The Psi Lambda Chapter of TriBeta inducted more than 22 members during its annual induction ceremony on 10 April 2014. The Chapter's officers hosted the semi-formal event, which was held in the University Center Annex. Family and friends of the inductees, and several members of the faculty and staff, were on hand for the ceremony. Psi Lambda President Marcus Sherman welcomed the audience.
Guest speaker, Dr. Ben Bahr, took the audience on a humorous look back at some of the most critical scientific achievements in recent history, including the journey to outer space. In step with his research style, Dr. Bahr enlisted the help of two students in the audience -- Marcus Sherman and Christopher Long -- to demonstrate some of the challenges of early space travel (see trio in a photograph above). Dr. Bahr linked his discussion to the incredible processing power of the human brain. People in the audience were amazed to learn that Dr. Bahr's initial immersion in Alzheimer's disease research was really a cover (tongue-in-cheek) given by the witness protection program. All kidding aside, Dr. Bahr is UNCP's William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Because of his cutting-edge research on Alzheimer's disease, much of it undertaken with undergraduate researchers, Dr. Bahr was honored recently with the UNC Board of Governors James E. Holshouser, Jr., Award for Excellence in Public Service.
After Dr. Bahr's presentation, Psi Lambda Vice President Molly Musselwhite and Secretary Brittany Williams provided a brief history of TriBeta and its symbols. Biographical sketches read for each student included an impressive list of accomplishments and career plans. Many of the students will be entering graduate or professional programs upon graduation. Marsalis Smith and Jordan Smink will be among them, and they are now serving as Psi Lambda's Treasurer and Historian, respectively. Dr. Dennis McCracken, the Chapter's faculty advisor, closed the ceremony with a few remarks.
TriBeta is a national honor society for students of the biological sciences. The Psi Lambda Chapter was chartered in 2002, as a result of a student iniatiative led by undergraduate student, Susan Severson. Click here to view the eligibiity requirements for TriBeta.
Pictured above (standing, left to right): Jeffrey MacDonald, Molly Musselwhite, Brandon Stephens, Marcus Sherman, Kenley Patanella, Carlisha Hall, Jordan Smink, Jarrett Oxendine, Athena Donahue, Lindsey Ebaugh, Jasmine Rowlett, Dr. Dennis McCracken (TriBeta faculty advisor), Kendall Jacobs, and Nicholas Nacy; Seated (left to right): Brittany Williams, Catheryn Wilson, Indya Evans, Sara Croom, Sarah Ruiz, Marsalis Smith, Alexandria Worriax, Mycah Sewell, Madalyn Ziongas, and Casey Haywood
Photographs Courtesy of Dennis McCracken and Leon Jernigan
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