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Hendrix Students Attend Annual Science Meeting

CONWAY, Ark. (April 27, 2012) - Four Hendrix College students recently attended the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif.

Jasmine Haller, a senior biology major from Rogers, Ark., received an honorable mention award for her research presentation entitled "Genetic evidence for an involvement of the TOR complex 1 in the process of transcription elongation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae."  

Three other Hendrix students attended the meeting: Katy Allison, a senior biology major from Little Rock, Ark.; Malena Outhay, a senior biochemistry molecular biology major from Alma, Ark.; and Trang Nguyen, a senior biochemistry molecular biology major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The students were accompanied by Hendrix biology professor Dr. Andrea Duina, presented his research entitled "Identification of a nucleosomal region required for the proper distribution of the transcription elongation factor Spt16 across transcribed genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae."

Duina received an ASBMB travel award funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to attend the meeting and present his research. 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.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix was named the country's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of 25 "Best Buy" private colleges included. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit