Rhodes Students Participate in Tennessee Academy of Science Conference


Publication Date: 4/17/2009

Cassie Burton ′10 working at the early registration desk

Rhodes students recently participated in the Tennessee Academy of Science (Collegiate Division) Western Regional Meeting hosted on campus.  There were 35 presentations by undergraduates from West Tennessee, and several Rhodes students were recognized with awards for their talks and posters.  Dr. David Kesler, Professor of Biology at Rhodes, organized the conference.

The students who presented were Stephanie Cassel ’10, Jenkin Chan ’11, Jacqueline Gentry ’09, Chassidy Groover ’10, Amanda Hoeffken ’10, Laura R. Johnson ’10, and Jennifer Lambeth ’09.
Cassel, a biology major and biodiversity fellowship intern at the Memphis Zoo, was awarded first place for her oral presentation during Session 2.  Cassel discussed a research project she has worked on with, Drs. Andy Kouba and Jon Davis of  the Zoo′s conservation and research department team. Her talk was titled “Assessing Amphibian Marking Techniques in Recent Toad Metamorphs:  Reliability, Effects on Survivorship and Physiology, and Conservation Implications.”

Hoeffken, a chemistry major, won second place for her oral presentation during Session 1.  She delivered a talk titled “Obesity Among Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors.”

Johnson and Groover won second place for their oral presentation during Session 3.  Johnson, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, and Groover, a chemistry major, presented on “GDP-mannose Transporters in the Filamentous Fungus Aspergillus nidulans.”

Lambeth, a biology major, won second place for her poster presentation, “Changes in Soil Characteristics by English Ivy (Hedera helix) in Overton Park.” 
Rhodes faculty members moderated the conference’s three sessions.   Judges for the awards consisted of scientists and researchers from The University of Memphis, Rhodes, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  In addition, Dr. Laura Luque de Johnson, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Rhodes, delivered the keynote address titled “Traveling Germs: Infectious Diseases in an Era of Globalization.”