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Student Presentation Awards at the 128th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science.

Oral Presentations

Agriculture

First Place--Kyle D. MeGeary. Effects of Nitrogen and Cultivar Type on Germination and Soil Coverage in Winter Canola (Brassica napus L.) in Tennessee. Tennessee Stale University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Second Place--Winnie Mukuna. Prevalence of antimicrobial resistance Enterobacteriaceae in plant-based milk. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Third Place (tie)--Kaitlyn Courtney. Analysis of necropsy data on cattle in West Tennessee with a focus on preventable disease. The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee.

Third Place (tie)--Emily Rendlemen. Solar swarm: effect of the August 2017 solar eclipse on Apis mellifera. Austin Peay Stale University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Botany

First Place--Caleb Powell. An overview of Tennessee's herbaria, based on digitized specimens. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Second Place (tie)--John Shelton. Applications, methods, and examples of research projects using the burgeoning Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections database. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Second Place (tie)--Aran Felts. Isolation of Sweet Sorghum microspores to identify the mierosporogenesis stages towards creating double haploid plants. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Courtney Alley. Evaluating the ranks of the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council Using Herbarium Specimen Data from the Developing SERNEC Database. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention--Alaina Krakowiak. Orchard Knob: The forgotten glades of Chattanooga and an update on Clematis fremontii populations in Tennessee. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Cell and Molecular Biology

First Place--Briar Bell. Pharmacological disruption of the microtubule array to determine the role of Golginucleated microtubules in cancer cell migration. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention--Shohana Huq. Identification of motif and transcription factor binding sites in Panicum hallii by ChIP sequencing analysis. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Chemistry

First Place--Anas Hajhussen. Synthesis of unsymmetrical 1,10-bis(4-alkoxypyridinium [closo-[B.sub.10][H.sub.10]] derivatives. Middle Tennessee Slate University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Second Place--Allison Schmittou. Environmentally friendly gold nanoparticles for catalytic applications. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Anastasia Kuvayskaya. Synthesis of long-chain alkylbenzenes on heterogeneous superacidic catalyst. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Ecology and Environmental Science

First Place--Robert Ryan. Subspecies variation in song structure of Seaside Sparrow, Ammospiza maritima. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Second Place--Shawn Snyder. Detection and habitat modeling for the state threatened Western Pygmy Rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarias streckeri) in Tennessee. Tennessee Stale University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Ravneet Kaur. Incidence of pharmaceuticals in a river drained by a rural watershed. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention--Kayla Howard. Examining fish species richness and abundance in a reclaimed mountaintop removal mining watershed. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee.

Engineering & Engineering Technology

First Place--Saanyol Igbax. Automation of the biodiesel processing by using sonication and electrostatic for increasing the yield and faster glycerol separation. Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee.

Second Place (tie)--Taylor Ross. Characterization of mechanical properties and microstructure of wire+arc additively manufactured parts. Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee.

Second Place (tie)--Peyton Hunt. Characterization of mechanical properties and microstructure of wire+arc additively manufactured parts. Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Mohammad Rahman. Detection of cyber physical system attack using monitoring signal. Tennessee Stale University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention (tie)--Hannah Bums. Automation of nutrient injection system in hydroponics system. Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention (tie)--Daniel Schlenker. Automation of nutrient injection system in hydroponics system. Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee.

Geology and Geography

First Place--Rodney Blackwell. Results of microcystin toxin and nutrient analysis in the TSU wetland. Tennessee Slate University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Health and Medical Sciences

First Place--Monica Henry. Pressure-based inactivation of rifampicin-resistant Cronobacter sakazakii in infant formula. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Second Place--Abimbola Allison. Prevention of planktonic and sessile foodborne pathogens of public health concern using an emerging technology. Tennessee Stale University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Jayashan Adhikari. Inactivation of wild-type and acid-adopted Salmonella serovars and Escherichia coli O157:H7 using high pressure pasteurization. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Mathematics & Computer Science

First Place--Joseph Matthews. Doubly-inflated negative binomial regression model. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Second Place--P. M. Watkins. Numerical methods for fractional differential equations. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Scott Howard. On the evaluation of the American put Black-Scholes equation using an exponentially fitted Enright type method. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Microbiology

First Place--Dylan Shropshire. The genetic basis of bacterial-induced infertilities in insects. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Second Place--Emily Layton. Lethality induced by pathogen-blocking bacteria increases with grandmother age in Drosophila melanogaster. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Shreya Singh Hamal. Characterization of fiagellin protein of Campylobacter species using monoclonal antibodies. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Physics & Astronomy

First Place--Megan McCracken. The utilization of neural networks in solving for ionospheric fluid flow. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Science and Mathematics Teaching

First Place--Macy Osborne. Esterification and molecular modeling of cinnamic acid esters. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Second Place--Velta Napoleon-Farris. Enhancing scientific literacy with NOS cards. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Third Place--Rachel Martin. MTeach: Pathway to a successful career in chemical education. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Zoology

First Place--Joshua Hall. Embryo development and global change: how do reptile embryos respond to ecologically relevant thermal stress? Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

Second Place--Brent Newman. Impacts of prescribed fire and forest thinning on tick populations and prevalence of tick-borne diseases in a southeastern mixed pine forest. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Third Place--L. Angelica Solano. Gastrointestinal parasites of wild mammals in the Cumberland Gap Area of Tennessee. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention--Sarah Swing. A comparison of biodiversity measures of small mammals at arboreal and ground levels in edge habitat of eastern deciduous forest in western Tennessee. The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.

Poster Presentations

Agriculture

First Place--Christina Jennings. Glyphosate resistant and susceptible horseweed seed germination rate and response to herbicide rate. Tennessee State University, McMinnville, Tennessee.

Second Place--Uzoamaka Abana. The effectiveness of herbivore induced plant volatiles for monitoring field populations of Orins insidiosus and thrips in sweet pepper in Tennessee. Tennessee Slate University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Alaina Kresovic. Evaluation fertilizer type and compost rate for growth of vinca. Middle Tennessee Stale University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Tennessee State University, McMinnville, Tennessee.

Botany

First Place--Caitlin Barnes. Cloud forest epiphyte diversity, elevation and climate change. Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Second Place--Alexander Wharton. Observing Potential Synergistic and Antagonist Effects of Acid and Radiation Stress on both Invasive and Native Lonicera. Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Kayla Howard. Determining the presence of heavy metals in an intertidal grass species and seagrass species. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee.

Cellular and Molecular Biology

First Place--Justin Lawrence. Mitochondria localization during MDA-MB-231 cell migration in vitro. Austin Peay State University, Clarkesville, Tennessee.

Second Place--Dillon Nail. Effect of brown recluse spider venom on sodium channels. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Casey Kelly. The effects of talcum powder on germline morphology and apoptosis in C. elegans. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention--Jerry Reed. Fluorescent microscopy reveals apoptosis occurring in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells in response to brown recluse whole venom treatment. Austin Peay Stale University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Chemistry

First Place--Isabella Burnett. Differentiation of ignitable liquids by using Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometer (DART-MS). Middle Tennessee Stale University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Second Place--Kiran Donthula. Artificial neural network predictions of carbonyl reactivity and spectroscopic properties from a database of charge density descriptors. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Third Place--Adekunle Akinmola. Cation exchange of chalcogenide nanocrystals using non-toxic starting materials. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Ecology and Environmental Science

First Place--Caroline Wilford. The functional roles of cattle and bison grazing in North American grasslands: a meta-analysis. Caroline R. Wilford* and Jason L. Moloney, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Second Place (tie)--Bradley Nissen. Evaluating spatial ecology of Eastern Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) in Southeast Tennessee. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Second Place (tie)--Emily Nolan. Evaluating spatial ecology of Eastern Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) in Southeast Tennessee. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Third Place--Matthew Purucker. Characterizing and predicting site productivity using geocentric approach. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention (tie)--Jacob Lanning. Use of pit tags in a mark-recapture study to assess survival and growth of two endangered freshwater mussels in the Powel River, Tennessee. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention (tie)--Samantha Rodriguez. The effects of native and non-native plant species on C[O.sub.2]; soil flux levels in relation to bacterial community diversity. Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention (tie)--George Bukenya. The effects of native and non-native plant species on C[O.sub.2] soil flux levels in relation to bacterial community diversity. Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention (tie)--Paige Ulrich. The use of green roofs by avian species and their preference in green roof characteristics. Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Health and Medical Sciences

First Place--Heather Herring. Effects that sleep has on mental health in college science students. Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee.

History of Science

First Place--Hunter Hudson. Contributions of Early MTSNS Faculty in Establishing the Tennessee Academy of Science. Tennessee Stale University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Mathematics and Computer Science

First Place (tie)--Latoria Brown. Modeling the thermal transfer of sparklers using the heat equation. Austin Peay Stale University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

First Place (tie)--LuQuinion Dunn. Modeling the thermal transfer of sparklers using the heat equation. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Microbiology

First Place (tie)--Rachel Hongo. Examining the presence of antibiotic resistant Escherichia coli in Nashville, TN's Cumberland River. Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Second Place (tie)--Micah Shook. Effect of EClG-generated aerosol and conventional cigarette smoke on the planktonic growth of commensal oral bacteria. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee.

Second Place (tie)--John Nelson. Effect of ECIG-generated aerosol and conventional cigarette smoke on the planktonic growth of commensal oral bacteria. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee.

Third Place--Isria Jarett. Characterization of a novel Clostridium difficile virulence target: a structural biology approach. Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention (tie)--Abimbola Allison. High pressure pasteurization against O157 and Non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli. Tennessee Stale University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention (tie)--Devendra Bhandari. Kinetic analysis and epitope mapping of monoclonal antibodies to Salmonella typhimurium flagellin using a Surface Plasmon Resonance biosensor. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention (tie)--Siqin Liu. Prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility of pathogenic and indicator bacteria in edible offal and muscle meat retailed in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Physics and Astronomy

First Place--Jatnin Welch. Dolidze-35: A study of under-observed galactic star clusters: I. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Second Place--Margaret Seage. Thermal Stability and crystallization of Bi and P modified chalcogenide glasses. Austin Peay Slate University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Science and Math Teaching

First Place--Joseph Pelren. UT Martin greenway geological display for Earth science laboratories and public education. Weslview High School, Martin, Tennessee.

Second Place--Aleigha Carroll. Comparing undergraduate biology majors outlook on science to that of undergraduate non-majors. Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, Tennessee.

Zoology

First Place--Mariah Schlis-Elias. Island-inhabiting voles have larger skulls than their mainland relatives: indications of the Island Rule? Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Second Place--Randy Gillespie III. Differences in the number of songbirds flushed in response to calls given by bird eating and non-bird eating hawks at a feeding station in northwest Tennessee. University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee.

Third Place--Benjamin Allen. Mechanosensory sensitivity of naive hawkmoths. The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee.

Honorable Mention--Auhree Weitzel. Seasonal differences in bat species diversity and activity at the Beech Ridge Unit of the Obion River Wildlife Management Area. University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee.
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Date:Jun 1, 2019
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