Release date: Jan. 31, 2007 Editorial contact: Randy Weiler, 615-898-2919
Event contact: Dr. Tom Cheatham, 615-898-2613
MTSU, TBR SCHOOLS’ STUDENT RESEARCHERS WILL PRESENT
POSTERS AT STATE CAPITOL FEB. 7 IN NASHVILLE
(MURFREESBORO) — Six MTSU students will be among 36 statewide participating in the second Posters at the State Capitol, which will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Nashville, said Dr. Tom Cheatham, dean of the MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences and event coordinator.
“I think it will be a great day,” Cheatham said of the posters event. “The first year (2006) was tremendous. The students had a terrific time. They left the capitol with a real sense of helping the universities spread the word about research. I think the legislature will be more comfortable with our students being there this year.”
The students will try to meet individually with their local legislators, have lunch with various legislators, have the poster session and also pose for a photo with Gov. Phil Bredesen, Cheatham said.
MTSU’s student presenters will include:
• Collin Davey, a senior English major from Murfreesboro, whose poster will be titled “Morphology, Matiere & Marie.” His faculty mentor is Monica Wright;
• Lacey Fleming, a senior anthropology major from Nashville, whose poster will be titled “The Role of the Domesticated Dog in Prehistoric Middle Tennessee.” Her mentor is Tanya M. Peres;
• Brandy Dacus, a senior anthropology major from Nashville, whose poster will be titled “Lithic Analysis from Castalian Springs Mound Site.” Her mentor is Shannon Hodge;
• Teri Proctor, a senior psychology major from Murfreesboro, whose poster will be titled “College Adjustment & Retention in First Semester Traditional Students.” Her mentor is Michelle Boyer-Pennington;
• Adam Shulman, a senior physics major from Shelbyville, whose poster will be titled “Stretching of an Equine Red Blood Cell Using Optical Tweezers.” His mentor is Daniel Erenso;
• And Richard Sharpe, a December 2006 graduate who majored in biology and graduate student concentrating in genetics and biotechnology from Antioch, whose poster will be titled “Preparatory Steps for Daucus carota Transformation with an O-Antigen Gene from Shigella sonnei for Possible Vaccine Use.” His mentor is Bruce Cahoon.
McNair Scholars Program Director Diane Miller is coordinating MTSU’s student presenters, Cheatham said.