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Students participate in Academy of Science meeting

ONU students presented their ecology research about the biology of the Mad River watershed, microbiology research on herbal ethnobotany and physiology research on positional effects of distractions on reaction time at the 122nd annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Science, held April 6, 2013, at the University of Findlay.

Podium presentations:

Chad Carroll, a senior in environmental studies from Mount Cory, Ohio, and Dawn DeColibus, a senior in biology from Strongsville, Ohio, presented “Variations in Physiochemical and Habitat Variables in the Upper Mad River Watershed. Their advisors are Drs. Leslie Riley and Robert Verb.

Alexander R. Kneubehl, a senior in molecular biology from Masury, Ohio, and Dawn DeColibus presented a study they coauthored with Bethany J. Blakely, a senior in environmental studies from Pickerington, Ohio,  “Distributions and Compositions of Benthic Algal Communities in the Upper Mad River Watershed.” Their advisor is Dr. Verb.

Kelsey "Tayla" R. Weidner, a sophomore in environmental and field biology from Piqua, Ohio,  and Jordan Bensch, a sophomore in biology from Toledo, Ohio, presented “Macroinvertebrate Community Composition Across the Upper Mad River Watershed,” a paper coauthored with Renee Chen, a sophomore in biology from Van Wert, Ohio, Gabrielle Metzner, a sophomore in environmental studies and field biology from Delphos, Ohio, and Alex Kneubehl. Their advisor is Dr. Riley.

Michael C. Taylor, a senior in biology from Pataskala, Ohio; Nanami Akiyama, a senior in environmental and field biology from Kitaku, Japan; Ray G. Foster, a junior in environmental and field biology from Fostoria, Ohio; and Amber R. Goforth, a junior in environmental and field biology from Somerset, Ohio, presented “Influence of Wood Type on Algal and Macroinvertebrate Colonization Patterns.” Their advisors are Dr. Verb and Dr. Riley.

Angela Stigliano, a senior in pharmacy from Hermitage, Pa., presented “Confirmation of the Ethnobotanical Use of Oenothera Cespitosa in Treatment of Topical Infections.” Her advisors are Drs. Vick Motz, Linda Young, David Kinder and Christopher Bowers.

Dawn T. DeColibus and Chad Carroll presented “Macroinvertebrate Community Structure in the Upper Mad River Watershed: A Test of the River Continuum Concept. Co-author was Bethany Blakely. Their advisor is Dr. Riley. 

Poster presentation:

A poster, “Positional Effects of Cell Phones on Reaction Times While Driving,” which was coauthored by Sarah A. Woelke, a 2012 graduate in psychology, sociology and criminal justice from Bowling Green, Ohio, was presented by Kelly R. Biedenharn, a senior in biology from Elida, Ohio; Jennifer D.Krivchenia, a senior in biology from Rush, Ky.; Marcus D. Lowe, a senior in biology from Lima, Ohio.

Abstracts of these presentations are published in vol. 113 no.1 of the Ohio Journal of Science, which is available online at www.ohiosci.org.