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Tennessee Academy of Sciences
Collegiate Division, Western Regional Meeting 
Hosted by Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN

Saturday, 6 April 2013
TAS 2013 Program (pdf)

Link to TAS web page
 2013 Abstract Submission Form
Abstract Deadline Friday, 15 March 2013
SCHEDULE
  • Registration [photos                8:30--8:55 am  Assisi Hall Foyer
  • PowerPoint & Poster Set-up      8:00--8:30 am 
  • Welcome and Introduction         8:55 am    AH153  [photos]
  • Keynote Address   9:00 am   AH 153  [photos]

  • Dr. Duane McKenna, Assistant Professor, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
    "Genes and Genomes Reveal New Insights into the Evolution of Insect Megadiversity"
     
  • Poster Session   12:00--1:00 PM   Assisi Foyer [photos]  [later photos]
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  • Oral Presentation Sessions   9:45am--12:30pm 

  • Session 1: Botany AH 155   9:45--11:00am  [photos]
    Session 2: Zoology AH 155   11:00--12:30  [photos]
    Session 3: Health and Medical Science I AH 153  9:45--12:15  [early photos]  [later photos]
    Session 4: Health and Medical Science II AH 151  9:45--12:15  [early photos]  [later photos]
    Session 5: Engineering AH 005  9:45--10:45
    Session 6: Mathematics AH 005  11:00--12:00
  • Lunch   Sabbatini Lounge, Thomas Center  1:00--2:00 pm [photos]
Concurrent Oral Presentation Sessions  9:45am--12:30pm
Session
 [photos]
Room
Session 1
Botany 
AH 155
Session 3
Health and Medical Science I
AH 153
Session 4
Health and Medical Science II
AH 151
Session 5
Engineering
AH 005
Moderator  
Elton Banks
Eric Joe
Dr. L. Yu Lin
9:45 Johnson, CBU. The effects of the invasive Ailanthus altissima on root morphology and rhizobial infection of Albizia julibrissin. Austin Johnson*, James E. Moore, and Sandra Thompson-Jaeger. Granderson, CBU.  Is 24R, 25- dihydroxyvitamin D_3 an active form of vitaminD_3? Sherita Granderson*, Zhahong Yin, and Mitchell Watsky. Drake, CBU. Surface swelling of resin-modified glass-ionomer in saliva, saliva-like solution and water. Michael Drake*, Michael James, Phylicia Combest, Ashanti Braxton, Daranee Tantbirojn, and Antheunis Versluis. Johnson, CBU. RFID Door Tracking System for Mid-South Marking Systems, Memphis Tennessee. Justin E. Johnson*.
10:00
Award RibbonVarriano, White Station H.S. Bioaccumulation of Heavy Metals by Lichens in Overton Park, Memphis, Tennessee. Louis J. Varriano*, Lynda R. Miller, and Thomas J. Sullivan.  Schneider, CBU. Investigation of behavioral and motor deficits in DJ-1 knockout mice: An animal model for Parkinsonís disease, Jessica E. Schneider* and Michael McDonald. Fernando, CBU. The effect of surface treatment and novel adhesive on strength of composite repair. Christini Fernando*, Daranee Tantbirojn, and Antheunis Versluis Smith, CBU. Wind Energy. Nicholaus Smith.
10:15 Wolfe, CBU.  Growth responses of different aged individuals of Xanthium strumarium L. in flooded conditions. John D. Wolfe*, Scott B. Franklin, and James E. Moore. Bahniuk, CBU. Effects of tick saliva on musculoskeletal inflammatory molecules. C. Bahniuk*, L. Coons, N. Poole, J. Cole, R. Smith Hyatt, CBU. Conditioned olfactory aversion increases olfactory sensitivity in mice. Lydia N. Hyatt*, Max Fletcher, and Mounir Bendahmane. Award RibbonCoulson, CBU. Solar Panel Analysis. Hunter Coulston.
10:30 Stewart, CBU.  Interactions between Albizia julibrissin and Ailanthus altissima: two co-occurring invasive trees. Daniel C. Stewart* and James E. Moore. Award RibbonDunn, CBU.  Effects of alcohol and caffeine on middle cerebral artery diameter. Jessica Dunn*, Kuihuan Jian, and Alex Dopico. Valdez, CBU. The Effects of Dube3a on the Neuromuscular Junction of Drosophila Larvae. Colleen Valdez*, and Lawrence T. Reiter.  < Break >
10:45 Award RibbonFrierott, St. Benedict H.S.  Diversity and Distribution of Lichens in Overton Park, Memphis, Tennessee. Katleyn A. Frierott, Louis J. Varriano, Lynda R. Miller, and Thomas J. Sullivan.  D'Surney, CBU. Neuroprotective treatment for blast-induced vision loss. Lauren D'Surney*, Brendan Lunn; Courtney Bricker-Anthony; Jessica Hines-Beard; and Tonia S. Rex. Award RibbonMurphy, CBU. Determination of axonal loss and optic nerve head degeneration in glaucomatous eyes. Lauryn Murphy*, Steven Hart, XiangDi Wang, Eldon Geisert.  < Break >
Session
[photos]
 Room

Session 2
Zoology
AH 155
 Session 3 cont.
Health and Medical Science I
AH 153
 Session 4 cont.
Health and Medical Science II
AH 151

Session 6
Mathematics
AH 005
Moderator
 
Elton Banks
Eric Joe
Dr. Ted Clarke
11:00 Julien, Rhodes. Aggression, altruism, and sexual behavior in the captive vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) at the Memphis Zoo. Allison Julien, Matthew Roberts, and Sarah Boyle.  < Break >   < Break > Holmes, CBU. Rainbow colorings of some geometrically defined uniform hypergraphs in the plane.  Brent Holmes*, Peter Johnson.
11:15
Dowdy, CBU. Foraging patterns of eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo). James R. Dowdy*, Lauren A. Madeira, and Michael L. Kennedy. Mooney, CBU. Halting the effects of cocaine sensitization after withdrawal. Jeremiah Mooney* and Jeff Steketee. Talbert, CBU. Genes in addition to Tyrp1 & Gpnmb gene mutations may contribute to pigmentary glaucoma. Indiana Y Soliman, Ebony Talbert* and Monica M. Jablonski. Shu, Rhodes. Nonlinear Regression with Risk Factors and Stock Return, Xin Shu*
11:30 Award RibbonGraham, CBU. Determining the age of wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), a premiere sport and food fish in the Gulf of Mexico: An assessment of sagittal otoliths as wahoo ageing structures. Patrick M. Graham*, James S. Franks. Frazier, CBU. Effects of developmental alcohol exposure on sleep: wake parameters and related behaviors in mice. Danielle Frazier*, Candis Dubois, and Kristin Hamre. Rallings, CBU.  Vehicle Accident Preparedness. Ashia N. Rallings* and Bobby Myers. Liu, Rhodes.  A Set Partition Analog of the Erdös-Szekeres Theorem. Rui Liu*.
11:45 Curbo, CBU.  Parasitemia of dogs in the Memphis area as reflected in fecal samples collected from three dog parks. Lee A. Curbo*, Stanley S. Eisen. Thornton, CBU. Comparison of light and electron microscopic analysis of nitroblue tetrazolium staining with alkaline phosphatase to identify mouse retinal neurons. Velita M. Thornton*, Sharon Frase, Dianna A. Johnson, and Fara F. Sudlow. Williams, CBU. Vergence facility: Test performance variability and relationship to symptoms and phoric posture, Angela J. Williams* and Marc B. Taub.  < Break >
12:00 Award RibbonBlake, Rhodes. Assessment of flooring changes on African Elephant behavior. Margaret R. Blake*, Stephen E. Leavelle*, Jennifer J. Marshall*, Brittany Pope*, Sarah A. Boyle, Beth Roberts, Andrew Smith, Amanda Hadicke, Fields Falcone, Katrina Knott, and Andrew J. Kouba. Award RibbonClark, CBU.  Molecular cloning and expression of cDNAs encoding type 2 ryanodine receptors, Krystyna Clark*, Maria T. Asuncion-Chin, Aditya K. Singh, and Alex M. Dopico. Award RibbonFerrell, CBU.  Corticospinal tract damage accompanies motor dysfunction in a mouse model of closed-head mild traumatic brain injury. Jessica M. Ferrell*, Rhonda Williams, Josh Rogers, Nobel Del Mar, Andrea J. Elberger, Tonia Rex, Marcia Honig, and Anton Reiner.  < Break >
12:15
Volpe, CBU.  Infrared thermography: a noninvasive measure of mouse and rat body temperature. Cameron Volpe*, Ryan Sullivan, and David Hamilton.  < Break >   < Break >  < Break >
 
TAS 2013 Program
Posters
Assisi Foyer
Authors present 12:00--1:00pm
Award Ribbon1. Jones, Rhodes.  Pack hierarchy of captive wolves utilizing behavior and spatial analysis. Kimber Jones *, Phillip Lyons*, Sarah Boyle, and Andy Kouba.
2. Davis, Arlington H.S. Differential metal accumulation and deposition in the fish Micropterus punctulatus. Daniel Davis* and Lynda R. Miller.
3. Marullo, Rhodes. The extent to which shows influence behavior of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) Madison K. Marullo*, Roberta J.H. Moore*, and Sarah A. Boyle.
4. Kingsley, CBU. The Effect of Metaphor versus Declarative Narrative on the Reduction of Negative Affect and Stress Caused by Moderate Trauma. Ariel Kingsley*and Dr. Elizabeth Nelson.
5. Phelps, Rhodes.  Aggressive and mating interactions of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) at the Memphis Zoo. Amelia D Phelps*, Sarah Boyle, Jason Bankston, and Carolyn Horton.
6. Cupit, Rhodes. Evaluation of salidroside analogs as potential anticancer therapeutic agents. Margaret Cupit*, Adaris Rodríguez-Cortés, Taotao Ling, and Fatima Rivas.
Award Ribbon7. Hotard, Rhodes. Terrestrial Natural Products: A Promising Avenue for Anti-Malarial Therapeutic Agents. Megan Hotard*, Yandira G. Salinas, Michele Connelly, Taotao Ling, and Fatima Rivas.
8. Wang, Rhodes. The role of newly identified Aspergillus nidulans myosins in cytokinesis. Xiao Wang*, Terry Hill, Loretta Jackson-Hayes.
9. Matthews, Rhodes. Loggerhead Shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus) GIS Analysis of Population Decline Across Arkansas. Alix Matthews* and Sarah Boyle.









Tennessee Academy of Sciences
Collegiate Division, Western Regional Meeting
Best Paper Awards
Saturday, 6 April 2013
Awards
Session
1
Botany

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J.D. Wolfe, CBU.  Growth responses of different aged individuals of Xanthium strumarium L. in flooded conditions. John D. Wolfe*, Scott B. Franklin, and James E. Moore, Christian Brothers University (JW, JM), Memphis, Tennessee, The University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado (SF).

Award RibbonLouis Varriano, White Station H.S. Bioaccumulation of Heavy Metals by Lichens in Overton Park, Memphis, Tennessee. Louis J. Varriano*, Lynda R. Miller, and Thomas J. Sullivan, White Station High School, Memphis, Tennessee (LV) and Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (LM, TS).

Award RibbonKatleyn Frierott, St. Benedict H.S.  Diversity and Distribution of Lichens in Overton Park, Memphis, Tennessee. Katleyn A. Frierott, Louis J. Varriano, Lynda R. Miller, and Thomas J. Sullivan, St. Benedict at Auburndale High School, Memphis, Tennessee (KF), White Station High School, Memphis, Tennessee (LV) and Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (LM, TS).

Awards
Session
2
Zoology

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Allison Julien, Rhodes. Aggression, altruism, and sexual behavior in the captive vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) at the Memphis Zoo. Allison Julien, Matthew Roberts, and Sarah Boyle, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (AJ, MR, SB).

Award RibbonPatrick Graham, CBU. Determining the age of wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), a premiere sport and food fish in the Gulf of Mexico: An assessment of sagittal otoliths as wahoo ageing structures. Patrick M. Graham*, James S. Franks, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (PG) and The University of Southern Mississippi: Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi (JF).

Award RibbonMargaret Blake, Rhodes. Assessment of flooring changes on African Elephant behavior. Margaret R. Blake*, Stephen E. Leavelle*, Jennifer J. Marshall*, Brittany Pope*, Sarah A. Boyle, Beth Roberts, Andrew Smith, Amanda Hadicke, Fields Falcone, Katrina Knott, and Andrew J. Kouba, Department of Biology, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (MRB, SEL, JJM, BP, SAB) and Memphis Zoological Society, Memphis, Tennessee (BR, AS, AH, FF, KK, AJK).


 
Awards
Session
3
Health
MedSci I

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Lauren D'Surney, CBU. Neuroprotective treatment for blast-induced vision loss. Lauren D'Surney*, Brendan Lunn; Courtney Bricker-Anthony; Jessica Hines-Beard; and Tonia S. Rex. Christian Brothers University (LD'S) University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis Tennessee (BL, LD'S) and   Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (CB-A, JH-B, TSR). 

Award RibbonJessica Dunn, CBU.  Effects of alcohol and caffeine on middle cerebral artery diameter. Jessica Dunn*, Kuihuan Jian, and Alex Dopico. Christian Brothers University (JD), and University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee (KJ, AD).

Award RibbonKrystyna Clark, CBU.  Molecular cloning and expression of cDNAs encoding type 2 ryanodine receptors, Krystyna Clark*, Maria T. Asuncion-Chin, Aditya K. Singh, and Alex M. Dopico, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (KC), and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee (MA-C, AS, AD).

 Awards
Session
4
Health
MedSci II

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Lydia Hyatt, CBU. Conditioned olfactory aversion increases olfactory sensitivity in mice. Lydia N. Hyatt*, Max Fletcher, and Mounir Bendahmane. Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (LH), University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee (MF, MB).

Award RibbonLauryn Murphy, CBU. Determination of axonal loss and optic nerve head degeneration in glaucomatous eyes. Lauryn Murphy*, Steven Hart, XiangDi Wang, Eldon Geisert, Christian Brothers University (LM) and University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute, Memphis, Tennessee (SH, XW, EG).

Award RibbonJessica Ferrell, CBU.  Corticospinal tract damage accompanies motor dysfunction in a mouse model of closed-head mild traumatic brain injury. Jessica M. Ferrell*, Rhonda Williams, Josh Rogers, Nobel Del Mar, Andrea J. Elberger, Tonia Rex, Marcia Honig, and Anton Reiner. Christian Brothers University (JMF) and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Memphis Tennessee (RW, JR, NDM, AJE, TR, MH, and AR).


 
Awards
Session
5
Math
Nicholaus Smith, CBU. Wind Energy. Nicholaus Smith. Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee.

Award RibbonHunter Coulson, CBU. Solar Panel Analysis. Hunter Coulston. Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee.

 Awards
Session
6
Physics
Brent Holmes, CBU. Rainbow colorings of some geometrically defined uniform hypergraphs in the plane.  Brent Holmes*, Peter Johnson. Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (BH) and Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (PJ). 
Photo by Dr. Johnny Holmes
Best Paper Awards
Poster Session

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Alix Matthews, Rhodes. Loggerhead Shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus) GIS Analysis of Population Decline Across Arkansas. Alix Matthews* and Sarah Boyle. Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee.

Award RibbonKimber Jones, Rhodes.  Pack hierarchy of captive wolves utilizing behavior and spatial analysis. Kimber Jones *, Phillip Lyons*, Sarah Boyle, and Andy Kouba. Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (KJ, PL, SB) and Memphis Zoo, Memphis, Tennessee (SB, AK).

Award RibbonMegan Hotard, Rhodes. Terrestrial Natural Products: A Promising Avenue for Anti-Malarial Therapeutic Agents. Megan Hotard*, Yandira G. Salinas, Michele Connelly, Taotao Ling, and Fatima Rivas. Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (MH), and St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (YS, MC, TL, FR). 

Photos below:  Oral Presentations


Sherita Granderson

Michael Drake

Austin Johnson

Christini Fernando

Jessica Schneider


Louis Varriano



JD Wolfe




Christian Bahniuk

Colleen Valdez

Daniel Stewart

Jessica Dunn

Colleen Valdez

Katleyn Frierott

Lauryn Murphy

Lauren D'Surney





Allison Julien


James Dowdy


Jeremiah Mooney

Indiana Soliman

Ebony Talbert

James Dowdy

Patrick Graham

Danielle Frazier

Ashia Rallings

Lee Curbo



Velita Thornton

Angela Williams

Jessica Ferrell

Krystyna Clark

Margaret Blake

Cameron Volpe

Awards List

Photo by Dr. Johnny Holmes
Brent Holmes
 
Tennessee Academy of Sciences
Collegiate Division, Western Regional Meeting
This meeting is a forum for undergraduate college students to present their research.  Undergraduate student researchers in all areas of science are invited to participate. 
 The Next Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences
Collegiate Division, Western Region
Host:  Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
(Date TBA, April 2014)
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