Beta Beta Beta, a Mount Saint Mary's University Biological Honor Society, hosted the Upsilon Mu Chapter Northeast District 2 Convention on Saturday, March 29th. The event was held at the Mount Saint Mary's University Continuing Studies and Conference Center in Frederick, MD. Other schools that were in attendance include: Bloomsburg University, Centenary College, Drew University, Hood College, Lincoln University, Moravian College, and The College of New Jersey.
The day began with a continental breakfast followed by Dr. Jeffrey Simmons, Dean of the SNSM, welcoming all guests and students to this event. The day was made up of students conducting oral presentations and poster presentations followed by the keynote address in the afternoon. The keynote speaker, Dr. Lisa E. Hensley, focused her speech on the concept of "one health" and how this approach can be applied to the study of such new diseases and others. She is the Associate Director of the Integrated Research Facility at the National Institutes of Health.
The following Mount students conducted presentations at this convention:
Michael Conrad - Look at that GEF go: RhoGTPase signaling in pulmonary hypertension
Dahyana Arias - Understanding the HMGB1 mediated inflammatory process in the brain
Hilary Weidner - N-cadherin expression in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension
Derek Saku - Food preference of confused flour beetles
Ashley Crosby - Generation of a recombinant adenovirus containing the RhoGDIB gene
Kathleen Callahan - Analysis of polymorpholino oligo effect on NPC1 pre-mRNA splicing
Anthony Spellman - Validation of micro RNA regulating genes
Obarikanemi Nwogu - C/EBPB and C/EBPO are downstream mediators of HMGB-1 signaling events
Dahyana Arias won first place and Ashley Crosby won third place for their oral presentations. This event was organized by the Beta Beta Beta faculty advisor, Dr. Katy Dye.