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Science Students Share Research at State Science Conference

Arkansas Academy of Science Students 20140404

CONWAY, Ark. (April 7, 2014) – Hendrix students made seven research presentations at the 98th annual Arkansas Academy of Science conference at Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

These seven presentations represented the combined efforts of 29 Hendrix research students.

Youmna Moufarrej ’14 (mentored by Dr. Andrew Schurko) collaborated with Sydney L. Haldeman ’15 and Emily R. Cariker ’14 to prepare her talk titled Evaluating the role of meiotic genes in DNA repair using RNAi

Charli Davis ’15 (mentored by Dr. Matthew Moran) worked with Madison J. Boone ’14, Jill delSol ’14, and Laura Klasek ’14 on the experiment Pleistocene seed dispersal of anachronistic fruits: Using elephants to test ancient plant-animal interactions

Alex B. (Brandon) Cox ’16 (mentored by Dr. Maureen McClung and Dr. Matthew Moran) made an oral presentation of research conducted with Rachel L. Wells ’15, Chloe Benichou ’14, and Jill de Sol ’14 titled Land use changes in the Fayetteville Shale gas development region

Michael Ottenlips ’14 and Natalie Skinner ’15 presented a poster with results of research conducted in the fall 2013 Biology of Algae and Fungi course in collaboration with 16 other students: Alison Harrington ’14, Adam Bigott ’14, Ben Anderson ’16, Madison J. Boone ’14, Stephen Brick ’14, Jill delSol ’14, Charles Hotchkiss ’15, Reade Huddleston ’14, Elizabeth Kasper ’15, Jill McGrady ’15, Michael McKinnie ’15, Kevin Spatz ’14, Aaron Steinberg ’15, Florence van den Broek ’15, Christina Wilson ’14, and Austin Wofford ’15 (all mentored by Dr. Ann Willyard). 

Alison Harrington ’14 took the lead role in preparing their manuscript (Sampling local fungal diversity: a method for fungal species identification using DNA barcoding), which has been submitted for peer review. If accepted, it will be published in the 2014 issue of the Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science

Dakota Pouncey ’15 (Warfarin metabolite profiles reveal the importance of factors on patient does-responses to anticoagulant therapy) and Eugene Nyamugenda ’15 (Using machine learning algorithms to predict drug metabolism by CYP2C enzymes) gave talks reporting the results of their summer research at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Dr. Grover P. Miller’s laboratory. 

Youmna Moufarrej ’14 (mentored by Dr. Andrew Schurko) and to Charli Davis ’15 (mentored by Dr. Matthew Moran) tied for first place in the undergraduate oral life science category.

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