Johnson, Maier Awarded Top Honors for Biology Research

Two Augustana students were awarded top honors at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference held earlier this month in Minneapolis, Minn.

Junior biology major Christina Johnson, Osseo, Minn., presented her ongoing research in a poster entitled "The Effect of Sensory Pollution on Animal Reproductive Behavior," co-authored with three other Augustana students and Dr. Daniel Howard, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Carrie Hall, assistant professor of biology. For her work, Johnson was named an AISES National Conference Environmental Protection Agency Travel Scholar. Christina is a member of Sault St. Marie Ojibwe.

Junior biology major Taylor Maier, a native of Pierre, S.D., presented his summer research in a poster entitled "Expression Analysis of Genes Encoding Members of a Ciliary Central Pair Protein Complex," co-authored with Dr. Lance Lee of Sanford Research. For his work, Maier was awarded third place in the AISES National Conference Undergraduate Poster Competition. Maier is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Dr. Howard and Karla Abbott, instructor of nursing, accompanied the students to the conference. Both research projects were conducted with support from Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations