Student science presentations slated for December 5, 6, and 10

Release Date: 12/5/2012

Students from the University’s Division of Sciences and Mathematics will give presentations over a range of topics on three evenings in early December.

The presentations will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when Katrina Bradley, a junior chemistry major from Bella Vista, Ark., will give a talk titled "Studies of emulsions that can be used to deliver drugs in the body." Following Bradley's talk, Laken Littlefield, a senior chemistry major from Booneville, Ark., will present "Studies of how certain chemicals affect the ability of proteins to fold/unfold due to interactions with water." These chemistry presentations will begin at 6 p.m. in room 137 of the Smith-Broyles Science Center.

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Emily Toombs will be the guest speaker at an Ozarks Biological Society (OBS) Colloquium. Toombs will present her talk, "The Dangers of Triclosan and Current Research," in room 128 of the Science Center. Toombs is a junior biology major from Lamar, Ark.

The presentations will continue on Thursday, Dec. 6, when Katrina Mariswamy will present her senior psychology project, "Exposure Effects among People of Different Ethnicities." Mariswamy is a senior psychology major from Tanjung Bungah, Malaysia. Her presentation will take place in room 129 of the Science Center starting at 5 p.m.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, the chemistry presentations will continue, when Alejandro Andino will present "Studies of a protein segment that is thought to cause the cell damage that leads to Alzheimer's Disease." Andino is a senior biology major from La Ceiba, Honduras. Following Andino's talk, LeAnan White, a junior chemistry major from University Park, Iowa, will present "Studies of the different shapes the amino acid lysine can assume in water." Both presentations will be held in room 137 of the Science Center.

William Davenport will be the guest speaker at Thursday's OBS Colloquium, which will take place at 7 p.m. in room 128 of the Science Center. Davenport, who is a junior biology major from Deer, Ark., will present a talk titled "The Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance and Current Research."

The final presentation will be an OBS Colloquium event on Monday, Dec. 10. Ariel Henderson, a senior biology major from Hot Springs, Ark., will talk about her recent experience as a volunteer in Urubama, Peru. With backing from the University's Academic Enrichment Fund, Henderson traveled with ProWorld Volunteers to a medical clinic, where she spent two weeks shadowing the doctors.

Henderson will also talk about other opportunities for students interesting in pursuing real-world experience in the field of biology. The colloquium will be held in room 128 of the Science Center, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Convocation credit is available for Ozarks students who attend. All of the presentations are free and open to the public.