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Tennessee Academy of Sciences
Collegiate Division, Western Regional Meeting 
Hosted by LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN
Saturday, 31 March 2012
TAS 2012 Program Booklet (supplied by LOC)
Link to TAS web page
 2012 Abstract Guidelines
  • Registration                                    8:00 – 9:00 AM        1st Floor Foyer
  • PowerPoint & Poster Set-up      8:00 – 9:00 AM        GOH Building
  • Welcome and Introduction         9:00 – 9:05AM         GOH 111
  • Panel Discussion                          9:05 – 9:50 AM        GOH 111 
      • “A Postdoctoral Perspective on Careers in Science” St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Postdoctorates: Kristin E. Finch, Ph.D., Eleanor M. Pritchard, Ph.D, and Stacy Reeves, Ph.D.
  • Oral Presentation Sessions 

  • Session I:   10:00 AM -12:30 PM      GOH 308
    Session II:   10:00 AM -12:15 PM     GOH 111
    Session III:  10:00 AM -12:30 PM     GOH 408
    Session IV: 10:00 AM -12:15 PM     GOH 115
  • Poster Session        11:30 AM-12:30 PM   GOH 1st Floor 
  • Lunch                         12:30 PM                      GOH 111
  • Keynote Address    1:00 PM                        GOH 111
      • M. Shah Jahan, Ph. D., Professor-Chair, Department of Physics, Univ. Memphis.
        “Free Radicals in Polymeric Biomaterials”
  • Awards    [photos   1:30 PM                      GOH 111
  • Group photos

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    Session
    Moderator
    Room
    Session I
    Dr. Y. Hamada
    GOH 308
    Session II
    Dr. N. Bayakly
    GOH 111
    Session III
    Dr. M. R. Uddin
    GOH 408
    Session IV
    Dr. J. Talukder
    GOH 115
    Topics
    Cell/Molecular Biology & Chemistry
    Environmental Science
    Health Care, Pharmacokinetics & Microbiol
    Vision Science & Behav Science
    10:00 Kelly Jeu, CBU.  Detection of tissue or temporal specific p75 protein expression via flow cytometry. Kelly Jeu, and Christopher Dillon Justin King and Brittany Wilburn, CBU. Isolation of bacteriophages from soil that infect Escherichiacoli.  Justin King, Brittany Wilburn, Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, and Sandra Thompson-Jaeger [photo] Anthony Ford, CBU. Effect of bracing for impact on patient recovery time. Anthony Ford and Bobby Myers Claire C. May, CBU.  Determining the effectiveness of systemic gene therapy with EPO-R76E in protecting axons after optic nerve crush. Claire C. May and Tonia S. Rex
    10:15 Porsha Chillis, CBU.  The role of GD3 synthase in Alzheimer’s disease.  Porsha A. Chillis, Shailaja K. Rao, and Michael P. McDonald Award RibbonCarey Bowen, CBU.  Flooding and wetland plants: Localized versus whole-plant response.  Carey A. Bowen, Melissa B. Koontz, Lyndsay E. Saunders, and Samuel C. Pierce  [photo] Award RibbonSamantha Sol Bownes, CBU.  Healthcare and malaria in the Pallisa district, eastern Uganda.  Samantha Sol Bownes, Dustin James, Chris Moore, Veronica Wittman, and Luis Sanchez Corey Haughey, CBU.  Retinal pathology following interruption of autonomic regulation of choroidal blood flow. Corey Haughey, Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, Nobel Del Mar, Chunyan Li and Anton Reiner
    10:30 Nick Watkins, CBU.  Altered ultrasonic vocalizations in a mouse model of Fragile X syndrome.  Nick Watkins, Snighda Roy and Detlef Heck Mario Sauceda, CBU.  An assessment of population abundance and morphological abnormalities in the white-footed deer mouse (Peromyscus leucopus).  Mario A. Sauceda and Michael Kennedy  [photo] Award RibbonAdrienne Renfro, CBU. Determination of baseline CRP values in post-operative transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion patients.  Adrienne Renfro and Patrick M. Curlee Rachel Reese, CBU.  Categorizing glaucomatous phenotypes in recombinant mice to determine the genes that modulate glaucoma severity.  Rachel I. Reese, Elizabeth Beebe, Christie Brough, Rohit Reddy and Monica Jablonski
    10:45 Dana Pabalate, CBU.  The effects of ascorbic acid on cartilage metabolism.   Dana Pabalate, Christy Patterson, Elsa Stephen and Karen Hasty A. Garrett Burton, CBU.  Long-term population demography of Trillium recurvatum Beck on loess bluffs in western TN. A. Garrett Burton, James E. Moore, Scott B. Franklin, Beverly Collins [photo] Jonathan Timmerman, CBU.  Comparative efficacy of autologous blood and platelet rich plasma in treating tendinopathy.  Jonathan Timmerman and Richard Smith Award RibbonTeaire Carmichael, CBU.  Color discrimination task using pseudoisochromatic stimulus: Luminance noise variation provides better sensitivity than noise mean luminance.   Teaire L. Carmichael, Bruno D. Gomes, Mellina M. Jacob, Eliza Maria C. Lacerda, Givago S. Souza Malinda E. Fitzgerald, Luiz Carlos L. Silveira
    11:00 Bhavyata Parag, CBU. Evaluation of the vasoactive effects of vitamin D3 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3.  Bhavyata Parag and Alejandro Dopico  Seth Carson, MUS. Comparison of community structure of fish of the Wolf River. Seth A. Carson and Lynda R. Miller, CBU Sarah Hill, CBU.  The effects of amino acid enriched diets on hematologic development of prenatal pigs.Sarah Hill and Randall Buddington Michael Hankins Jr, CBU.  Excitability and suppression of fear in the basolateral amygdala.  Michael W Hankins Jr and Scott Heldt
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    11:30 David Kim, CBU.  Urokinase plasminogen Aactivator (uPA) and inhibitor (PAI-1) expression in cultured adenocarcinoma cells.  David Kim, Megan Moshea, Ashlee R. Franklin, Aleena Shahiryar, M. Margaret Jefferson, Edwin L. Thomas, Mustafa Kh. Dabbous Francisco E. Neal, CBHS. Dynamics of fish communities in the Wolf River. Francisco E. Neal and Lynda R. Miller, CBU  [photo] Robert Banks, CBU.  Examinations of adult human cadavers for the incidence of hyperostosis frontalis interna.  Robert Banks, Eldridge F Johnson, and Paul Madubuonwu Award RibbonGrace Hutchison, CBU.  Effects of sleep deprivation on response to alcohol exposure.  Grace Hutchison, Candis DuBose, and Kristin Hamre
    11:45 Award RibbonShanandria Jackson, CBU.  Comparison of siRNA transfection rate between L2 and L4 larval stages of Caenorhabditis elegans.  Shanandria Jackson, Larry Anderson, Lynda Miller and Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald Andrew Parmenter, CBHS. Detection of heavy metals in fish of the Wolf River.  Andrew Parmenter and Lynda R. Miller, CBU  [photo] Kyle Smith, CBU.  Analytical method development and validation for the measurement of Methotrexate (MTX) 7-OH-MTX, and 4-Amino-4-Deoxy-N-Methylpteroic acid (DAMPA) by online extraction-liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS).  Kyle Smith, Thandra Owens, Feng Bai, Stacy Throm, and Clinton F. Stewart Madeline Reynolds, CBU.  The pharmacokinetics of caffeine in inbred mice.  Madeline Reynolds, Trevor Sweatman, Jennifer M Paxson-Saputra, John D. Boughter Jr. 
    12:00 Justin Jacobs, Union Joseph Alfonso, CBU.  Examining herpetofauna richness and diversity in Shelby Farms Park with respect to land utilization.  Joseph Alfonso and Lynda Miller [photo] Charlotte A. Joure, U Memphis.  Purell® resistant bacillus and suppression of normal biota succession.  Catherine Gluszek, CBU.  Fear acquisition and changes in GABAergic mRNA. Catherine Gluszek and Scott Heldt
    12:15
    Award RibbonBrent Rainwater, Union.  Low-toxicity Perlite as a fiber fire retardant thermal insulator. Brent Rainwater, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee Award RibbonSarah Ferguson, Rhodes. Activity budgets of two captive red pandas at the Memphis Zoo. Sarah Ferguson, Sarah Boyle, and Andy Kouba [photo] Carolyn M. Drobak, Rhodes. Modeling the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis system with dexamethasone treatment  
     
    TAS 2012 Program Booklet (supplied by LOC)
    Posters
    1st floor Hallway of the GOH building
    Authors present 11:30am--12:30pm
    Award RibbonBrittney Boyd and Tonickee Banks, LOC.  Mechanism of TNF-alpha induced inhibition of Na+-dependent glutamine cotransport (B0AT1) in intestinal epithelial (IEC-6) cells. Brittney Boyd, Tonickee Banks, and Jamil Talukder, 
    LaTia Johnson, LOC.  Prostaglandin E2 inhibits Na-dependent glucose cotransporter (SGLT1) in enterocytes. LaTia Johnson and Jamil Talukder
    Kimber Jones, Rhodes.  Analysis of behaviors and spatial preferences in Snow Leopards (Uncia uncia) housed at the Memphis Zoo. Kimber Jones*, Sarah Boyle, and Andy J. Kouba
    Ariel Kingsley, Terrica Brown, and Alison Welch, CBU.  The relationship between social distance and the stigma of PTSD. Ariel Kingsley, Terrica Brown, and Alison Welch
    Award RibbonMadeline McCann, St. Mary's School.  Activity budgets and group dynamics of captive African penguins. Madeline McCann and Sarah Boyle
    Jose Villa, Taylor Salton, and Dominique Williams, CBU.  The relationship between extroversion and preferences in modes of communication.  Jose Villa, Taylor Salton, and Dominique Williams
    Britney Yates and Jessica Hayes, LOC.  Reactions of the agonist clofibric acid with Cr3+. Britney Yates, Jessica Hayes, Yahia Hamada, and Mostafa Badr

    Tennessee Academy of Sciences
    Collegiate Division, Western Regional Meeting
    Best Paper Awards
    Saturday, 31 March 2012
    Awards
    Session
    Nick Watkins, CBU.  Altered ultrasonic vocalizations in a mouse model of Fragile X syndromeNick Watkins, Snighda Roy and Detlef Heck, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (NW) and University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee (SR, DH).  [photo]

    Award RibbonShanandria Jackson, CBU.  Comparison of siRNA transfection rate between L2 and L4 larval stages of Caenorhabditis elegans. Shanandria Jackson, Larry Anderson, Lynda Miller and Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald.  Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee.  [photo]

    Award RibbonBrent Rainwater, Union.  Low-toxicity Perlite as a fiber fire retardant thermal insulator. Brent Rainwater, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

    Awards
    Session
    II 
    Joseph Alfonso, CBU.  Examining herpetofauna richness and diversity in Shelby Farms Park with respect to land utilization. Joseph Alfonso and Lynda Miller, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee.   [photo]

    Award RibbonSarah Ferguson, Rhodes.  Activity budgets of two captive red pandas at the Memphis Zoo. Sarah Ferguson, Sarah Boyle, and Andy Kouba, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (SF, SB) and Memphis Zoo, Memphis, Tennessee (AK).   [photo]

    Award RibbonCarey Bowen, CBU.  Flooding and wetland plants: Localized versus whole-plant response.  Carey A. Bowen, Melissa B. Koontz, Lyndsay E. Saunders, and Samuel C. Pierce.  Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (CB).  The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee (MK, LS), and Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi (SP).   [photo]

    Awards
    Session
    III 
    Kyle Smith, CBU.  Analytical method development and validation for the measurement of Methotrexate (MTX) 7-OH-MTX, and 4-Amino-4-Deoxy-N-Methylpteroic acid (DAMPA) by online extraction-liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS)Kyle Smith, Thandra Owens, Feng Bai, Stacy Throm, and Clinton F. Stewart, Christian Brothers University (KS), Memphis, Tennessee and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (TO, FB, ST, CS), Memphis, Tennessee.  [photo]

    Award RibbonSamantha Sol Bownes, CBU.  Healthcare and malaria in the Pallisa district, eastern Uganda.  Samantha Sol Bownes, Dustin James, Chris Moore, Veronica Wittman, and Luis Sanchez, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennesse (SSB, DJ),  Rhodes College), Memphis, Tennessee (CM), Florida International University, Miami, Florida (VW, LS).  [photo]

    Award RibbonAdrienne Renfro, CBU. Determination of baseline CRP values in post-operative transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion patients. Adrienne Renfro and Patrick M. Curlee. Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, and Southern Spine Specialists, Germantown, Tennessee.   [photo]

     Awards
    Session
    IV 
    Corey Haughey, CBU.  Retinal pathology following interruption of autonomic regulation of choroidal blood flow. Corey Haughey, Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, Nobel Del Mar, Chunyan Li and Anton Reiner, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (CH, MECF) and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee  (MECF, NDM, CL, AR).   [photo]

    Award RibbonGrace Hutchison, CBU. Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Response to Alcohol ExposureGrace Hutchison, Candis DuBose, and Kristin Hamre, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (GH) and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee (CD, KH).   [photo]

    Award RibbonTeaire Carmichael, CBU. Color discrimination task using pseudoisochromatic stimulus: Luminance noise variation provides better sensitivity than noise mean luminance.   Teaire L. Carmichael, Bruno D. Gomes, Mellina M. Jacob, Eliza Maria C. Lacerda, Givago S. Souza Malinda E. Fitzgerald, Luiz Carlos L. Silveira.  Universidade Federal do Para, Belem, Brazil (BDG, MMJ, EMCL, GSS, LCLS), Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (TC, MECF), University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee (MECF). 

    Best Paper Awards
    Poster Session
    [Photos below]
    Kimber Jones, Rhodes.  Analysis of behaviors and spatial preferences in Snow Leopards (Uncia uncia) housed at the Memphis Zoo. Kimber Jones, Sarah Boyle, and Andy J. Kouba, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (KJ, SB) and the Memphis Zoo, Memphis, Tennessee (SB and AK).   [photo]

    Award RibbonBrittney Boyd, LOC.  Mechanism of TNF-alpha induced inhibition of Na+-dependent glutamine cotransport (B0AT1) in intestinal epithelial (IEC-6) cells. Brittney Boyd*, Tonickee Banks, and Jamil Talukder, LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, Tennessee. 

    Award RibbonMadeline McCann, St. Mary's School.  Activity budgets and group dynamics of captive African penguins. Madeline McCann* and Sarah Boyle, St. Mary’s School, Memphis, Tennessee (MM) and Rhodes College,  Memphis, Tennessee (SB).   [photo]

    Best Paper Awards
    (Photos by Dr. James Moore)

    Shanandria Jackson

    Nick Watkins

    Carey Bowen

    Sarah Ferguson

    Joseph Alfonso

    Adrienne Renfro

    Samantha Sol Bownes

    Kyle Smith

    Grace Hutchison

    Corey Haughey

    Madeline McCann

    Kimber Jones

    Group Photos
    (Photos by Dr. James Moore)


    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. 
     The Next Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences
    Collegiate Division, Western Region
    Host:  Christian Brothers University
    (cosponsor: University of Memphis)

    Sat., 6 April 2013
    Tuesday, 17 April 2012    16th 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
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