Jewell biology students shine at district conference

William Jewell College biology students took home many of the top honors at a district conference hosted by the college earlier this month.

The Jewell chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Biological Honor Society, hosted the 2016 North Central 2 District Conference on April 8-10. Seven schools had student presenters, including seven students from Jewell who presented their research. Three Jewell students took top honors.

Emily Daniel, senior biochemistry major, won the Frank G. Brooks Award for the best oral presentation for her talk “Investigation of lithium’s neuroprotective role in Alzheimer’s disease using PC12 pheocromocytoma cells.”

Megan Myers, senior biology major, won the John C. Johnson Award for the best poster in the biomedical/cellular/biochemistry category for her research “Impact of palmitic acid and α-linolenic acid on the β-catenin pathway with inhibition of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) in HCT116 colon cancer cells.”

With their first-place awards, Daniel and Myers will receive travel grants to attend the National TriBeta Conference this summer in St. Paul, Minn.

Finally, Lauren Grubb, senior biology major, took home third place in the oral presentation category for her talk “Comparative analysis of the current and historical geographical distribution of Drosophilidae across a latitudinal gradient.”


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