Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Three McNair scholars selected to present at national conference

KINGSVILLE - November 14, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

One attends teaching, mentoring institute

Three students from the McNair Scholars Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville were selected to present their research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference held Oct. 26-29 in Tampa, Fla. The SACNAS national conference is a unique blend of science, culture and community, bringing together the nation’s finest researchers, students, leaders and educators.

Nahogany Brown, a senior biology major from Victoria, presented her research, FoxL2 Regulation
of GnRH Receptor Gene: A Real Time Analysis,
conductedunder the guidance of Dr. Kenneth Escudero, assistant biology professor; Dr. Jean Escudero, biology research lab assistant; and Brianne Givens, graduate student.

Krisan Kelley, a senior range and wildlife management major from Kingsville works under the direction of Dr. David Hewitt, associate professor and Stuart W. Stedman Chair for Deer Research for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Her presentation was entitled The Physiological Effects of Gossypol, A Chemical in Cottonseed, on Male White-Tailed Deer.

Renato Regalado, a senior biology major from Brownsville, presented his research, Mutation of Crotalus atrox Genes by Multi-Site Directed Mutagenesis, under the guidance of Dr. John C. Perez, Regents professor of biology and director of the Natural Toxins Research Center (NTRC), and Dr. Elda E. Sanchez, assistant director of the NTRC.

Bruce Robertson, a senior psychology/sociology major from Riviera, also was invited to attend the 13th annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, Compact for Faculty Diversity Oct. 26-29 in Miami. Robertson met with graduate school representatives and deans from across the nation and established contacts to participate in upcoming graduate school visitation programs sponsored by higher education institutions.

The Compact for Faculty Diversity is a partnership of regional, federal and foundation programs that focus on minority graduate education and faculty diversity. The group’s goal is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctoral degrees and become college and university faculty.
The Ronald E. McNair Program was made possible by the United States Department of Education. Dr. McNair was nationally recognized for his work in laser physics and was a mission specialist aboard the 1984 flight of the shuttle Challenger. He was the second African-American to fly in space. He was killed in January 1986 when the Challenger exploded on take off.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The program provides academic counseling, financial aid assistance, mentoring, research opportunities, seminars, summer internships and tutoring. The goal of the program is to increase the number of doctoral degrees earned by students from underrepresented segments of society.

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