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The alumni magazine of Rhodes College, Memphis, TN.



    Past, Present and Future

    The Magazine of Rhodes College Fall 2012

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  • On the CoverFrom left: Alix Matthews 14, Ashley Tufton 13, Piper Carroll 13, Lars Monia 15 and Xiao Wang 13, fi ve of the six science majors featured in this issue, at the Lynx sculpture in front of the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Tower, home of the Physics Department Photography by Justin Fox Burks

    Contents FALL 2012 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 3

    2 Campus News Briefs on campus happenings

    5 The Sciences at RhodesPast, Present and Future Conversations with faculty, alumni and current students who majored in or are currently engaged in one of the six science disciplines Rhodes offers: 6 The Biochemists and Molecular Biologists Professor Terry Hill, Amanda Johnson Winters 99, Ross Hilliard 07, Xiao Wang 13

    10 The Biologists Professor Gary Lindquester, Veronica Lawson Gunn 91, Brian Wamhoff 96, Anahita Rahimi-Saber 13

    14 The Chemists Professor Darlene Loprete, Sid Strickland 68, Tony Capizzani 95, Ashley Tufton 13

    18 The Environmental Scientists Professor Rosanna Cappellato, Cary Fowler 71, Christopher Wilson 95, Alix Matthews 14

    22 The Neuroscientists Professor Robert Strandburg, Jim Robertson 53 and Jon Robertson 68, Michael Long 97, Piper Carroll 13

    26 The Physicists Professor Brent Hoffmeister, Harry Swinney 61, Charles Robertson Jr. 65, Lars Monia 15

    30 A Case for the Support of the Sciences at Rhodes The importance of strengthening the sciences in the 21st century

    32 Alumni News Class Notes, In Memoriam

    The 2011-2012 Honor Roll of Donors




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  • is published three times a year by Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112 as a service to all alumni, students, parents,

    faculty, staff and friends of the college. Fall 2012Volume 19, Number 3


    Martha Hunter Shepard 66GRAPHIC DESIGNERSLarry Ahokas

    Robert ShatzerCONTRIBUTORS

    Richard Alley, Virginia Arcari, Nicholas Brydon 12, Justin Fox Burks, Scarlett DAnna 12, Carson Irwin 08, Dennis Kunkel, Allen Mims, Allison Rodgers,

    Richard Smith

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Please address postal correspondence, to:

    Martha H. Shepard, Editor, Rhodes Magazine, Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway,

    Memphis, TN 38112-1690 Email: magazine@rhodes.edu

    Phone: (901) 843-3544 Fax: (901) 843-3579

    CLASS NOTES:Please send all Class Notes, including marriages, births and obituaries to:

    Alumni Offi ce, Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112-1690

    Phone: (901) 843-3845 Fax: (901) 843-3947

    Email: alumni@rhodes.edu




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    Visit rhodes.edu/news for the latest stories and features about people and events.

    Visit rhodes.edu/magazine, or scan the code, to see both the online and print versions of the magazine. While there, be sure to check out the web-only content:

    Videos of: Associate Professor of Religious Studies Luther Ivorys Opening

    Convocation address

    Maggie Cupit 14, St. Jude Summer Plus Fellow West Village move-in

    West Village construction time lapse Rat Safaristudents explore the renovated refectory

    In Printnew books by faculty and alumni


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    New Refectory and Residence Hall Enhance the Campus Experience


    Along with 550 new fi rst-year students, Rhodes also welcomed two additions to its campus at the start of the 2012-13 academic yearthe newly refurbished and expanded Catherine Burrow Refectory, and the new West Village Residence Hall. Both facilities represent signifi cant additions and changes to the college campus.

    Originally built in 1925, the refectory was last remodeled 25 years ago when the student body was substantially smaller. The renovations, which have expanded the building by 19,000 square feet, include a spacious new grand servery, which is approximately three times larger than the previous two serving areas combined. There are also

    a fi reside lounge, new kitchen, new private dining rooms and a new dining hall. Menu options range from stir-fry to vegan fare to baked goods, the majority of which are freshly prepared in the exhibition-style servery.

    Every time Im with people who have just walked into the refectory for the fi rst time, I feel like they spend the fi rst 30 seconds with their mouths open, says Rhodes Diplomat and Student Trustee Robbie Cook 13.

    The Rhodes community celebrated the grand opening of the refectory with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 20.

    West Village is the newest addition to the 17 residential buildings on campus. The 52,000-square-foot structure

    houses 141 students, mostly juniors, in six- and eight-person apartment-style suites. Mary Reed 14 is a resident of West Village who lives with fi ve of her friends in a three-room suite with a spacious common area. Reed says she has already taken advantage of the large kitchen downstairs, and is enjoying the fact that there are laundry facilities on each fl oor.

    Both of the new buildings, along with the Moore Moore Student Health Center and Glassell Residence Hall, create a beautiful new quad, which students have already utilized for recreational and organizational purposes, such as barbecues and outdoor movie screenings.

    Cutting the ribbon at the remodeled refectory, left to right: Thomas Threlkeld 16, the fourth generation of Threlkelds to attend Rhodes, and a Clarence Day Scholar; Devon Shiland 15, an undeclared major focused in the areas of humanities and the social sciences; Tom Dorer, regional vice president, ARAMARK Corp.; Bill Michaelcheck 69, chairman, Rhodes Board of Trustees; Mary Catherine Reeves 13, Rhodes Student Government president and student trustee; President Bill Troutt; David Jeter, Chemistry professor and senior member of the faculty; Jane Wright, CEO and President, Hanbury Evans, Wright and Vlattas Architects; Shane Watson 14, president of the Black Student Association; Justin Grinder of Grinder, Taber & Grinder, General Contractors; Martha McGeachy 88, Rhodes Department of Human Resources. Under the arch: John Rone 71, director of College Events and the Meeman Center



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    The Rhodes Lynx football team opened the season Sept. 8 against the Washington University Bears from St. Louis. The game marked the dedication of the newly christened Crain Field and a new era for Rhodes football. Thanks to the generosity of Brenda and Lester Crain Jr. 51 (right), the new state-of-the-art FieldTurf gives current and future Rhodes athletes a consistent surface on which to practice and play.

    Crain Field Dedication

    Professor Milton Moreland Receives 2012 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service

    Dr. Milton Moreland, associate professor of Religious Studies, chair of the Archaeology Program and director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes, is the 2012 recipient of the Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service. The award, which

    honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community, was presented during the colleges Opening Convocation Aug. 17, which marked the opening of our 164th academic year.

    The award received its name in 2005 in honor of Dr. Jameson M. Jones 36, who served as professor of Moral Philosophy and dean of the college from 1955 to 1971.

    Professor Morelands record of service is keenly focused on bringing together faculty with the motivation and expertise necessary to provide exceptional learning opportunities for students. Under his leadership, the Archaeology Program has created a new academic minor along with student involvement in multiple projects and activities such as the Rhodes College Archaeological Field School at Ames Plantation, and a new archaeology lab on campus. Through his coordination of the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies each summer since 2007, he has worked with faculty to provide research opportunities for students in a range of disciplines across our curriculum. And as director of the Memphis Center, Professor Moreland is working to create new opportunities for faculty-student collaboration focusing on the study of Memphis and the Mid-South region.

    Lester Crain Jr. 51

    Professor Milton Moreland receives award from Dean Michael Drompp





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    Kimberly Brien joins the Department of Chemistry as assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Texas Christian Unive