Eight biology majors will present research papers with their faculty mentors at the 88th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science March 30-April 1 at Cedar Crest College.
Amanda Balaban ’12 (Bethesda, Md.) will present with Bernard Fried, Kreider Professor Emeritus of Biology, on Echinostoma caproni, parasitic flatworms that can invade humans, domestic animals, and wildlife.
Alicia Bartley ’12 (Paterson, N.J.) and Christine Vrakas ’13 (Hillsborough, N.J.) worked with Robert Kurt, associate professor of biology, on separate projects focusing on cancerous breast tumors in mice.
Carolyn Cabrey ’12 (North Wales, Pa.) will present on harmful algal blooms in Raritan Bay, N.J., with Megan Rothenberger, assistant professor of biology.
Jason Ewer ’13 (Kingston, Jamaica) worked with Manuel Ospina-Giraldo, assistant professor of biology, on Phytophthora infestans, the organism that caused the Irish Potato Famine.
Shane Foye ’12 (Westernville, N.Y.) will present with Rothenberger on the impact of beetles on purple loosestrife within Jacobsburg State Park.
Lauren Hinkel ’14 (Doylestown, Pa.) and Hannah Komar ’13 (Danville, Pa.) worked on research on phytophthora sojae, a plant pathogen that can damage soybean crops, with Ospina-Giraldo.