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Student Wins at Commonwealth of University Biologists Meeting

April 24, 2012

KUTZTOWN, PA - Kutztown University senior biology major, Jazzmyn McCoy, of Shamokin, Pa., won the top prize for her poster display in the cellular/molecular sub-division at the Commonwealth of University Biologists Annual Meeting, at Slippery Rock University, on April 14.

McCoy worked in close collaboration with Dr. Cristen Rosch, KU assistant professor of biological sciences, on her display on the effects of embryonic exposure to catnip oil in comparison to standard household mosquito repellent which contains DEET. McCoy's results suggested that catnip oil does not result in bird embryo mutations that are caused by DEET. Her poster was judged out of ten others from other commonwealth universities in that subdivision. 

"I think Jazzmyn's poster was in a unique area and had strong results, so it was very impressive to the judges."  Kutztown University biology assistant professor Dr. Daniel Aruscavage said.

More information: Commonwealth of University Biologists