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Southwestern Oklahoma State University biology students win regional honor

Biology students who attend SWOSU won regional honors at a biology convention.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 30, 2014

Seven Southwestern Oklahoma State University biology students won regional honors at the 2014 South Central Regional Convention of Beta Beta Beta, a national biological honor society.

Twenty-two universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas sent students to the convention held at Lake Texoma.

Timothy Stein, of Enid, won first place for outstanding oral presentation. Lauren Blatzheim, of Norman, and Abby McKisson, of Edmond, won first place for outstanding poster presentation, and Ashley Rodriguez, of Clinton, won first place in the outstanding graduate student competition.

Nile McCullough, of Oklahoma City, won second place for outstanding poster presentation; Jamin Brown, of Woodward; won third place in outstanding oral presentation; and Mason Howe, of Okeene, won third place for outstanding poster presentation.

Stein’s presentation was “Correlating VSM-1 Expression with Muscle Physiology.” His mentor was associate professor Andrea Holgado.

Blatzheim’s presentation was “Integrative Biological Effects of the Neonicotinoid Pesticide Thiamethoxam in Honey Bees.” Blatzheim’s research was conducted in Turkey with funding from the National Science Foundation. Her mentor was assistant professor Victor Gonzalez.

McKisson’s presentation was “The Effect of Long-Term Diet-Induced Hyperglycemia and Hyperlipidemia on Oxidative Balance in Mouse Heart.” McKisson’s research was conducted at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Her mentor was OSU associate professor Pamela Lloyd.

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