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Christian Brothers University is the oldest collegiate degree-granting institution in the city of Memphis. The university is run by the Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic religious order founded by St. John Baptist de la Salle, the patron saint of teachers. It is located in Midtown Memphis near the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Wikipedia.

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News Article | November 10, 2016

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Connecticut has awarded Gilbane Building Company’s Carolina Cudemus 2016 Project Manager of the Year. The Project Manager of the Year Nominee is evaluated on his or her level of leadership, understanding of construction principles and theory, personal accomplishments, skill level, experience and adherence to fair and responsible business practices. “Carolina’s commitment and leadership style has resulted in the creation of a higher level of collaboration in project execution that is beneficial to all members on the team,” notes John Hawley, Gilbane Vice President and CT Business Unit Leader. “Carolina continuously strives for constant improvement of herself and as a contributor to the industry and Gilbane. We look forward to her continued growth and leadership in expanding our presence in Connecticut.” With over 20 years in the construction industry, Carolina is the current deputy director for the largest school construction program in the country for the New Haven Schools Capital Program where Gilbane has been serving as Program Manager since 1998. Carolina’s responsibilities include the supervision of the internal program manager staff, multiple design and construction teams, as well as the owner’s direct consultants to successfully deliver concurrent projects. Carolina holds a BS in civil engineering from Christian Brothers University and an MBA from the University of Hartford. She is an active a member of the Construction Institute Program Committee, the Connecticut Association of General Contractors Education Committee, Professional Women in Construction Award Committee, and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community for Living, a not-for-profit with a focus on adults with disabilities. Carolina is a certified Design Build Institute of America Associate and has recently been selected by the American Arbitration Association as a Higginbotham Fellow. Carolina currently resides in West Hartford, CT with her husband, Doug Jones and their five children. Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. A builder in Connecticut since 1944, Gilbane has grown to become one of the largest providers of construction management services in Connecticut. Gilbane opened an office in Glastonbury in 1984 and has remained a leader in the delivery of comprehensive pre-construction, construction management services and construction administration. In 2014, Gilbane was named Contractor of the Year by Engineering News Record (ENR) for the Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT) and the #3 Top Construction Firm in the State of Connecticut in 2013 according to Book of Lists CT. Gilbane is ranked one of the top three best construction firms in the State of CT by the Connecticut Subcontractors Association. For more information, visit

News Article | February 14, 2017

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InMode welcomes Mr. Shakil Lakhani, Executive Vice President of Sales, North America. Mr. Lakhani has been in the industry for over a decade, bringing a vast amount of experience with him. He began his career in 2006 with one of the largest aesthetic laser companies, Cynosure Inc., as the youngest Territory Manager, and was quickly promoted to Area Sales Manager and Sales Director by 2013. He has experienced rapid growth throughout his career and attributes the majority of his success to his upbringing and support from his family. Mr. Lakhani graduated with a B.A. from the University of Waterloo. Mr. Tyler Lembke joins the InMode team as Vice President of Sales for the West Region. With more than 11 years of experience in the medical and aesthetic laser industry, Mr. Lembke has held various sales and management positions for Cynosure, Cutera, and Lumenis. Most recently Mr. Lembke has specialized in the introduction and rapid launch of innovative niche technologies into the marketplace.  Mr. Lembke graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Oklahoma State University. Adrian Bishop is appointed as Vice President of Sales for the East Region. Previously, Mr. Bishop served as Director of Sales, Southeast Region for Syneron-Candela. He was the Top Producing Director of Sales for both fiscal year 2015 and fiscal 2016 for Syneron breaking sales records both years. He also held many sales and training roles with Syneron Candela as well as Solta Medical prior to that. Mr. Bishop has a proven track record of building award winning sales teams and will continue that momentum at InMode. Mr. Bishop received a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and Business Administration from Christian Brothers University in Memphis TN. “InMode is very excited about the growth opportunities brought by our new executive team. Coupled with our outstanding technology, this improved sales structure will further strengthen our presence in the aesthetic market,” says Erik Dowell, CEO of Americas. InMode’s technological advancements have become the new standard for aesthetic medicine, specifically in the radio-frequency aesthetic market. For more than three decades our R&D team was critical in developing state-of-the-art light, laser, and radio-frequency devices, thereby launching and shaping the industry. Our technology continues that legacy in providing superior satisfaction for both the patient and the practice. Learn more about InMode/Invasix technologies by visiting

News Article | October 28, 2016

Principals Trena Adair and Leslie Davis announced an expansion in Harbor Environmental and Safety’s (Harbor) ownership and Board of Directors in August. Andrew Rike, P.E., Vice President of Harbor’s Engineering Division, is now a partner in Harbor and has been appointed as Secretary on Harbor’s Board of Directors. He holds his Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University, and his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Christian Brothers University in Memphis. Andrew has lead Harbor’s Engineering Team since 2011 and was integral to the successful transition of Blaylock Threet. Most recently, before joining Harbor, Andrew owned his own civil design and consulting company, Rike Consulting. Principal Leslie Davis stated, “The fast pace at which we were growing in 2011 made hiring a professional engineer an obvious choice. Having worked with Andrew in the past, we knew that he was the right person to diversify our business. Andrew’s experience in civil design, as well as the environmental work in his background, have allowed us to provide a complete package of services to our clients. We are very happy to see him taking on a larger role in our continued growth.” Mr. Rike added, “From 2011 to the present, we have really responded to the needs of our clients with the addition of both civil and environmental engineering expertise, including the addition of the well-respected, experienced local engineering group Blaylock Threet Engineers in February 2015. Overall, our engineering team has four Professional Engineers, an engineer in training, a 32 year veteran CADD designer, and an experienced survey crew. I am excited to see where this next transition takes us!” In addition, Harbor elected Tresa Adair, Vice President of Operations, as Treasurer on the Board of Directors. Ms. Adair has a long history in both marketing and financial management in Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and a recently founded non-profit corporation. Holding a Finance Degree from the University of Massachusetts, she has had the rare capability to marry financial management with her marketing skills over the past 22 years. Trena Adair commented, “It’s a unique opportunity for Harbor to have a sales and marketing mind coupled with seasoned financial management experience. After being with Harbor for five years now, her guidance in business and marketing strategy has been integral in growing and adjusting our business as we have expanded. Tresa’s leadership in the company and her willingness to ‘do whatever needs done’ has certainly made her a critical part of our team.“ As well as expanding the leadership within the organization, Harbor moved their corporate headquarters effective September 30th. Tresa Adair indicated, “Many factors contributed to our decision to leave our current location. Not only have we been at capacity for over a year now, but our building was sold and the current owner will be occupying most of the building once our lease expired. We will still be located in the heart of Little Rock, but, this new building ultimately has capacity that will allow for our projected growth over the next five to 10 years.” Harbor's new location is just off University at 5800 Evergreen Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. All phone and fax numbers will remain the same. Harbor Environmental and Safety is a full service environmental, safety and engineering consulting firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Harbor is a certified woman-owned and certified disadvantaged business enterprise that has served clients both nationally and internationally. Specializing in turnkey compliance management systems, Harbor affords our clients the ability to focus on their business goals and maintain a commitment to the environment and the health and safety of their employees. Ultimately, Harbor is dedicated to the like-minded cause of affecting positive change in business practices that create greater profitability for clients and increased sustainability for our shared environment.

Moore J.E.,Christian Brothers University | Franklin S.B.,University of Northern Colorado
Journal of Vegetation Science | Year: 2012

Questions: Do species arriving early (priority effect) to a site have a competitive advantage over species arriving later? Does early arrival aid in species ability to tolerate water stress? Is intra- and interspecific competition different for early and late arrivers? Location: Greenhouse, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, USA. Methods: A 1-mo 'head start' in the greenhouse was used to simulate early arrival of Panicum capillare and Polygonum persicaria. We used a completely randomized design to examine the effects of water stress (drained, drought, flood) and priority competition (interspecific and intraspecific) in relation to species' cohort [older (established) and younger (novel) individuals planted in different combinations]. We calculated increases in root and shoot weights, total biomass, root/shoot ratios, height, leaf number and length of longest leaf. All dependent variables were analysed using MANOVA and individual GLM ANOVAs. Results: Increases in shoot and root biomass were significantly affected by water stress but the effects were species- and priority level-specific. Root biomass for established individuals was significantly reduced after flooding and drought. Shoot biomass was least for drought and flood treatments of both older and younger P. persicaria, but older and younger P. capillare were unaffected. There were species-specific priority differences (i.e. greater for older individuals) for shoot height and increases in leaf number; however, the opposite was seen for increases in leaf length. Conclusions: In terms of community assembly, neither species appears to have an advantage in relation to competition or water stress, as both seem plastic and are negatively affected by flood and drought stress. The greater impact of older P. persicaria on P. capillare is the only advantage P. persicaria seems to have in the greenhouse. Correlating this to natural conditions, it appears that chance in reaching a site first plays a major role in P. persicaria's colonization success. This study provides evidence of the impacts of arrival time on subsequent physiological and competitive abilities of plants. We simulated the dynamic colonization and stress of Mississippi River island community assembly, where competition often occurs among cohorts. Older individuals tolerated stress better and accrued more biomass regardless of competition, and first colonizer status gave one species a competitive advantage. This study gives evidence to the impacts of arrival time on subsequent physiological and competitive abilities of plants. © 2012 International Association for Vegetation Science.

News Article | February 15, 2017

By expanding the firm’s ownership group, Century Wealth Management is positioning itself for long-term growth and continuity. Greg Davis joined the firm in 2013 and has been responsible for managing client portfolios, assisting clients with investment strategy, tax planning, and financial planning services. "Greg has been a tremendous resource for the firm and our clients," says Jay Healy, Century Wealth Management’s President and founder. "His background in tax and accounting and his passion for investments make him a perfect fit for the sophisticated work we do as a financial advisor in Memphis. Growth at the firm has accelerated and broadening ownership sets the stage for continued expansion as well as a long-term succession plan that will protect and serve our clients for many years." Greg Davis is a graduate of Christian Brothers University where he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and majored in Finance. He has obtained both the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CFP ® (Certified Financial Planner) designations. He is an active member of several professional organizations. He is the current President of the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA). "When I joined Century and saw the high level of client service and the sophisticated solutions they deliver to their family office clients, it was clear to me that this was where I wanted to spend the rest of my career," says Greg Davis. "Becoming a partner validates my commitment to the firm and our clients." About Century Wealth Management Century Wealth Management LLC is a Registered Investment Adviser located in Memphis, TN, providing comprehensive, integrated investment advice to families since 2000. Century specializes in working with entrepreneurs and professionals looking for a single-source solution to managing their family wealth. The firm has been recognized as an industry leader in multiple publications including, Wealth Manager, Financial Advisor, and Worth. Jay Healy has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Investment News and has been a recipient of Five Star Professional award as published in Memphis Magazine for six consecutive years. Our mission is to inspire and empower our clients to live their ideals.

Roy S.,University of Tennessee Health Science Center | Watkins N.,Christian Brothers University | Heck D.,University of Tennessee Health Science Center
PLoS ONE | Year: 2012

Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a well-recognized form of inherited mental retardation, caused by a mutation in the fragile X mental retardation 1 (Fmr1) gene. The gene is located on the long arm of the X chromosome and encodes fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). Absence of FMRP in fragile X patients as well as in Fmr1 knockout (KO) mice results, among other changes, in abnormal dendritic spine formation and altered synaptic plasticity in the neocortex and hippocampus. Clinical features of FXS include cognitive impairment, anxiety, abnormal social interaction, mental retardation, motor coordination and speech articulation deficits. Mouse pups generate ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) when isolated from their mothers. Whether those social ultrasonic vocalizations are deficient in mouse models of FXS is unknown. Here we compared isolation-induced USVs generated by pups of Fmr1-KO mice with those of their wild type (WT) littermates. Though the total number of calls was not significantly different between genotypes, a detailed analysis of 10 different categories of calls revealed that loss of Fmr1 expression in mice causes limited and call-type specific deficits in ultrasonic vocalization: the carrier frequency of flat calls was higher, the percentage of downward calls was lower and that the frequency range of complex calls was wider in Fmr1-KO mice compared to their WT littermates. © 2012 Roy et al.

Haught P.,Christian Brothers University
Environmental Ethics | Year: 2011

Environmental virtue ethics (EVE) can be applied to environmental justice. Environmental justice refers to the concern that many poor and nonwhite communities bear a disproportionate burden of risk of exposure to environmental hazards compared to white and/or economically higher-class communities. The most common applied ethical response to this concern-that is, to environmental injustice-is the call for an expanded application of human rights, such as requirements for clean air and water. The virtue-oriented approach can be made consistent with such calls, but there are broader applications as well that generate unique strategies for moral responsiveness and for expanding the role of moral philosophers in civic affairs.

Salgado A.E.,Christian Brothers University
Edinburgh Journal of Botany | Year: 2016

Plants commonly known as Asplenium falcatum in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia represent a complex of closely related taxa. Because of the great variability of these plants, several names have been proposed over the years to refer to members of this complex in the Philippines. The name Asplenium falcatum has been used erroneously for superficially similar Philippine plants, which should be named Asplenium oxyphyllum Kunze. Copyright © Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (2016)

Assadollahi A.,Christian Brothers University
Geotechnical Special Publication | Year: 2016

A procedure is developed to minimize cost and CO2 emissions for the design of reinforced concrete drilled shafts subjected to axial loading, satisfying geotechnical limit states and using a Big Bang-Big Crunch (BB-BC) algorithm. The objectives of this research are to develop low-cost and low-CO2 emission designs of drilled shafts and to compare low-cost and low-CO2 emission designs. Cost is based on materials and labor required for the construction of drilled shafts. The CO2 emissions are associated with the extraction and transportation of raw materials; processing, manufacturing, and fabrication of products; and the emissions of equipment involved in the construction process. The cost and CO2 objective functions are subjected to soil bearing and displacement limits. A design example is presented to compare low-cost and low-CO2 emission designs. Results are presented that demonstrate the effects of different magnitudes of applied axial loads, soil properties, factors of safety, and allowable settlements on low-cost and low-CO2 emission designs. © ASCE.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 56.56K | Year: 2014

Electrical activity from the brain provides insights into many aspects of human experience, including mental processes about which individuals may or may not be aware. In addition, electroencephalography (EEG, which is the measurement of the brains electrical activity from the surface of the head) provides students with an accessible introduction to neuroscience research through active learning and experimentation. Small, primarily undergraduate institutions provide a unique setting for novel, cross-disciplinary EEG research because of close interactions among students and faculty, heavy responsibility given to undergraduate students, and the unique and novel research collaborations this environment can afford. An Advanced Psychophysiological Recording System (APRS), supported by this NSF MRI award, will enable the investigators to record EEGs from the whole head of one or two individuals at a time, as well as recording other physiological activity (e.g., arousal, muscle activity). The investigators will initiate three core research projects that focus on using the APRS (primarily for measures of brain activity) to test hypotheses about emotion, attention, perception, memory, and the relationships among them. Students will see first-hand how the brain responds to activities they do every day, such as texting, recalling personal memories, and attempting to multi-task. Each project will be executed as a collaboration among faculty and students, leading to concrete scientific contributions (e.g., research presentations and publications). Beyond these core projects, faculty members will integrate the APRS into various courses to provide unique and innovative research-based experiences with the potential for generating novel research data and inspiring students (and faculty) to consider new applications of psychophysiological methods and to develop cutting-edge research projects. The APRS will enable interdisciplinary course activities and student research projects that will foster student training and productivity in basic research, as well as efforts to promote postdoctoral training in research with undergraduates and applications for additional external support for undergraduate research. Because of the large number of women and racial/ethnic minorities at the awardee institution, the placement of the APRS instrument and the collaborative use of the system will provide unique opportunities for women and minorities that are underrepresented in the sciences.

The core research goals of the project are to complete studies of (1) effects of emotion and cognitive workload (i.e., mental effort) on brain responses related to automatic attention, (2) brain activity related to interactions between emotion and personal memories, and (3) the role of emotion in brain activity related to computer-mediated communication (e.g., texting). In addition, faculty will integrate research with education by incorporating APRS-based research into research methods and independent research courses in psychology and neuroscience, by initiating student projects to detect subtle patterns in complex brain activity (engineering) and identify patterns of brain activity related to connecting with literary characters (languages and literature). Ultimately, deeply engaging undergraduate students in original scientific research with the APRS will be a critical component of each research project.

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