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Dr. Homer A. Anderson Lecture features Dr. Sarah McBeth ’04 and presentations of student research findings

The Science Division held its annual Dr. Homer A. Anderson Lecture on April 25, delivered by alumna Dr. Sarah McBeth ’04.  Her presentation, titled AIDS is Problematic: And Other Things I've Learned Since College, focused on the challenges facing those in the developing world who need treatment for HIV and AIDS, as compared to the options available in the developed world.

Following her graduation from Muskingum, Dr. McBeth spent a year as a Centers for Disease Control Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Training Fellow and then went to Wright State University to earn her medical degree and a master’s degree in public health. Currently, she is in the global health track of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency.

In addition to clinical experiences with the Indian Health Service in Alaska and Arizona, Dr. McBeth spent four months last year working at a clinic in Beira, Mozambique, a city that has among the highest incidence rates of HIV in the world. This summer, she will begin an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Following the Anderson Lecture, students from the Science Division made poster presentations of their research findings. The Science Division includes the departments of biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering, mathematics, computer science and psychology as well as interdisciplinary programs in molecular biology, environmental science, neuroscience and conservation science. Their work was judged by the division’s faculty and three prize winners and one honorable mentions were named.

The following students were recognized:

First place was awarded to Jessica Warns ’13, who presented Improvement of Reverse Transcription Efficiency of BCR-ABL Fusion Transcript with Gene-Specific Priming.

Second place went to Lauren Woods ’13, who presented Synthesis And Analysis of a Novel Charge-Transfer Complex From 1,2,3,6,7,8-Hexahydropyrene And 2,3-Dichloro-5,6,-Dicyano-P- Benzoquinone.

Third place was awarded to Gina Pattison ’13, who presented Personality Affects Attitudes Toward Tactile Communication.

Honorable mention was received by Jeremy Whitson ’13, who presented Synthesizing Borrelia Burgdorferi Bmta Antibodies for Lyme Disease Research.

To read the complete abstract of all the participants’ research, click here