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Austin Peay State University Students, Professors publish paper about recent work with Bacteriophages

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) biology students and professors continue to find success in their work with bacteria-infecting viruses called bacteriophages.

This spring, 11 undergraduate and graduate students worked with APSU’s Dr. Sergei Markov to publish a paper that shares the team’s work with the three bacteriophages they found in Clarksville and lovingly named Danno, Otwor and Scumberland.

Heath Simpson works with a Petri dish in 2019. (APSU)

Heath Simpson works with a Petri dish in 2019. (APSU)

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Austin Peay State University partners with Fort Campbell in northern long-eared bat, white-nose syndrome study

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) Department of Biology is partnering with Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in an Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA) to survey the base for endangered bat species.

In the partnership, Fort Campbell provides funding for Dr. Catherine Haase, an assistant biology professor, three of her graduate students and their equipment.

Austin Peay State University team: Sarah Zirkle, from the left, Sarah Krueger, Trevor Walker and Dr. Catherine Haase have been researching bats at Fort Campbell since July. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University team: Sarah Zirkle, from the left, Sarah Krueger, Trevor Walker and Dr. Catherine Haase have been researching bats at Fort Campbell since July. (APSU)

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APSU alumni Lynn Von Hagen celebrates her role in ‘a new generation of women’ undertaking remote fieldwork

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) graduate Lynn Von Hagen is living a lifelong dream working with elephants in the Kenyan bush while pursuing a doctoral degree at Auburn University.

Austin Peay State University alumni Lynn Von Hagen in Kenya. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University alumni Lynn Von Hagen in Kenya. (APSU)

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Austin Peay State University’s student-discovered Phages entered into National Genetic Sequence Database

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – More than a dozen Austin Peay State University (APSU) students who have taken advantage of a unique research opportunity are now seeing their work recognized on a national scale.

Austin Peay State University biology student Gabrielle Rueff examines a phage sample. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University biology student Gabrielle Rueff examines a phage sample. (APSU)

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Austin Peay State University’s “Science on Tap” discusses “The Snake that Ate Guam”, December 3rd

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On Guam, a strange silence hangs over the Pacific island’s dense jungles. Birds don’t sing or call out to mates. They don’t flutter from branch to branch or shout at potential predators.

The jungles are eerily quiet because, more than half a century after an innocent looking tree snake arrived on Guam, the serpent devoured nearly all the island’s birds.

Austin Peay State University’s "Science on Tap" returns to Strawberry Alley Ale works, December 3rd. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University’s “Science on Tap” returns to Strawberry Alley Ale works, December 3rd. (APSU)

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APSU’s ‘phage hunters’ join front lines of medical research

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The 10 Austin Peay State University (APSU) students in Dr. Sergei Markov’s junior- and senior-level biology classes this semester are taking advantage of a unique research opportunity that could help lead to medical breakthroughs.

They’re participating in Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES), a yearlong laboratory course in which students discover, isolate and analyze bacteria-infecting viruses called bacteriophages. The bacteriophages more commonly are called phages, and the students are phage hunters.

Heath Simpson shows his Petri dish during a recent phage hunter class at Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

Heath Simpson shows his Petri dish during a recent phage hunter class at Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

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APSU alumni Lynn Von Hagen realizes lifelong dream working with elephants, locals in Kenya

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) graduate Lynn Von Hagen’s work with elephants in the Kenyan bush is the culmination of a dream for her.

“I have loved elephants and wildlife as long as I can remember,” Von Hagen, 46, of Nashville, said. “I always wanted to make an impact through conservation of the natural world, while also helping people.”

Lynn Von Hagen is developing community workshops to increase livelihood stability and reduce human-elephant conflict. (APSU)

Lynn Von Hagen is developing community workshops to increase livelihood stability and reduce human-elephant conflict. (APSU)

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Follow Austin Peay State University’s Brinna Lavelle at World University Games

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Brinna Lavelle, an Austin Peay State University (APSU) biology student, will compete in judo for Team USA this week at the World University Games in Naples, Italy.

Austin Peay State University’s Brinna Lavelle will compete in judo July 6th-7th at the World University Games in Naples, Italy. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University’s Brinna Lavelle will compete in judo July 6th-7th at the World University Games in Naples, Italy. (APSU)

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Austin Peay State University graduate student captures video of three cottonmouth males fighting

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) graduate student Claire Ciafre captured a video on June 4th of three cottonmouth males fighting it out near Huntsville, Alabama.

The video starts with two cottonmouths jockeying in an Alabama swamp. Their heads sway above the water, each snake trying to find the best position.

Three male cottonmouths battle for the rights to mate with a nearby female near Huntsville, Alabama. (Screen captures from video/Claire Ciafre) Claire_Ciafre: Austin Peay graduate student Claire Ciafre captured the video on June 4 near Huntsville, Alabama, while doing research for her thesis.

Three male cottonmouths battle for the rights to mate with a nearby female near Huntsville, Alabama. (Screen captures from video/Claire Ciafre)
Claire_Ciafre: Austin Peay graduate student Claire Ciafre captured the video on June 4 near Huntsville, Alabama, while doing research for her thesis.

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Two Austin Peay State University graduates win National Science Foundation fellowships

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Two recently graduated Austin Peay State University (APSU) science students have earned National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships.

National Science Foundation fellow Deborah Gulledge inside Austin Peay State Univeristy's planetarium.

National Science Foundation fellow Deborah Gulledge inside Austin Peay State Univeristy’s planetarium.

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