2Faculty Awards Dr. Keith Philips, University Research Award Dr. Rodney King, OCSE Public Service AwardDr. Albert Meier, OCSE Student Advisement AwardDr. Keith Philips, OCSE Research & Creativity Award
3External Grant Recipients Sigrid JacobshagenNIH/KBRIN - $26,000.00Jarrett JohnsonKAS - $500.00Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society, $400.00KAS - $5,000.00Rodney KingSahi ShivendraNSF - $375,413.00
4Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) Award Recipients Dr. Jarrett Johnson received $5,000 from the 2012 Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) Special Research Program to investigate gene flow among populations of multiple amphibian species in the eastern foothills of the Santa Clara Valley, California. This work will identify species-specific patterns of amphibian dispersal on a single landscape and inform conservation decision-making for several amphibian species of special concern across the region.Kevin Tewell, a first-year MS student in Dr. Johnson’s lab, is a 2012 recipient of the Marcia Athey Award. He received $500 to study landscape genetics of marbled salamanders at Mammoth Cave National Park. Kevin's research has the potential to identify key differences in patterns of salamander gene flow in landscapes that are largely intact, versus landscapes that suffer from fragmentation and urbanization. Kevin also recently received $400 from the Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program to support this project.
52011 RCAP (Research & Creative Activities Program) Awards in Biology Dr. Michael Collyer ($11,000): Development of a Non-Parametric Permutation Method for Analysis of Multidimensional Trait VarianceDr. Scott Grubbs ($17,000): Food Web Dynamics in a Karst River EcosystemDr. Jarrett Johnson ($15,000): Epigenetic Control of Metamorphosis in Axolotl SalamandersDr. Nancy Rice ($8,200): Prevalence and Mechanism of Essential Hypertension in Kasigau, KenyaDr. Shivendra Sahi ($16,000): Plant-Mediated Synthesis of NanoparticlesDr. Bruce Schulte ($8,000): The Value of African Elephants in Habitat Modification, Biodiversity and Human PerceptionDr. Michael Stokes ($16,000): Ecology of a Founder Population of Reintroduced Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis)
642nd Student Research Conference Award Winners in Biology Graduate Students:Amanda Campbell, Department of Biology; Best Graduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 4 — Tracing the Evolution of Telomerase for an Ancestral Precursor to Define and Suggest Cancer Therapeutics (Dr. Chandrakanth Emani)Chandra Pranav, Department of Biology; Best Graduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 5 — Effect of Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) on Ulcerative Colitis in a Mouse Model (Dr. Nilesh Sharma)Gopinath Rajadinakaran, Department of Biology; Best Graduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 8 — Cell Proliferation and Apoptotic Pathways Regulated in Zebrafish Auditory Hair Cell Regeneration Using Next Generation Sequencing (Dr. Michael Smith)Amanda Seaton, Department of Biology; Best Graduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 1 — Defining the Essential Components of Bacteriophage HK639 Early Gene Expression (Dr. Rodney King)Undergraduate Students:Victoria Gilkison, Department of Biology; Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 1 – Stable Isotopic Analysis of the Upper Green River in Hart County, Kentucky (Dr. Albert Meier)Leah Frazier, Department of Biology; Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 2 — Stimulation of Cell Migration in Corneal Endothelial Cells (Dr. Ken Crawford)Brenna Tinsley, Department of Biology; Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 6 — The Ecological Roles of Podostemum ceratophyllum and Cladophora in the Habitat and Dietary Preferences of the Riverine Caddisfly Hydropsyche simulans (Dr. Scott Grubbs)Henry Uradu, Department of Biology; Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 15 — The Winter-Active Dung Beetle Fauna of a Costa Rican Cloud Forest (Dr. Keith Phillips)Elizabeth Gatten, Department of Biology; Best Undergraduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 6 — Isolation and Characterization of Bacteriophage Magnolia (Dr. Rodney King)Lori Lovell, Department of Biology; Best Undergraduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 7 (tie) — Land Use and E. Coli / Fecal Coliform Violations in the Upper Green Watershed (Dr. Ouida Meier)Andrea Eastes, Department of Biology; Best Undergraduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 9 — Nitric Oxide Synthase 3 Gene Regulation in Pulmonary Myofibroblasts (Dr. Nancy Rice)Charles Coomer, Department of Biology; Best Undergraduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 10 — Bacteriophage Classification Via PCR Analysis: An Alternative to Complete Genome Sequencing (Dr. Rodney King)
7BSURE Awardees for 2011 Travis Beeler, $2,500 Bethany Coffey, $2,500 James Sutton, $2,000Sean Shannon, $1000
8KAS Undergraduate Student Awards Oral PresentationsEcology and Evolution2nd- Brenna Tinsley3rd- Mary NewtonHealth Sciences3rd-Justin PilePhysiology and Biochemistry2nd-Chad WillisZoology2nd- Bethany CoffeyPostersCellular and Molecular1st - Sean ShannonChemistry1st - Nicholas Wright (Chem major) and Amar Patel (Chem major/Bio minor/PreMed)Microbiology1st - Travis Beeler and Alison Emmert
9KAS Graduate Student Awards Physiology and Biochemistry1st- Yajie Wang2nd-Gopinath RajadinakaranZoology1st-Jacob Eldridge2nd- Derek RupurtEcology and Environmental Science2nd-Jennifer YatesBotany1st- Pranav ChandraCellular and Molecular1st-Jonathan Howton
10BIOLOGY ADVISING SUPER SESSIONS (B. A. S. S BIOLOGY ADVISING SUPER SESSIONS (B.A.S.S.) BIOLOGY FRESHMEN & SOPHMORESThis guy has been advised.This guy hasn’t.Fall 2011Total Biology freshmenTotal Biology sophomoresTotal freshman and sophomoresNumber of BASS attendeesPercentage of f/s advised at BASS %How many plan to still see their advisor?What percentage found the sessions helpful? 76%Spring 2012Total Biology freshmenTotal Biology sophomoresTotal freshman and sophomoresNumber of BASS attendeesPercentage of f/s advised at BASS %How many plan to still see their advisor?What percentage found the sessions Helpful? 69%
11We had an impressive 156 Honors students during this past year!
12Ogden College Student Awards Outstanding Biology Graduate StudentJonathan HowtonDillard/Hoyt Graduate Scholarship (Awarded for excellence in graduate research)Kevin TewellOutstanding Biology Teaching AssistantDerek RupertOutstanding Biology StudentBrenna TinsleyOutstanding Biodiversity Center StudentVictoria (Torey) GilkisonOutstanding Biotechnology Center StudentJordan OlberdingLarry N. Gleason Award for Excellence* (Awarded for excellence in undergraduate research)Dr. Dan Skean Award for Outstanding Microbiology Student*Sarah SchraderL.Y. Lancaster Award* (Awarded for excellence in the study of biology)Chad Willis
13Biology Graduate Student Awards Outstanding Graduate Student:Winner: Mr. Jonathan HowtonNominated: Ms. Jennifer Yates, Mr. Gopinath Rajadinakaran, and Mr. Jacob EldridgeOutstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant:Winner: Mr. Derek RupertNominated: Ms. Cynthia Worcester, Ms. Amanda Seaton, and Mr. Gopinath Rajadinakaran
14WKU students present research during 2012 Posters-at-the-Capitol Students from WKU, seven other public universities and KCTCS participated in the 2012 Posters-at-the-Capitol event Jan. 26 in Frankfort.Posters-at-the-Capitol is intended to help members of Kentucky’s legislature and the Governor better understand the importance of involving undergraduates in research, scholarly and creative work.Andrea Esterle, a Bowling Green senior, presented “Biosynthesis of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles Using Yucca filamentosa Plant Extract” with faculty mentor Shivendra Sahi.Sherry R. Helm, an Eastview senior, presented “Analysis of RNA Mediated Antitermination in Erwinia Tasmaniensis Bacteriophage” with faculty mentor Rodney A. King.Students from WKU, seven other public universities and KCTCS participated in the 2012 Posters-at-the-Capitol event Jan. 26 in Frankfort.
1528 New Members of WKU's chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) inducted on November 14, 2011 Jasmin Boone, Hendersonville, TNZachary Claytor, LexingtonCharles Coomer, LouisvilleAddie Dodson, Bowling GreenCaylee Duncan, DixonJoseph Edwards, Grand Island, NYMary Greenwood, CovingtonMorgan Gruner, Coldwater, MICaleb Hayes, Bowling GreenMary Katherine Higginson, OwensboroJulie Taylor Johnson, RussellvillePhillip Lindsey, Bowling GreenKarinne Marcum, LondonDavid Mauser, LouisvilleKaleb Moore, Central CitySemir Mujezinovic, Bowling GreenJessica Oaks, MorgantownAllison Pare, TompkinsvilleJessica Parks, Bowling GreenLyle Parrigin, Bowling GreenDillon Pender, ElizabethtownSuzanne Scott, HendersonKristina Simpson, Bowling GreenAaron Strawn, HendersonBrock Vervilles, Bowling GreenKacy Wilson, ColumbiaMatthew Wood, MadisonvilleSpencer Wright, Liberty
162012 Residency Matches of Former Students Med SchoolResidencyBrown, Benjamin (Wes)ULAnesthesiology, Mayo (FL)Buege, Caleb ('07)Peds, ULCarraro, Stevie ('07)IM, East Carolina Univ.Daugherty, MichaelUKRadiology, USFEbelhar, AndrewOtolaryngology. UKJones, Riley ('07)Surgery, UT GalvestonMattingly, JamesonOtolaryngology, U. ColoradoMiles, Courtney ('07)Otolaryngology, Mayo (AZ)Moore, JessicaGeneral Surgery, ULPillow, ClintonAnesthesiology, MU S.CarolinaReinke, Wilson ('07)Thomas, Jonathan (Joe)Emer. Med. Mayo (MN)*A few additional highlights from this group: Jameson Mattingly won the Dean’s Award for Scholarship as UL’s top graduate.Joe Thomas has served as Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges Organization of Student Representatives, representing all medical students nationwide.Three of our former students will be doing residencies at the Mayo Clinic.
172012 Graduate/Professional School Acceptances MS Programs Jane Bartanjo – Western Kentucky University Bethany Coffey – Western Kentucky University Elizabeth Malloy – Western Kentucky University Jared Mink – Western Kentucky University Kayla Pittman – Western Kentucky University Brenna Tinsley - Missouri State University Rachel Wilson – Western Kentucky University PhD Programs Gopinath Rajadinakaran -Neuroscience PhD program at The University of Connecticut Danielle Racke -University of Virginia, PhD Program Rachel Wigginton -University of California Davis, PhD Program Stephanie Bryant -University of Kentucky MS/PhD Program Jonathan Howton – Dartmouth, Ph.D. program Heather Shockley – Montana State University, PhD program (Biochemistry) Medical Technology Chelsey Faulk – Owensboro Mercy Ashley O’Bryan –Owensboro Mercy Kristina Fraley - Vanderbilt Veterinary School Miranda Barrick (Tuskegee) Travis Beeler (Accepted to Royal Veterinary College of London, Auburn, and Tufts – Will be attending Tufts) Alison Emmert (Auburn) Jonathan Hornback (Auburn) Hillary Kerr (Tuskegee) Brittany Lenz (Tuskegee) Dental School Carly Brinson (University of Kentucky) Jessica DiLeo (University of Kentucky) Virginia Faulkner (University of Kentucky) Mark Graves (University of Louisville) Tyler Jury (University of Louisville) Mark Kuzma (University of Kentucky)Dental School con’tAshley Merritt (University of Kentucky)Lauren Wathen (University of Louisville)Joshua Whitt (University of KentuckyMedical SchoolLauren Bretz (University of Kentucky)Patrick Bryant (Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine; Pikeville)Grant Burkeen (University of Kentucky)Emily Calhoun (University of Louisville)Chris Colonna (University of Kentucky)Jonathon Craig (University of Louisville)Morgan Crigger (University of Louisville)Stephen Edds (Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine)Katie Ferry (University of Louisville)Ashton Fields (Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine; Pikeville)Sunetris Fluellen (IU)Jordan Gass (University of Louisville)Kyle Hawkins (University of Louisville)Chris Housden (Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine; Pikeville)Aric Johnson (University of Kentucky)Angela Oulay (University of Louisville)Amar Patel (University of Louisville – Deferred Admission)Khushbuben Patel (University of Louisville)Sean Shannon (University of Louisville)C.J. Simouth (University of Kentucky)Jeremy Sites (University of Kentucky)Kari Smith (Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine; Pikeville)Eric Stamper (University of Louisville)William Tucker (Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine; Pikeville)Anne Walsh (University of Louisville)Amanda Webb (University of Kentucky)Kelsey Willen (University of Louisville)Chad Willis (University of Kentucky)Optometry SchoolLee (Alex) Compton (Southern College of Optometry)