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Fall 2010 Publications

Many personnel in the College of Life Sciences have recently had their works published


Here are some highlights:

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Dr. Brent Nielsen, MMBio

Panicum turgidum, a potentially sustainable cattle feed alternative to maize for saline areas


Dr. Brent Nielsen of the MMBio Department received funding from the U.S. National Academies of Science for his proposal with Pakistani investigators. The proposal focuses on a system that should allow saline land and brackish water to be used for producing an economically beneficial feed crop. Click here to read more about the research.
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Dr. Duke Rogers, Biology

Antibodies to Tacaribe serocomplex viruses (family Arenaviridae, genus Arenavirus) in cricetid rodents from new Mexico, Texas, and Mexico.



Duke Rogers, of the Biology Department, co-authored a paper that was published in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases entitled “Antibodies to Tacaribe serocomplex viruses in cricetid rodents from New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico”. He collaborated with researches from Texas and Mexico to assess the presence of hemorrhagic fever viruses in rodents in the area. The most important finding is that three of 15 species of rodents that were antibody positive were antibody to a group of viruses heretofore only detected in South America. Some of the South American arenaviruses are known to cause disease in humans and recent studies have suggested that major epidemics in Mesoamerica were caused by hemorrhagic fevers rather than smallpox. Click here to read the publication.


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Dr. Dixon Woodbury, PDBio

Chemomechanical Regulation of SNARE Proteins Studied with Molecular Dynamics Simulations



PDBio's Dixon Woodbury did sabbatical research on SNARE proteins and his findings appeared in Biophysical Journal, a top journal in his field. To see his publication click here.
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Alton Thygerson + Dr. Steve Thygerson, Health Sciences

Wilderness First Aid Field Guide



Alton Thygerson and Steve Thygerson, both of the Health Science Department, have recently had their Wilderness First Aid Field Guide endorsed by the Boy Scouts of America for its 14 hour wilderness first aid course. Only two organizations—the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) and the American Red Cross have approved courses. The ECSI has a DVD and an instructor tool kit. Click here to read about the partnership between J&B and ECSI, Boy Scouts of America.
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Nick Rainey, Exercise Sciences

The Six Week Workout Program



Nick Rainey, an Exercise Sciences major, has written the book, The Six Week Workout Program. According to him, "it is intended for anyone who is looking for general fitness and has access to a gym with machines and free weights. It is not intended for a certain sport or to get super ripped, but to improve strength endurance, increase lean muscle mass, elevate cardiovascular performance, and burn calories. [He] first created a book for [his] mom because [he] was leaving home and couldn’t write her workouts everyday. [He] has since revised everything and made it for everyone who is looking for general fitness." Click here to visit the 6-Week Workout website.