Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Aug 30 2006

CONTACT: Anita Moody, Director, Public Relations/Marketing
1-304-384-5288, FAX 384-6017,

Concord University Students Attend Conference in Pa.

Athens, W.Va. - Seven McNair Scholars represented Concord University at the 14th Annual McNair Summer Research Conference at The Pennsylvania State University in late July: Laura Canton (Bel Air, Md.), Jodie Cox (Sophia), Shelley Drake (Rosedale, Va.), Patience Hall (Bluefield), Amanda Lawrence (Princeton), Daniel Puckett (Princeton) and Jessica Puckett (Princeton). Conference participants enjoyed a variety of scholar research presentations from more than 25 institutions. Four of these came from the Concord delegation:

Laura Canton (Poster) – “The Use of Macroinvertebrates as a Biological Indicator to Determine the Water Quality of an Urban West Virginia Stream” (Supervising Faculty: Dr. Tom Ford, Assistant Professor of Biology)

Shelley Drake (Poster) – “Bioactivity of Extracts Prepared from Hieracium venosum” (Supervising Faculty: Dr. Darrell Crick, Assistant Professor of Chemistry)

Daniel Puckett (Paper) – “Comparison of Antimicrobial Activity of Extracts Prepared from Ambrosia trifida and Ambrosia artemisiifolia” (Supervising Faculty: Dr. Darrell Crick, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Dr. Darla Wise, Associate Professor of Biology)

Jessica Puckett (Poster) – “Screening of Sorrel (oxalis spp) for Cytotoxic, Antioxidant, and Antibacterial Activity” (Supervising Faculty: Dr. Darla Wise, Associate Professor of Biology)

Participants also attended a graduate school fair as well as pre-conference workshops focusing on graduate admissions. The Pennsylvania State University is one of more than 150 institutions nationwide that offer application incentives for McNair Scholars.

For information on the McNair Scholars program, contact Dr. Rodney Klein, 1-304-384-6019 or