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Science Seminar Series

Spring 2016

March 18

"Development of the Thermally Tolerant Pectin Methylesterase for Innovative Applications in Biomass Processing"

Mr. Jose C. Tovar
Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. Proposal Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar

10:00 a.m., ABI 107

April 6

"Comparison of Water and Sediment Samples for Environmental DNA Detection of Rare Freshwater Fishes:  A Case Study Using the Federally Threatened Leopard Darter, Percina pantherina"

Ms. Taylor Lee
Environmental Sciences MS Proposal Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Brook Fluker

10:00 a.m., LSW 444

April 14

"Artificial Recharge of the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer:  A Water Quality Study"

Ms. Klarissa Kahill
Environmental Sciences MS Proposal Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Michele Reba

10:00 a.m., ABI 107

May 26

"Analysis of Cache River Watershed:  Possible Sources for Impairments of Dissolved Led, Copper, and Total Dissolved Solids"

Ms. Molly Kennon-Lacy
Environmental Sciences MS Thesis Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Jennifer Bouldin


8:30 a.m., ABI 107

June 9

"Assessing the Contribution of Multiple Ascorbate Pathways to Abiotic Stress Tolerance Using Phenomic Approaches"

Ms. Lucia Acosta-Gamboa
Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. Proposal Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Argelia Lorence

10:00 a.m., ABI 107

June 10

"Nutrient Reduction Design for Sustainable Municipal Wastewater Treatment"

Ms. Lisa Ellington
Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Jerry Farris

10:00 a.m., ABI 107

June 17

"Assessing Aquatic System Metabolism Response to Disturbance"

Ms. Traci C. Hudson
Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Jerry Farris

10:00 a.m., ABI 107

June 24

"Study of the Role of the Chloroplastic and Endoplasmic Reticulum Ascorbate Subcellular Pools in Plant Physiology"

Ms. Jessica Patricia Yactayo-Chang
Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Argelia Lorence

10:00 a.m., ABI 107

Sept. 16 "Phonemics and Transcriptomics Study of High Ascorbate Arabidopsis in Response to Biotic Stress"

Mr. Nirman Nepal
Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. Proposal Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Angelia Lorence

10:00 a.m., ABI 107
Sept. 16 "Habitat and Community Associations and the Population Dynamics of Gnathia marleyi, a Temporary Fish Ectoparasite"

Mr. John M. Artim
Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Paul Sikkel

10:15 a.m., Arkansas River Room, Reng Student Union
Sept. 19 "The Study of the Functions and Regulation of Mammalian CAP1 (Cyclase-Associated Protein 1)"

Ms. Haitao Zhang
Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Guolei Zhou

1:00 p.m., ABI 107
Sept. 21

"Assessing Human Harvests and Invasive Predation on Grenadine Seabird Nesting Performance"

Mr. Wayne Smart
Environmental Sciences MS Thesis Proposal Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Virginie Rolland

3:30 p.m., ABI 107

Sept. 28 "Population Dynamics of Eastern Bluebirds in Response to Climate Change at Longitudinally Contrasting Regions"

Ms. Sara Harrod
Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Proposal Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Virginie Rolland

3:30 p.m., ABI 107
Oct. 21 "Molecular Cloning and Characterization of Stilbenoid Prenyltransferases from Peanut"

Mr. Tianhong Yang
Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar

10:00 a.m., ABI 107
Oct. 24 "Artificial Recharge of the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer:  A Water Quality Study"

Ms. Klarissa Kahill
Environmental Sciences MS Thesis Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Michele Reba

10:00 a.m., ABI 107
Oct. 24

"Characterizing the Effects of Accumulated Nanoparticles on Living Organisms"

Mr. Kenton Leigh
Molecular Biosciences MS Thesis Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Jennifer Bouldin

10:30 a.m., Ecotox Facility, Room 117

Nov. 14

 "Identification of Cellulase Inhibitors and Development of an Efficient Cellulose Degradation System Using Corn-seed Produced Enzymes"

Mr. Hong Fang
Molecular Biosciences Dissertation Proposal Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Elizabeth Hood

1:00 p.m., ABI 107

Nov. 29

 "An Assessment of Non-Native Insect Species' Mechanisms of Invasion, Impact, Management, and Policy"

Ms. Ashley Schulz
Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Travis Marsico

9:30 a.m., LSE 207

Dec. 2

 "Water Quality of the Cache River, Arkansas:  Impairment and Implications for Lead (Pb) Toxicity"

Ms. Mary (Katie) Kilmer
Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Jennifer Bouldin

9:30 a.m., LSW 343

Dec. 7

" Identifying Novel Soybean Rust Resistance Genes in DH Soybean Lines"

Ms. Martina Garda
Molecular Biosciences Candidacy Exam Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Gregory Phillips

10:00 a.m., ABI 320

Dec. 8

"Production of Viral miRNA in Algae for Treatment of Channel Catfish Virus Diseased in Aquaculture Catfish"

Ms. Lana Elkins
Molecular Biosciences Candidacy Exam Defense
Arkansas State University

Mentored by:  Dr. Maureen Dolan

10:00 a.m., ABI 107