Dr. Ryburn, Professor of Biology, will join Janelle Warlick, Director of Communications and Outreach for the Petree College of Arts and Sciences, at Mustang high school this week to talk about careers in science to two classes. Also, Dr. Laurie Kauffman, Associate Professor of Biology, will be at a college fair at Dove Science Academy with our alumna and OCU Admissions Counselor, Alley Agee this week. We have really great and caring faculty and staff that are eager to talk with prospective students!
Dr. Kauffman of Biology and a few students went to an annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Student, Tayler Galey, presented a poster entitled "Activity budget, habitat use and diet of squirrel monkeys (Saimiri oerstedii) in Southern Costa Rica", and students Lillie Pennington and Erin McCoy presented a poster entitled "Orangutans: a study of activity and play". Dr. Kauffman presented a poster entitled "Evidence of behavioral plasticity in genus Saimiri via interactions with humans in Suriname and Costa Rica". The conference took place in Calgary.
Cell and molecular biology major Christina Hansen has been accepted to participate in a summer research internship at Harvard Medical School.
Hansen, a National Merit Scholar who graduated from Edmond Memorial High School, will be conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Harrison, a renowned Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. Hansen's research project will be studying how proteins interact to form structures in the cells.
She is a member of the OCU Honors Program, president of the Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Biological Honor Society and earned the John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research at the 2013 Tri-Beta South Central Regional Convention. Hansen is also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Blue Key Honor Society, Gamma Phi Beta sorority and is a coxswain for the Stars women's rowing team.
Hansen has previous lab research experience including participating as a Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Dr. Dean Dawson's cell cycle and cancer biology lab, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Dr. William Hildebrand's microbiology and immunology lab.
"Ecology of Greater Yellowstone" will be offered during Maymester 2014. Spend a week exploring and receive lab science credit. Email Dr. Tony Stancampiano at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Tri Beta, along with Alpha Chi honor society, will host Earth Day 2014 on Tuesday, April 22 on the OCU campus. This year's activity if focused on water. More information soon.
Seven OCU students were awarded competitive fellowships to perform undergraduate research in biology or biomedical science this summer. The students and their research sites are:
- Brandon Burkett, University of Oklahoma Stephenson Cancer Center
- Cameron Calloway, Brandeis University
- Rileigh Darby-McClure, Stonybrook University
- Sophia Hackney, OCU’s CAIRS/UR Program
- Christina Hansen, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
- Anna Stovall, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
- Lillie Pennington, Boston University
Science majors Angelina Stancampiano, Raechel Brown, Rileigh Darby-McClure, Brandon Burkett, and Christina Hansen recently attended the Tri-Beta Southcentral Regional Convention at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS) located at Lake Texoma. Additionally Hansen won the John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research with her presentation titled “Kinetochore Construction On Meiotic Chromosomes” and was elected to serve of the Southcentral Regional Secretary for the organization.