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Science students present research findings at Fall Research and Internship Forum

Science Division students presented their research findings at the annual Fall Research and Internship Forum held October 4 in Boyd Science Center.

The colloquium exhibited poster presentations of summer research projects, including the following:

Ryan Bechtel '08 and Adam Davis '09 presented “Habitat assessment for the potential reintroduction of the American  Burying Beetle at The Wilds.”

Anna Belyaevskaya '09 presented research she conducted with Dr. Clair Tessier, Ph.D. and Tatiana Eliseeva, “Inorganic silicon chemistry.”

Rachel Hollis '08 and Ashleigh Lemon '08 presented “The distribution and abundance of gastropods infected with p. tenuis in different habitats at The Wilds,” research they conducted with Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jim Dooley, Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Amy Santas and the Animal Management staff at The Wilds.

Amos Ludwig '08 presented “Studying and mapping potential habitat composition for wood frogs at the Wilds, a strip mine reclamation site."

Brandon McFarland '08 presented “Summer at Datatel.”

Elizabeth R. Sickler '07 presented “Adipogenic differentiation and characterization of equine bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells,” research she conducted with Martin A. Vidal, B.V.S., M.S., M.R.C.V.S., Sandra O. Robinson, B.S., Jeffrey M. Gimble, M.D., Ph.D., Mandi J. Lopez, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.S., Ashley M. Stokes, D.V.M., Ph.D. Equine Health Studies Program, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; Laboratory for Equine and Comparative Orthopedic Research, Equine Health Studies Program, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Adam Cirone '07 presented research he conducted with Professor of Biology Dr. Danny Ingold, “The impact of vegetation structure and plant species composition on grassland birds abundance on a reclaimed strip-mine in Southeastern Ohio.”

Lauren Harding '10 presented research she conducted with Professor of Biology Dr. Danny Ingold,  “Nest-site fidelity in grassland birds on a reclaimed strip mine.”

Charles Miller '08 presented “Synthesis and characterization of proton conducting ceramic materials,” research he conducted with Michael Carrol, Jaiping Han and Hugo Schmidt of the National Science Foundation REU.

Caroline Padro '08 presented “Characterization of the distribution of voltage-gated potassium channel kv1.3 in the nodose ganglia and the response of kv1.3 to margatoxin,” research she conducted with Patricia A. Glazebrook and Diana L. Kunze, Ph.D.

Jennifer Sorrell '09 presented research she conducted with Assistant Professor of Geology Shelley Judge, “20,000 leagues under the sea: climate change in the north Atlantic Ocean approximately 1.5 million years ago.”

Bonnie Whitt '09 presented research she conducted with Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Amy Santas, “Biochemical evidence of the dystroglycan complex in epidermis.”

Jonathan Treasure '08 presented “Salamander diversity on a reclaimed strip-mine, The Wilds, to find a correlation between the ages of reclaimed wood stands and salamander habitat preferences.”

Tiffany Wolf '07, Kylie Johnson '10 and Jessica Turner '10 presented research they conducted with Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jim Dooley, “The West Nile Disease at The Wilds.”  The three also presented “Study of Sparrow Hawks.”

Jason Tarbert '09 presented research he conducted with Associate Professor of Geology Dr. Stephen Van Horn, “Developing a GIS for the Wills Creek Watershed.”