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Small Presents at American String Teachers Association National Conference

Achievers.SmallAssistant Professor of Music Elisabeth Small recently presented a session, “Shifting Strategies,” at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) 2015  National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The presentation focused on organizing the shifting process for string teachers and students to develop a comfort zone for fluid and reliable shifting. Small also explored ways to achieve confidence in shifting by examining and coordinating listening skills, left-hand logistics, bow planning and timing.

ASTA, founded more than 65 years ago, is a membership association for the national string community with approximately 8,000 members.

Murray Presents at Impact Investing and Center for Nonprofit Management Conferences


Assistant Professor in Belmont’s College of Business J. Haskell Murray recently presented at an impact investing conference sponsored by the University of Michigan and Morgan Lewis, a law firm. Immediately following that event, Murray presented at the Center for Nonprofit Management’s (CNM) Bridge to Excellence conference.

For more information on the impact investing conference click here.

Barton Presents at Biologists Conference

chris bartonAssistant Professor of Biology Dr. Chris Barton recently presented in the Scholarship of Teaching Learning section at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Chattanooga.  His presentation, “Using DNA Barcoding to Supplement Classical Taxonomic Methods in an Undergraduate Curriculum,” focused on the use of DNA barcoding, a molecular assay that uses DNA sequencing as a means to characterize plant and animal specimens that are otherwise difficult to identify. He also highlighted ways this technique can be incorporated into undergraduate science courses and research programs.

The Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB)is the largest scientific professional organization in the southeastern U. S. with approximately 1400 members from 220 academic and 60 non-academic institutions. ASB’s mission is to promote biology through research and education and is supported each spring with an annual meeting where faculty and students (both graduates and undergraduates) present research in a friendly and collegial environment.

Dean Taylor Named 2015 Nashville Medical News Woman to Watch


(L to R): Dr. Lorry Liotta-Kleinfeld (Occupational Therapy), Dr. Leslie J. Higgins (Nursing), Dr. Beth Hallmark (Nursing), Dr. Cathy Taylor (Nursing), Dr. Erin Shankel (Nursing), Dr. Renee Brown (Physical Therapy)

Dean and Professor of the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing Dr. Cathy Taylor was recently honored as one of Nashville Medical News’s 2015 Women to Watch. For the 10th year, Nashville Medical News has profiled a group of women in Middle Tennessee who are making a difference in the health care landscape of Nashville, Tennessee or beyond through their work as clinicians, public health officials, advocates, administrators, association executives or professionals.

Taylor has been working as the College of Health Sciences’s Dean since 2012, after serving as the assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Service Administration, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Nursing School of Nursing and the director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Disease Management Program.

Dr. Taylor said she is grateful for the mentors and role models that have encouraged her throughout the career, and she greatly enjoys the opportunity to serve in a similar role for her students. “What an honor to be counted as part of this group of extraordinary women.  I am blessed to be able to do the work I love every day, surrounded by respected colleagues and exceptional students.”

For a full list of the 2015 Women to Watch honorees, click here.

Students Present at Undergraduate Research Conference

Butler_Apr15On April 10, sixteen Belmont biology, biochemistry and molecular biology and neuroscience students attended the 27th Annual Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.  954 people attended the conference and participated in more than 500 presentations. Participants represented 58 colleges and universities in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Belmont faculty members Mike Pinter (mathematics), Rachel Rigsby (chemistry/physics), Roger Jackson and Jennifer Thomas (biology) also attended, and Thomas served as a session chair.

Students gave the following oral presentations:

  • “Determining the Effects of Invasive Plant Species on Soil Environments with C. Elegans Chemotaxis Bioassays”: John Holt (Robert Grammer, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “Bacterial Fight Club: Two-Component Signaling Cascades and Type VI Secretion System Cross-Interactions Benefit Bacterial Fitness”: Himesh Zaver (Jennifer Thomas, Kristen Guckes and Maria Hadjifrangiskou (Vanderbilt University), Faculty Sponsors)
  • “Genetic Manipulation Increases Rates of DNA Exchange in the Bacterium Acinetobacter Baumannii”: Justin Smith (Jennifer Thomas, Michael Noto and Eric Skaar (Vanderbilt), Faculty Sponsors
  • “Chemotaxis Response in Caenorhabditis Elegans to an Olfactory Repellent Paired With Nicotine”: Amanda Bigness (Robert Grammer, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “The Effect of 6-OHDA on SKN-1 in Parkinson’s”: Rezzan Hekmat (Nick Ragsdale, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “HPV-Positive Cervical Cancer Cells Show Generally Reduced Levels of IFN-Alpha”: Sarah Bonaparte (Jennifer Thomas, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “The Evaluation of Interferon-Beta Levels in HPV-Positive Cervical Cancer Cell Lines”: Olivia Ford (Jennifer Thomas, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “Appetite Suppressing Effects of Nicotine on Caenorhabditis Elegans Chemotaxis to E. Coli”: Khang Tran (Robert Grammer, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “The Anxiogenic Effects of 5-APB and Dark RageTM (Pre-Workout) on Danio Rerio”: Jaime Wesley (Lori McGrew, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “Effects of Subtoxic Levels of Triclosan on Working Memory and Anxiety Levels in Danio Rerio”: Hensley Barnes (Lori McGrew, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “The Effects of Anxiolytic Medication on Memory Formation in Stress Induced Danio Rerio Specimens”: Iqra Wahid (Lori McGrew, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “The Effects of Different Dosages of α-Lipoic Acid on the Chemotaxis of Caenorhabditis Elegans at Various Stages of Adulthood”: Alicia Hsu (Robert Grammer, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “The Effect on Danio Rerio Memory after Chronic Exposure to WIN 55,212-2 Mesylate”: Cassie Wyatt (Lori McGrew, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “Preferred Microhabitat Conditions of Vaejovis Carolinianus in a Middle Tennessee Cedar Glade”: Chelsea Lee (Steve Murphree, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Isolate on Belmont University’s Campus is Negative for PBP2a as the Mechanism of Resistance”: Rebekah Shepherd (Jennifer Thomas, Faculty Sponsor)
  • “Panton-Valentine Leukocidin Exotoxin Found in Methicillin-Sensitive and –Intermediate Staphylococcus Aureus Samples on Belmont University’s Campus”: Jordan Helms (Jennifer Thomas, Faculty Sponsor)

Students Present at the Middle Tennessee Psychological Association

MTPA 2015

(L to R) Krista Beebe, Dr. Jones, Dr. Yandell, Justin Lang, Leah Rose, Dr. Bailey, Stephanie Cooper, Dr. Giordano, Julisa Nunez, Brittany Redd, Alexandria Gumucio, Heather Dudley and Dr. Shen-Miller.

Belmont faculty members and students from the Department of Psychological Science attended the annual conference of the Middle Tennessee Psychological Association held at MTSU on Saturday,  April 25. Faculty attendees included Drs. Linda Jones, Pete Giordano, Seraphine Shen-Miller, William Bailey and Lonnie Yandell. The conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research to colleagues from other colleges and universities.

The following research papers were presented by Belmont students:

  • “Loving My Future-Self: The Effects of Perspective-Taking on Ageism”: Stephanie Cooper (Dr. Yandell, Faculty Advisor)
  • “Eye Gaze and the Perception of Emotional Facial Expressions”: Brittany Redd (Dr. Yandell, Faculty Advisor)

The following research posters were presented by Belmont students:

  • “An Exploratory Study of Helping Behavior of Rats”: Heather Dudley, Krista Beebe, Alexandria Gumucio, Brittany Redd, Stephanie Seeley and Elizabeth Wilson (Dr. Bailey, Faculty Advisor)
  • “Scents and Scintillation: The Effects of Lemon and Peppermint Essential Oils on Working Memory and Alertness”: Stephanie Cooper, Matthew Maloney and Jacob Huffman (Dr. Yandell, Faculty Advisor)
  • “The Influences of Emotional Advertising on Willingness to Donate to Abused Animals”: Leah Rose, Chase Mackey and Miller Spivey (Dr. Bailey, Faculty Advisor)
  • “College Students’ Eating Behaviors, Influences, and Perceptions of Healthy Eating”: Justin Lang (Dr. Jones, Faculty Advisor)
  • “The Development of the Women’s Attitudes Toward Masculinity Inventory“: Heather Dudley, Savannah Johnson, Tanisha Williams, Savannah Ladage, Abigail Marchese and Elizabeth Wilson (Dr. Pete Giordano, Faculty Advisor)
  • “The Effects of Method of Information Presentation on Recall”: Julisa Nunez, Samantha Gould, Miranda West and Sarah Balding (Dr. William Bailey, Faculty Advisor)

O’Brien Performs at ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ Gala at Smithsonian

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The dinner, held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, featured combat heroes sharing their personal stories of experiences in the European and Pacific theaters. O’Brien, a pilot himself, wrote “We Remember” as a a tribute to military aviation, and his video for the song has been viewed nearly 3 million times on YouTube. The video was played as O’Brien, co-founder of country band Little Texas, sang along to those gathered at the Arsenal of Democracy gala.

Occupational Therapy Students and Faculty Published in Journal

AssistiveTechnologyA 2014 thesis project by three students in Belmont University’s Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program was recently published in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.  Co-authored by Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Dr. Teresa Plummer, the project studied the impact of mobility assistive technology devices on participation for individuals with disabilities.

The research team included Jordan Carver, recent OTD graduate, Ashley Ganus and Jon Mark Ivey, 2004 OTD graduates. Ann Eubank, a Nashville area occupational therapist and social worker associated with Belmont’s School of Occupational Therapy, was an additional co-author.

Botany Students Deliver Arboretum Samples to Sam Davis Home

SDH 004aProfessor and Chair of the Biology Department Dr. Darlene Panvini taught a botany class in Fall 2014 that visited the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation in Smyrna multiple times as part of the class’s service learning component. The students collected leaf samples from more than 40 trees on the property to apply for arboretum certification with the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Panvini’s Fall 2012 botany class did similar work to advance the arboretum on Belmont’s campus towards reaching certification by the Nashville Tree Foundation.

Linday Millward and Joanna Sorrell, Belmont students, accompanied Dr. Panvini on April 30 to present all of the identified, pressed tree samples for the 41 tree to Director of Collections and Education Alex Collins. The pressed tree samples will be stored in an herbarium cabinet that the Belmont Biology Department donated to the plantation last August.

Slay Carr Featured on Music Business Talk Show

FullSizeRender (2)Associate Professor of Music Business Dr. Cheryl Slay Carr was recently interviewed on the television talk show, “Mind Your Music Business.”

Hosted by Jesse Goldberg, Dr. Slay Carr discussed her book,”Music Copyright Law,” co-authored with David Moser and the release of her new CD, “Invocation.”

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