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Peru State Natural Science Students, Faculty Attend Meeting of Parasitologists

Biology Professor Named President-Elect of Association


(Peru, Neb.) Three Peru State College (PSC) natural sciences students and four faculty members recently participated in the 41st Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Parasitologists at the University of Oklahoma’s Biological Station where Associate Professor of Biology Dr. John Hnida was voted president-elect and program officer. He will lead the association as president in 2009.


Gretna senior Heather Robinson presented a platform presentation titled “Effect of Post-Cyclic Transmission on Microhabitat Use of Paulisentis missouriensis in Creek Chub” at the event, winning an honorable mention for her efforts. Peru senior Sarah Tomlin and Beatrice junior Eric Fricke also attended the meeting.


Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Richard Clopton presented results of his research into the evolutionary relationships of gregarines with a platform presentation titled “The Permian Signal: Phylogenetic Relationships and Evolution of Septate Gregarines Parasitizing Insects.” Clopton’s research program and the data he presented at the meeting were gathered under a $200,000 grant (over three years) from the National Science Foundation. Tomlin and Fricke are conducting research on gregarine biodiversity with support from the same grant.


Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Mike Barger and Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Dennis Welsh also attended the meeting.