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Hendrix Sends Delegation to Arkansas Academy of Science Meeting

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CONWAY, Ark. (April 13, 2018) – Students and faculty from the Hendrix College Biology and Chemistry Departments recently attended the 102nd annual Arkansas Academy of Science (AAS) conference at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Several students earned awards for presenting their research:

  • Margaret Young ’19 earned a First Place award for oral presentation in Ecology;
  • Claire Turkal ’18 and Taylor Stone ’18 tied for a First Place award for oral presentation in Biology;
  • Emily Seminara ’18 earned a Second Place award for Undergraduate Chemistry Posters.

Dr. Matthew Moran, professor of biology and area chair of the natural sciences at Hendrix, was among the faculty accompanying the group to AAS.

“It was wonderful to see all these talented Hendrix students present their work to other Arkansas scientists,” he said. “Their professionalism and obvious love of science really shows. They are great representatives of the Hendrix learning environment.”

The 18 presentations involving Hendrix students are listed below. Some projects involved authors not affiliated with the College; their organizations are included in parentheses.

2018 AAS Hendrix College Biology Presentations

  • Terrestrial mammal and bird survey results in the Arenal – Tilarán Conservation Area of Costa Rica; Sarah J. Nieman ’18 and Benjamin K. Zamzow ’18, and Lindsay Stallcup (Children’s Eternal Rainforest), and Matthew D. Moran
  • Patterns of Lespedeza cuneata invasion in tallgrass prairies and arthropod community structure; Carolina M. Kirksey ’18, Sofia Varriano ’19, Adam C. Turner ’18, and Matthew D. Moran
  • Impact of Lespedeza cuneata invasion on arthropod abundance in a tallgrass prairie; Adam C. Turner ’18, Sofia A. Varriano ’19, Carolina M. Kirksey ’18, and Matthew D. Moran
  • Wild game harvest and effects on diet-related CO2 emissions in the U.S.; Nathan T. Taylor ’18, Benjamin K. Zamzow ’18, and Jamie L. Johnson ’19, and Matthew D. Moran
  • Unconventional gas development effects on ecosystem services in the Fayetteville Shale of Arkansas; Varenya Nallur ’19, Sarah J. Nieman ’18, Maureen R. McClung ’01, and Matthew D. Moran
  • Current and future threats to the Chihuahuan Desert bioregion: a landscape-level analysis; Helena Abad ’18, Benjamin K. Zamzow ’18, Nathan T. Taylor ’18, E. Taylor Stone ’18, Maureen R. McClung, and Matthew D. Moran
  • Terrestrial mammal and bird communities in protected and unprotected lands in Costa Rica; Benjamin K. Zamzow ’18, Sarah J. Nieman ’18, Lindsay Stallcup (Children’s Eternal Rainforest), and Matthew D. Moran
  • Valuation of ecosystem services of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Margaret A. Young ’19, Adam C. Turner ’18, Matthew D. Moran, and Maureen R. McClung
  • Migratory birds and nutrient transfer across continents
    Sofia A. Varriano ’19, Kevin J. Krajcir ’17, Maureen R. McClung, and Matthew D. Moran
  • Biodiversity of Hymneoptera across sky islands of Arkansas; Sierra C. Hubbard ’20, Allison F. Monroe ’19, Reynol Rodriguez ’19, Oliver J. Kuhns ’21, Maureen R. McClung, Matthew D. Moran, and Michael W. Gates (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History)
  • Effects of recreational boat noise on avoidance and feeding behaviors in an important freshwater stream fish; Claire E. Turkal ’18, Trystin F. Anderson ’20, and Maureen R. McClung
  • Disturbance of wintering waterfowl by traffic noise; John C. Veon ’18 and Maureen R. McClung 
  • A proposal for practical and effective biological corridors in northwest Costa Rica; Allison F. Monroe ’18 and Matthew D. Moran
  • Culture-independent analysis of Hot Springs National Park thermophiles; E. Taylor Stone ’18, Richard C. Murray, and Matthew D. Moran

2018 AAS Hendrix College Chemistry Presentations

  • Quantification of Soluble Ions in Atmospheric Particulate Matter Using Ion Chromatography; Ryan Tumminello ’18 (Courtney Hatch ’00, mentor, Hendrix College Chemistry Department)
  • Qualitative Analysis of PM2.5 Organic Compounds in Conway, Arkansas; Megan Cassingham ’19, (Courtney Hatch, mentor Hendrix College Chemistry Department)
  • Iron reduces mitochondrial DNA damage induced by mitochondrial reactive oxygen species in HepG2 cells; poster, Conner Breen ’17 (Andres Caro, mentor)
  • Mitochondrial CYP2E1 activates antioxidant and mitochondrial biogenesis signaling in hepatocytes; poster, Trevor Loew ’18, (Andres Caro, mentor)
  • Extraction and quantitation of heterocyclic aromatic amines from cooked bacon using solid phase extraction and liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry; poster, Emily Seminara ’18 (Howard Hendrickson, mentor, UAMS College of Pharmacy)

About Hendrix College

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