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Tuesday – Nov. 13, 2012

NKU Seniors Earn Pfizer Travel Award for
Society of Toxicology Meeting in March

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Two northern Kentucky University students have received Pfizer Undergraduate Student Travel Awards to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology in San Antonio, Texas, March 9-13.

Amy Ashworth and Anna Lang, both senior biological sciences majors, will receive complimentary registration for the meeting and access to all sessions; travel to and from the meeting; lodging; a $300 stipend toward travel expenses; and recognition at an awards ceremony March 10 and a special Pfizer event. They will also participate in the Undergraduate Education Program Study, which consists of special toxicology lectures, tips on graduate school admission and a chance to meet with graduate program directors.

Ashworth (McNicholas High School) and Lang (Notre Dame Academy) tied for first place for Best Undergraduate Poster at the Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology meeting in September. Competing against undergraduate students from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, they split a $200 award.

Ashworth collaborated with researchers at the University of Cincinnati Department of Environmental Health and NKU professor Dr. David Thompson on a project to develop new methods for analyzing enzyme activities in the developing mouse brain. Her project was supported by an NKU College of Arts and Sciences Collaborative Faculty-Student Project grant, a National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) R-15 grant and a Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN) fellowship.

Lang’s project replicated previous findings that an enzyme best known for its function in the liver might be essential for normal motor function. Her work is also funded by the NIEHS and KBRIN.

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