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students participate in SoCon undergraduate research forum

JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 13, 2017) – Eleven students from East Tennessee State University were selected to participate in a Southern Conference event focusing on academic research.

The second annual SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) was held at Wofford College. In addition to the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, some of the research presented included a number of presentations from the arts and humanities. Many of the participants were seeking to hone their presentation skills for regional and national collegiate competitions, which generally occur in the spring.

“In just its second year, the SoCon event has proven to be of great value to ETSU student researchers,” noted Dr. Richard Ignace, director of undergraduate research for the Honors College at ETSU. “Not only do our students have the opportunity to share their passion for their research in a new environment amongst a diverse group of peers, but the students also learn about the range of scholarly topics being addressed at ETSU, form new friendships, and share about their hopes and plans for the future.”

Participating student researchers from ETSU include:

Brooke Beasley entered a poster presentation in the field of neuroscience titled “Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 Receptor Expression in Postmortem Brain Tissue of Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Joshua Cassels gave an oral presentation in the field of mathematics titled “Covering Arrays for Set Partitions and Weight Equivalent Words.”

Holdon Guy gave an oral presentation in health sciences and public health titled “Diffusion of 100% Tobacco Free Policies in Higher Education Institutions in Tennessee.”

Charlotte Kaestner entered a poster presentation focusing on neuroscience titled “Adenosine Agonist Treatment Reduces the Rewarding Associative Properties of Nicotine in a Rodent Model of Schizophrenia.”

Kristina Lim entered a poster presentation in the field of biology titled “Protective Anti-Inflammatory Role of Extracellular Ubiquitin in Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury.”

Iuliia Little gave an oral presentation based on her chemistry research titled “Adsorbent for Cleanup of Contaminated Water After a Nuclear Accident.”

Logan Lumpkins gave an oral presentation involving the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology titled “Lower Extremity Exercise Impacts Shoulder Pain.”

Annie Malcom gave an oral presentation in nutrition titled “Profile of Volatile Fatty Acids (VFA) in the Feces of Normal and Overweight College Students.”

Patrick South entered a poster presentation focusing on chemistry titled “Discovery of a Novel Inhibitory Polyketide Produced by Soil Bacterium Rhodococcus MTM3W5.2.”

Cheston West entered a poster presentation based on his psychology research titled “Anonymous Social Media: Yik Yak and Substance Use Among College Students.”

Lindsey Wright entered a poster presentation based on her biology research titled “Structural Ensemble of the Intrinsically Disordered N-terminal Region of Human c-Src Tyrosine Kinase.”

SURF is a byproduct of the Southern Conference Academic Exchange, an initiative started in 2014 by the 10-member institutions to work collaboratively on academic-related matters.

“SURF is a great example of how Southern Conference members can work together outside the field of athletic competition,” said John Iamarino, commissioner of the Southern Conference.

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