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Biology and Biochemistry Students Receive Awards at CPUB Conference

Posted on 4/17/2017 8:57:26 AM

Five students from the Department of Biology and two from the Biochemistry program earned presentation awards at the 48th annual meeting of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists, held April 7–8, 2017, at Kutztown University.

CPUB provides support for teaching and research activities in biological sciences to the 14 Pennsylvania State System universities. The support includes student grants, workshops, and an annual conference to provide students with opportunities to present their research. 

The students and their mentors include (winners are in bold):

Undergraduate oral presentation (Cell + Molecular)

Second place

Michael Belko, Elizabeth Stackhouse, and Professor Cuong Diep

“Using CRISPR-Cas9 to create a yeast strain for genetic screens”

Graduate oral presentation

First place

Gina Vaira and Professor Paul Nealen

“The Forgotten Ape: Exploring the Cognitive Abilities of Symphalangus syndactylus”

Undergraduate poster presentation (Cell + Molecular)

Second place

Christina Maziarz, Josh Shaffer, and Professor Daniel Widzowski

“H2 antagonist ranitidine at clinical dose has no effect on body weight or abdominal fat accumulation in female mice”

Undergraduate poster presentation (Ecology, Evolution, Organismal)

Second place

Eli Beal and Professor David Janetski

“Competition among riverine sport fish inferred from gut content analysis”

Graduate poster presentation

First place

Erich Hofmann and Professor Josiah Townsend

“Cryptic diversity and phenotypic stasis in a complex of highland anoles (Dactyloidae: Norops crassulus subgroup)”

Second place

Kusuma Anand and Professor Paul Nealen

“The Importance of Gender and Reward Contingencies in Auditory Discrimination Tasks for the Zebra Finch”