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CASNR students take high honors at graduate research poster competition

CASNR students take high honors at graduate research poster competition

Eight outstanding students from Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources were honored at the Texas Tech University Graduate School’s 16th Annual Poster Competition on Friday (Mar. 24) in the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court at the Museum of Texas Tech. The competition is seen as a professional development opportunity for students as they present their work to people who are not in their field of study.

“Students get a chance to practice being able to tell someone what they do and why it’s important,” said Mark Sheridan, dean of Tech’s Graduate School. “As you look through the research that’s being done here, you see some really innovative things. Creative things that have not been done before that are going to be solving problems, understanding issues that we need insight on, so that we can make the world a better place.”

This year the graduate school had a large response with submissions across a broad cross-section of disciplines, he said. More than 142 students presented their work to judges from Texas Tech and the Lubbock community.

Among those placing from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources were:
Agricultural Science 1: (First Place) Lindsay Kennedy, a Department of Agricultural Education and Communication doctoral student from Lubbock. “Capturing Experience: Using experiential learning to teach photography in agricultural communications”
Agricultural Science 2: (First Place) Joseph Burke, a Department of Plant and Soil Science master’s student from Bandera. “Rhizodeposits dramatically increase soil organic carbon levels in semi-arid soils”
Agricultural Science 3: (First Place); Samuel Discua, a Department of Plant and Soil Science doctoral student from Honduras. “Biodiversity and Environmental Relationships of the Apoidea on the Texas High Plains”
Agricultural Science 3: (Second Place) Niwanthi Dissanayake, a Department of Plant and Soil Science doctoral student from Sri Lanka. “New class of ionic liquids as solvents for cellulose”
Natural Science 1: (First Place) Ilan A. Arvelo Y., a Department of Animal and Food Sciences doctoral student from Punto Fijo, Venezuela. “Antimicrobial effect of copper-based surfaces on environmental foodborne pathogens associated with meat and poultry processing facilities”
Natural Science 1: (Second Place) Keelyn Hanlon, a Department of Animal and Food Sciences doctoral student from Petaluma, California. “Antimicrobial resistance patterns of Salmonella isolated from small-ruminant retail meat samples collected in the Bahamas”
Natural Science 2: (First Place) Alejandra Ramirez-Hernandez, a Department of Animal and Food Sciences doctoral student from Garzon-Huila, Colombia. “Validation of chicken skin and chicken meat coupon method to evaluate efficacy of antimicrobial interventions under simulated commercial conditions”
Natural Science 2: (Second Place) Glenna Pirner, a Department of Animal and Food Sciences doctoral student from Moundsville, West Virginia. “Rabbit Maternal Pheromone Decreases Heart Rate in Domestic Dogs during a Simulated Thunderstorm”

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Steven Fraze, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or steven.fraze@ttu.edu

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