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Biology Professor Receives Grant for Conference Presentation

Andrea DuinaDr. Andrea DuinaCONWAY, Ark. (February 8, 2012) - Hendrix biology professor Dr. Andrea Duina recently received a travel award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

The award, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is for Duina to attend the annual ASBMB meeting this April in San Diego, Calif., where Duina will present his research.

"I am excited to have been selected to give an oral presentation at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Annual Meeting in San Diego as this represents a unique opportunity to present my research in front of a wide audience of scientists," he said.

The NSF-funded award is part of an effort by the Education and Professional Development Committee at ASBMB to better incorporate researchers from PUIs (primarily undergraduate institutions) into the ASBMB national meeting, Duina said.

His abstract entitled "Identification of a nucleosomal region required for the proper distribution of the transcription elongation factor Spt16 across transcribed genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae" will be featured in a session at the meeting titled: "Interplay between Chromatin Structure and the Transcription Machinery."

Four Hendrix students will accompany Duina to the ASBMB meeting:

Katy Allison, a senior biology major from Little Rock, Ark.

Jasmine Haller, a senior biology major from Rogers, Ark.

Trang Nguyen, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Malena Outhay, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Alma, Ark.

Haller will participate in the 16th Annual ASBMB Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition at the meeting.

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