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Tennessee Academy of Sciences
Collegiate Division, Western Regional Meeting 
Hosted by Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
4 April 2009
Schedule of Presentations  [with links to Photos]
Link to TAS web page
Frazier Jelke 
  • 8:00-10:30 AM  Registration    Frazier Jelke Lobby 
  • 8:00 AM   Welcome and Introduction    Frazier Jelke Room 
  • 8:05 – 8:45 AM  Keynote Address  [Photos]  Frazier Jelke Room
    • Dr. Laura Luque de Johnson, Rhodes College Biology Department

    • “Traveling germs: infectious diseases in an era of globalization.” The talk will discuss how infectious diseases that are currently confined to certain regions of the world have the potential to spread around the world given the right conditions. History can tell us that this has happened before, during the Flu Pandemic of 1918. The question is what have we learned from past experiences, and are we prepared?
  • 9:30-12:00  Presentations[with links to Photos]
    • Session 1  Frazier Jelke Room A

    •      Moderator: Dr. Sara Gremillion
    • Session 2  Frazier Jelke Room B 

    •      Moderator:  Dr. Jonathan Davis 
    • Session 3  Frazier Jelke Room C

    •      Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Fitz Gerald
  • 10:15-10:45 Posters
  • 12:00  Lunch  Hyde Dining Hall, Rhodes Refectory  [Photos] 
  • Announcement of Best Paper Awards
  • Program Schedule (MSWord)

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  • Program and Abstracts (pdf) 

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  • Schedule of Presentations

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  • Awards

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  • Keynote

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  • Group Photos






  • Paper Sessions (Student Presentations)
    Session 1
    Frazier Jelke Room A
    Session 2
    Frazier Jelke Room B
    Session 3
    Frazier Jelke Room C
    Moderator: Dr. Sara Gremillion Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Davis  Moderator: Dr. Jonathan FitzGerald
    9:00 INFLUENCE OF LUMINANCE CONTRAST IN THE AMPLITUDE OF MULTIFOCAL VEP. Hope B. Shackelford*, Givago S. Souza, Bruno D. Gomes, Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald and Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira, Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, and Universidade Federal do Pará, Núcleo de Medicina Tropical, Belém, Brasil. [Photos] 9:00 EFFECTS OF SITTING TAI CHI ON MOBILITY OF FRAIL OLDER ADULTS. Alan R. Fredericks*, Lawrence Faulkner, and Veronica Engle, Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (ARF), and Primary Care and Public Health, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee ( LF,VE). [Photos] 9:00 GDP-MANNOSE TRANSPORTERS IN THE FILAMENTOUS FUNGUS ASPERGILLUS NIDULANS. Laura R. Johnson*,Chassidy Groover*, Loretta Jackson-Hayes, Terry W. Hill, Darlene Loprete, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee.  [Photos]
    9:15 REAL-TIME REVERSE TRANSCRIPTASE PCR USED FOR MRNA GENE EXPRESSION IN FILAMENTOUS FUNGUS ASPERGILLUS NIDULANS. Chassidy Groover*, Loretta Jackson-Hayes, Terry W. Hill, Darlene M. Loprete, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. 9:15 IMMUNE DEVELOPMENT OF DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER AT 1 AND 5 DAYS POST ECLOSION. Kelly Towns*, Jodell Linder, and Daniel Promislow, Christian Brothers University, Department of Biology, Memphis, Tennessee, and University of Georgia, Department of Genetics, Athens, Georgia. 9:15 CASE STUDY OF DEMATIACEOUS FUNGAL INFECTIONS IN THE IMMUNO-SUPPRESSED. Alicia Scarborough*, Randall Hayden and Gabriella Maron, Christian Brothers University, Department of Biology, Memphis, Tennessee, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Department of Pathology, Memphis, Tennessee. [Photos]
    9:30 INSULIN TREATMENT OF SERUM STARVED HUMAN RETINAL MICROVASCULAR ENDOTHELIAL CELLS AND THE EFFECTS ON THE APOPTOSIS PATHWAY. Stephanie Parker* and Jena Steinle, Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, and Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee. [Photos] 9:30 GENETIC EFFECTS ON ETHANOL AND OTHER BEHAVIORAL RESPONSES IN ADOLESCENTS: ANALYSIS OF ATAXIA, LOCOMOTOR ACTIVATION, AND ANXIOLYSIS IN MICE. Michael Antone*, Kiedra Kincaide, and Kristin M. Hamre, Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, and Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee. 9:30 EFFICACY OF PRAZOSIN IN THE EXTINCTION AND RECONSOLIDATION OF CONTEXTUAL FEAR CONDITIONING IN RATS. Melody Allensworth*, Fabricio De Monte, and Antonio P. Carobrez, Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis,Tennessee, and Department of Pharmacology, Universidade de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, SC Brazil. [Photos]
    9:45 MAPPING OF THE 5-HT2A RECEPTOR IN THE EDINGER-WESTPHAL REGION OF THE PIGEON (Columbia livia): AN IMMUNOHISTOCHEMICAL STUDY. Adam Luka*, Jeremy Armstrong, Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald and Claudio Toledo, Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, and Universidade Cidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 9:45 COMPARISON OF FLIGHT PATTERNS AND HABITAT PREFERENCES AMONG THE AE. VEXANS, CX. ERRATICUS, AND AN. SMARAGDINUS MOSQUITO POPULATIONS. Blake A. Jackson* and Jack Grubaugh, Christian Brothers University, Department of Biology, Memphis, Tennessee, and The University of Memphis, Department of Biology, Memphis, Tennessee. [Photos]  
    10:00 DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF AN ONLINE EXTRACTION-LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY-MASS SPECTROMETRY METHOD FOR MEASUREMENT OF MK-752 IN HUMAN PLASMA. Courtney Colotta*, Feng Bai, and Clinton F. Stewart, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, and Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee.  [Photos] 10:00 ASSESSING AMPHIBIAN MARKING TECHNIQUES IN RECENT TOAD METAMORPHS: RELIABILITY, EFFECTS ON SURVIVORSHIP AND PHYSIOLOGY, AND CONSERVATION IMPLICATIONS. Stephanie N. Cassel*, Andy Kouba and Jon R. Davis, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (SC, JD), and Memphis Zoo, Memphis, Tennessee (AK, JD). 10:00 ROP2 GTPASE IS REQUIRED FOR PROPER ATFH5 LOCALIZATION IN ARABIDOPSIS THALIANA Jenkin Chan*, Jonathan Fitz Gerald, Rhodes College, Memphis,Tennessee.
    BREAK – POSTER SESSION [Photos] BREAK – POSTER SESSION BREAK – POSTER SESSION
    10:45  EVALUATION OF IN VITRO VASOACTIVE PROPERTIES OF NEWLY DISCOVERED BK CHANNEL ACTIVATORS. Erica C. McMorise*, Anna N. Bukiya and Alex Dopico, Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (EM), and Department of Pharmacology, The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee (AB, AD). [Photos]  [Photo] 10:45 CARBOHYDRATE DISTRIBUTION IN BAMBOO. Emily Wong*, and Carolyn Apanavicius, Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, and The Memphis Zoo, Memphis, Tennessee. [Photos] 10:45 GENERATING ESCAPE MUTANTS TO MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES DIRECTED AGAINST H5N1 INFLUENZA VIRUSES. Daniel Darnell* and Richard Webby, Christian Brothers University, Department Of Biology, Memphis, Tennessee, Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Department Of Infectious Diseases, Virology Division, Memphis, Tennessee. [Photos]
    11:00  OBESITY AMONG CHILDHOOD HODGKIN LYMPHOMA SURVIVORS. Amanda S. Hoeffken* and Monika Metzger, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. 11:00 USING FECAL PARTICLE SIZE AND MICROBIAL PLATING TO GAIN A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE GIANT PANDA’S DIGESTIVE MECHANISMS. Heather Gosnell*, Carolyn Apanavicius, and Rachel Hanson, Christian Brothers University, Department of Biology, Memphis, Tennessee and The Memphis Zoo, Memphis, Tennessee. [Photos] 11:00 IDENTIFICATION OF SYNERGISTIC ANTIMALARIAL THERAPEUTICS FROM A COLLECTION OF BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS. Michelle Paul*, Wendyam A. Guiguemde, and Rodney K. Guy, Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (MP), Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (RKG, WAG). [Photos]
    11:15 OVER-EXPRESSION OF CKAP2 REDUCES COLONY FORMATION IN HELA CELLS. Benjamin Jackson*, Lauren Keith*, and William S. Brooks, Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee. 11:15 A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF NONINVASIVE TECHNIQUES USED IN MONITORING JAGUAR (PANTHERA ONCA) POPULATIONS. Svetlana Lapova*, Rachel Savoy, and Leandro DeSilveria. The Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee and Jaguar Conservation, Emas, Brazil.  [Photos] 11:15 CHROMATIC DISCRIMINATION MEASURED WITH MFVEPS. Stephanie Johnson*, Bruno D. Gomes, Givago da Silva Souza, Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, and Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira, Christian Brothers University, Department of Biology, Memphis, Tennessee, and Universidade Federal do Pará, Núcleo de Medicina Tropical, Belém, Brasil.  [Photos]
    11:30 A PREVALENCE SURVEY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN AN URBAN OBSTETRICAL EVALUATION UNIT. Nakia Chambliss*, Jay Bringman, Romero Midgett, Risa Ramsey, Robert Egerman, and Charles Gibbs. Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, and The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee.  [Photos] 11:30 EFFECTS OF PLATELET-RICH PLASMA ON PIG DERIVED ANNULUS FIBROSUS CHONDROCYTE PROLIFERATION. Scott C. Berry* and Richard Smith. Christian Brothers University, Department of Biology, Memphis, Tennessee, and University of Tennessee, Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee. [Photos]
    11:45 DIRECT DELIVERY OF EPO IS NEUROPROTECTIVE TO PHOTORECEPTORS INDEPENDENT OF GLYCOSYLATION. Ying Y. Wong*, Shayla Merry, Kishore Kodali, and Tonia S. Rex, Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (YYW), and Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee (SM, KK, TSR).  [Photos]
    12:00  Luncheon in Hyde Dining Hall, Rhodes Refectory  [Photos]
           Announcement of Best Paper Awards  [Photos]
    Posters [Photos]
  • 1) INTERACTION OF MOLYBDENUM(VI)-CITRIC ACID IN AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS TO MIMIC THE NITROGENASE COFACTOR. Troy Greer* and Yahia Z. Hamada, LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 2) CORRELATION OF SEED SIZE WITH FITNESS TRAITS IN ARABIDOPSIS THALIANA: AN ANALYSIS OF COLUMBIA AND LANDSBERG ECOTYPES. Nadia C. Winston* and Jonathan N. Fitz Gerald, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. 
  • 3) SPECIATION AND EQUILIBRIA OF Cr3+ WITH ASPARTATE IN AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS. Jasmine T. Greene* and Yahia Z. Hamada, LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 4) INTERACTION OF ADENINE WITH GROUP 12 METAL IONS. Shandera Gardiner* and Yahia Z. Hamada, LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 5) CHANGES IN SOIL CHARACTERISTICS BY ENGLISH IVY (HEDERA HELIX) IN OVERTON PARK. Lauren Lambeth* and Rosanna Cappellato, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 6) POTENTIOMETRIC TITRATIONS OF MALIC AND CITRAMALIC ACIDS WITH ALUMINUM IN AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS. Marcus Harris* and Yahia Z. Hamada, LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Tennessee Academy of Sciences
    Collegiate Division, Western Regional Meeting
    Best Paper Awards
    Saturday, 4 April 2009
    Award Ribbon Session 1:
    • 1st Place:  Erica C. McMorise*, Anna N. Bukiya and Alex Dopico.  Evaluation of in vitro Vasoactive Properties of Newly Discovered BK Channel Activators.  Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University (EM), and Department of Pharmacology, University of Tennessee Health and Science Center, (AB, AD). [Photos]  [Photo]  [Photo]
    • 2nd Place:  Amanda S. Hoeffken* and Monika Metzger, Obesity Among Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors. Rhodes College and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
    • 3rd Place:  Benjamin Jackson*, Lauren Keith*, and William S. Brooks.   Over-Expression of CKAP2 Reduces Colony Formation in HELA Cells.  Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee.
    Award Ribbon Session 2:
    • 1st Place:  Stephanie N. Cassel*, Andy Kouba and Jon R. Davis.  Assessing Amphibian Marking Techniques in Recent Toad Metamorphs:  Reliability, Effects on survivorship and Physiology, and Conservation Implications.  Rhodes College (SC, JD) and Memphis Zoo. (AK, JD).
    • 2nd Place:  Emily Wong* and Carolyn Apanavicius.  Carbohydrate Distribution in Bamboo. Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University and Memphis Zoo. [Photos]
    • 3rd Place:   Blake A. Jackson* and Jack Grubaugh.  Comparison of Flight Patterns and Habitat Preferences among the Ae.vexans, Cx. erraticus, and An. smaragdinus Mosquito Populations.  Christian Brothers University, Department of Biology and University of Memphis, Department of Biology. [Photos]
    Award Ribbon Session 3:
    • 1st Place:  Stephanie Johnson*, Bruno D. Gomes, Givago da Silva Souza, Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, and Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira.  Chromatic Discrimination Measured with MFVEPS. Department of Biology, Christian Brothers University and Universidade Federal do Pará, Núcleo de Medicina Tropical, Belém, Brasil. [Photos]  [Photo]
    • 2nd Place:  Laura R. Johnson*, Chassidy Groover*, Loretta Jackson-Hayes, Terry W. Hill, Darlene Loprete.  GDP-Mannose Transporters in the Filamentous Fungus Aspergillus nidulans.Rhodes College.
    • 3rd Place:  Michelle Paul*, Wendyam A. Guiguemde, and Rodney K. Guy.  Identification of Synergistic Antimalarial Therapeutics from a Collection of Bioactive Compounds.   Department of Biology,Christian Brothers University (MP), Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (RKG, WAG).  [Photos]
    Award Ribbon Poster Session:
    • 1st Place:  Jacquelin Gentry* and Rosanna Cappellato.  Urban Memphis Parks as Carbon Sinks.  Rhodes College.
    • 2nd Place:  Marian G. Moore*, Erin L. Willia and Carrie K. Vance.  Temperature and Osmotic Effects on Amphibian Sperm Function.  Memphis Zoological Society.
    • 3rd Place:  Marcus Harris* and Yahia Z. Hamada.  Potentiometric Titrations of Mslic and Citramalic Acids with Aluminum in Aqueous Solutions.  LeMoyne-Owen College.
    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. 
  • What is TAS, Collegiate Division and what happens at a TAS meeting?
  •  The Next Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences
    Collegiate Division, Western Region
    Host:  Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
    3 or 10 April, 2010
    Tuesday, 21 April 2009    13th Annual CBU Student Research Poster Session
    • 11:00 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Sabbatini Lounge, 2nd floor Thomas Center, CBU
    CBU Biology Department Student Research
    CBU Student Research Poster Sessions and Tenn. Academy of Sciences Meetings

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