28 Biology Students and Faculty Represent CSU at Regional Meeting

Biology Bus

Nineteen students and nine faculty members from Columbus State University’s Department of Biology were bused to the most recent meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologist in Concord, NC, where they won a host of awards and honors, including:

-- Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Mu Omicron Chapter - Most delegates at meeting
-- Michael Rohly - Elected District II president, BBB Mu Omicron Chapter
-- Rachael Pearson - Elected District II vice president, BBB Mu Omicron Chapter
-- Jacob Dirkman - 2nd place for talk, “Estrogen’s Effects on the Viability of Astrocyte Cells Exposed to Oxidative Stress”
-- Micah Staples - Honorable mention for poster, “Screening for Pathogenic Escherichia coli in the Chattahoochee River, Columbus, GA”
-- Julie Ballenger, professor and chair of CSU’s biology department - named outstanding advisor of the year, elected vice president for Southeast Region, BBB, National Biological Honor Society