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March 25, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

HOMETOWN RELEASE: Longview Resident Representing UT Tyler Recognized at National Conference


Chris Timmons of Longview, a senior at The University of Texas at Tyler, won second place in a student poster presentation at the 2009 Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America Conference in Stillwater, Okla., Dr. Blake Bextine, UT Tyler assistant professor of biology, announced. 

He competed against other undergraduates and graduate students from universities including Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and New Mexico State University.

His project “Age Determination and the Red Pigment in the Wings of the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter” provides a method to determine the age of the glassy-winged sharpshooter insect. The insect is known to transmit the pathogen that causes Pierce’s Disease in grapevine – the single, greatest-limiting factor for the state’s grape and wine production, according to Bextine. 

A member of the UT Tyler Pre-Med/Pre-Dental Association, Timmons will graduate in May 2010 with a bachelor of science in biology. He plans to become a medical doctor.

His hobbies include hunting, fishing and mountain biking.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.                             


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