Honors Symposia – Faith Taylor, Recipient of the Timothy M. Smith Award

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On Friday, April 28th, Faith Taylor presented on her travels as the recipient of the Timothy M. Smith Award for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Faith traveled to the Bahamas with Professor Michael Slattery of The University of Tampa to study a coral reef that was documented nearly 50 years earlier.  They spent several days snorkeling in the reef, taking photos, and gathering data.  This initial visit provided enough information to allow Faith and Dr. Slattery to develop a research program that will continue to investigate the reef.

Honors Symposia – Honors Fellows

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On April 20th and 21st, eight recipients of Honors Undergraduate Research Fellowships presented the results of their work in two separate symposia.  The students – Zachary Gregg, Nicholas Braganca, Christian Pilot, Tonie Schankweiler, Daniela Delvescovo, Nicoletta Pappas, Ricardo Thompson, and Kelly Fryar – studied a variety of topics, from the pervasiveness of antibiotic resistant staphylococcus aureus in the Hillsborough River to the factors that contributed to the growth of the Bolivian GDP.  Honors Undergraduate Research Fellowships pay students $1,000 to work with a UT faculty member conducting original scholarship.

Conferences – Christian Pilot at American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Honors student, Christian Pilot, recently presented his research project, Buffer Therapy for Cancer, that he has been working on at Moffit Cancer Center, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Chicago.  This presentation is part of his ongoing research into foods that can provide a buffering effect against the acid used by cancer cells to weaken and kill surrounding cells in order to spread.