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April 3, 2009

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UT Tyler Post Graduate Researcher in Biology Wins National Award


Danielle Tufts of Tyler, a 2008 graduate of The University of Texas at Tyler, won the Student and Young Professional Participation Award through the Entomological Society of America for her past involvement in the national society, Dr. Alisa White, College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.

“By presenting her research and conducting herself in a professional manner, she exemplifies what we expect from our students in the UT Tyler Department of Biology,” said Dr. Blake Bextine, UT Tyler assistant professor of biology.

Tufts attended the 2007 and 2008 Regional Entomological Society of America meetings. In 2007, she won first prize for her poster presentation “Differentiation of Monogyne and Polygyne Red Imports Fire Ant Colonies Using SYBR Green-based QRT-PCR.” Last year, Danielle won second prize for her oral presentation “Discovery of a Genetically-Different Form of the Solenopsis invicta virus (SINV-1) in East Texas.”  

A Sacramento, Calif. native, Tufts holds a bachelor of science in biology from the University of California in Davis and a master of science in biology from UT Tyler.

She currently serves as a post graduate researcher in Bextine’s laboratory and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biology.

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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