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February 2009

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ASU Brings Home Honors from State Mammalogists Meeting

Two Angelo State University biology students won top prizes for their research presentations at the annual meeting of the Texas Society of Mammalogists (TSM) last weekend in Junction.

Additionally, ASU biology professor Dr. Terry Maxwell was elected president of the organization for 2009.

ASU graduate student Dana Lee won the TSM Award for Best Oral Presentation in mammalian systematics for her talk on “Taxonomic Status of the Davis Mountains Cottontail, Sylvilagus robustus (Lagomorpha: Leporidae) Revealed by Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism.” ASU senior Wes Brashear won the Rollin Baker Award for Best Undergraduate Presentation for his research “Home Range and Den Site Analysis of the American Hog-Nosed Skunk, Conepatus leuconotus.”

In all, 10 students and four professors represented ASU at the TSM meeting with four students making presentations.

In addition to his teaching duties, Maxwell is the curator of birds for the Angelo State Natural History Collections and has been honored by the ASU Student Senate, Faculty Senate and Alumni Association for teaching excellence. In 2007 he was named a Piper Distinguished Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, the highest classroom honor for university professors in Texas.

The Texas Society of Mammalogists was established in 1983 to promote the study of mammals, both living and fossil. Anyone with a sincere interest in the field of mammalogy is eligible for membership, though most members are professional scientists or students of the field. Organized meetings are held annually to provide opportunities for students to present the results of their research projects and to interact with professional mammalogists working in the state of Texas.