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Tennessee Academy of Sciences
Collegiate Division, Western Regional Meeting 
Hosted by Univ. of Memphis, Memphis, TN
5 April 2008
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Ellington Hall (Campus Map)
University of Memphis
  • 8:00-8:30  Registration Ellington Hall Lobby
  • 8:30-9:00  Welcoming Remarks  Ellington Hall Auditorium Room 100
  • Dr. Randall  Bayer Chairman, Biology Department, Univ. of Memphis 
  • Dr. Henry Kurtz   Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Univ. of Memphis
  • 9:00-9:30  Keynote Address  Ellington Hall Auditorium Room 100
  • Dr. Tit-Yee Wong Professor of Biology, The University of Memphis.  “On the Role of Stop Codons and Evolution"
  • 9:30-12:00  Student Presentations 
    • Session I  Ellington Hall Auditorium Room 100

    •      Moderator: Dr. James Huggins, Union University 
    • Session II Ellington Hall Room 105

    •      Moderator:  Dr. Donald Shaw, Univ. of Tennessee Martin
    • Session III Ellington Hall Room 131

    •      Moderator: Dr. Delphia F. Harris, LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Posters:  Ellington Hall, Room 109
  • 11:00 – 11:30  Judges Conference  Ellington 109
  • 12:00  Brief Business Meeting  Ellington 100
  • Announcement of Best Paper Awards
  • 12:30  Lunch  Tiger Den
  • Program (MSWord)

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  • Schedule of Presentations 

  • (Authors and Titles)
     
  • Awards

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    Links to Photos:

  • Registration
  • Welcome and Keynote
  • Photos of individual presenters 

  • are linked from the 
    schedule of presenters
  • 11:00 Break
  • Group photos





  • Above left:  Dr. Randall Bayer, Chairman, Biology, Univ. Memphis.  Above right:  Dr. Henry Kurtz, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, U Memphis

    Above center and right: Dr. Tit-Yee Wong, Professor of Biology, U Memphis



    Above left: Presenters gather for Session II.  Above right: Session III

    Above:  Indrani Biswas

    Above right: Sami Helou


    Above: Angela Metz

    Above and below: Rebecca Scott


    Above right: Carter Nazor

    Above right and below: Nhu Truc Le



    Above: Eric Davis




    Above and below: Michael Herr








    Above: 3-Dimensional Anatomical Software for Health Professional Students, Eldridge Johnson, U T Health Science Center

    Paper Sessions (Student Presentations unless noted otherwise)
    Section I
    Elligton Hall Aud., 
    Room 100
    Section II
    Ellington Hall
    Room 105
    Section III
    Ellington Hall
    Room 131
    Moderator:
    Dr. James Huggins Dr. Donald Shaw Dr. Delphia Harris
    9:30
    Montane Rainforest Biogeography: Geography’s Effects on Arboreal Size and Distribution
    Dustin Long, School for International Training—Tanzania Program, Arusha, Tanzania; Rhodes College
    The Effects of Seating Arrangement on Interaction in the Classroom
    Brettjet L. Cody, Psychology , U Memphis
    Role of NHERF-1 in OK Cells
    Indrani Biswas, Biology, Christian Brothers University;  Judith Cole, Department of Biology, U Memphis  [photo]
    9:45
    Morphological and Molecular Analysis of an Invasive Species, Corbicula
    Stephanie Juchs, Biology Department, Rhodes College
    Perinatal Periods of Risk and Infant Mortality in Memphis, TN
    Sami Helou, Biology, Christian Brothers Univ; Kathrin Brown, Epidemiologist, Memphis and Shelby County Health Dept.  [photo]
    Water Quality in Cypress Creek:  An Inorganic Analysis
    LeAnedra Crowell, Daniel Larsen, and Delphia F. Harris; Chemistry, LeMoyne-Owen College; Earth Sciences, U Memphis
    10:00
    Award RibbonRoosting Habits of Two Species of Bats in Western Tennessee
    John Lawson, Brian D. Carver, Stevie Bell, Dustin Dickey, Kyle McInnis and Tristan McPherson. Biology, Freed-Hardeman Univ.
    Characterizing Effects of VHL Over-Expression in Transgenic Drosophila 
    Angela D. Metz, Biology, Christian Brothers University; Lawrence T. Reiter and Tiffany N. Seagroves, U T, Center for Cancer Research, Pathology [photo]
    Award RibbonMaintenance of Beta Adrenergic Receptor Signaling in Human Microvascular Retinal Endothelial Cells
    Kimberly Williams, Biology, Christian Brothers University;  Jena J. Steinle, Ophthalmology, U T Health Science Center
    10:15
    Morphological and Genetic Analysis of 118TNE Mutant Mice
    Jason Porter, Biology, Christian Brothers University; Jian Zuo, Jiangang Gao, and Tianhe Zhang, Developmental Neurobiology, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Award RibbonParats Mutant Flies Show Neuronal Damage After Ischemic Injury 
    Rebecca Scott, Biology, Christian Brothers University; Lawrence Reiter, Neurology, U T Health Science Center  [photo]
    Monocyte Response in Osteolysis and Possible Predisposition to the Disease
    Brian Walter, Biology, Christian Brothers University; Richard Smith, Orthopaedic Surgery, U T
    10:30
    Changes in Giant Panda Progesterone Levels and Their    Correlation to Reproductive Maturity 
    Nhu Truc Le, Biology, Christian Brothers University; Rachel Hansen, Andy Kouba, Conservation, The Memphis Zoo  [photo]
    The Importance of Parasympathetic Regulation of Choroidal Blood Flow for Cone Photoreceptor Health in Pigeons
    Casey C. Nazor, Biology, Christian Brothers University; Anton J. Reiner, Malinda E. C. Fitzgerald, Anatomy and Neurobiology, U Tennessee Health Science Center  [photo]
    Award RibbonMacular Pigment Optical Density’s Role in Macular Physiology and Disease 
    Jeremy T. Armstrong, Biology , Christian Brothers University; Alessandro Iannaccone, Ophthalmology, U T Health Science Center
    10:45
    Gut Motility and Gastrointestinal Mixing in the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)
    Eric A. Davis, Biology, Christian Brothers University; Rachel Hansen, Conservation Department, Memphis Zoo
    Sucrose Induced Analgesia in the Brainstem of Neonatal Rat Pups
    Indre Augustinaite, Biology, Christian Brothers University; Matthew Ennis, and Yi-Hong Zhang, Anatomy, Neurobiology and Neuroscience Institute, U T Health Science Center
    Examine the Effects of Post-rehabilitation Telephone Follow-Up on Patient Compliance
    Chen Edri, Biology, U Memphis
    11:00
    Break [photos] Break Break
    11:15
    Habitat Heterogeneity and Species Richness:  Is there a Relationship?
    J. Erin Fender and Michael L. Kennedy, Biology, U Memphis 
    [Not competing for student award]
    The expression of G-Protein Coupled Receptor-64 in Mice Dorsal Root Ganglia
    Phillip P. Nguyen, Biology, Christian Brothers University; Mark Ledoux, Neurology, U T Health Science Center
    Adherence Rates in Adolescents Prescribed Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) 
    Michael Herr, Biology, Christian Brothers Univ.; Gabrella Maron, Aditya Gaur, Wallly Bitar, and Pat Flynn, Infectious Disease, St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital  [photo]
    11:30
    An Assessment of Population Density of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Western Tennessee
    Jeremy S. Dennison, Biology, U Memphis
    [Not competing for student award]
    11:45
    3-Dimensional Anatomical Software in Teaching Gross Anatomy for Health Professional Students  [photo]
    Eldridge Johnson, Paul Madubuonwu and Andrea Elberger, Anatomy and Neurobiology; Kathy Gibbs and Becky Saulter, Education,  U T Health Science Center
    [Not competing for student award]
    12:00
  • Brief Business Meeting  Ellington 100

  •        Announcement of  Best Paper Winners
    Posters
    Ellington Hall, Room 109
    • Characterization of septation mutants in Aspergillus nidulans

    • Frances Benoist, Sara Gremillion, Darlene Loprete, and Terry Hill, Biology and Chemistry, Rhodes College
    • Award RibbonThe Gene THI73 and its Role in G1 Cyclin Cln3 Function in S. cerevisiae

    • Jacquelyn G. Hancock and Mary E. Miller, Biology, Rhodes College
    • Purification of Lamprey Mannose-Binding Lectin and Binding to Aeromonas salmonicida

    • Wendy M. Rose and Donald D. Ourth, U Memphis[Not competing for student award]
    • Protein profile of Alloscutum and Cement Cones of  Dermacentor variabilis

    • Feleciette Young, Jessica Bryson, Marcelita Becton and Sabita Majumdar,  LeMoyne-Owen College
    Tennessee Academy of Sciences
    Collegiate Division, Western Regional Meeting
    Best Paper Awards
    Saturday, 5 April 2008
    Award Ribbon Section I:
    • John Lawson, Brian D. Carver, Stevie Bell, Dustin Dickey, Kyle McInnis and Tristan McPherson. Biology, Freed-Hardeman Univ.

    • Roosting Habits of Two Species of Bats in Western Tennessee
    Award Ribbon Section II:
    • Rebecca Scott, Biology, Christian Brothers University; Lawrence Reiter, Neurology, U T Health Science Center

    • Parats Mutant Flies Show Neuronal Damage After Ischemic Injury 
      [photo]
    Award Ribbon

    Award Ribbon

    Section III: (tie)
    • Jeremy T. Armstrong, Biology , Christian Brothers University;; Alessandro Iannaccone, Ophthalmology, U T Health Science Center

    • Macular Pigment Optical Density’s Role in Macular Physiology and Disease
    • Kimberly Williams, Biology, Christian Brothers University;  Jena J. Steinle, Ophthalmology, U T Health Science Center

    • Maintenance of Beta Adrenergic Receptor Signaling in Human Microvascular Retinal Endothelial Cells
    Award Ribbon Poster Session:
    • Jacquelyn G. Hancock and Mary E. Miller, Biology, Rhodes College

    • The Gene THI73 and its Role in G1 Cyclin Cln3 Function in S. cerevisiae
    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 will present talks describing their research. 
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