Activities

Bryce Emde of Grand Island and Logan Giddings of Gibbon are members of the cast of “Lysistrata” presented by The University Theatre and Alpha Psi Omega at the University of Nebraska at Kearney this past week. The last performance will be at 2 p.m. April 13 in the Miriam Drake Theatre on the Kearney campus.

Academics

David Reynolds of Grand Island, a mechanical engineering student at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, presented “The Development of a Microengineered Human Blood Brain-Barrier to Discover the Effects that Xenobiotic Compounds are Having on the Brain’s Blood Stream” at the 33rd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research f on April 11-13 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Sophia Pankratz, a Hastings College junior from Hastings, and Tyler Djernes, a senior from Central City, presented their research at the 2019 North Central 2 District Conference for Beta Beta Beta, an honor society for biology students, on March 30 in Steelville, Mo. Pankratz’s research, titled “Utility of Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratios as a Predictor for Low Bone Density,” was conducted as part of a Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the summer of 2018. She earned a second place award for best poster presentation and plans tol continue her research this summer. Djernes’ research is his senior project in biochemistry titled “Analysis of Ethanol Production, Density and Purity using Amaranthus retroflexus L. and Helianthus.” He received a BBB research grant for this work.

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