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11 undergraduates win travel awards to present research at fruit fly conference
Date:12/2/2013

years, and an active member of the Drosophila research community and the genetics community at large. This is the third year the Victoria Finnerty awards have provided funding for undergraduates to attend the annual Drosophila Research Conference, having already provided more than $10,000 to enable 16 undergraduates to attend GSA's Annual Drosophila Research Conference.

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2014 Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Award Winners:

Daniel A. Friedman, senior, University of California, Davis
Poster Title: "Evolution of sex comb enhancers of the HOX gene Sex combs reduced"
Description: I research the role of regulatory DNA sequences in the evolution of a sex-specific trait.
Authors: Daniel Friedman, Olga Barmina, Artyom Kopp.
Principal Investigator: Artyom Kopp, PhD

Nancy J. Levansailor, senior, The State University of New York, Fredonia
Poster Title: "Visualization of Sqd-grk Interactions in Live Drosophila Oocytes Using Tri-molecular Fluorescence Complementation (TriFC)"
Description: I am developing a new technique to visualize interactions between protein and RNA in living cells.
Authors: Nancy J. Levensailor, Steven J. Gangloff, Alicia R. Watson, Dane M. Buenton, Nathaneal R. Terwilliger, Scott B. Ferguson
Principal Investigator: Scott B. Ferguson, PhD

Katharine Majeski, senior, Kennesaw State University
Poster Title: "Live Imaging of Muscle Development in Akirin Mutants"
Description: I am using live time lapse microscopy to view muscle development in a novel Drosophila mutant.
Authors: Katharine Majeski, Fatima Ali, Scott J. Nowak
Principal Investigator: Scott J. Nowak, PhD

Aidan L. McParland, junior, University of New England
Poster Title: "Steroid signaling modulates nociception in Drosophila melanogast
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Contact: Beth Ruedi
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301-634-7371
Genetics Society of America
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