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December 2, 2016

Asbury University students earned valuable research experience at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science.

Asbury University students earned valuable research experience and demonstrated their outstanding preparation at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS), convened recently at the University of Louisville.

Students made oral and poster research presentations in Ecology and Environmental Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, Psychology, Physiology and Biochemistry.

Young Hwan Kim ’18 received the first-place award in the Physiology and Biochemistry category of the Undergraduate Research Competition. A Biochemistry and Computational Mathematics double major, Kim says presenting research at KAS was excellent preparation for his future goals.

“KAS was a great opportunity to practice and polish my presenting skills,” Kim said. “Presenting research is a very valuable skill I will need as I go on to a Ph.D. program, and this was a good chance for me to get a glimpse of what I will be doing.”

Students at Asbury enjoy personal mentorship from professors, the support of a tight-knit community and outstanding opportunities.

“Doing undergraduate research is one of the best things about the science programs at Asbury,” said Dr. Vins Sutlive, chair of the Natural Science and Allied Health Department. “The chance for students to design a project, collect and analyze data, interpret their results, and then present their findings to a wider audience is excellent preparation for a career in science.”

In addition to serving as advisors for student research, Asbury faculty also served at the KAS meeting. Dr. Bruce Branan served as secretary of the Health Sciences section and Dr. Ben Brammell chaired the poster session for Ecology and Environmental Science, with help from Dr. Malinda Stull and Dr. Bobby Baldridge, who helped judge the poster presentations for the section.

The following students (in bold) presented research at KAS:

Ashton Bain, Robert Washburn, Ben Brammell, and Malinda Stull. Sequencing cytochrome b from tissue and swab collected DNA in salamander species from Central Kentucky. Ecology and Environmental Science. 

Mary T. Eastham, Bobby Baldridge. Effect of transportation stress on whole blood gene expression of cytokines in horses. Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Christopher Pauley, Ronald Sams, Cierla McGuire, Malinda Stull and Ben Brammell. Use of eDNA to detect salmonids and amphibian species in high elevation habitats in the Sierra Nevada in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, Calif. Ecology and Environmental Science.

Rachel Winger, Janet Dean. Effects of foreign language learning on cross-cultural openness. Psychology. 

Ronald Sams, Cierla McGuire, Andrew Nesselroade, Malinda Stull, Ben Brammell. Season fluctuations in salamander eDNA in Central Kentucky streams. Ecology and Environmental Science.

Young Hwan Kim, Bruce Branan, Chang-Guo Zhan (U. of Kentucky). Development of a highly efficient nicotine-metabolizing enzyme through computational design. Physiology and Biochemistry.


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