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10:00 AM        WAC4098
SMACS Club meeting -- Discussing plans for the semester

10:00 AM     4th Floor Atrium of WAC
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURFS) Poster Session showcasing the research conducted by students and faculty participants in SURFS

4:00 PM     WAC1045
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Club Meeting

7:00 PM     WAC Conference Center - WAC4094
Vaughn Science Lecture -- Dr. Sandy Rosenthal, Professor of Physics, Pharmacology, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt University, will present "Elucidating Molecular Mechanisms of Mental Illness with Ligand Conjugated Nonocrystals"

10:00 AM     WAC1045
Beta Chi Club Meeting

10:00 AM      WAC 4094
College of Sciences and Mathematics Student Town-Hall Meeting
This meeting is an opportunity for students to come hear about ongoing strategic planning within CSM and to provide feedback and future direction for the College. 

4:00 PM     WAC1045
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Club Meeting

10:00 AM     WAC1034
Dr. Justin Stace will present: How to Save the Planet: the Purpose of Green Energy -- Convo event sponsored by SMACS 


1:00 - 2:20 PM     Beaman A&B
"Pedagogy Via Pancakes: The Collaborative for Collegiality" -- Dr. Panvini (Biology), Dr. Daus (Chemistry), Dr. Fox (Mathematics) and other Belmont faculty

10:00 AM       WAC4098
SMACS Club Meeting

10:00 AM     WAC3058
Tea Party on the Green Roof! sponsored by NSTA, ECO, and Slow-Foods student organizations

10:00 AM     WAC4094
"Learning Physics through Ancient Chinese Science and Technology" - presented by Dr. Matt Marone, Mercer University

7:00 - 8:30 PM     McWhorter 402
Experiments in Ancient Chinese Science and Technology - presented by Dr. Matt Marone, Mercer University

10:00 AM     WAC1034
National Chemistry Week Event -- Hey! Look at that Awesome Science convo 

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM     McWhorter patio
SMACS fundraiser -- they will be selling mini pumpkins filled with candy

10:00 AM     WAC5001
National Chemistry Week Event -- Chemistry Colors our World convo 
Dr. Daus will guide students in tie dying t-shirts

6:00 - 9:00 PM     McWhorter 110
SMACS presents... Flubber!

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM     McWhorter Patio
National Chemistry Week Event -- Pin the Element on the Table

10:00 AM     WAC1045
Beta Chi Club Meeting

4:00 PM  Off-campus event
Cookout and pumpkin carving at Dr. Moore's house

4:00 PM     WAC1045
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Club Meeting

10:00 AM     Chapel 
Faith & Science -- Dr. Cymbeline Culiat, President and CSO of Nell One Therapeutics. Co-sponsored by the College of Sciences & Mathematics

10:00 AM     WAC4098
SMACS Club Meeting

4:00 PM     WAC1045
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Club Meeting

4:00 PM     WAC1045
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Club Meeting

10:00 AM     WAC4098
SMACS Club Meeting

2015 Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS)
4:00 - 5:00 PM     WAC4094   Keynote speaker: Dr. Christopher Raridan, Clayton State University, will present: What Undergraduate Research Means to Me
5:00 - 7:00 PM     WAC 3rd and 4th floor atriums     Student poster session
5:00 - 9:00 PM     Various locations in WAC     Student Oral presentations

4:00 PM     WAC1045
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Club Meeting


ReLeafing Day is the Nashville Tree Foundation's fall planting, held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  On Saturday, November 21, ReLeafing Day was held in the Northwest Nashville neighborhoods of Bordeaux, Haynes Manor, Haynes Park, in public parks and along Titans Way with the Cumberland River Compact. Volunteers across the county come to plant trees in public spaces and private yards.

Belmont student members of Beta- Beta-BetaECO, and SMACS , along with Dr. John Niedzwiecki, faculty advisor for ECO, participated in the tree planting. They planted four trees with the Nashville Tree Foundation. In partnership with Nashville Electric Service, the Tree Foundation has planted hundreds of trees that coexist with power lines since ReLeafing Day began in 2002. 

releafing       releafing
Nancy Le(L) and Dora Geving(R)

National Chemistry Week Events:

10/19      10:00 AM      WAC1034     Hey! Look at that Awesome Science convo 
10/20 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM McWhorter patio SMACS fundraiser -- they will be selling mini pumpkins filled with candy
10/21 10:00 AM WAC5001 Chemistry Colors our World convo --Dr. Daus will guide students in tie dying t-shirts
10/22 6:00 - 9:00 PM McWhorter 110 SMACS presents... Flubber!
10/23 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM McWhorter Patio Pin the Element on the Table
10/23 4:00 PM Off-campus event Cookout and pumpkin carving at Dr. Moore's house
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Hawley Delivers Acoustics Instruction in Song

hawleyAt the 170th Acoustical Society of America meeting in Jacksonville, FL, November 2-6, 2015, Belmont Associate Professor of Physics and songwriter Dr. Scott Hawley shared one of his science education songs.  In his song "Baby in Hertz (Simple Harmonic Motion)," the chorus consists of spelling out an equation for oscillation (as a mathematical homage to R&B songs such as "R-E-S-P-E-C-T.")   Hawley notes, "Simple Harmonic Motion is a fundamental paradigm for understanding a variety of phenomena not only in acoustics, but throughout physics."   Accordingly, the lyrics of the 2nd verse of the song point out, "This phenomenon's so universal, I can't overemphasize it: Any force, for small displacements, you can prob'ly linearize it!"  

In the photo, Hawley is on guitar/vocals, and undergraduate Brandon Olmos, of Columbia College of Chicago's Bachelor in Acoustics program, is on drums.

Belmont Students and Faculty Participate in Drug Take-Back Event

drugOn September 26, 2015, five Belmont undergraduate students and Belmont faculty member Kimberlee Daus, Chemistry, participated in the Dickson County Drug Take-Back.  This event was held on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and was coordinated by Vanderbilt University and the Dickson Police Department.  Working alongside faculty and students from Vanderbilt and Lipscomb University, Belmont Pharmaceutical Studies students cataloged and counted more than 50 pounds of medication.  Students participating included: Mack Ogle, Teaghan Chen, Mackenzie Watson, Unique Ellis, and Allison Lane.


The National Drug Take-Back Day, set by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), provides a service to the community through safe and responsible disposal of unused medication. Additionally, these events help to educate the public about the potential drug abuse associated with these medications.

Dr. Hatch and Students Participate in
Summer Research at Los Alamos

hatchDr. Duane Hatch, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the Summer 2015 Term. Dr. Hatch submitted a proposal in January for the research that he has been working on here at Belmont. This is a highly competitive program that allows faculty to collaborate with some of the most talented scientists in the world. Selected faculty and participating students spend 10 weeks at a DOE national laboratory engaged in a research project under the guidance of a laboratory scientist. Faculty members build collaborative relationships with DOE research scientists, become familiar with DOE sponsored research programs, scientific user facilities, and potential funding opportunities. Students participate in enrichment activities, including career professional development workshops (e.g. technical and scientific writing skills development, poster, or oral presentation activities, etc.), laboratory tours, scientific lectures and seminars. Host laboratories may provide laboratory tours, scientific lectures and seminars, workshops on accessing DOE scientific user facilities. Dr. Hatch’s collaborator at Los Alamos National Lab is Dr. Pete Silks and he will be hosting them in his lab.

Two Belmont undergraduate students, Ryan Agh, Chemistry major - Mathematics minor, and Ambrose Rice, Biology major - Chemistry minor, joined Dr. Hatch. They worked directly with him on his research and received $5,000 each plus travel expenses for 10 weeks this summer. The total value of the proposal was $25,000.

This program is renewable for up to 3 years and opens the door for further student involvement with LANL. Here is a link to information about the program: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/vfp/

Former Physics Students Renovate Choir Room at C.P.A.

Two of Dr. Scott Hawley’s former PHY2010 students were just involved in acoustical renovations for the choir room at Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA). Tanner Roman and Gary Lancaster, both AET majors, teamed up with Randall Griffith of Harrison Entertainment Group to design and construct the new choir room. 

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The Physics department is now using the idle time on their desktop computers in their McWhorter labs through the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC). BOINC is a program that lets you donate your idle computer time to various science projects. After installing BOINC on your computer, you can connect it to as many of these projects as you like. The intent of BOINC is to make it possible for researchers to tap into the enormous processing power of personal computers around the world.

Belmont has enlisted its lab computers' idle time by joining the Einstein@Home project to search for weak astrophysical signals from spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors, the Arecibo radio telescope, and the Fermi gamma-ray satellite. This will put Belmont in the top 1% of BOINC users in the world.

Chocolate: The World's Perfect Food
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) and Dr. Kimberlee Daus, Chemistry Professor, hosted a convocation event on the chemistry elements of Chocolate. Nutrition researcher Michael Levine, among others, has described chocolate as being the world's perfect food—chemically speaking. During this standing-room-only event, they talked about the six different possible crystalline states that are possible for chocolate – Stage V is desired for the ultimate physical characteristics (shiny with the nice “snap”) and demonstrated how to achieve it through tempering. They also discussed why Hershey’s chocolate has such a distinct taste and looked at the different chemicals responsible for the “feel good” aspects of chocolate. During this fun event, they explored the chemistry of chocolate, what makes chocolate really the perfect food, and had chocolate chemistry fun!
AET Students Build Speaker Cabinet for Physics
Acoustics Lab Isolation Booth

aetStudents in Dr. Scott Hawley’s PHY2010 course, Physics for Audio Engineering, built a ported speaker cabinet for the new isolation booth that was obtained for the College of Sciences & Mathematics Acoustics Teaching Lab. AET majors Ryan Yount, Chris O'Brien, and Ryan Morris are pictured taking measurements of the telescoping speaker cabinet they built as part of a class project. The students built a ported speaker cabinet, for which the resonant frequency (of the port) was tunable by varying the interior volume of the cabinet -- i.e. they created a tunable Helmholtz Resonator.  The isolation booth was secured by CSM faculty Drs. Thom Spence, Robert Magruder and Scott Hawley for use with student undergraduate research and class projects which require more precise acoustical measurements than is afforded by a regular classroom environment. 

Physics students attend meeting of the Music City Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Belmont physics students and faculty attended the January Meeting of the Music City Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), a division of the American Physical Society.  The meeting was held at Omega Lab, a studio owned & operated by Belmont alumnus Robert McClain (Music Business with Production Emphasis, ’82).  Omega Lab has received worldwide recognition not only for its uniqueness – the structure is a large army tent, powered via car batteries & car amplifiers, and boasts a set of IMAX speakers for 7.1 studio monitoring – but also for producing the Mando Blues radio show and for recently recording two of the Top-10-rated regional albums of 2014 according to the Nashville Bridge magazine.  The meeting topic was a discussion on studio calibration for film and cinema production.  In attendance were Belmont students Chris Waggy and Austin Arnold, both currently enrolled in PHY2250 “Electronics & Circuit Theory’, and Belmont Physics professor Dr. Scott Hawley, who serves as the Vice President for the organization.   Nashville’s ASA Chapter is open to students, scientists, audio engineers and musicians, has monthly meetings in the Nashville area, and has grown to roughly 40 members since its inception in June 2014.  For further information, visit http://musiccityasa.org

Chemistry Students Participate in STEM Poetry Slam Competition

poetry slam
Five students from Dr. Kimberlee Daus’ Organic Chemistry I class competed in the first ever Middle Tennessee STEM Poetry Slam Competition held November 5th at the Bistro at Emma, Nashville, TN.  The contest, open to area high school and college students, was presented by the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub.  Poems were invited that either explained a challenging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) concept or inspired young people to pursue STEM-related fields.   All poetry had to be written and performed by the entrant. All students in Daus’ class were invited to enter the contest as a quiz challenge to address difficult content in organic chemistry.  Sydney Gangluff, Angel Brothers, Sarah Cannavino, Miranda West, and Kathryn Hook (L to R in pic) were selected as 5 of the 16 finalists.  Kathryn Hook and Miranda West were selected as top winners in the science category.  Their entry, entitled “Mechalicious,” explained the difference between SN1 and SN2 reaction mechanisms. Here is a link to their video: http://youtu.be/Jhpzsi1llik

Daus Receives Chaney Distinguished Professor Award
CAS associate dean of sciences and professor of chemistry, Kim Daus, was named the 2014-15 Chaney Distinguished Professor. The Chaney Distinguished Professor Award, determined on the basis of superior teaching, is presented each year to a faculty member who best represents the vision of the university to be a “premier teaching institution.” Of the honor, Daus said, "For me, receiving the Chaney Teaching award is truly a reflection of the best of Belmont – the amazing students who work so diligently to learn, the wonderful mentors and colleagues who encourage and inspire me in my teaching, and the strong administration who support and value classroom teaching. I am very honored and humbled to be this year's recipient of the Chaney Teaching Award."

Better Eating Through Chemistry


Dr. Kim Daus led a Maymester Junior Cornerstone course titled "Better Eating Through Chemistry: Using Chemistry to Improve Local Cuisine".  The course is a great way to get non-science majors excited about organic chemistry while also encouraging better eating habits in college students. The course met five days a week for three weeks and included lectures, readings, problem solving assignments, research, field trips, experimentation and intensive group work and assessment.  eatingEach week students received a challenge that set up their research and collaboration for the following days. For example, students ate lunch locally at La Hacienda and Mas Tacos Por Favor and then were challenged to research and prepare a healthy, vegetarian Hispanic meal as one of their group projects. In addition to presenting their plates to the class, each group also had to explain the rationales for the recipes they created before all the participants got to test their research through a class meal. Field trips included visits to Noble Dairy Farm, Delvin Farm, and the Nashville Farmer's Market.

Physics Students Present "Circus"

Members of the Society of Physics Students recently presented a "Physics Circus" convocation event.

The students presented various intriguing and exciting physics demonstrations. Physics students showed and explained the science behind phenomena such as beautiful Chladni patterns, the "ring launcher" device, alien-looking ferrofluid formations, and more.  Dr. Scott Hawley, Associate Professor of Physics, serves as the faculty advisor for this student organization.

CSI: Belmont


Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Alison Moore and the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) led an interactive crime-solving event for students during a recent convocation event. With a theme reminiscent of the popular CBS TV series “CSI,” students were challenged to play the role of Crime Scene Investigators and draw conclusions about a hypothetical crime based on their research.


Students looked at evidence including fingerprints, DNA analysis and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis, which identifies different substances within a test sample. The students also investigated footprints and the ink chromatography of a note to evaluate suspects in a supposed murder. Evidence was used to include or exclude suspects during the investigation.


Earlier in the week, the “CSI: Belmont” experience also offered a visit from a training specialist from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), who talked about the educational background required to work in crime investigation as well as the training investigators go through after they get the job.