Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 01 May 2012 15:26
The senior science majors at Tabor College presented research they performed during the past few years April 26 in the S.L. Loewen Natural Science Center.
All science major are required to perform a research project and present their work before they graduate. The students have been involved in projects including the areas of animal biology, ecology, microbiology, analytical chemistry, physical therapy and public health.
Corissa Bartel, biology major from Hillsboro, presented on the antibacterial properties of saliva in sloths based on research she performed in Costa Rica at a sloth sanctuary.
Noah Collins, biochemistry major from Denver, Colo., compared the effects of temperature on the metabolism of two rodent species.
Benjamin Heyen, biochemistry major from Hillsboro, presented his work on flu vaccination rates in a rural community as part of the requirements as a Rural Health Scholar for the University of Kansas Medical School.
Cortney Janzen, biology major from Henderson, Neb., presented her research on the antibacterial resistance of bacteria gathered from an on-campus weight room.
Michael Loewen, chemistry major from Huron, S.D., studied the concentration of the hazardous chemical, bisphenol A.
Samantha VanRanken, biology major from Medicine Lodge, discussed her study of a diagnostic test for hyper-mobility and a correlation to joint injuries.
Eric Willems, biology major from Sedgwick, presented his work on diet preference and seed dispersal in a turtle species.
William Wood, biology major from Combine, Texas, presented the concluding talk on the topic of Kansas wildlife ecology.
The projects were supervised by the science faculty at Tabor College: Bruce Heyen, Karrie Rathbone, Norman Schmidt and Andrew Sensenig.
Each student also will display a poster of their work beginning May 1 in the science building atrium. A poster session where the students will be available to discuss their research is planned for 3 p.m. Thursday, May 3.