Ozarks Biological Society announces student presentations

Release Date: 4/27/2012

The Ozarks Biological Society has announced the schedule for presentations by eight Ozarks students.

On Monday, April 30, Sabrina Goddard will present her senior thesis Cleavage of galectin-3 prostate specific antigen (PSA) in the male reproductive tract, which is based on research Goddard did during her summer internship under Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dr. Alan B. Diekman, at the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

On Monday, May 7, starting at 6 p.m., Megan Minniear will present her research paper on Addison’s disease. Addison’s disease is a rare endocrine disorder which is caused the failure of the adrenal glands to produce adequate amounts of certain hormones. Following Minniear’s presentation, April Young will present her paper on the Ebola Virus, a virus that causes severe and often fatal hemorrhagic fever in humans and other primates. Young’s presentation is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The following evening, Tuesday, May 8, Ariel Henderson will present her biology colloquium paper, Invasive Pneumococcal Diseases Among Hospitalized Children in Lima, Peru. Invasive Pneumococcal disease is a major cause of death around the world, affecting primarily the very young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Henderson’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m. A presentation by Alex Holland will then take place at 6:30 p.m.

The presentations will conclude on Wednesday, May 9, when Paul Morgan will present his research, The Effect of 2-(4-morpholinoanilino)-6-cyclohexylaminopurine(Reversine) on the Regeneration of the posterior end of the Eisenia fetida. Eisenia fetida is a species of earthworm adapted to live in decaying organic material. Morgan’s research studied the effects of reversine, a small synthetic molecule which can cause cells to undergo dedifferentiation, which is a return to a precursor cell state. Morgan’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m., and will be followed by paper presentations by Chris Driedric at 6:30 p.m. and Colbey Russo at 7 p.m.

All presentations will take place in room 127 of the Smith-Broyles Science Center, and they are free and open to the public. For more information on the thesis presentation schedule, contact Andrea Muffuletto, OBS President at amuff704@ozarks.edu.