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Bowie State Students Display Their Innovation in National Showcase

March 7, 2018
BSU Student Team Uses Technology to Advance Global Environmental Sustainability

MEDIA CONTACT: Damita Chambers, dchambers@bowiestate.edu, 301-832-2628 mobile

(BOWIE, Md.) – A team of five Bowie State University undergraduates studying computer technology presented an invention to detect wildfires in areas prone to major forestry damage, while competing in a national showcase of innovative solutions to promote global environmental sustainability.

BSU Innovators Team

The students, led by BSU computer technology professor Velma Latson, participated in a showcase for historically black colleges and universities called the HBCU Maker & Innovations Showcase, part of the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM. Each team used the latest technologies to develop inventions, addressing one of the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals. They presented their creations to a panel of judges. 

Out of the 40 teams that applied, the BSU team was one of 16 selected to present their projects on a national stage. Although the BSU team was not selected as one of the top winners, the students gained invaluable lessons about using their technology skills to solve community problems. The student presenters were: sophomore Jahaziah Benjamin, sophomore K’mar Grant-Smith, sophomore Alhaji Kanu, freshman Alena Latson and freshman Jordan Philp.

BSU student presents research poster     BSU student presents research poster
BSU student presents research poster     BSU student presents research poster
 

Another five BSU biology undergraduates competed in the ERN Conference research showcase, presenting their faculty-guided projects in poster displays. The students who presented the projects represented research teams, which were funded by the National Science Foundation.

Here are the students and their projects:

  • Rita Dill, senior biology major (faculty advisor: Dr. Anne Osano)
    Analysis of isoflavones in soybeans using LC-MS and UV spectral analysis
    Other team member: Dr. Devanand Luthria, research chemist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Sarah Fernandes, senior biology major (faculty advisor: Dr. Anne Osano)
    Analysis of fatty acid methyl esters (FAMES) in soybeans using gas chromatography with flame ionization detection (GC-FID)
    Other team member: Dr. Devanand Luthria, research chemist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Baraka Gathere, senior biology major (faculty advisor: Dr. Anne Osano)
    Metabolite analysis and comparative study of medicinal plant Azadirachta indica (Neem) and related species Melia azadirach from Kenya
    Other team member: Dr. Devanand Luthria, research chemist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Onyinye C. Ihearahu, senior biology and nursing major (faculty advisor: Dr. George Ude)
    Using DNA barcoding technique to authenticate yam flours imported to the United States from other countries
    Other team members: Angelese Davis ('17) and Demarcis Rowland
  • Cybrena Sablon, senior biology major (faculty advisor: Dr. Anne Osano)
    High performance thin layer chromatography studies of metabolite profiles of Azadirachta indica (Neem) and closely related species Melia azadirach from Kenya
    Other team member: Dr. Devanand Luthria, research chemist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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