UOG Students Present at National Biomedical Research Conference


Guam – Five University of Guam undergraduate students from the College of Natural and Applied Sciences recently presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held in San Jose, California November 1-10, 2012.

UOG Faculty, Dr. Grazyna Badowski, Mathematics and Dr. Tim Righetti, Biology, accompanied the students and served as judges for student presentations from other colleges and universities.  All five UOG students presented at the conference.

Chasy Amado presented on “Determining the Effects of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (Atrazine and Sevin) on Gambusia affinis: Preliminary results and proposed experiments”

*Mary Rose Canlas presented the “Characterization of Infiltrating M1/M2 Macrophages in Animal Models of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis”
*Norma Elizaga presented her work on “Analyzing Endocrine Disrupting Chemical Effects on Gambusia affinis Weight Loss and Gain”
*Daniel Taitano presented a poster on “Investigating the Effects of Endocrine Disrupting Contaminants on Gambusia affinis Gonopodium”
*Alisha Yamanaka presented on the “Association Between Insufficiently Physically Active and the Prevalence of Obesity on Guam”

[L-R: Chasy Amado, Alisha Yamanaka, Dr. Tim Righetti, Norma Elizaga, Mary Rose Canlas, Daniel Taitano, Dr. Grazyna Badowski, and Dr. Helen J.D. Whippy, UOG Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs]

Daniel Taitano, a UOG sophomore in Biology, received a prestigious ABRCMS Certificate of Achievement for his physiology poster on Gambusia affinis (Mosquitofish). “It was truly a marvelous opportunity to see what students in other universities are studying and I encourage other UOG students interested in the biomedical field to participate next year,” said Taitano.

Students from over 350 U. S. Colleges and Universities attended the four-day conference, and over 1,600 students participated in poster and oral presentations in twelve disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics. Funding for the trip was supplied by the ABRCMS organizers, the College of Natural and Applied Sciences and the UOG Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.

ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference for biomedical and behavioral students and is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success.  For more information, visit www.abrcms.org.