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APSU science students win awards at TAS annual meeting

Several Austin Peay State University students won honors during the annual meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences, Nov. 18, 2005, at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

Individual students placing in various categories, with the title of their project, include the following:

Botany
• Second place: Jon McMahan, A Comparative Study of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Monitoring Techniques for Tracking Arundinaria gigantea and Justicia americanum Restoration Sites Used for Stream Habitat Enhancement.

Zoology I Several Austin Peay State University students won honors during the annual meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences, Nov. 18, 2005, at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

Individual students placing in various categories, with the title of their project, include the following:

Botany
• Second place: Jon McMahan, “A Comparative Study of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Monitoring Techniques for Tracking Arundinaria gigantea and Justicia americanum Restoration Sites Used for Stream Habitat Enhancement.”

Zoology I
• Second place: Caron Baugher, “Variation in Aggressive Behaviors of Sciurus carolinensis During Feeding.”

Zoology II
• First place: Scott Simmons, a former APSU student completing a master's degree at Tennessee Tech University, “The Use of Artificial Nesting Structures in Mourning Dove Nesting Research and Habitat Management.”
• Third place: Craig Emerson, “The Effects of Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflow on Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Urban Streams.”

Also, Dr. Willodean Burton's ecology class won third place in the Zoology Poster category for a study on effects of eutrophication on water pollution indicators. Class members who participated are the following: Akmal Atmar, Jeremy Benson, Lacy Boyd, Lindsey Hagood, Natasha Harris, Christie McPherson, Jamie Miller, Starla Moseley, Robbi Nichols, Jessica Percifull, Valerie Reeves, Jordan Richardson, Trista Sanchez, Justin Simpson, Alton Williams, Robert Wilson and Eli Xhaferi.

Another APSU student, Tabitha Green, also presented at the conference.

All TAS winners received a certificate.

The city of Clarksville and the Center of Excellence for Field Biology sponsored Emerson's research and his presentation at the conference.

Austin Peay will host the 2006 TAS annual meeting in November. Dr. John Foote, professor of chemistry, is arrangements chair for next year's conference.

For more information, telephone Dr. Andrew Barrass, director of the Center of Excellence for Field Biology, at (931) 221-7019, or e-mail him at barrassa@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer