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WKU students, faculty present research at state conference

More than 50 research projects by WKU undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty were presented at the 99th annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science Nov. 8-9 at Morehead State University.

Dr. Chris Groves, director of WKU’s Hoffman Environmental Research Institute, presented a lecture Nov. 9 on “Living on Karst Landscapes in Kentucky and Throughout the World.” (More: The program for the annual meeting is available online at http://www.kyacademyofscience.org/pdf/2013finalprogram.pdf)

WKU award winners in the research competitions included the following:

Graduate research competition

Chemistry: Analytical/Physical

  • Second place: Shashidhar Annarapu, a chemistry graduate student from India, Thermogravimetric analysis of binding of organic pollutants to titanium dioxide.
  • Third place: Yogesh Kherde, a chemistry graduate student from Bowling Green, Green Synthesis, Characterization of Sugar Coated Gold Nanoparticles for Catalytic Applications.

Ecology and Environmental Science

  • Third place: Nicholas Levis, a biology graduate student from Bowling Green, Effects of glyphosate-based herbicide and UV-B radiation on fitness in the spotted salamander.

Engineering

  • Third place: Mychal-Drew Moses, an engineering technology management graduate student from Bowling Green, Fabrication and characterization of blind and through micro-holes in brass using micro scale electrical discharge machining (micro-EDM).

Geography

  • First place: Elizabeth Tyrie, a geoscience graduate student from Glasgow, Using Eye-Tracking Techniques to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Visual Stimuli in 2-D Karst Visualizations: Seeing Through the Complexities of Karst Environments.
  • First place: Veronica Hall, a geoscience graduate student from Livonia, Mich., A Hydrometeorological Investigation of Precipitation and Water Resource Variability in Barbados.

Zoology

  • First place: Jacob Fose, a biology graduate student from Bowling Green, Evidence for reproductive Interference on native white bass by introduced yellow bass and hybrid striped bass in Barren River Lake, Kentucky.
  • Second place: Kayla Pittman, a biology graduate student from Bowling Green, Prevalence of Baylisascaris procyonis in Raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Kentucky.

Undergraduate paper presentations

Computer and Information Systems

  • Second place: Bryan Knowles, a senior computer science major from Bowling Green, Stress Propagation in Group Project Social Networks.

Geology

  • Third place: Richard M. Burnworth, a senior geology major from Franklin, Preliminary Investigation and evaluation of a linear hydrocarbon production trend in Barren County, Kentucky.

Health Sciences

  • Second place: Addie Dodson, a senior chemistry and biology major from Bowling Green, Correlation of Environmental Risk Factors with the Prevalence of Essential Hypertension in Kasigau, Kenya.

Mathematics

  • Third place: Stephanie Hagan, a senior chemistry major from Brownsville, Modeling a Falling Slinky.®

Microbiology

  • Second place: Charles Coomer, a senior biology and chemistry major from Louisville, Identification of Bacterial Contaminates and Evidence for Temperate Phages in Beerwell Samples from a Bioethanol Production Facility.
  • Third place: Kelsey Carter, a junior biology major from Sacramento, Control of unstressed and acid-stress adapted Listeria monocytogenes on commercial hams by hops beta acids during aerobic storage at 7°C.

Physics and Astronomy

  • Third place: Mary Spraggs, a junior physics major from Danville, A Multi-wavelength Analysis of Cold Evolving Interstellar Clouds.

Physiology and Biochemistry

  • Second place: Brandon Farmer, a senior biology and chemistry major from Lexington, Endothelin-1 induces phosphorylation of ERK 1/2 in bovine corneal endothelial cells.

Undergraduate poster presentations

Chemistry: Analytical/Physical

  • Second place: Isaac Kresse, a Gatton Academy senior from Louisville, A photocatalytic reactor for use with Raman spectroscopy to analyze photocatalytic degradation of iodinated X-ray contrast media.

Ecology and Environmental Science

  • First place: Ryan Vincent, a senior biology major from Bowling Green, Landscape genetics of the endangered California tiger salamander in the Central Valley of California.

Health Sciences

  • Second place: Audrey Brown, a sophomore biology and chemistry major from Alvaton, Sleep deprivation increases cytokine gene expression and plasma corticosterone levels in a murine model: a possible link between stress and inflammation?

Microbiology

  • Second place: Alyssa Huff, a junior biology major from Morganfield, Inactivation of unstressed or acid-stress adapted Listeria monocytogenes in ham extract by hops beta acids
  • Third place: Hannah Rodgers, a Gatton Academy senior from Verona, Single Step, Aminoglycoside Mediated Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles with Potent Antimicrobial Activity.

Physics and Astronomy

  • Third place: Mitchell Harmon, a senior physics major from Franklin, Determination of Fiegenbaum Invariant for a Nonlinear Field Representation of Blazar Optical Microvaraibility.

Zoology

  • First place: Morgan Murrell, a senior biology major from Campbellsville, Population genetics of the western toad in the central valley of California.

More: The program for the annual Kentucky Academy of Science meeting is available online at http://www.kyacademyofscience.org/pdf/2013finalprogram.pdf

Contact: Ogden College, (270) 745-4449.

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