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Bio Majors Triumph at KAS Meeting

Twenty one students represented Berea College at the Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences (KAS) held November 4-6 at Murray State University.

Some of the students who attended the meeting.

The Biology majors accompanied Dr. Sarah Blank, Dr. Ron Rosen, and Dr. Dawn Anderson to Murray State University. Dr. Ralph Thompson, who is on sabbatical this year, joined the faculty upon arrival. The students attending this year's meeting included Josh Baldwin, Michael Chen, Tiffany Clark, Jonathan Fleming, Rui Gao, Ni Ji, Bojana Jovanovic, Jamie Johnson, Rebekah Hall, Jared Manes, Sonia Mbah, Mary McCauley, Jersy Napoleon, Liz Novak, Sonya O'Funne, Jeremy Rotty, Aishe Sarshad, Luke Stillwell, Emilie Throop, Consolate Uwamariya and Fady Zaki. Seventeen of the 21 students presented their Summer Undergraduate Research Projects at this meeting.

Six of the Berea College students won awards for their research and presentation at the KAS meeting. These students were:

Mary McCauley was awarded first place in poster presentation in the Life Sciences (Ecology & Environmental Sciences) with "Do Specialist Pollinators Contribute Anything Special to Generalist Plants."

Ni Ji won first place in pral presentation - Physiology and Biochemistry Section with "Cellular Expression of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)-Gated Purinergic (P2) Receptors in the Inner Ear for Hearing Activity."

Jeremy Rotty received second place in oral presentation - Cellular and Molecular Biology Section with "Post-translational Regulation of Aromatase by the PI3K/Akt Signal Transduction Pathway."

Jonathan Fleming was awarded second place in oral presentation - Ecology and Environmental Science Section with "Effect of Osmolality on the Swimming, Emergence and Infectivity of Proterometra macrostoma Cercaria." Emilie Throop, Bojana Jovanovic, Aishe Sarshad, & Fadi Zaki were co-investigators/co-authors with Fleming.

Rui Gao won second place in poster presentation in the Life Sciences (Cellular & Molecular Biology) with "Epigenetic Regulation of the Neurofibromatosis-1 Tumor Suppressor by the t(8;21) Fusion Protein."

Bojana Jovanovic received third place in oral presentation - Zoology Section with "Long-Term Emergence of Proterometra macrostoma and an Unknown Azygiidae Cercariae from the Snail, Elimia semicarinata."
Emilie Throop, Jonathan Fleming, Aishe Sarshad, & Fadi Zaki were co-investigators/co-authors with Jovanovic.

Other Biology majors who presented and the title of their presentations are listed below:

Josh Baldwin presented his poster titled "Determination of the qa-x Gene in Neurospora crassa" in the Cellular & Molecular Biology category.

Michael Chen presented, "The Effect of Altitudinal Isolates and Population Density on the Development and Survivorship of Immature Culex quinquefasciatus" for the poster - Cellular & Molecular Biology category.

Tiffany Clark presented in the oral presentation - Zoology category.

Rebekah Hall presented, "Generation of New Mutations in Putative Genes of the JAK/STAT Pathway in Drosophila melanogaster" in the poster - Cellular & Molecular Biology category.

Jamie Johnson and Liz Novak presented their poster on "Isolation of Cell Cycle Regulation Genes Involved in Nuclear Division in Aspergillis nidulans" for the Cellular and Molecular Biology section.

Luke Stillwell presented, "Lipocalins and Their Role in Inflammation and Cancer" in the oral presentation - Cellular & Molecular Biology category.

Consolate Uwamariya presented, "Chronic Intermittent Hypoxia-induced Acceleration of Atherosclerosis: Role of Dyslipidemia" for the Poster - Physiology and Biochemistry category.

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