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2007 plenary speaker, Dr. Sheila David research group

2007 Berea College Research Symposium

The research symposium held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit campus is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. This has been organized by the science departments in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.
The symposium for Fall 2007 was held on Friday, October 19th starting after lunch and concluding with a plenary talk titled "Dare to Repair: from Cancer to Chemistry," by Shiela David who is a biochemist doing DNA repair work at the University of California, Davis. It is a pleasure to have Shiela here for the plenary talk because she and her father (who is a Berea College trustee) have been so generous to Berea over the years with support. The complete listing of seminars and posters is given below.
Students and faculty interested in attending or participating in the 2017 BURS should either contact Jay Baltisberger or Anes Kovacevic of the chemistry program. Alternatively a student may elect to register online via the link on the Chemistry department web server.

Population Dynamics of Varroa Mite (Acari: Varroidae) on Different Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Stocks

Spencer Gravitt, Oliver Pogue
Mentor: Sean Clark
Performed at Berea College
Varroa mites (Varroa destructor) are currently one of the greatest threats to commercial beekeeping. These ectoparasites have plagued beekeepers in the United States for two decades and are one of the possible causes being examined in the recent phenomenon of colony collapse disorder (CCD). Use of synthetic acaricides has proven to be of only limited value in the management of this pest due to the evolution of resistance in the mites. Greater emphasis is being placed on selection and breeding programs as a more durable strategy for long-term management. In this study we evaluated five genetic stocks of honey bees in central Kentucky during hive establishment by comparing colony growth and the mite population levels. The experimental treatments included four Italian stocks and one cross of Russian and New World Carniolan stocks (NWC/Russian). The Italian stocks included: 1) Italian, with no claims of special traits; 2) All Star, bred for honey production and varroa mite resistance according to the supplier; 3) a stock derived from a local survivor hive that had not been treated with acaricides since establishment in 2001 (referred to as Berea survivor stock or BSS), and 4) a stock exhibiting the SMR (suppression of mite reproduction) trait. No significant differences were found in colony growth rates, measured either as weight or area of capped brood and honey, among the five stocks. Italian and BSS stocks had the highest mite populations, while the SMR and NWC/Russian stocks had the lowest, throughout most of the 3-month study. However, a correlation was found between hive establishment date and varroa mite abundance, with higher mite levels being associated with longer periods since establishment. Although the hives were all established during a one month period this significant correlation confounds any comparisons across treatments, making any conclusions about differences among the stocks tentative. The hives will have to be monitored for a longer period to determine if the differences observed among the stocks persist.


Registration for the 103rd Kentucky Academy of Sciences Meeting should follow this link KAS Registration

The following students have registered to do presentations for 2007

Oral Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Richard Cooks, Jessica Price Design and Development of Palladium-Iron Bimetallic Electrocatalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells abstract biology
2 Enrique Garcia Defining the mechanism of EP4-mediated metastasis abstract biology
3 Elizabeth Fleming Source and Photodegredation of Dissolved Organic Matter as Factors of Fluoranthene Phototoxicity to Daphina magna abstract biology
4 Amanda Hensley Inositol Increases Feeding on Deterrent Mixtures in Larval Manduca sexta abstract biology
5 Rebecca Linville Identifying Genes that Interact with CRMP During Neurogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster abstract biology
6 Joshua Sparks Of Mice and Men - Do Arthritis Resistant Mice Provide Clues to Protection from Rheumatoid Arthritis? abstract biology
7 Rachel Saunders Role of MHC Class II on Mouse Regulatory T Cells abstract biology
8 Megan Jackson Abrogation of TGF-B signaling in mammary carcinomas recruits myeloid immune suppressor cells through CXCL5/CXCR2 chemokine axis abstract biology
9 Gloria Fritz Psychophysiological Study of Response Conflict and Error Processing Deficits in Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder abstract biology
10 Din Obadele Mandley Chemical and NMR Analysis of Soil Phosphorus Affected by Waste Overflow abstract chemistry
11 Anthony Reynolds The Synthesis of Aluminum Magnesium Layered Double Hydroxides (LDH) and Characterization of Phosphate Ion Exchange Experiments abstract chemistry
12 Diana Gudkova CLASSICAL Be STARS mathematics

Poster Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Clarissa Harris Dopamine Transporter Expression in a "Two Hit" Rat Model of Parkinsonian Syndrome abstract biology
2 Kate Johnson Inositol Increases Feeding on Deterrent Mixtures in Larval Manduca sexta abstract biology
3 Jacob Gunnell, Jessica Lanfair, Jenna Ott Metagenomic Characterization of Mirobial Communities of the Berea College Living Machine abstract biology
4 Brittni Ross, Christopher Barton, Kimberly Johnson, & Deborah Mays Identification of Genes Regulated by p63 in Human Epithelia abstract biology
5 Meiping Sun Nick-directed Loop Mismatch DNA Excision in Human Cells abstract biology
6 Dikshya Bastakoty, Aaron Fidler, Miluka Gunaratna Proterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae): Further Studies on the Strain Question at North Elkhorn Creek, Scott County, KY abstract biology
7 Tsering Dolma, Robert Twiggs, Brea Viragh Factors Affecting the Emergence, Infectivity and Subsequent Development of the Proterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae) Cercaria abstract biology
8 Spencer Gravitt, Oliver Pogue Population Dynamics of Varroa Mite (Acari: Varroidae) on Different Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Stocks abstract biology
9 Laxman Gurung Synthesis of Vinyl Fluorides from Alkyl Halides and Alcohols abstract chemistry
10 Thabiso Musapelo Homonuclear Decoupling and INADEQUATE NMR abstract chemistry
11 Marek Counts, Kayla Meadows Normal and Abnormal N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes abstract chemistry
12 Kaleigh McCoy Where Have All the Students Gone? Factors Influencing the Retention and Academic Success of Students Who Entered Berea College in the Fall of 2006 abstract other
13 Genesis Song Kinetics of the Degradation of Aspirin other
14 Kannatassen Appavoo, Robert Shelby, Simone Raoux, & Delia Milliron Effect of doping novel thin film Sb2Te phase-change material on its optical and switching time property abstract physics
15 David Gilmour, Brad Steele Producing Fullerenes Using Laser Ablation abstract physics
16 Shiblee Ratan Barua Prospects for LISA to detect the Christodoulou memory of gravitational waves abstract physics
17 Mohammed Humed Yusuf & Bryan Gover Photometry of Summer Variable Stars abstract physics
18 James Rittmann Exercise and Memory: the Immediate Effects of Exercise on Memory psychology
19 Charla Ruble The Effects of Student's Alcohol Use and Death Self-Reflection on their Perception of Risk Taking Behavior psychology
20 Tian Wei The effect of gender, condition and comparative ignorance on investment and confidence psychology