WEATHERFORD — 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.
Rodriguez’s presentation was “Analysis of Differential Gene Expression Profiles in C. elegans Knockouts for the v-SNARE Master Protein.” Her mentor was Holgado.
Brown’s presentation was “Targeting Mitotic Machinery for Therapeutic Cancer Treatment.” His mentor was Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Dean Dawson.
Howe’s presentation was “Generating Caenorhabditis elegans UNC-33 Antigens to be Used for the Synthesis of Polyclonal Antibodies.” His mentor was also Holgado.
McCullough’s presentation was “Angiotensin II increases TRPV4 localization to plasma membrane in hypothalamic neuronal cell line 4B: implications for water and electrolyte homeostasis.” McCullough’s research was conducted at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. His mentor was Thomas Cunningham.
Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Delta Sigma chapter was awarded Outstanding Chapter for District 1 of the South Central Region, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
The chapter was founded in 1952 and is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological studies.