About The Source December 16, 2009

Student News: Students Earn Professional Society Accolades

Connie Chin, Elizabeth Sanders, and Jamie Wagner

Connie Chin, Elizabeth Sanders, and Jamie Wagner

Photo courtesy of Maureen Peters

Seniors Connie Chin, Elizabeth Sanders, and Jamie Wagner attended the 24th annual meeting of the Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) in October at Ohio State University. The three are research students of biology professor Maureen Peters. Jamie, whose second major is neuroscience, was one of eight researchers the OPS selected to give oral presentations. Her project, “Calcineurin homologous protein is required for a proton-activated muscle contraction that occurs during defecation in C. elegans,” is part of her biology honors project. Jamie won the society's Peter K. Lauf American Physiological Society Travel Award for her talk. The $1,000 travel grant will allow her to attend the American Physiological Society Experimental Biology Conference in April 2010 in Anaheim, California. Liz and Connie presented a poster, “Assaying physical interactions between sodium proton exchangers and calcineurin homologous protein in C. elegans.” 

Senior double-degree student Andrew Flachs has won the 2009 National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Student Achievement Award. His winning manuscript, “The Capabilities Approach: Navigating Cultural Politics in Human Rights Discourse,” is part of his honors project. In it, he applies philosophical approaches to human rights pioneered by Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen to an anthropological examination of the controversies surrounding veiling and other issues in an Islamic context. Andrew spent fall semester studying in the Czech Republic.

Junior Anna Frackman and sophomore Lindsay Boven, members of neuroscience faculty member Kara Kile’s lab, attended the 39th Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in October in Chicago. Their poster, “Fast Ripple Activity in a Scn2a Mutation Model of Epilepsy,” presented the results of last year’s research, in which they uncovered distinct patterns of high frequency fast ripple activity in EEG recordings associated with the start of seizure actiivty in their epilepsy model. Their results suggest that patterns of high frequency fast ripple activity might serve as a target marker for the prediction of seizures, which could then be applied to an automated, closed-loop theraputic device. Read more about the conference on the neuroscience webpage.

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