Wayland students impress at state science meeting
March 18, 2015
PLAINVIEW – The School of Math and Sciences at Wayland Baptist University took 17 students to the Texas Academy of Science annual meeting held in San Antonio March 6-7 at the University of the Incarnate Word. Three Wayland students were recognized for their contributions to the conference.
Evan McElwain was recognized for having the Best Cell and Molecular Biology Oral Presentation. Kaylee Lawrence was awarded for presenting the Best Geosciences Poster, and Catherine Wiechman received the Second Place Research Grant Award worth $1,500.
TAS exists to promote scientific research among colleges and universities in Texas. Wayland was among approximately a dozen universities with more than 400 registered participants at the meeting. WBU was also one of the five schools that represented the majority of all of the presentations and posters. Wayland contributed in the categories of neuroscience, cell and molecular biology, chemistry and biochemistry, geosciences, and biomedical science.
Wayland students gave five oral presentations. In the neuroscience category, Ashley Rivera and Melissa Perez gave a presentation entitled “Social Interaction Prevents Salt Addiction in Group-Housed Animals.” Sharon Robinson, Whitney Phillips and John Mark Avila presented their research, “WBU Athletes Displayed Higher Taste Preference for Salty Foods than WBU Non-Athletes.”
McElwain, Sarah Kelly, Rivera, Jessica Kenneson and Tim McCutcheon presented their finding in the cell and molecular biology category with a presentation entitled, “Purification of Components from Inula Hilinium (Elecampane) which are Cytotocix to the 4T1 Murine Breast Cancer Cell Line.” Kenneson also presented in the chemistry and biochemistry category, looking at “Challenges in Visualizing RecA-DNA Interaction in Chemiluminescent Electrophoretic Mobility Shift Assays.”
Trudi Cooke presented her conservation research, “Using Camera Trapping Techniques to Identify the Presence of Meso-Mammals and Determine Habitat Preferences Within the Caprock Canyonlands of West Texas.”
Four Wayland posters were also presented at the meeting. Rivera, Kelly, Kenneson, McCutcheon and McElwain presented their poster, “4T1 Murine Breast Cancer Cell Cytoxins in Rumex Crispus (Yellow Dock).”
Kaylee Lawrence presented a poster, “Hydroclimatalogical and Environmental Factors Affecting Volume Fluctuation of Lake Theo, Caprock Canyons State Park, Texas.” Jake Brozek’s poster dealt with, “Episodes of Repeated Dehydration Induce Hypothalamic Gene Expression Plasticity I: Transient Receptor Potential Cation Channel (Trpv4) and Vasopressin (Avp) Transcripts.” Weichmann and Ashlynn Westerman presented additional research on the topic with, “Episodes of Repeated Dehydration Induce Hypothalamic Gene Expression Plasticity II: Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel, Rabaptin, Jun Proto-Oncogene, and Interleukin 1 Alpha.”
Other students attending the conference were: Tori Solis, Lauryn Bruggink, Justin Januta, Josh Reinhart, and Sharon Robinson.