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March 18, 2010

Biology students earn best poster distinctions at state science conference

Two students in the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s biology department won Best Poster awards at the 84th Louisiana Academy of Science Annual Meeting on Feb. 27, held at Louisiana State University at Alexandria. Casey Nolan won Best Graduate Poster and Chris Wilson won Best Undergraduate Poster.

Nolan’s presentation was titled “Bioclimatic Modeling of Eastern U.S. Land Snail Diversity.” Wilson presented on “Using Temporal RNAi to Determine the Function of the Gene nhr-6 During Differentiation of the Spermatheca in C. elegans.”

A group of three freshman biology students, Cassie Clark, Dillon Davis and Mustafa El Sayed, gave a presentation titled “Isolation and Characterization of Mycobacteriphages from Soil Samples in Northeast Louisiana.” Their work was supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Other biology undergraduates presenting posters at the conference were Charles Battaglia and Adamou Rimanatou Dodo, both graduating seniors. Several graduate students presented papers at the conference including Alex Fotis, Jessica Wakefield and Erin Basiger.

“These students, including our upper level students and our freshman team, represent the excellent work being done in our department,” Dr. Sushma Krishnamurthy said. “We’re very proud of them and all their hard work.”

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