Twenty-nine students from biology, environmental science, and biochemistry and molecular biology presented their senior research projects at the 123rd Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science held at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn. The goal of the Tennessee Academy of Science is to promote scientific research, communication between researchers and the diffusion of knowledge concerning science in Tennessee. Students had the opportunity to share their work with fellow students and professors at colleges and universities throughout Tennessee.
Biology professors Dr. Bob Grammer, Dr. Steve Murphree, Dr. Nick Ragsdale, Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Dr. Darlene Panvini, Dr. Chris Barton and Dr. Roger Jackson also attended the meeting. Ragsdale and Thomas were section chairmen for the Health and Medical Sciences and Microbiology sections, respectively. Panvini gave a presentation entitled, “Teaching Biology in the Prep Room: Co-curricular Science Education for Student Workers” in the Science and Math Teaching section. Barton presented in the same section with a talk entitled, “Learning Community Courses: “Linking” Science with Diverse Academic Disciplines.” Murphree serves as treasure for the Tennessee Academy of Science.
Five Belmont students received recognition for the quality of their poster presentations. Winners from Belmont were:
Haley Ellison, under the direction of Julian Hillyer (Vanderbilt University) and Murphree, received first place in the Zoology section for her work, “Effect of Starvation on Heart Physiology of Anopheles gambiae.”
Kari Morse, under the direction of Panvini, received second place in the Zoology section for her work, “Community Analysis of Exotic and Native Worms at Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park”.
Crystal LeBlanc, under the direction of Thomas, received second place in the Health and Medical Sciences section for her work, “The Evaluation of Type I Interferons in HPV-Positive Cervical Cancer Cells and the Influence of Infection with Candida albicans”.
Megan Swaine, under the direction of Dr. Darlene Panvini, received second place in the Botany section for her work, “Influence of Invasive Exotic Plants on Earthworm Diversity”.
Ashley Allen, under the direction of Murphree, received third place in the Botany section for her work, “A Comparison of Algae and Chemical/Physical Water Quality Assessments in a Spring Fed, Open Field Stream in Davidson County, Tennessee”.