Faculty of Science

Western wins big at the 2013 Ontario Biology Day Conference

Team Western

Team Western at the 26th Ontario Biology Day

The 26th Ontario Biology Day conference was held at McMaster University on March 16 -17, 2013. This annual event  has been hosted by one of a dozen Ontario universities each year since its inaugural meeting in 1988.  Here, undergraduate biology students have the opportunity to present their findings to their peers from across the province.

This year Western students did very well.  Honorable Mention is the top award for each category of posters or talks (Cell & Molecular Biology, Ecology & Evolution, Environment, Genetics, Human Health, and Physiology), and there is one overall award given for Best Poster and Best Talk.   Out of the fourteen awards presented, Western students came home with five.

The recipients are:

Cindy Kim (Honorable Mention for Best Poster in Human Health): Frequency And Origin Of The HARS Y454S Mutation Of Amish and Non-Amish Populations And Its Effect On Total Protein Synthesis
C. Kim, Department of Biology, Western University; J. Rip, Department of Biochemistry, Western University; S. Singh, Department of Genetics, Western University; T. Rupar, Department of Biochemistry and Pediatrics, Western University.

Trish Tully (Honorable Mention for Best talk in Cell & Molecular Biology): Expression of Fatty Acid ω-Hydroxylases (GmFAωH) Genes in Soybean (Glycine max) Roots
T.L.A. Tully, Department of Biology, Western University; J. Koteles, Department of Biology, Western University; P. Sharma, Department of Biology, Western University; M.A. Bernards, Department of Biology, Western University

Scott McCain (Honorable Mention for Best talk in Environment): Using Optical Signatures of the Toxic Alga Heterosigma akashiwo to Delineate Cellular Physiological States
J.S.P. McCain, Department of Biology, Western University; C.G. Trick, Department of Biology, Western University

David Scaduto (Honorable Mention for Best talk in Genetics): A Test for Genetic Influences on Caste Differentiation in the Eastern Subterranean Termite
D.A. Scaduto and G.J. Thompson, Department of Biology, Western University

Sara Handrigan (Honorable Mention for Best talk in Physiology): Evaluation of Range Expansion of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) Re-introduced in Southwestern Ontario
S.A. Handrigan, Department of Biology, Western University; M.L. Schummer, Long Point Waterfowl; S.A. Petrie, Department of Biology, Western University, and Long Point Waterfow