Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2013.13, Week of April 8 


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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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It took an ornithological behaviorist to solve the case of 200 dead birds discovered in Worcester, MA. 




For more information, please go to Marginalia. 


Table of Contents:


1.  Events coming up.  
2.  This year’s Youth & Vitality vs. Old Age & Deceit Charity Volleyball Game, to benefit the Church Health Center, will be played on Thursday, April 11, starting at 6 p.m.(!) 
3.  Dr. Steve Katz and Friends Present “Make Someone Happy”, a gala concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Sunday, April 28.  
4.  The Memphis Orthopaedic Research Education Series is sponsoring a seminar on Cartilage Tissue Repair, April 11, 2013.  
5.  A Physician Assistant Virtual Fair, featuring PAEA & CASPA Physician Assistant Programs will be held April 24-25, 2013.  
6.  Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia, PA) will be holding an informational meeting about its rural Physician Shortage Area Program, Friday, May 10, 2013.  
7.  Memphis Orthopedic Group and Memphis Hightailer’s Bicycle Club present the Cycle the Greenway Ride, June 2, 2013.  
8.  Nature Conservancy’s Great Places, April 2013 edition.  
9.  Insider:  The Sierra Club’s Official Newsletter, April 1, 2013 edition.   

10.  Marginalia:  It took an ornithological behaviorist to solve this case. 


1.  Events coming up.  

·         Thursday, April 11:  Youth & Vitality vs. Old Age & Deceit Charity Volleyball Game, to benefit the Church Health Center.  Canale Arena, starting at 6 p.m.  For more information, please go to Article #2;

·         Thursday, April 18:  Annual Dinstuhl’s Chocolate Tasting Session, Montesi Room, Buckman Hall, starting at 2 p.m. 

·         Sunday, April 28:  “Make Someone Happy”, a gala concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Sunday, April 28, at Amro Music, 2918 Poplar Avenue.  For more information, please see Article #2.     


2.  This year’s Youth & Vitality vs. Old Age & Deceit Charity Volleyball Game, to benefit the Church Health Center, will be played on Thursday, April 11, starting at 6 p.m.(!) 

Dear Biology Students,


JD Wolfe wants to remind you… the Charity Volleyball Game is Thurs., 11 April at 6:00pm.

There will be one last practice before the game:  Monday, 8 April at 6:00pm in Canale.


It is a fundraiser to benefit the Church Health Center so it costs $5.00 to play.

(Admission is free, but have your friends bring $ to buy raffle tickets.)


Thursday, 11 April 2013  CBU School of Sciences Charity Volleyball Game

6:00 pm Canale Arena Gymnasium. 


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) will take on Old Age and Deceit (Sciences faculty, alumni, and various "ringers") on Thursday (April 11) at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. All proceeds will go to the Church Health Center. Lots of prizes will be raffled, and admission is free! 
    If you'd like to show off your volleyball skills in front of professors and friends, arrive at 6:00pm on game day to warm up and bring $5.00. The next practice is Monday, 8 April at 6:00 p.m. in Canale.

Photos: 2012 CBU School of Sciences Charity Volleyball Game


Old Age & Deceit

(SOS Faculty


JD Wolfe




3.  Dr. Steve Katz and Friends Present “Make Someone Happy”, a gala concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Sunday, April 28.  


Dr. Steve Katz and Friends Present

"Make Someone Happy"


A Gala Concert to Benefit 

St. Jude Children's Hospital


Special Guest Star Singer/Actress

 Amy Polumbo



Star, "Legally Blonde," Playhouse on the Square

Miss New Jersey 2007

 Talent Award Winner, Miss America Pageant



Also Starring Cantor Aryeh Samberg


Featuring Annabelle Baer, Lila Baer, Grant Coleman, 

Rev. Dr. Betty Dawson, Dr. Sandra Dee, Edgar Gipanago,

Dr. Kelly Kramer,  Bob Schwarz,  Dr. Graham Warr



Sunday, April 28, 2013

2 p.m.

Amro Music, 2918 Poplar Avenue, Memphis


Suggested donation $10 or more per person. 


Please give generously.  Make out checks to St. Jude.  

100% of your donations go directly to St. Jude.




4.  The Memphis Orthopaedic Research Education Series is sponsoring a seminar on Cartilage Tissue Repair, April 11, 2013.  






Perspectives in Cartilage Tissue Repair

April 11, 2013



John Stuart, MD, Professor, UTHSC, Department of Medicine-Rheumatology


Susan Drapeau, PhD, Director, Biologic Research and Development, Medtronic, Inc.

Karen Hasty, PhD, George Thomas Wilhelm Professor, UTHSC-Campbell Clinic, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Biomedical Engineering

Robert Miller, III, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Tennessee Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine


Join Memphis clinicians, researchers, industry representatives and students for this free event.

When:  Thursday, April 11, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., with a reception following

Where: Memphis Bioworks Conference and Training Center

20 S. Dudley, First Floor, Memphis,Tenn.

Parking is available for free in the Memphis Bioworks parking garage at the corner of Union and Dudley.


Please RSVP
Click on "RSVP" below and include the names, emails and phone numbers of your organization's attendees. For more information, please contact Lauren at  lbigger@memphisbioworks.org.





Memphis Bioworks Foundation


5.  A Physician Assistant Virtual Fair, featuring PAEA & CASPA Physician Assistant Programs will be held April 24-25, 2013.  



6.  Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia, PA) will be holding an informational meeting about its rural Physician Shortage Area Program, Friday, May 10, 2013.  


Jefferson Medical College’s rural

Physician Shortage Area Program (PSAP)



Informational meeting on Friday, May 10, 2013


interested pre-medical students from rural areas or small towns

planning to practice in similar areas



Jefferson Medical College is hosting an informational meeting on Friday May 10, 2013 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) for pre-medical students who are interested in the rural Physician Shortage Area Program (PSAP).  This meeting will take place on Jefferson’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania campus, and is specifically geared for those students (freshman through seniors) and graduates:

  1. who have grown up or lived in a small town or rural area (i.e. not urban and not suburban), and who are also
  2. committed to practicing in a small town or rural area (not necessarily their home town). 


Please share this information with your students – and encourage any students who fit the PSAP goals and want to learn more about the program to join us in May.  Post-bac students are also invited.  Additional information about Jefferson’s PSAP can be found at: http://www.tju.edu/psap/


During this day, students will be provided with more specific information regarding the PSAP and the admissions process – and will have an opportunity to meet with faculty and students involved in the program.  Lunch will be provided, and a campus tour will be offered after the meeting for those who are interested. 


Interested students can sign up for the program, or obtain additional information, by contacting contact Natalie Nederostek, via email at Natalie.Nederostek@jefferson.edu (or by phone at 215-955-1372).  (There is limited space, so please advise students to RSVP early.)


7.  Memphis Orthopedic Group and Memphis Hightailer’s Bicycle Club present the Cycle the Greenway Ride, June 2, 2013.  



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April 6th

First Saturday Paddle


April 13th

Mineral Slough Nature Walk


April 27th

Birding Canoe Trip


May 4th

First Saturday Paddle


May 18th

Frog Chorus Walk


 May 26th

Spring Ghost River Paddle


June 1st

First Saturday Paddle


June 2nd

 Cycle the Greenway  


     Mark your calendars to join the race and enjoy the Wolf River at our upcoming "Cycle the Greenway" event on Sunday, June 2, 2013 presented by Memphis Orthopedic Group and Memphis Hightailers Bycycle Club. There will be three distances available for all skill levels, all including SAG stops. A technical t-shirt and complimentary lunch will be provided!


    There will also be a shorter family friendly eco-ride, including games and activities along the Wolf River from 9:00 -11:00 am.


    Participants will meet at Christian Brothers High School and then proceed to the Wolf River Greenway entrance just North of Walnut Grove, following the Wolf River into Germantown before taking to the public streets.   


*Pre-registration will be required and available soon


  7:45 am: Check In

  8:30 am: First race kicks-off 

  1:30 pm: Race Finish

  1:45 pm: Lunch




*CBHS is located at 5900 Walnut Grove Rd.








8.  Nature Conservancy’s Great Places, April 2013 edition.  


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9.  Insider:  The Sierra Club’s Official Newsletter, April 1, 2013 edition.   

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April 1, 2013
º April Fossil Fools
º Clean, Green L.A.
º Five New National Mounuments
º Which Green Career's Right for You?

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This big beautiful blue planet of ours is too special to celebrate on just one day. We're celebrating Earth Day all through April, and our rallying cry is GET OUT.

Visit our new GET OUT website and discover hundreds of events around the country where you can explore, enjoy, and protect your community. We've got everything from hikes to service events to rallies. April's also Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors (COMCO) month, and we've got fun events planned across the U.S. for kids with parents in the services.

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Talk about an early Earth Day present! President Obama has designated five new national monuments, one each in Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, and Washington.

They all belong on your bucket list. Can you guess which one is surrounded by orcas, which one has extinct volcanoes, and which one is the first in its state? Here's the scoop.

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Summer Service Fun in Alaska

Alaska Service TripsEnjoying the longer days of spring? How about extending them even more this summer in the Land of the Midnight Sun?

Explore awe-inspiring Alaska and help with meaningful conservation at the same time on a volunteer vacation. Help maintain cabins in Resurrection Bay or remove nonnative plants in Chugach National Forest.

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10.  Marginalia:  It took an ornithological behaviorist to solve this case. 

I wasn't sure whether you were aware of this and thought it would be of interest to you.


Residents of Worcester, MA discovered 200 dead crows, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu. They had a Bird Pathologist examine the remains of all the crows, & he confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu, to everyone's relief. However, he determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, & only 2% were killed by an impact with a car.
The State then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine the disproportionate percentages for truck versus car kill. The Ornithological Behaviorist determined the cause in short order; when crows eat road kill, they always set-up a look-out Crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. His conclusion was that all the lookout crows could say "Cah", but none could say "Truck."


Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
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