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May 2007

     
Academic Roundup
     
 

Biology and Psychology Students Achieve
Early Research Successes


Big Winners at Texas Academy of Science

On March 2, Biology students Brianna Murphy, ’07, and Molly Brown, ’07, received awards for their research presentations at the annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, which was held at Baylor University. Their winning presentations were related to research involving the C. elegans — an unsegmented worm that is also the first animal whose genome was completely sequenced. They used C.elegans as a model organism to study learning.

  • Murphy presented “Age-Related Deficits in Learning: A Study in C. elegans showing the ability of the Anti-Oxidant Alpha-Lipoic-Acid to Restore Learning Ability in Older Organisms.”
  • Brown delivered “A Study in C. elegans: The Involvement of Serotonin and Octopamine in the Neural Modulation of Thermotaxis."

Fidelma O’Leary, associate professor of Biology, guided both students in their research.

 

Psychology Students Earn Awards from the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Three research awards were presented to students this spring by the university’s School of Behavioral and Social Sciences. In its first year, the awards program was created to recognize students conducting research that adds to the overall body of academic knowledge within their disciplines.

 

David Hill, ’07, won for “Social Support as a Predictor of Academic Persistence among Hispanics,” while Debra Hines, ’07, was recognized for “Paced Mating Behavior of the Female Rodent Concerning Yohimbine and Amphetamines.” The final award was given to Julie Smith, ’07, for “Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Yohimbine and Paced Mating.”

 

All three Psychology majors were accepted to present their findings at the Southwestern Psychological Association conference in Fort Worth, Texas, in April. In support of Smith's project, Austin-based Perceptive Sciences, a top market research firm, sponsored her attendance at the conference.

 

 

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