the Ghost River State Natural Area, Fayette County, Tennessee.
      Hannah E. Schultz*, Thomas J. Sullivan, and Lynda R. Miller.

      Award Ribbon

      Protected areas of the southeastern region of the United States. Erica C. Carcelen* and Sarah Boyle,

      Thurs., 30 March 2017  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, hosted the 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)
      Volleyball Tams 2017 Student team 2017
    • Tuesday, 28 February 2017  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.  
      More 2017 photos are posted on Facebook. 
      BBB shield
    • 16 February 2017    Annual Beta Beta Beta Induction  6:00 pm Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall
    • (Photos from 2017 are below.  Photos from 2016, 2015 are posted on Facebook)
    • New Full Members Feb 2017
      The newly inducted full members are: Diana Abu-Obeid, Stephanie Allen, Kyle Bellu, Patricia Brownsberger, Ashley Cavaliere, Christopher Feldmayer, Hailey McKinney, Michael Cedric Mendez, Cailey Mokry, Sakshi Sata, Hannah Schultz, Hannah Shideler, Kennedy Simmons, Rachel Starker, Logan Stewart, Shane Talley, Parth Thakore, Neha Verma, Ambria Warren, and Paula Zaballos.
      New Associate Members Feb. 2017
      The newly inducted associate members are: Regina Acuna, Caitlin Barnes, Steven Chen, Whytney Clay, Jerome Cole II, Mark Elias, Shelby Goodrich, Joshua Hardin, Rene(Tony) Henriquez, Shawna Houston, Mahad Jamil, Latifa Juma, Kyndal Kirkwood, Simon Le, Sophiana Lindenberg, Kayla Little, Dalton Marin, Tara McElroy, Tucker McKinney, Jasmine McKinney, Thu-Hien Ngo, Krishna Patel, Sapna Patel, Nicholson Perkins, Starla Phelps, Mariana Prieto, Bawan Qaladize, Linda Razany, Antonio Requa-Fielding, Matthew Scott, Benjamin Smith, Nadia Tompkins, Sara Tucker, Kayli Webb, Brittanei Wells, Tiandria Wilkins, and Franklin Wright.

      Beta Beta Beta at CBU
      Beta Beta Beta is a national biology honor society for undergraduates.
      "Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) 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
    • 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, 9 January 2017
    • 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.    Beta Beta Beta  and ACS Christmas Dinner 
      • We will eat, sing Christmas carols, and have a fun time. 
      • New students are welcome.  You do not have to be an official member of Tri-Beta or ACS to attend this party!
      Link to CBU's BBB web page

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

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