Southern Oregon University students present at state science event

Southern Oregon University students and faculty displayed their scientific talent at the Oregon Academy of Science's 66th annual meeting on Feb. 23 in Portland.

SOU McNair Program Director Dee Southard sponsored three McNair student scholars at the event. Two McNair students gave live podium presentations.

In the biology section, Robert Hogg lectured on the migration behavior of introduced American Shad in the Columbia and Snake River systems. Catharine Sparks presented "Dementia: Person-Centered Approach to Communication," in the psychology section.

SOU student Lia Knauss, along with fellow student and McNair scholar Manual Silva and SOU geology professor Jad D'allura, presented their collective geology research in the OAS poster section, illustrating their primary research relating to the age and geological history of southern Oregon's Pilot Rock.

Also in the OAS poster section, SOU students Nick Brettner and Levi McKay entered their geology research. With the aid of geology and environmental studies professor William Elliott, the trio's presentation outlined their primary research assessing the chemistry of natural waters derived from sulfide-rich bedrock.

In addition to sponsoring three students and serving as the OAS sociology and anthropology section chair, Southard also presented "Attributes Relating to Success in Graduate School." Her presentation appeared in the sociology, anthropology and political science section.

"Science is not a vacuum. We build on the works of others," Southard said. "Attending the OAS is a great opportunity for our students to meet scientists who have work not yet published or still in progress."

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