Science Students from Rhodes Win Awards at Biomedical Research Conference

(l-r) Kameron Klugh ’22, Will Newman ’21, Dasha Safarian ’21

Three Rhodes students won awards for their research presentations at the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) virtual conference hosted by the University of Arkansas Nov. 6-7. Students from more than 20 colleges and universities participated in the conference. 

  • Will R. Newman ’21 won first place in the physics section for “Backscatter Difference Analysis of Ultrasonic Signals Measured From Brain Tissue For Possible Transcranial Applications.”  (see slide below)
  • Daryna (Dasha) Safarian ’21 won first place in the chemistry section for “DFT Study of Ligand Binding In The Beta-1 Adrenergic Receptor.” 
  • Kameron Klugh ’22 won second place in the chemistry section for “Dopamine Analogs to Investigate Enzymatic Function of L-DOPA Dioxygenase.” 

At Rhodes, Newman has worked in the lab of Prof. Brent Hoffmeister; Safarian in the lab of Prof. Mauricio Cafiero; and Klugh in the lab of Prof. Larryn Peterson.
Rhodes students Rachel Ancar ’21 and Dillon Mosman ’21 also presented their work at the Arkansas INBRE conference.