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School of Sciences Newsletter
September 2008

By Johnny B. Holmes, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Sciences

Featuring the new Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences building and the refurbished Assisi Hall

Note from the Dean News of the Moment Featured Article:
New CW Building &
Refurbished AH Building
Thank you's Featured Alum:
Lachre Brown
Featured Major:

Dr. Holmes

A Note from the Dean

We are in our brand new building, the beautiful and functional Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences, and we are using our newly refurbished (and newly named) Assisi Hall! We have featured sections on each of these buildings in this issue. We also are welcoming two new faculty members to the School, Dr. Katie Sauser and Mr. Ted Clarke (see the News of the Moment section below). In addition to new buildings and new faculty members, we also have a new degree we are offering at CBU: Biochemistry (see the Featured Major section below).

With all that is happening, we never forget that our primary job at CBU is effective and enjoyable education. The result of last semester's student evaluation of teachers is that the average for the whole School of Sciences was a score of 4.47 on a 5 point scale for lectures and a score of 4.54 for labs. Sometimes I think we professors are like the red queen: running hard to stay in the same place. But I also realize that part of the joy of life is in the journey. I for one do enjoy teaching to students a subject (physics in my case) that I find extremely fascinating. It is so much fun to share that fascination with others.

If you have comments, questions or reactions, you may send an e-mail now to jholmes@cbu.edu .

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new Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences building Sept. 5, 2008

News of the Moment

The image on the right (click on it for a larger view) was taken on Friday, Sept. 5. For up to date pictures of the progress, visit Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences construction pictures.

Alumni Weekend is coming up October 3-5, and as part of the weekend there will be a Family Lunch & Lab Demonstrations at our new Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences/Assisi Hall, Noon-2:00 p.m. Think Mr. Wizard or Beakmanís World with lunch! Check out CBUís newest facility with family-friendly student- and faculty-led science demonstrations.

This fall we are introducing a new degree in the School of Sciences: Biochemistry. It is is designed to provide a strong preparation for both the workplace and professional schools, including pharmacy school or medical school. The program places emphasis on development of a wide range of laboratory skills that are needed in todayís biomedical laboratories, whether they are found in industry or academia. Of course, we still continue to offer our Biology and Chemistry degrees and our relatively new Biomedical Science degree. The new Biochemistry degree is our featured major in this newsletter.

Dr. Katie Sauser, Assistant Professor of Biology

We are pleased to introduce two new faculty members to the School of Sciences.
Dr. Katie Sauser see her picture on the left is our new assistant professor of biology . Dr. Sauser has served us for the past several years as our Science Lab Coordinator, so she is not exactly new. Dr. Sauser graduated from Immaculate Conception High School here in Memphis. She graduated from UT Martin with a B.S. in Biology and then earned her Masters in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. After this she worked at UT Health Sciences as a research assistant for a few years in the Pharmacology Dept. This job kindled her interest in pharmacology and toxicology, and from there she returned to school at Memphis State and got her Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology. After graduation she worked for a short time again at UT in the Neonatal Dept.

With Dr. Sauser moving to an assistant professor position this fall, our Science Lab Coordinator position became open. We were fortunate to find Ms. Lynda Miller to accept this position. Ms. Miller has taught some biology courses for us in an adjunct capacity, so she is well known in the school and we are happy to welcome her to this important position.

Mr. Ted Clarke, Assistant Professor of Physics

Mr. Ted Clarke pictured on the right, is our new assistant professor of physics. He is a lifelong Memphian. He was in the corporate world for many years having worked as a controls specialist and electrical designer. He was also president of a private corporation for five years and built industrial control systems for companies worldwide. He subsequently managed the controls manufacturing division of a local engineering firm. In 2000, he enrolled at the University of Memphis to finish his degree in physics that he had started at Christian Brothers College, having never lost his desire to do research and teach in math and science. After obtaining his bachelorís degree in physics in 2001, he completed a Master of Science degree in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Narahari Achar and Dr. John Hanneken, both of the University of Memphis. He will soon defend his PhD. thesis in mathematical physics under the direction of Dr. Jerome Goldstein of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Memphis.

Student Research this summer We had several Science students doing research under fellowships this summer. Michael Antone was awarded a Neuroscience Merit Fellowship at U.T. Memphis. Ying Wong and Stephanie Parker were awarded Ophthalmology Merit Fellowships. Heather Gosnell and Emily Wong were awarded Biodiversity Fellowships at the Memphis Zoo. Edward Derrick and Michelle Paul were participants in the Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. John Legge was accepted into the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at The University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School in Dallas, Texas.

CBU students participating in the MHIRT summer research program were: Melody Allensworth, Lana Lapova, Adam Luka, Stephanie Johnson, Hope Shackelford, Jeremy Armstrong and Victoria Kronenwetter.

Other students doing research around town this summer included: Courtney Colotta, Daniel Darnell, Alicia Scarborough, and Michael Herr conducted their summer research at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. Nakia Chambliss, Erica McMorris, Alan Fredericks, Scott Berry, and Seur-wai Lim conducted research at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, or associated clinics at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis or University Hospital. Blake Jackson worked with Dr. Grunbaugh at the U of M on a project funded from the CDC. It investigated species of mosquitos and West Nile Virus. Kelly Towns was at the University of Georgia for her research on Drosophila.

Dominic Dunn award winners for 2008

At graduation last May, the School of Sciences recognized Kyle Summers with the Biology Faculty Award, and Siamak Keyvani and Michael Herr shared the Brother Dominic Dunn Award for academic excellence and service to CBU and community. Michael and Siamak are pictured with Dr. Holmes on the left. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Student and faculty presentations this past spring and summer
* Maintenance of Beta-Adrenergic Receptor Signaling Reduces Markers of Apoptosis in Human Retinal Endothelial Cells Induced by Serum Starvation K.P. Williams, J.J. Steinle. Ophthalmology, Univ of Tennessee Health Science Center
* Pilot Study on the Effect of Lutein and Zeaxanthin Supplementation on Psychophysical and Electrophysiological Macular Outcome Measures J.T. Armstrong, A.M. Deaton-Cantrell, A. Iannaccone, Ophthalmology/Hamilton Eye Institute, Univsity of Tennessee Health Science Center.
* Minisymposium and moderator Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald: Potential Role of Serotonin in the Parasympathetic Regulation of Choroidal Blood Flow via the Superior Salivatory Nucleus in the Rodent M.E.C. Fitzgerald1A,2, C. Li1A, M. LeDoux1B, A. Reiner1A. (A)Anatomy & Neurobiology; (B)Neurology; 1 Univ of Tennessee Health Sci Ctr, Memphis, TN; 2 Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN.
* Oral presentaion: Ocular Blood Flow Potentiation of Parasympathetic Evoked Vasodilation of the Pigeon Choroid via the Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitor, Trusoptģ M.E. Fitzgerald1,2, C. Li1, A.J. Reiner1. 1 Anat & Neurobiol, UTCHS, Memphis, TN; 2 Biol, CBU, Memphis, TN.
* Poster Presentation: Central Neuronal Cell Groups Involved in Parasympathetic Control of Choroidal Blood Flow Respond to Reduction in Systemic Blood Pressure C. Li1A, M.E.C. Fitzgerald1A,2, M.S. LeDoux1B, A.J. Reiner1A. (A)Anatomy & Neurobiology, (B)Neurology; 1 Univ of Tennessee Hlth Sci Ctr, Memphis, TN; 2 Biology, Christian Brothers University,, Memphis, TN.
* Dr. Leigh C. Becker, professor of Mathematics, presented a 45-minute invited lecture on July 4 entitled Uniformly Continuous L1 solutions of Volterra Equations and Global Asymptotic Stability at the Fifth World Congress of Nonlinear Analysts. Approximately 1,000 mathematicians and scientists registered for the weeklong international conference (July 2-July 9) which was held in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Becker also chaired one of the sessions.
Jeremy Armstrong with his poster * Macular Pigment Optical Density, C-Reactive Protein, and Serum Lutein and Zeaxanthin in the Elderly A. Iannaccone1A, E.J. Johnson2, J.T. Armstrong1A,3, E. Kenyon4, T. Harris5, S. Satterfield1B, K.C. Johnson1B, S.B. Kritchevsky1B,6. (A)Ophthalmology/Hamilton Eye Institute; (B)Preventive Medicine, Univ. TN Health Sci. Ctr., Memphis, TN; 2 J. Mayer USDA Hum. Nutr. Res. Ctr. on Aging, Tufts Univ., Boston, MA; 3 Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN; 4 Epidemiol. & Biostat., UCSF, San Francisco, CA; 5 NIA, NIH, Bethesda, MD; 6 Sticht Ctr. on Aging, Wake Forest Univ., Winston-Salem, NC. Jeremy Armstrong is pictured on the right.
* Dr. Mike Condren (Chemistry) attended the 20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Indiana University during the last week of July. Dr. Condren was the lead author with coauthors Eric Voss of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Anne-Marie Nickel of the Milwaukee School of Engineering for the workshop Liquid Crystals: The Phase of the Future, As Found in Electronic Displays. He was also coauthor of Dr. Voss' workshop, Hands-on Models in Chemistry. He also assisted with Nanotechnology Methods: Hands-on Laboratory Investigations for Students, authored by his colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Condren was also asked to review chemistry materials for inclusion in a new college section of the Teachers' Domain, which has previously been available for K-12 students. This is part of the National Science Digital Library and is a product of the Educational Productions of Boston PBS station WGBH.

Bob and Cynthia at the white coat ceremony Alumni News

Cynthia Caceres (Biology '05) and Bob Dalsania (Biology '06) in the U.T. Dental School class of 2010 received their white coats on July 18, 2008. Bob and Cynthia are shown in the image on the left.

Robert W. Appling class of 2003, has graduated from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and will begin a 3 year surgical residency at the Atlanta VA this July.

Dr. Felix Vazquez-Chona class 1998, Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology at U.T., is currently doing a post-doc in Salt Lake City Utah. He loves it.

Dao Nguyen class of 2004, and Stephen Wetick class of 1999, graduated from the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in May. Stephen is doing a residency at SCO and Dao is in Atlanta at the Clayton Eye Center.

Jeremy Armstrong (Biology '08) has been accepted to the Integrated Program in Biomedical Science at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis). He joins Michael Herr (Biology '08) and Kim Williams (Biology '08) there.

Christina Brown (Biology '06) is in the U.T. Master of Science Epidemiology Program.

Kyle Markway (Natural Science '07) and Jerad Schultz (Biology '06) in the Physical Therapy class of 2010 at U.T. continued their community service by participating in a volunteer project with Habitat for Humanity.

Heather Box (Natural Science '08) is in nursing school and Mallory Poff transfered to a 2+2 nursing school and is already doing clinicals because of the classes she took at CBU.

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Featured Story Part 1: our new building: the Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences

students working in CW 120 Dr. Ogilvie's BIOL 415 Immunology lab

The image on the right shows students in Dr. Ogilvie's BIOL 415 Immunology lab in CW 120. Click on the image for a larger view.

So we have a brand new building. What is inside? Here is the rundown floor by floor.

On the first floor we have two new biology labs: the Microbiology/Molecular lab and the Physiology/Neuroscience lab. With these two new labs, our biology lab count goes from four up to six. These six labs are home to 20 different biology lab courses. In addition to the two labs, we have a prep room inbetween the labs, one classroom, a Faculty/Student Research room for biology, five faculty offices (two for physics, three for biology), and two more offices for the dean and the administrative assistant. There is a connector from the floor over to the biology labs and offices in Assisi Hall (old Science Center) which allows easy access for faculty to all of the labs and for students to the faculty offices.

On the second floor we have two new chemistry labs: the Biochemistry lab and a second Principles of Chemistry lab. These two labs increase our number of chemistry labs from six to eight. These eight labs are home to 11 different chemistry lab courses. We also have a prep room between the two labs, one classroom, a Cell Culture room, a Research room for chemistry, and six faculty offices for chemistry faculty. In addition, in the "bubble", we have a Student Lounge and a Student Study area. We also have a student group room for the American Chemical Society students. As on the first floor, there is a connector to the second floor of Assisi Hall where the rest of the chemistry labs are located.

Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger in CW 105 with her Principles of Biology class

The image on the left shows Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger teaching her BIOL 111 Principles of Biology I section in the new CW 105 classroom. Click on it for a larger view.

On the third floor we have a new Computer Science lab and the new home of the Math Center. There are also two classrooms, a student group room for the Math and the Computer Science student groups, and ten faculty offices for Mathematics and Computer Science faculty. In addition, there is a Conference room and the Faculty Lounge.

Click on the links below to get pdf images for the floor plans for Cooper-wilson and for Assisi Hall:
Biology floor in Cooper-Wilson
Chemistry floor in Cooper-Wilson
Math/Computer Science floor in Cooper-Wilson
Physics floor in Assisi Hall
Biology floor in Assisi Hall
Chemistry floor in Assisi Hall

In each building there are two sets of stairs and an elevator. Each floor in each building has its own set of restrooms. There are benches in the hallways for students to use between classes.

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Featured Story Part 2: our refurbished building: Assisi Hall

Science Center before new construction

OLD VIEW The image on the right shows a view of the Science Center in March, 2007, before construction began. I took the picture from the Central Parking Lot looking pretty much due North. That location is now covered by the new Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences.

The Science Center was built in the mid 1960's, and provided most of our Sciences alums with the lab and classroom facilities for their science courses. Most of its labs had extensive renovations made to them in the mid 1990's. The four corner labs on each floor only had minor work done on them, but the middle sections on all three floors have had major renovations.

Courtyard and Assisi Hall on Sept. 5

The image on the left (click on it for a larger view) shows the courtyard between the new Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences and the refurbished Assisi Hall.

The top floor of Assisi Hall remains part of the Chemistry department, and a connector connects it to the chemistry floor (2nd floor) of the new Cooper-Wilson building. On the North side of the center area where faculty offices and the "Yacht Club" used to be are the elevator, restrooms, a relocated Instrument Room and a Chemical Storage room. The whole South side of the center area now consists of a much larger and updated Organic Chemistry Lab along with the connector. The Organic Chemistry lab features 18 hoods arranged along the outer walls of the lab that surround two islands of counter tops with drawers underneath.

The middle floor of Assisi Hall remains part of the Biology department. The original front (South) entrance now connects the floor to the new Cooper-Wilson building via the two story connector. On the Sorth side of the center area where the research room and classroom S214 used to be are four biology faculty offices that face the new courtyard, an office for the Science Lab Coordinator, and a pre-health room. On the Nouth side of the center area is the elevator, restrooms, and a new replacement classroom for S214.

The basement floor of Assisi Hall has added space for Physics since the Mathematics & Computer Science faculty have moved over to the new Cooper-Wilson building. The Northeast corner classroom, S107, has been converted into a Natural Science lab. On the South side of the center area, the shop, the old classroom S112, and the Optics Lab have been convered into two large, new classrooms to replace classrooms S107 and S112. The Optics lab is now in new space on the North side along with new restrooms and the elevator.

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Thank You's to Science Faculty

The Thank-You below comes from a very recent graduate to the whole faculty. The last two are thank-you's to Dr. Mike Condren, Professor of Chemistry, for his materials that he has made available on the web.

Iíve had the proud honor of attending the School of Science at CBU and graduating 
with a bachelorís degree in Computer Science and a minor in Math. I express my most 
sincere gratitude to the brilliant Science professors who have prepared me well to 
work hard and succeed professionally. Dear professors, thank you for the wonderful 
whole round experience I have had at CBU. Your undying efforts have earned me a 
prized Software Development job with Microsoft.

- Yuri de Souza (Computer Science '08, Electrical Engineering Ď08)


Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2007 18:11:10 +0800
To: mcondren@cbu.edu
Subject: request

Hi Professor (Dr.) S. Michael Condren

Introduce myself as Dr.R.Raja. a lecturer teaching chemistry in Singapore.
While browising the net, happen to see your excellent teaching materials for
chemistry from your organization.
With your kind permission can, i use your material to teach my students.
I feel that my students will be benefited much by your detailed information
given in the teaching resource as well as by the examples cited.

Dr. R. Raja


Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008 10:50:14 -0400
To: mcondren@cbu.edu
Subject: PPT

Thanks for making the chemistry powerpoints available.

Martin Johnson
High School Chem Teacher

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Lachre Brown, featured alum

Featured Alum: Lachre Brown

Lachre Brown, biology 2003, see image on the left is now fulfilling her dreams in the field of healthcare as a registered nurse. She is not your typical nurse though, she is a travel nurse. Travel nursing has been around for years and is a growing career choice for new and upcoming nurses. The nurse travel agencies require a licensed registered nurse with one year of experience in any specialty area. Most nurses find an agency by just going on-line. There are hundred of agencies to choose from and each offers special perks in hopes that more nurses will choose their agency. Once an agency is chosen, then the fun begins! Nurses get to choose any place in the country that they want to go from California to Hawaii and even overseas, if the agency offers international travel. During the trip all expenses are paid for including airfare, housing and car rental. Looks like Lachre has found a dream job and she thanks the professors at CBU for helping her get there. Special thanks goes to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald and the MHIRT program for providing that reaching out to the community and meeting the community's health needs that enriches us all.

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Student Lounge next to the Biochemistry Lab in CW

Featured Major: Biochemisry
(In each issue we feature a different department or major.)

The image on the right shows the new Student Lounge in Cooper-wilson. It occupies the "bubble" part of the building right next to the Biochemistry Lab.

Our new degree in Biochemistry is designed to provide a strong preparation for both the workplace and professional schools, including pharmacy school or medical school. The program places emphasis on development of a wide range of laboratory skills that are needed in todayís biomedical laboratories, whether they are found in industry or academia. Of course, we still continue to offer our Biology and Chemistry degrees and our relatively new Biomedical Science degree.

The new Biochemistry degree has 32 hours in biology and 35 hours in chemistry. This compares to the Biology degree which has 49 hours in biology and 19 hours in chemistry and the Chemistry degree which has 45 hours in chemistry and no required hours in biology.

Besides the Principles of Biology and Chemistry courses, the Biochemistry major includes Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIOL 117 & 118), Genetics (BIOL 311), Microbiology (BIOL 321), Immunology (BIOL 415), Cell/Molecular Biology (BIOL 421), Organic Chemistry I & II (CHEM 211 & CHEM 212), Quantitative Analysis ( CHEM 214), Organic Qualitative Analysis ( CHEM 311), Biochemistry I & II ( CHEM 315 & CHEM 316), and Lipids ( CHEM 438). It also includes senior research (CHEM 330 & 431) and a course in Bioinformatics ( CS 240).

This major is heavy on science labs. Of the 17 biology and chemistry courses, 14 of them have labs. This heavy emphasis on labs not only supports the lecture classes, but it also provides a wide range of laboratory skills that are needed in todayís biomedical laboratories.

To support this new degree, the new Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences includes a new Biochemistry Lab as well as a Cell Culture room.

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