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April 23, 2010

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UT Tyler Biological Honor Society Recognized at Annual Convention

(From left) Megan Padgett, Chris Timmons, Anna Lauritsen, Janet Arras and Dr. Ali Azghani.

(From left) Megan Padgett, Chris Timmons, Anna Lauritsen, Janet Arras and Dr. Ali Azghani.

The University of Texas at Tyler biology students presented undergraduate research at the 2010 Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society Southcentral Region District I and II Convention at the University of Oklahoma Biological Field Station, Dr. Ali Azghani, UT Tyler associate professor of biology, announced. 

UT Tyler’s Tri-Beta Kappa Xi Chapter placed second in the outstanding chapter competition. Sophomore Janet Arras of Longview and senior Megan Padgett of Chandler placed second and third in the poster competition, respectively.

Arras presented “Development of QRT-PCR Protocols for Rapid Xylella fastidiosa Subspecies Differentiation and Analysis.” Padgett presented “Treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infection with Liposomal Aminoglycosides.”

Arras is a student assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Blake Bextine, UT Tyler assistant professor of biology, while Padgett is from Azghani’s laboratory.

Other university students collaborating with the award-winning research projects were Lauren Thomas of Tyler, Anna Lauritsen of Kingwood and Brittany Pierce of Athens.

Also at the conference, senior Chris Timmons of Longview presented his research titled, “Age Determination of the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter by Red Wing Pigmentation.”

As chapter adviser, Azghani also attended the conference.

The purpose of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society is to serve as an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences.

Its activities are designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment and investigation in the biological sciences and to promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences, according to Azghani.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 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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