Cameron University student wins award for top undergraduate presentation

Cameron University student Adrienne Wells won the Rollin H. Baker Award for best undergraduate presentation in classical mammalogy at the 32nd annual meeting of the Texas Society of Mammalogists. Wells, of Lawton, is majoring in chemistry and biology.

Her presentation, “Modeling of the Vision System of the Kangaroo Rat (DIPODOMYS ORDII) and Implications for UV-Communication,” focuses on a research project on which Wells has been assisting Brandon McDonald, a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Joe Macedonia of Florida Southern College. For the project, the research team created a mathematical model using data about the retina of the kangaroo rat’s eye, the reflectance of UV-light from their body markings, and the normal sunlight and moonlight intensity in their natural environment to make predictions concerning how and what the kangaroo rat sees and whether it is likely to be one of few mammals known to use UV-vision.

This is the second presentation on the topic for which Wells has been honored. In November 2013, she was recognized for having the top oral presentation in the zoology section during the 2013 Collegiate Academy competition held by the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences.

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February 21, 2014

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