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Botany students recognized

11/09/1998

Two Miami University botany students received awards at the recent annual meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology, held in Houston, Texas.

Sean Weise, 5552 Dry Ridge Road, Cincinnati 45252, a senior, won first prize, a trophy and cash award, in the undergraduate competition for his presentation "Gravitropism and phototropism of flower stalks in Arabidopsis."

Part of his undergraduate research was supported by the Summer Scholar program. He received travel funds from the Miami-Hughes Program to attend the meeting.

Weise spent part of the summer in the NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program at the Kennedy Space Center.

Lucinda Swatzell, doctoral candidate, received an honorable mention, a certificate and cash award in the graduate competition for her presentation, "Immunolocalization of integrin-like proteins in Arabidopsis."

Her work is supported by a three-year grant from the NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program.

The students work with John Kiss, associate professor of botany, who has sent two experiments into space aboard shuttle flights.

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