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BSC Students and Faculty Member Take Part in Two National Biomedical Research Conferences

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    Monday, December 19 2011
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Bluefield State College students Teona Music and Michael Bowling, along with Dr. Tesfaye Belay, BSC Associate Professor of Biology, recently represented the College at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in St. Louis, MO. ABRCMS is the largest multidisciplinary student conference in the United States, attracting approximately 3000 individuals from more than 285 universities and government agencies consisting of undergraduates, graduate/postdoctoral students, faculty, and administrators do participate in the conference.

The biomedical researches of the Bluefield State College students were featured during the poster sessions at the conference. "At the meeting, the students exchanged information with other microbiologists and gained insight across a variety of scientific disciplines," noted Dr. Belay. "Our students were able to speak to representatives from graduate and medical school programs at US colleges and universities about graduate and professional school opportunities. This marks the fifth consecutive year in which BSC and students and faculty member to participate in the ABRCMS meetings."

Dr. Belay has served as an abstract reviewer/onsite poster presentation judge and moderator of oral presentations. Those responsibilities gave him an opportunity to interact with outstanding undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students as they pursue their passion for the sciences.

Dr. Belay also represented the College at the 2011 American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB) conference held in San Jose, CA. He presented a summary of his NASA-related biomedical research findings at the conference.

"The students and the School of Arts and Sciences at Bluefield State College are most appreciative to WV-INBRE, WV Space Grant Consortium /NASA WV EPSCoR and McNair Scholars Program of Concord University, for financial support and for making it possible to attend the conferences," Belay added. BSC student Teona Music is a McNair Scholar and won a partial travel award from Concord University. For Dr. Belay, travel awards were provided by the WV Space Grant Consortium /NASA WVEPSCoR and WV-INBRE.

The research works are being supported by grants awarded to Dr. Belay by the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) and WV Space Grant Consortium /NASA WVEPSCoR.