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June 24, 2010

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The University of Texas at Tyler

HOMETOWN RELEASE: Marshall Resident's UT Tyler Research to be Published

Dawn Byars of Marshall, an alumna from The University of Texas at Tyler, will have her graduate research published in two national journals.

“The role of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in growth and reproduction in female brown house snakes (Lamprophis fuliginosus)” is in press for the scientific journal, General and Comparative Endocrinology.  

The second paper titled, “Influences of diet and family on age of maturation in Brown House snakes, Lamprophis fuliginosus,” has been accepted by the journal, Herpetologica

Dr. Neil Ford, UT Tyler professor of biology and Byars’s master program adviser, served as one of three co-authors on both papers.

Her research was sponsored by an award from the National Science Foundation.

A 2007 graduate, Byars holds a master of science degree in biology. She has been accepted into a Ph.D. program at the University of Calgary in Canada.

The UT Tyler biology program offers students an opportunity to gain an appreciation of the biological world, to develop an inquisitive nature, to think scientifically, to prepare for entry into one of the medical professions, to train as a prospective teacher and to prepare for advanced study.

The biology curriculum is designed to accomplish the above objectives through contact with specific biological content, exposure to laboratory experiences and encouragement of the creative process and independent research.

For more information, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/biology/.

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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