Several WKU students and faculty attended the Kentucky Academy of Science’s 95th annual meeting Nov. 13-14 at Northern Kentucky University.
Dr. Kenneth Crawford, associate professor of biology, received a 2009 Superlative Award for Outstanding Academy Service. Dr. Crawford has served as KAS treasurer for several years.
Several WKU students received awards in the undergraduate and graduate research competitions.
In the 2009 Undergraduate Research Competition, WKU award recipients included the following:
Agricultural Sciences: Clarice Esch, a Gatton Academy student from Somerset, outstanding poster for Is Collema sp., a Gelatinous Lichen, a Sustainable Source of Nitrogen for Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Production?
Science Education: Stuart Kenderes, a junior from Independence, first place for presentation on Examination of Geoscience Education Practices.
Zoology: Joseph Marquardt, a senior from Bartlett, Tenn., first place for presentation on Randomly amplified fingerprints (RAF) and their applications to butterfly population structure; Jason Hall, a senior from Louisville, second for presentation on Pattern of suction generation during prey-capture in an elongate fish; Bethany Coffey, a junior from Columbia, third place for presentation on Messing with the Thermostat and Frog Effects: tadpole development at different water temperatures; Patrick Stewart, a senior from Summer Shade, outstanding poster for Effects of Swim Bladder Deflation on Sound Localization in Otocinclus affinis.
Ecology and Environmental Science: Aaron Hulsey, a junior from Smiths Grove, outstanding poster for Influences of Pasture and CREP Tallgrass Plantings on Avian Community Composition in Summer and Winter.
Cellular and Molecular Biology: Bonnie McCullagh, a senior from Hopkinsville, third place for presentation on DNA Sequence Variation in the wingless Gene Product: A Putative Morphogen for Patterning the Eyespot Foci of Buckeye Butterflies (genus Junonia); Aric Johnson, a junior from Smiths Grove, outstanding poster for Mueller cell injury responses in the regenerating axolotl retina.
Chemistry: Eric Vanover, a senior from Utica, outstanding poster for Photochemical production of highly reactive metal-oxo species for the selective oxidation catalysis.
Computer and Information Sciences: Malika Ahmed, a senior from Bowling Green, outstanding poster for Genomic Comparison of C.scatologenes to C. acetobutylicum; Alan Simmons, a senior from Bowling Green, outstanding poster for Finding Reliable Indicators of False Positive Sequence Matches for C. scatologenes Genome Assembly; Alexander Hare, a Gatton Academy student from Morehead, outstanding poster for Genomic Comparison of C. Scatologenes to M. Thermoacetica.
Geology: Kristin Leftwich, a senior from Kingston Springs, Tenn., tied for first place for presentation on Sequestration Mechanisms in a Gallosilicate Nanoporous Framework.
In the 2009 Graduate Research Competition, WKU award recipients for presentations included the following:
Agricultural Sciences: Diana Edlin of Bowling Green, first place for Heirloom and Hybrid Tomato Yield in Organic and Conventional Production Systems; Jahnavi R. Kancharla of Bowling Green, second place for Generation of transgenic Medicago sativa expressing”osmotinchitinase” gene chimera for conferring resistance towards various biotic and abiotic stresses.
Physiology and Biochemistry: Chia-Hui Lin of Bowling Green, first place for Effect of Growth Hormone on Cell Proliferation in the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Ear.
Ecology and Environmental Science: Mary Penick of Allensville, first place for Why is the Green River Still Green: Algal biomass accrual in relation to nutrient availability in the Upper Green River, Kentucky; Danielle Racke of Bowling Green, second place for Demographics of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) in Mammoth Cave National Park; Margaret Mahan of Bowling Green, third place for Ecological Investigation of Vertebrate Utilization of Termitaria in the Tsavo Region of Kenya.
Microbiology: Ali Wright of Bowling Green, first place for Sequencing and Annotation of the Bacteriophage HK239Genome.
Cellular and Molecular Biology: Shravya Maddi of Bowling Green, second place for The Role of Chlamyrhodopsin Protein in the Light Entrainment of the Circadian Clock in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
Several other WKU students and faculty members made presentations or presented posters during the event. A list of presentations and other information is available on the KAS conference program.
In November 2010, WKU will host the Kentucky Academy of Science’s 96th annual meeting.
Contact: Bruce Kessler, (270) 745-4449.