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BSC Students, Faculty Member & Area Middle School Teacher Participate in WV-INBRE Summer Research Symposium (w/photo)

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    Monday, August 23 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu
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Pictured (left-to-right) are Dr. Tesfaye Belay (BSC Associate Professor of Biology), Ms. Addy Gwinn (science teacher at Beckley-Stratton Middle School) and BSC students Jordan Mann, Kayla Fazio, Elisha Martin, Candice Harris, and Sheila Bailey, who participated in the ninth annual WV-INBRE Summer Research Symposium at West Virginia University.

(Bluefield)—Five Bluefield State College students, a BSC faculty member, and an area middle school science teacher took part in the ninth annual West Virginia-Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) Summer Research Symposium at WVU on July 29.

BSC students Jordan Mann, Kayla Fazio, Elisha Martin, Candice Harris and Sheila Bailey, as well as Addy Gwinn (a science teacher at Beckley-Stratton Middle School) and Dr. Tesfaye Belay (BSC Associate Professor of Biology) were the participants.  The researchers were involved in two ongoing research investigations focusing on “Stress and Chlamydia Genital Infection in a Mouse Model,” and Long-term Survival of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa under Starvation in Water.”  The research was conducted in Dr. Belay’s laboratory at BSC.

“Each researcher read the scientific literature, chose a research topic, formulated hypotheses, designed and carried out experiments, and presented a poster,” Dr. Belay said.  ”The students and Ms. Gwinn have made significant contributions to advancing research in our lab.  The opportunity to become a part of the research group as a mentor was a very rewarding experience.”

One student summer research internship opportunity, fellowships to the teacher and two HSTA graduates were funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act supplement to the WV-INBRE award.  Two summer research internships were funded by NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.  “The students and teacher are very thankful for the support of WV-INBRE and the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, which created summer jobs in research training in their home institute.  “This is the largest group of students to receive summer employment through these research opportunities at BSC,” Dr. Belay said.