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Senior Science Division students present research at The James Bradford Colloquium

MEGAN DUKESenior Science Division students presented their research findings at the annual James Bradford Colloquium, held April 21 in Boyd Science Center. The colloquium is the culmination of research conducted by seniors from the division’s biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering, mathematics, computer science and psychology departments, as well as interdisciplinary programs in molecular biology, environmental science, neuroscience and conservation science.

The James Bradford Colloquium, named for one of the university’s physics faculty, is made up presentations of research conducted by seniors in the Science Division.  It is conducted in a manner similar to a scientific conference, and the time allotted to each presenter for both a presentations and a question and answer session are strictly controlled. 

The following seniors earned top honors for their presentations:

Megan Duke earned first place for her presentation, A Non-geometric Toggling Switch Game. She represented the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and her faculty advisor is Professor of Mathematics Dr. Richard Daquila.

Ryan Burke earned second place for his presentation A Population Estimation of White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus Virginianus) at The Wilds, Using the Sight Distance Method.  He represented the Department of Biology and his faculty advisor is Dr. Danny Ingold, the Homer A. Anderson Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences. 

Jonathan Ray was awarded third place for his presentation, Colorimetric and Fluorimetric Assay Methods for Quantifying AP-Sites in DNA Using a Biotin-Antibiotin Antibody-Horseradish Peroxidase Probe.  He represented the Department of Chemistry, and his faculty advisor is Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Deepa Perera. 

The following seniors also presented their findings at the colloquium:

Stephanie Metzger and Lucas Weber presented Design for Window AC Unit Using Solidworks Flow Simulation.  They represented the Department of Physics and Engineering, and their faculty advisors are Assistant Professor of Engineering Dr. Emre Selvi, Assistant Professor of Engineering Dr. Sandra Soto-Caban, Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Richard Taylor and  Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Rob Wilson.

Amanda Preslicka presented Impact of Implemented Conservation Practices on the Salt Creek Watershed.  She represented the Department of Environmental Science, and her faculty advisor is Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau. 

IN THE PHOTO: Megan Duke' 14 at the Bradford Colloquium.