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Biology students win awards at TAS annual meeting

Several Austin Peay State University students studying biology received certificates during the Spring 2007 semester for winning honors from the Tennessee Academy of Sciences, which held an annual conference last November at APSU.

The following presentations were made at the conference (names of APSU students marked in bold):
Several Austin Peay State University students studying biology received certificates during the Spring 2007 semester for winning honors from the Tennessee Academy of Sciences, which held an annual conference last November at APSU.

The following presentations were made at the conference (names of APSU students marked in bold):

• Cell and Molecular Biology: First place, Payel Datta and Dr. Sarah Lundin-Schiller, associate professor of biology. They presented “Demonstration of Cell Proliferation in Estrogen Receptor Positive Human Breast Cancer Cell Line T47D by Synthetic Food Colorants.

• Zoology I: Second place, Sarah Jo Jenkins and Dr. Andrew N. Barrass, assistant professor of biology and principal investigator at APSU's Center of Excellence for Field Biology. They presented “Monitoring of Site Fidelity of Pipistrellus Subflavus and Other Bat Species: Trends and Current Status in Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Montgomery County, Tennessee.”

• Zoology I: Third place, Laura D. Mills, Dr. Steven H. Hamilton, professor of biology and interim director of the Center for Field Biology, and Dr. Joseph R. Schiller, associate professor of biology. The title of their presentation was “Using Macroinvertebrates to Determine Impacts of Nonpoint Source Pollution on Twelve Wetlands in Tennessee and Kentucky.”

• Zoology II: First place, Jon L. McMahan, Delacy V. LeBlanc, Dr. Chad S. Brooks, assistant professor of biology, Dr. Cindy L. Taylor, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Betsie B. Rothermel, assistant professor and principal investigator for the Center for Field Biology. Their presentation was “A Preliminary Survey of Amphibians in Middle Tennessee for the Chytrid Fungus.”

• Zoology II: Third place, David C. Henley, James R. Mawhiney and Dr. Cindy L. Taylor. The topic was “Stream Salamander Diversity and Abundance in Urban and Rural Streams: A Preliminary Study.”

• Zoology Posters: First place, Jennifer L. Leach, Lisa M. Reynolds, Dr. Willodean Burton, professor of biology, and Don Sudbrink, assistant professor of agriculture. The title of the poster was “The Diversity and Distribution of Leaf Litter at APSU EEC: A Comparison of the Cave and Surrounding Areas.”

• Zoology Posters: Third place, Kelvin L. Pollard II, Optimum B. Robinson and Dr. Willodean Burton. The title was “Comparative Analysis of Pastured vs. Forested Soil With Respect to Soil Fauna, Nutrients and Abiotic Factors.” -- Melony Leazer