Brandon Ladage awarded prestigious Alpha Chi Sledge/Benedict Scholarship
Seven Belmont students presented research papers at the Alpha Chi National Honor Society Convention at the Mission Valley Marriott Hotel in San Diego on April 2-3. Faculty advisors Sarah Ann Stewart and Jonathan Thorndike also attended. The annual Alpha Chi convention is organized around student presentations by junior and seniors from their respective chapters. At the conference, Belmont student Brandon Ladage was announced as one of the 2011 winners of the prestigious Alpha Chi Sledge/Benedict Scholarship.
Membership in Alpha Chi is the highest academic honor awarded by Belmont University. Its members are invited based on their academic standing in the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes within any academic major. Belmont has had an active chapter of Alpha Chi for over 25 years. Dr. Sarah Ann Stewart, associate professor of mathematics, is the current sponsor. Dr. Jonathan Thorndike, professor in the honors program, is Region III Secretary-Treasurer. Alpha Chi Region III includes the colleges and universities with chapters in Alabama, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
The convention’s keynote speaker was Heather Triplett Biehl, distinguished alumna of Alpha Chi. Biehl worked for 10 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, serving as a senior political analyst for the Office of Near East and South Asian Analysis, as a Senior Iraqi Analyst and on Iranian and counterterrorism issues. She received four awards for exceptional performance. After leaving the CIA, Biehl has continued to focus on intelligence issues through her work with BAE Systems-Advanced Information Technologies and BBN Technologies.
Belmont student presentations included:
• In the Health Sciences section, Cara Anderson presented her findings on “Competent Nursing: More than Tubes in Holes.”
• In the Art section, Lizzie Davis presented her research on “The Whistling Boy: Discovering Character.”
• In Anthropology and Sociology, Zach O’Brien discussed “The Evolution of Methology.”
• In the Music section, Anny Knight presented findings on “Music in Germany Under Nazi Power.”
• In Religion, Heather Anvik discussed “Islam: Clarifying the Conflict.”
• In the Mathematics Section, Stephanie Bobo presented her research on “Scheduling Prison Guards and Faculty: Examples Using Linear Programming.”
• In Molecular/Cellular Biology, Julie Malkowski presented her research on “The Effects of Rotenone on Chemotaxis in Caenorhabditis elegans.”