CSU–Pueblo biology students excel at Tri-Beta regional convention

Five biology students from Colorado State University - Pueblo returned from the Tri-Beta regional conference at Western State in Gunnison last weekend with a variety of awards for research projects they have been conducting with faculty members. Tri-Beta is an honor society for biology majors.

CSU-Pueblo students won two first place prizes, (oral presentation and poster), and a second place prize for another oral presentation. Participating schools included University of Northern Colorado, Air Force Academy, Mesa State, Adams State, CU-Boulder, and Trinidad State.

The names of the students, hometowns, their mentors, titles of their presentations, and the award won are listed below.

Kristi J. Blasingame, Pueblo, Dr. Sandra Bonetti, Isolation of Cellulase Enzymes from Penicillium spinulosum. First Place, Poster, Molecular and Cellular section.

Daniela Monique Chavez Boyer, Dr. Janna McLean, Segregation Distortion in Drosophila melanogaster, Quantifying the Presence or Absence of Protamine in Spermatids.
First Place, oral presentation, Molecular Section.

Dave Unis, Pueblo, Dr. Cassandra Osborne and Dr. Moussa Diawara, Arsenite Exposure Compromises Early Embryonic Development in the Golden Hamster.
Second Place, oral presentation, Cellular and Organismal section.

Other CSU-Pueblo students participating in the Tri-Beta convention included:
Victoria Jones, Pueblo, Dr. Brian Vanden Heuvel and Dr. Moussa Diawara, Determination and Identification of the Microbial Community in Heavy Metal Soils in Pueblo, CO.

Rosemary Townsend, Pueblo, Dr. Brian Vanden Heuvel, rDNA Analysis of Lungworms in Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, CO.

Several other students performed research and prepared posters, but were unable to attend the meeting. The names of the students, their mentors, the titles of their presentations are:

Brooke DeWeese, Pueblo, and Sage Ayler, Pueblo, Dr. Jack Seilheimer, Phytoplankton and Zooplankton of the Pueblo Reservoir; Kevin D. Marquez, Pueblo, Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, Penn State U., Influenza Induced GCF2: Protein Interactions.

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