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Faculty, Students Attend Tennessee Academy of Science Annual Meeting

TAS_group_13_1Biology Department faculty members Bob Grammer, Steve Murphree, Darlene Panvini, Nick Ragsdale, Jennifer Thomas and Chris Barton attended the 123rd Tennessee Academy of Science Annual Meeting on Nov. 15 at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn.

Twenty-nine Belmont undergraduate research students presented posters at the meeting and attended presentations from graduate students and faculty from a wide variety of Tennessee schools.

“Examination of Isomers of Butanediol as Olfactants in Caenorhabditis elegans”
Morgan Arrants
Faculty Adviser: Robert Grammer, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“HPLC Measured Nucleotide Concentrations in Staphylococcus aureus Infected and Uninfected Caenorhabditis elegans”
Taylor Brown
Faculty Adviser: Nick Ragsdale, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Prostate Cancer Progression”
Carrie Johnson
Faculty Adviser: Steven Murphree, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Effects of Starvation on the Heart Physiology of Anopheles gambiae”
Haley Ellison
Faculty Advisers: Steve Murphree, Ph.D. and Julián Hillyer, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University
Major: Biology

“Does Bacopa monniera play a significant role in improving cognitive function and memory in zebrafish (Danio rerio)?”
Katie Farrell
Faculty Adviser: Lori McGrew, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Effects of Glyphosate Exposure on Anxiety-like Behavior in Danio rerio
Jordan Gann
Faculty Adviser: Lori McGrew, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Innate Versus Learned Response to Bacillus thuringiensis and Isoamyl Alcohol as Modeled by Olfactory Chemotaxis Response in Caenorhabditis elegans”
Matthew A. Heard
Faculty Adviser: Robert Grammer, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Study of Caffeine’s Neuroprotective effects on Caenorhabditis Elegans treated with 6-hydroxydopamine”
Justin Hughes
Faculty Adviser: Nick Ragsdale, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“The Evaluation of Type I Interferons in HPV-Positive Cervical Cancer Cells and the Influence of Infection with Candida albicans
Crystal N. LeBlanc
Faculty Adviser:  Jennifer T. Thomas, Ph.D.
Major: Honors, Biology

“A Comparative Study of Wildlife Diversity in an Old Growth and Adjacent Secondary Forest in Davidson County, Tennessee”
Kyle Lloyd
Faculty Adviser: Steve Murphree, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“The Effect of the Tub-1 Gene on Mortality of Caenorhabditis elegans Infected with Staphylococcus aureus”
Maria Martino
Faculty Adviser: Nick Ragsdale, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“The Effects of Mu Opioid Receptor Agonists and 5HT-3 Receptor Antagonists on Zebrafish Anxiety Levels”
Emily Mason
Faculty Adviser: Lori McGrew, Ph.D.
Major: Honors and Biology

“The Effects of Chronic Exposure of Celexa on Working and Long Term Memory of Danio rerio
Allison McCoy
Faculty Adviser: Lori McGrew, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Chronic Exposure to Lexapro and the Effect on Long-Term Memory in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Jennifer Myer
Faculty Adviser: Lori McGrew, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Community Analysis of Exotic and Native Worms at Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park”
Kari C. Morse
Faculty Adviser:  A. Darlene Panvini, Ph.D.
Major:  Biology

“Affect of Hypoxia Inducible Factor on Mortality of Ceanorhabditis elegans Infected with Staphylococcus aureus”
D’Angeleau Newsome
Faculty Adviser: Nick Ragsdale, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Size dependent anti-predator behavior in Elimia snails”
Valini K. Ramcharan
Faculty Adviser: John H. Niedzwiecki, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Comparing a nuclear gene genealogy with a mitochondrial genealogy in Ambystoma barbouri
J. Court Reese
Faculty Adviser: John H. Niedzwiecki, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Integrating Chemotaxis and Thermotaxis in Caenorhabditis elegans”
Molly R. Shankles
Faculty Adviser: Robert Grammer, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“A Comparison of Arthropod Diversity Using Pitfall Traps in an Old Growth and Adjacent Secondary Growth Forest in Davidson County, Tennessee”
Sarah Spence
Faculty Adviser: Steve Murphree, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Assessing predation threat through the age of chemical cues in the aquatic snail, Elimia sp
Kyle Sullinger
Faculty Adviser: John H. Niedzwiecki, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

“Structural Determinants of Olfactants in Attraction/Repulsion of C. elegans”
Morgan Wilters
Faculty Adviser: Robert Grammer, Ph.D.
Major: Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
“Investigating the attraction of Caenorhabditis elegans to Bacillus thuringiensis through volatile organic compounds”
Fakhry Daowd
Faculty Adviser: Robert Grammer, Ph.D.
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

“A Comparison of Algae and Chemical/Physical Water Quality Assessments in a Spring Fed, Open Field Stream in Davidson County, Tennessee “
Ashley Allen
Faculty Adviser: Steve Murphree, Ph.D.
Major: Environmental Science

“Abundance and Biomass of Earthworm Species in Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park”
Sarah Gilmore
Faculty Adviser:  A. Darlene Panvini, Ph.D.
Major:  Environmental Science

“Distribution of the Streamside Salamander in Tennessee”
Hannah Martin
Faculty Adviser: John H. Niedzwiecki, Ph.D.
Major: Environmental Science

“A Comparison of Night-Flying Insect Diversity in an Old Growth and Adjacent Secondary Forest in Davidson County, Tennessee”

Kristopher Ray
Faculty Adviser: Steve Murphree, Ph.D.
Major: Environmental Science

“Influence of Invasive Exotic Plants on Earthworm Diversity”
Megan Swaine
Faculty Adviser:  A. Darlene Panvini, Ph.D.
Major:  Environmental Science

 

The Tennessee Academy of Science is affiliated with two national societies and seven Tennessee societies. Murphree serves as treasurer.

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