On November 18, Dr. Roger Jackson, a biology faculty member, was chosen by Tennessee science professionals as President Elect for the Tennessee Academy of Sciences. Additionally at this 132nd meeting, three Cumberland students presented their research with faculty. This excursion was funded by a Bell Grant written by Biology Professor, Alison Dorris, and included 25 students and faculty members.
“Attending the Tennessee Academy of Science allows students to broaden their scientific knowledge and experiences outside of the classroom and laboratory,” said Professor Dorris. “Students are exposed to current research in a variety of fields. Student presenters gain valuable experience in learning research skills and methodologies, refining presentation skills, receiving feedback, and interacting with peers, faculty, and professionals.”
Abigail Beckett, a senior biochemistry major, presented her research with Dr. Laura Bechard titled “Saccharomyces cerevisiae Growth Changes in the Presence of Dietary Substances.” Braden Huff, a junior chemistry major, won first place in the History of Science oral division for his research with Dr. Sarah Pierce titled “Exposing Students to Diversity Using Science History.” Kathleen Oliver, a junior biochemistry and chemistry major, also won first place in the Science & Math Teaching oral division for her research with Dr. Julie Phillips, Mrs. June Hunter, and Dr. Sarah Pierce titled “Teaching Intermolecular Forces using Watercolor Paintings.” Oliver’s research is ongoing and has been funded by the W.P. Bone Faculty Development Grant program.
The Tennessee Academy of Sciences is an excellent networking opportunity for students to establish relationships with science professionals and decide to pursue future degrees and careers. This meeting promotes active participation in scientific research by allowing faculty to learn about advancements within their field, which ultimately helps them provide the best learning experience for their students at Cumberland.