Bowie State University Scholars Showcase Their Research

April 18, 2014

Students Find Possible Cross-Contaminated Grocery Meats, Cereal

(Bowie, Md.) – April 21, 2014 – A scientific investigation conducted by Bowie State University faculty and students suggests we may not always be getting what we expect at our local grocery stores. New findings of possible cross-contamination in grocery store beef and cereal will be on display at the university’s 7th Annual Grants Expo and Research Day on Tuesday, April 22.

Taking place from 9:30-11:45 a.m. in the Wiseman Ballroom of the Student Center, poster presentations will highlight the work of students and their professors, including undergraduate biology students who analyzed the DNA strands of samples of grocery store beef to determine if they were contaminated with other meats.

Out of four beef samples tested, three were contaminated with traces of pork and mutton. The students, working under the direction of Dr. George Ude, assistant professor of biology, also found that an oat-based breakfast cereal contained rice bran that was not listed as an ingredient.

The Annual Grants Expo and Research Day showcase the breadth of scholarship led by faculty at Bowie State and the extensive involvement of students. The scholarly pursuits of faculty provide opportunities for students to be actively engaged in making new discoveries that can help solve problems impacting the global community. Some other poster presentations on display will cover high-profile disciplines, such as virtual reality, cybersecurity, and astrobiology.

The lunchtime keynote speaker is Dr. Roosevelt Johnson, NASA’s acting associate administrator for education, who will discuss the importance of underrepresented minority students to pursue science and engineering research opportunities and careers. Dr. Johnson is a member of the senior management team responsible for the development and implementation of NASA's education programs to strengthen involvement and public awareness of the agency's scientific goals and missions.

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