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BSC & CU McNair Scholars Present at VT

CONTACT: Dr. Rodney L. Klein, Assistant Professor of Psychology; Director, McNair Scholars Program

NOTE TO EDITORS: Students and mentors are from Concord unless noted otherwise.

BSC & CU McNair Scholars Present at VT

Athens, W.Va. – Six McNair Scholars were invited to participate in the fifth Annual Virginia Tech Undergraduate and Prospective Graduate Student Conference on April 3.

Kira Bailey (Poster Presentation): Effects of Violence and Competition in Sports Video Games on Aggressive Thoughts, Feelings, and Physiological Arousal; Mentor: Dr. Rod Klein, Associate Professor of Psychology; Concord McNair Program Director

Ms. Bailey is a senior psychology major from Huntington.

Michelle Drake (Poster Presentation): Bioactivity of Extracts Prepared from Hieracium venosum; Mentor: Dr. Darrell Crick, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Mrs. Drake is a senior recombinant gene technology major from Rosedale, Va.

Patience Hall (Poster Presentation): Effect of Stress on Expression of Toll-Like Receptors (TLRs) 2 and 4 During Chlamydia Infection; Mentor: Dr. Tesfaye Belay, Assistant Professor of Research at Bluefield State College. Ms. Hall is a junior majoring in applied science at Bluefield State College. She resides in Bluefield.

Nick Massey (Poster Presentation): Locus of Control and How it is Related to an Appalachian Population’s Health Beliefs; Mentor: Bob Rhodes, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Mr. Massey is a senior psychology major from Princeton.

Jessica Puckett (Poster Presentation): Screening of Sorrel (Oxalis spp) for Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activity; Mentors: Dr. Darrell Crick, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Dr. Darla Wise, Associate Professor of Biology

Ms. Puckett is a senior Pre-Professional Biology major from Princeton.

Jason Ross attended the event as an incoming member of the 2007 Scholar cohort. He is a junior psychology major from Princeton.

For more information on the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Dr. Rod Klein at 1-304-384-6019 or