Catawba students take top prizes at science meeting

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - For the second time in as many years, two Catawba College students were awarded 1st place John Bowley Derieux Research Awards, in their respective divisions, for excellence in undergraduate research at the 111th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) Meeting, according to a news release provided to WBTV.

Juliana Conte of Ontario, Canada and Finn Furstenwerth of Hamburg, Germany were recognized at the annual meeting held March 28 and 29 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

The titles of the students' research, student co-authors, and the professors who assisted these students are as follows:
Conte, Juliana, Thomas Benton, Carmony Hartwig, and Mark Sabo. Investigating Peroxidation of Lipid by Heme-Artemisinin Adducts in vitro.
1st Place in Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, and Behavioral Science.

Spillman, Taylor, Finn Fürstenwerth, Duncan Cameron, and Jay Bolin. Isotopic Investigation of Mycoheterotrophy in the Southern Bluethread.
1st Place in Zoology, Botany, Ecology, and Environmental Science.

Drs. Jay F. Bolin and Carmony L. Hartwig are assistant professors of biology at Catawba and Dr. Mark S. Sabo is a professor of chemistry and chair of that department at the college.