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BC Students Earn Science Awards

Several BC students earned honors at the Kentucky Academy of Sciences meeting at Eastern Kentucky University recently.

KAS Award Recipients

With topics ranging from the fields of Psychology to Biology, BC students converged on EKU to give speeches and presentations on specific topics. Students participating with the Biology department included Moe Kluesener, Sam Adediran, Esther Dansby, Leigh Moberly, Richard Cooks, Enrique Garcia, Bojana Jovanovic, Andrea Willhite, Monica Clouse, Jersy Napoleon, Jonathan Fleming, Virginia Senkomago, and Michael Chen.

Liz Novak won 1st Place for her presentation in the Cell and Molecular Biology Poster Session titled: "RUNX 1-ETO Stimulates Wnt signaling by Redirecting ETO Family Protein."

Lindsay Parsons was awarded 1st Place for Ecology and Environmental Sciences Oral Presentation, "Transmission of Nematodes in Halictid Bees" Parsons remarked, "I feel lucky to be a part of Berea College's science department because the professors teach us how to conduct research, think critically, and be creative...they teach us how to be scientists. I would have never know the undergraduate research opportunities that are available without their dedication to students."

Partam Manalai received 1st Place in the Health Sciences Poster Session as well as the Sigma Xi Award for Best Life Sciences Poster titled: "Microarray Analysis of Gene Expression in the Kidney Glomeruli of Diabetic OVE26 Mice."

Ni Ji won 1st Place in the Physiology and Biochemistry Oral Presentation for her speech titled "The Expression of the Mechanosensitive Epithelial Sodium Channel (ENaC) in Mouse Colon Intestinofugal Neurons"

Also, in the psychology department, Caitlin Szalay won third place in the undergraduate paper presentation competition in psychology.

Patrick Mono also brought home a third place award for the physics department with his oral presentation titled "Half-Metallic Ferromagnets." Mono worked under the supervision of Dr. Lahamer. Mono commented, "It was a nice experience to undergo, and it gave me a chance to see how scientific presentations at a competitive level are organized. It was a learning experience to overcome fear of pressure and develop a strength and courage in front of an audience."

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