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Catawba College Biology Students and Faculty Participate in Meetings

April 22, 2005

Category: Academics, Faculty, Staff, Students

Catawba College students and faculty attended the 66th annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) in Florence, Ala., April 13-16. Biology Professor Dr. Michael Baranski, past president of ASB, judged the Odum Prize Competition for that meeting.
Five Catawba students attended the southeastern regional meeting of the biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta, held in conjunction with the ASB event.   Senior Sean Bloom of Snellville, Ga., mentored by Dr. Baranski, presented his senior research project, “Does successional stage affect macro-invertebrate community structure in piedmont forested wetlands?”   Senior Jennifer Pickler of Liberty, mentored by Dr. Joe Poston, received a third place award in the Frank G. Brooks Competition in District I for her work “Effects of food availability on heat-shock protein levels in Carolina Chickadees, Poecile carolinensis.   Senior Ashley Wilhelm of Cleveland, mentored by Dr. Steve Coggin, won a third place award in the Frank G. Brooks competition in District I & II for her talk entitled “Social dominance and heat shock proteins: Are they related?”   Senior Elizabeth Hewitt of Hickory, also mentored by Dr. Coggin, presented her research on “Di-2-ethythexyl phthalate (DEHP) causes abnormalities in the external genitalia of Drosophila melanogaster.”   Senior Lilia Repnokova-Hale of Salisbury served as president of district I in 2004-2005 and presided at the meeting and Dr. Coggin judged posters in the John C. Johnson award competition there.

Catawba’s Tau Eta chapter of Beta Beta Beta held its spring induction ceremony Monday, April 18 in the Center for the Environment.   Guest speaker for that event was Dr. Janice Fuller, Catawba’s writer-in-residence, who made a presentation entitled “Only Connect.”   The chapter inducted seven new regular members, junior Michael Beers, senior Hollie Bruce and junior Cole Weddington, all of Salisbury; junior Faith Clapp of Whitsett; senior Heather Hawkins of Troutman; senior Ken Howe of Middletown, N.J.; and senior Kendall Prescott of Exeter, N.H.   Associate members inducted included sophomore Amanda Durham of Rockwell, junior William Harrison of Hartstown, Pa., junior Jeremia Johnson of Lakeland, Fla., sophomore Amanda Moore of Toano, Va., and sophomore Lauren Weaver of China Grove.   Graduating seniors who are members of the organization were also recognized at the meeting and presented their honor cords to wear during upcoming graduation exercises.

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