Published: April 27, 2011
Curious about the fish in Plant Park’s steam? Lyndi Jordan ’12 has the answer.
How about the variation in eye color in Puerto Rican Paso Fino horses? Just ask Elizabeth Kowalski ’11.
UT students are two of six presenting their research in the annual
Department of Biology’s Spring Student Research Symposium on Friday,
April 29, from 3-5 p.m. in Cass Building, room 200.
is to highlight the scholarly achievements of students and give them an
opportunity to work on public speaking and communication skills, said
Dan Huber, assistant professor of biology.
students get a feel for what it is like to conduct the entire scientific
process including conception, execution and presentation of the
project, as well as the opportunity to be leaders among their peers,”
Kowalski is a recipient of the department’s summer
research fellowship, which includes a $3,000 stipend for two months of
full-time work on an independent research project supervised by a UT
faculty member. She’ll continue her research on the eye color of horses.
Leif Benner ’12, who researched transgenic mouse model
characterization for Alzheimer's disease, recently won first prize in a
student presentation contest, the third annual Neuroscience Research
Day, at Tampa General Hospital. He received one of two awards for top
poster in the basic neuroscience research category.
“It was quite
an experience for me in the respect that I have been working at the
Byrd Alzheimer's Institute’s lab at USF since December, and this was my
first poster presentation,” said Benner, a psychology major.
Huber said experiences like Benner’s will be showcased at the symposium, hopefully inspiring other students.
in the audience will be made aware of the research opportunities
available to them and hopefully do some personal goal-setting in order
to put themselves in a position to be a part of the symposium in a
future year,” Huber added.
Participants in the symposium, their presentation times and their faculty partners are as follows:
- Elizabeth Kowalski, 3 p.m., Investigation of HERC2 and OCA2 for the
cause of iris color variation in Puerto Rican Paso Fino horses, working
with Rebecca Bellone
- Leif Benner, 3:25 p.m., Transgenic mouse model characterization for
Alzheimer's disease, working with Scott Husband, James Woodson and
- Lyndi Jordan, 3:50 p.m., Fishes of Plant Park stream, working with Ray Schlueter
- Bethaney Cahill ’11, 4:05 p.m., Antibiotic resistance identified in
medically important bacteria isolated from non-potable water sources,
working with Ann Williams
- Bert Anderson ’12, 4:30 p.m., The molecular machines that shape DNA
during replication, working with Steve Kucera and Susan Hallman
- Stephen Shinsky ’11, 4:55 p.m., Molecular and cellular roles for
auxin mediated plant growth and development, working with Eric Sikorski