Duquesne Undergraduates Present at National Biomedical Conference for Minority Students

Two undergraduate students from Duquesne University's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences recently returned from Phoenix, Ariz., where they gave poster presentations at the prestigious Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).

Senior biochemistry major Tiffany Ricketts of West View, and junior environmental science major Kelsey Coates of Odenton, Md., were selected to participate based on the abstracts they each submitted in advance to the ABRCMS for consideration.

Under the guidance of mentor/Biology Professor Dr. Philip Auron, Ricketts presented a poster on Serine Phosphorylation is Involved in LPS-Dependent Activation of the Spi-1/P.U. 1 Transcription Factor. Coates, under the guidance of mentor/Environmental Microbiology Professor Dr. John Stolz, presented GIS Mapping of Open Spaces for Community Garden Development in Pittsburgh's Low-Income Neighborhoods.

The ABRCMS, which was held Nov. 1-4, focused on the theme Promoting Change and Transformation. The event is comprised of one of the largest communities of under-represented minorities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

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