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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2002

Research Scholars Wrap-up WSU Summer Program

DAYTON, OHIO--This year's STREAMS (Short-Term Research Experience Access for Minority Students) program will wind up on August 9, 2002, with the Scholars Research Symposium. The research poster session begins at 9:30 a.m. in room E156 of the Student Union on Wright State's Campus.

STREAMS is funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The program is designed to encourage members of under-represented minority groups to choose careers in heart-related biomedical research and provides a stimulating summer experience that enhances the academic and personal development of students.

College students from across the United States compete for a chance to spend the summer performing research with Wright State University faculty. The yearly summer program is led by faculty members Mariana Morris, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Shumei Guo, Ph.D., professor for the Department of Community Health, and is administrated by Mary Key, M..S., Research Training Coordinator for STREAMS.

This year's group of students performed laboratory research under the supervision of an assigned faculty mentor, gained classroom experience by reading papers from primary literature, presented scientific talks, and explored the social and ethical implications for scientific research.

The students selected for this year's program, which ran from June 10 until August 9, include: Tiffany Frietze, a microbiology major from Oklahoma State University who studied endo/hypertension under the mentorship of Mariana Morris, Ph.D.; Kristin Gaffney, a major in biology at Talladega College in Alabama, studied cellular and molecular biology under the mentorship of Julian Gomez-Cambronero, Ph.D.; Letisha Harper, a biology major from Wilberforce University, studied hypertension under James Lucot, Ph.D.; Zeenat Jamal, a biology major from Wright State, studied cellular and molecular biology under the mentorship of Michele Wheatley, Ph.D.; Faridal Mutalib, a biomedical endocrinology major from Wright State, studied cardio-epidemiology under the mentorship of Cameron Chumlea, Ph.D., and the Lifespan Health Research Center; Amit Rattan, a zoology student from Miami University, studied cell and molecular biology under the mentorship of Robert Putnam, Ph.D.; Kevin Rivera, a biology major from the University of Dayton, studied endo/hypertension under the mentorship of David Goldstein, Ph.D.; Natalie Sims, a biology major from Spelman College in Georgia, studied cell/molecular biology under the mentorship of Norma Adragna, Ph.D.; Amber Stargel a biology major from Wilberforce University, studied cardio epidemiology under the mentorship of Cameron Chumlea, Ph.D., and the Lifespan Health Research Center; Mark Stephens, a biology major from Oakwood College in Alabama, studied cell/molecular biology under the mentorship of Robert Grubbs, Ph.D.; Tamara Taylor, a MedPrep student from Southern Illinois University, studied endo/hypertension under the mentorship of David Cool, Ph.D.; and Hamid Turay, a Med Prep major from Southern Illinois University, studied endo hypertension under the mentorship of Javier Stern, Ph.D.