Student winners in research presentations at the Kentucky Academy of Sciences meeting

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Four students in the Department of Biological Sciences won awards at this year’s annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences. There were separate awards for graduate and undergraduate students within their sections. Be sure to congratulate them on a job well done!

Undergraduate students

Nova Arnold won second place in the Cellular and Molecular Biology section for her poster presentation “Breast Cancer Ca2+ independent Phospholipase A2beta Mediates Nicotine induced Metastasis through Matrix Metalloprotease-9 Secretion.” Nova is mentored by Lindsay Calderon of Eastern Kentucky University.

William Ciocca won first place for oral presentations in the Botany section for his talk, “Podostemum is not monophyletic: phylogenetic placement of Podostemum flagelliforme (Podostemaceae), a neoptropical rheophyte rediscovered after 160 years.” This talk was co-authored with Claudia P. Bove of Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, C. Thomas Philbrick of Western Connecticut State University, and Brad R. Ruhfel of Eastern Kentucky University

Megan Holmes won second place in the Microbiology section for her oral presentation “Incidence of Antibiotic Resistant Genes in Well Water From Southeastern Kentucky.” Her talk was co-authored with Heath Ward of Eastern Kentucky University, Brooke Johnson of the University of Kentucky, Jason Marion of Eastern Kentucky University, and William Staddon of Eastern Kentucky University.


Graduate student

Alexi Dart-Padover won first place for oral presentations in the Botany section for his talk, “An evaluation of management strategies for Running Buffalo Clover (Trifolium stoloniferum) at the Blue Grass Army Depot, KY.” This talk was co-authored with Jennifer Koslow and David Brown, both of Eastern Kentucky University.

Published on November 20, 2014