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Four students win awards at West Virginia Academy of Science

ISSUED: 4 April 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Four Shepherd University students brought home awards from the 94th annual meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science that took place March 30 in Wheeling.

Aaron Robinson, Martinsburg, won best oral presentation in a session on botany for his work titled “The Effects of Roundup and its Chemical Constituents on Learning and Long-Term Memory Consolidation in Lymnaea palustris.” Benjamin Lanham, Martinsburg, won best oral presentation in a session on microbiology for his work titled “Expression and purification of AtRALF1 from Escherichia coli.” Anthony Ratledge, Grand Haven, Michigan, won best oral presentation in a session on computer science and engineering for his work titled “Biologically Inspired Optimization Solutions for Homeostatic Maintenance.” Emily Foote, Shenandoah Junction, won best poster presentation in poster session II for her work titled “Migrating Data from Excel to the Web Using a LAMP Stack.”

There was a total of nine oral sessions, with one winner chosen from each session. Two poster sessions took place and a winner was chosen from each of those. Dr. Carol Plautz, professor of biology, said because the awards were given based on the sessions, Shepherd students were competing with graduate students. Plautz said Shepherd’s College of Natural Science and Mathematics had a strong showing, with 30 students and faculty attending.

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