Both of these organizations are very active, bringing outside speakers to the campus, and engaging in outreach to local schools and the community. The student ACS chapter has been voted with honorable mention and commendable chapter status by the National ACS organization over the past three years.
Joshua Ennen (2003 - Biology) researched “Circadian calling dynamics of the wood frog, Rana sylvatica, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” resulting in a senior thesis on the topic. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Catherine Webb, (2003 - Biology) developed an interest in the control of growth and development of vertebrates through coursework in Developmental Biology and Animal Physiology. From this, she designed and conducted a thesis on “ The Effects of Malathion on Growth and Development of Xenopus leaves.” Currently pursuing an M.S. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Rachel Bowman (MC 2002 - Chemistry) conducted research with Dr. Kristi Kneas, culminating in a presentation at the national ACS meeting in 2002 and a publication in Journal of Microscopy.
Valerie Malyvanh (2001 - Chemistry) did senior thesis research on transferring an ion transport protein, which was presented at the Council of Undergraduate Research Meeting of Posters on Capitol Hill, Spring 2001. She also completed a summer undergraduate research project, resulting in a paper in Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
Elizabeth Hewitt (2001 - Biology) conducted research with Dr. Louis Guillette at the University of Florida on physiological changes in alligators induced by environmental toxins. The results of this research were published in Chemosphere.
Name: Ben Taylor
Hometown: Maryville, TN
Major: Biology; Minor: Chemistry
"My study, 'Basic Habitat Analysis of the Tellico Salamander, Plethodon aureolus,' builds on the discovery of a new species of salamander endemic to the Cherokee National Forest. Very little is known about it, and because of its low population numbers, it's at high risk for extinction. The goal of my study is to describe its habitat needs so that the Cherokee National Forest can make sure those requirements are met. Next semester, I'll be taking quite a few trips there. In fact, I'll be in the National Forest most weekends!"
Photo: Ben Taylor found himself deep in the rainforest of Ecuador during a summer research trip to study poison dart frogs. Are those poison dart frogs on his glasses? You bet.