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Lenoir-Rhyne University biology majors present research, win awards
Lenoir-Rhyne University biology majors present research, win awards

Seven senior biology honor students from Lenoir-Rhyne University (LR) traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the annual conference of the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) on March 24, 2018.

Students presented their independent honors research projects in the Collegiate Academy Oral Presentations Competition at Wake Technical Community College. They have been working on these projects throughout the academic year under the guidance of LR faculty including: Robert Esch, Ph.D., Marsha Fanning, Ph.D., Daniel Grimm, Ph.D., Leslie Heffron, Ph.D., Judy Moore, Ph.D., Scott Schaefer, Ph.D., Michael Stiff, Ph.D., Shaun Williams, Ph.D., and Carly York.

LR student presenters, title of their research, and awards received include:

Sinclair Do of Denver, North Carolina, Influence of Capsaicin on the Growth of Pathogenic Organisms, first place in microbiology;

Sean Bryant of Hickory, North Carolina, Bacteria through Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, second place in microbiology;

Aubrey Hite of Pelion, South Carolina, The Effects of Clove Oil (Eugenia carophyllata) on the Growth of Antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative Bacteria, third place in microbiology;

Renelsa Blackman of Charlotte, North Carolina, The Effects of Exogenous Juvenile Hormone III on Fifth Instar Tobacco Hornworms, first place in chemistry, genomics and physiology;

Hannah Aaron of Newton, North Carolina, Confirming Monofloral Honey Composition through the Comparison of PCR, Pollen Counting, and Basic Color Identification Methods, third place in chemistry, genomics and physiology; and

Justin Ashby of Oak Ridge, North Carolina, Type 2 cGMP-dependent Protein Kinase Suppresses Tumorigenesis, second place in biotechnology and molecular biology. Ashby completed some of his research last summer at the STAR program at Augusta University in Georgia.

In addition, Laura Dytrt of Mount Airy, Maryland, presented on The Influence of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) on the Growth of Gut Bacterial Species.

"Participation in the North Carolina Academy of Science event is a long-standing tradition of the Lenoir-Rhyne School of Natural Sciences," said Marsha Fanning, Ph.D., chair of the School of Natural Sciences. "Our students are top performers who enjoy learning new techniques and have the attention to detail and persistence required for success in science. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments."

NCAS promotes public appreciation of science, science education, scientific research, and a meaningful role for science in public policy.

Editor's Note: (Pictured left to right) Aubrey Hite, Laura Dytrt, Sinclair Do, Hannah Aaron, Justin Ashby, Sean Bryant, and Renelsa Blackman.