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BHSU holds ninth annual Black Hills Research Symposium

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Dr. Ben Perryman, Director of Sanford Research/USD, speaks to members of the BHSU community on biomedical research at the ninth annual Black Hills Research Symposium.

The ninth annual Black Hills Research Symposium was held recently on the BHSU campus.

The symposium is a conference to showcase undergraduate research activity at BHSU in a variety of topics from several academic areas. This year the symposium featured 17 students who presented poster sessions and 13 students who offered oral presentations.

Dr. Ben Perryman, director of Sanford Research/University of South Dakota, also spoke at the conference on biomedical research. Perryman is involved in many research projects. His research interests include studying the function of myotonic dystrophy protein kinase which regulates mitosis and cytokinesis and searching for the defective gene that causes hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that interferes with normal heart development. He has served on numerous grant review committees for the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health and currently holds three patents.

The student poster session and oral presentations were judged and cash prizes were given to the top four presentations. The winners of this year’s presentations were:

First place poster: Jess Moser, freshman pre-optometry major from Gregory 

    Faculty mentor - Garth M. Spellman

    Title: Phylogeography of the Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)

Second place poster: Krista B. Highland, senior biology major from Rapid City

    Faculty mentor - Scott Stoltenberg

    Title: The Influence of Legal Age Status on Gambling and Drinking Problems

     in College Students

Third place poster: Melissa Lehman, junior psychology major from Rapid City

     Faculty mentor - Scott Stoltenberg

     Title: Gender Moderates Associations Between Impulsivity

      and Neurotransmitter Genes

Oral Presentation: Anne Dickman, senior business administration major from Le Mars, Iowa; Tami Blewett, junior business administration major from Rapid City; and Hayley Jones, junior business administration major from Mitchell

     Faculty mentor - Annette Ryerson

     Title: Matthews Opera House

highland_krista_0317_web.jpg BHSU student, Krista Highland, senior biology major from Rapid City, received second place for her poster presentation, titled “The Influence of Legal Age Status on Gambling and Drinking Problems in College Students,” at the ninth annual Black Hills Research Symposium.

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