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UNI student awarded for research <br>

January 27, 2003

Darrell Wiens, UNI professor of biology, (319) 273-6880
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student Krista Todd, a senior biology major from Washington, D.C, was recognized at the 2002 annual meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Todd received first place in the undergraduate student poster presentation competition for her entry, and interview relating to 'Simulate Microgravity's Effect on the Contractile Ability of Developing Chick Heart Tissue Explants.' Her research used chick embryos to simulate the impact of gravity on developing heart tissue. The co-authors on the project were Eric Askeland, a senior biology major from Fort Dodge, who helped with additional research this fall; and Darrell Weins, UNI professor of biology.