Two Truman Students Tie for the Society for Mathematical Biology’s Outstanding Poster Award

Two students in Truman’s Mathematical Biology program tied for the Best Poster Presentation award at the annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology.

Elise Walck, a junior biology major from St. Charles, Mo., and Tracey Blasingame, a junior mathematics major from Belvidere, Ill., will share the Society for Mathematical Biology’s first Best Poster Presentation award for undergraduate research. Their posters tied for the award in competition with 22 other posters a the competition. Both posters communicated results obtained with teammates in Truman’s “Research-focused Learning Communities in Mathematical Biology” program.

Walck’s poster, titled “A Cellular Potts Model of Caenorhabditis elegans Embryonic Development in the Four-Cell Stage,” communicated the work of Tim Walston, assistant professor of biology; Scott Thatcher, associate professor of mathematics; Clayton Davis, a senior mathematics and computer science major from Chesterfield, Mo.; and herself. Blasingame’s poster, titled “The W Statistic: A New Approach for Testing the Relative Abundance Structure of Communities in a Pylogenetic Context,” communicated the work of Jon Gering; associate professor of biology; Dean DeCock, associate professor of mathematics; Bryan Hartwig, a junior mathematics major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Nathan Whelan, a senior biology major from Eureka, Mo.; and herself.

This material is the result of work supported by the National Science Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biology and Mathematics program under Grant No. 0436348, “Research-focused Learning Communities in Mathematical Biology.” Information about Truman’s Mathematical Biology program can be found online at and by contacting Jason Miller, associate professor of mathematics, at
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