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Biology Faculty & Students Participate in TAS Meeting

Bob Grammer, Steve Murphree, Darlene Panvini, Nick Ragsdale, Jennifer Thomas and several other Department of Biology faculty presented or served in leadership roles at the 2011 Tennessee Academy of Science Annual Meeting held Oct. 28 in Jackson, Tenn. The meeting was hosted by Union University. Grammer, Panvini and Thomas presented in the Science and Math Teaching Technical session on various aspects of the biology science curriculum and outreach. Ragsdale chaired the Health and Medical Science Technical session. Murphree is treasurer of TAS and assisted with registration and other meeting details.

Belmont faculty presentations included:

  • Seminar in Biology: An Introduction to the Department for New Majors. Jennifer Thomas
  • Development and Facilitation of Two Inquiry-Based Environmental Science Case Studies for High School Outreach. Darlene Panvini
  • An Undergraduate Research Program on Chemotaxis in C. Elegans. Robert Grammer
  • Seventeen biology undergraduate research students also went to the meeting, presented posters, and attended presentations from graduate students and faculty from a wide variety of Tennessee schools.
  • Belmont student posters included:
  • Effects of Allelopathic Intraspecific Competition n Growth of Privet, Ligustrum Sinense. Kelly Casarez* and Darlene Panvini
  • Treating Salmonella Typhimurium Infected Danio Rerio with Antibiotics and Homeopathic Remedies. Ashley Newsome, Jennifer T. Thomas and Lori L McGrew
  • Spectrophotometric Determination of Respiration Rates In C. Elegans. Monique Parrish* and Robert Grammer
  • Role of Pmk-1 and Pcd Pathways In C. Elegans Infectected with E. Faecium. Azad Karim* and Nick Ragsdale
  • Metabolic Changes in Ceanrhabditis Elegans Infected with Pseudomonas Aeruginosa or Staphylococcus Aureus. Laura Muck* and Nick Ragsdale
  • Role of Daf-2 Insulin/Igf-I Like and P38 Map Kinase Pathways in Ceanorhabditis Elegans Infected with Salmonellae Typhimurium. Roxy Musharrafeia* and Nick Ragsdale
  • The Effects of D1 And D2-Like Dopamine Receptors on the Chemotaxis of Ceanorhabditis Elegans. Sylvia Chac* and Nick Ragsdale
  • Effects of 6-Ohda on the Chemotaxis of Ceanorhabditis Elegans. Samera Berhane* and Nick Ragsdale
  • Infection Rates of Trypanosoma Cruzi in Wildlife from Rural Areas of Middle Tennessee. Rachel K. Serfass*, RaeAnne N. Lauffer, and C. Steven Murphree
  • Infection Rates of Trypanosoma Cruzi in Wildlife from Suburban Areas of Middle Tennessee. Raeanne N. Lauffer*, Rachel K. Serfass, And C. Steven Murphree
  • Repellent Properties of Stone Mint, Cunila Origanoides, Against the American Dog Tick, Dermacentor Variabilis. Elizabeth R. Thorndike* and C. Steven Murphree
  • Preferred Microhabitat Conditions for Centruroides Vittattus in Middle Tennessee. Ryan P. Baker* and C. Steven Murphree
  • Treating Danio Rerio with the Neurotoxin 6-Ohda to Study Movement Deficits. Tristan Daniel and Lori L McGrew
  • Habitat and Resource Partitioning among Centarchid Sunfish in a Middle Tennessee Stream. Philip Parsley* and John Niedzwiecki
  • Effects of Riparian Tree Canopy on Water Quality and the Occurrence of Waterpennies (Beetle Larvae) in the Little Harpeth River. Jordan Murray* and Darlene Panvini
  • Terrestrial Animal Diversity in Two Middle Tennessee Freshwater Wetlands. Megan DeVries* and Darlene Panvini
  • Phylogeographic Comparison of Centruroides Vittatus Populations in Middle Tennessee and Central Arkansas. Thomas A. Homonnay*, John H. Niedzwiecki J and C. Steven Murphree

Knoxville News Sentinel Features Alumnus

Alumnus Bill Cromer is featured in a Knoxville News Sentinel article on his position as Director of Policy and Research for Gov. Bill Haslam. Cromer studied political science and economics and graduated from Belmont University in 2007. He was in the Engaged Scholars program and student body president during the 2006-2007 school year. Read the full article.

Mathematics Faculty Participate in Mathfest

Mike Pinter, Danny Biles and Andy Miller (Mathematics), attended the Annual Mathematical Association of America Mathfest meeting in Lexington, Ky., Aug. 4-6. Attendees participated in workshops, professional networking and special events.

Pinter gave a presentation as part of the Contributed Paper Session on Novel Ways to Incorporate Writing into Mathematics Classes. The presentation was entitled Seeing the Unseen: A Metaphor for Mathematics.  While at the meeting, Pinter also participated in a focus group considering potential textbooks for liberal arts mathematics courses (which would include MTH 1020, MTH 1080 and HON 3310 at Belmont).

Biles gave a presentation on Topics for Actuarial Exam P/1.  He also served as a judge for the student presentations.

Read more information about Mathfest.

CAS Professors to Present at 2011 Lilly Conference

Robbie Pinter (English), Pete Giordano (Psychology) and Mike Pinter (Mathematics) had a workshop proposal entitled “Personal Metaphors for Teaching” accepted for The 31st Annual International Lilly Conference on College Teaching to be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Nov. 17-20.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Teaching for Brain-Based Learning.”

The abstract of the workshop proposal: As teachers, we can explore the metaphors we use for teaching and what they may say about our perspectives on teaching.  Using small and large group discussion and a brief guided visualization exercise, our session will offer an invitation to enter a creative space for reflection and conversation on both general and course-specific metaphors.  Participants will generate ideas for considering the language they use in thinking about and describing their courses.

Read more about the Lilly Conference.

Murphree Introduces Students with Disabilities to the World of Insects

On Aug. 16, Steve Murphree (Biology), gave a presentation about insects and led a hike at Radnor Lake State Natural Area for 13 students with disabilities as part of Nashville’s Friends Life program. Friends Life  is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. They seek to create opportunities to develop socially, grow personally and enjoy community.

Parry to Present at American Journalism Historians Association

Pam Parry, chair of the Communication Studies Department, will present Oct. 8 a research-in-progress paper at the annual meeting of the American Journalism Historians Association in Kansas City, Mo. She will present a paper titled, “Public Relations as Military Strategy: How the Supreme Allied Commander Utilized Communications during WWII.” This paper is the first chapter in Parry’s dissertation titled, “The PR President: How Ike Transformed Political Communication.” Parry is working on her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

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University Website Finalist for Photography Award

The Belmont University website homepage is one of three finalists for’s “Best Use of Photography” award.
Anyone can vote by online by signing up for a free membership to the website. Voting ends July 15. The winner will receive a trophy when announced Aug. 2 at the eduWeb Conference, an annual event for people who work in online strategy, marketing and technology at colleges and universities across the globe.
“When our in-house team began the redesign, we really wanted to make match the unique, innovative spirit that exists in our students, faculty & staff. We hope that spirit & sense of place is front and center when people visit,” said Creative Services Supervisor April Maglothin.
“We knew we were taking a chance with this design because it steers away from the typical grid for higher education homepages. However, the photography was a priority for us because it isn’t just a design element, it has the ability to tell a unique story. We challenged ourselves to create a streamlined yet functional, narrative site. We’re proud of the end result and hope the Belmont community is as well.” allows its members to post comments on and rate other higher education websites.

Belmont Alumnus Signs With Kansas City Royals

Belmont Baseball graduate Derek Hamblen (Plano, Texas) has signed a contract to play with the Kansas City Royals organization. Playing both outfield and infield, he holds more BU career records than any player to come before him and is now the second Bruin senior to sign a professional contract in 2011. Nate Woods (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) signed with the Florida Marlins earlier this month.
“We are very excited Derek is getting this well deserved opportunity,” Head Coach Dave Jarvis said. “We’re just so proud of him for getting this chance to go on and play at the next level and he has sure earned it after four tremendous years at Belmont.”
During the Bruins’ championship run in 2011, Hamblen set two new single-season Belmont records as well as being the leader in four categories in the Bruins record book. Hamblen helped lead Belmont to its first ever Atlantic Sun Championship and was named Tournament MVP for his performance.
Hamblen graduated from Belmont May 2011 with a degree in Business Administration.
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Professor Published in American Journalism

Pam Parry, chair of the Communication Studies Department, had a book review published in the Spring 2011 issue of American Journalism, a quarterly journal published by the American Journalism Historians Association. Parry reviewed Robert Shogan’s No Sense of Decency: The Army-McCarthy Hearings: A Demagogue Falls and Television Takes Charge of American Politics.

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