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UMC student to present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research
January 17, 2006

Crookston, MN—January 17, 2006—University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) senior, Vanessa Armstrong, from Fisher, MN, was recently notified that her abstract, “THE EFFECTS OF THREE POTENTIAL ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS ON THE SEXUAL REPRODUCTION OF THE ROTIFER BRACHIONUS CALYCIFLORUS,” has been accepted for a poster presentation at the 20th Anniversary National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)® at the University of North Carolina Asheville, April 6-8, 2006. Presenters must be available to discuss their displays during an assigned two-hour session at the conference.

Armstrong and UMC assistant professor in biology Brian Dingmann, Ph.D. worked on rotifer research as part of the University of Minnesota’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Their research looked at three chemicals targeted by Dingmann and Armstrong’s research that are finding their way into our recreational waters. Research shows adverse effects on rotifer reproduction. Since rotifers dwell near the bottom of the food chain, if they decrease in numbers due to chemically induced reproduction difficulties, the impact will be felt far beyond the rotifer population.

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