TASDC Research Symposium and Competition – 2021

TASDC Research Symposium and Competition – 2021

April 23, 2021

A Virtual Conference

Organized by

Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs

Walters State Community College, TN

Sponsored by

Virginia Research Institute, USA

Please submit your registration to receive our zoom link to connect to the conference.

Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/yxn7xrzp


Format for Full Paper Submissions

Instructions for Contributors:

To access the journal, you need to receive permission. Please email,  registrar@virginiaresearchinstitute.org

Submission Requirements

Papers must be submitted in a suitable form for publication. This includes standard word processor formats. Of these, the preferred format is the latest version of Microsoft Word. The documents may incorporate figures or attach separate figures with clear references. Figures are required as bit-mapped images in GIF, TIFF or JPEG format, or original photographs or printed figures can be scanned for a small charge.

The suggested scan formats for different types of image are:

Color photographs and drawings – 24-bit color saved as a JPEG image

Black-and-white photographs – 8 bit grey scale saved as a JPEG image

Black-and-white drawings – 1-bit monochrome saved as a GIF image

Please note that any animation, video and sound files may take a very long time to load and a decision on the suitability of such material for publication will be made by the editorial board. There is no limit to the number of words/pages per paper. The editorial board reserves the right to request changes or reduction. Your paper should be e-mailed to the Chairman of the Editorial Board with a covering note stating your affiliations and a statement confirming that the paper has not been published elsewhere or submitted for publication in any other journals. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all permissions are received from relevant parties including co-authors before the submission.


Friday 23, April 2021

8:00 am – 8:05 am – Introduction – Eugenie de Silva – Coordinator; Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs, TN

8:05 am – 8:20 am – Welcome – Dr. Donna Seagle, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Walters State Community College.

8:20 am – 8:40 am – TASDC Vision – Dr. Eugene de Silva, Ph.D. FRSA – President Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs, TN

8:40 am – 9:00 am – Our Commitment to Research – Dr. Matthew Smith – Dean of Natural Sciences, Walters State Community College, TN

9:00 am – 9:20 am – Crazy Observations, Audacious Questions, Weird Connections.  What’s It All About – Guest of Honor: Dr. Nancy Hensel –  Past President of the New American Colleges and Universities and Former Executive Officer of the Council on Undergraduate Research

9:20 am – 9:40 am – What do high school students want from an online science class? – Keynote Speaker – Dr. Christopher Rozitis – Canada.

9:40 am – 10:00 am – Demographic Characteristics and Response Preparedness of Employed Adults to EVD in Monrovia, Liberia – Invited Speaker – Dr. Beth Ann Saxton – Union and Claiborne County Health Educator, Union County Health Department, Maynardville, TN, USA

10:00 am – 10:20 – Make the most of the wider physics community and your professional society – Invited Guest Speaker – Julian Guassardo. Student Engagement Officer, Institute of Physics, United Kingdom.

Invited Post-graduate Student Speakers

10:20 am – 10:40 am – Nexus Between School Background and Educational Performance of Disadvantageous Students in Victoria – Ms. Kasuni Ranasinghe BA, MA. School of Education, University of Melbourne. Australia.

10:40 am – 11:00 am – Evaluation of Bioactivities of Piper Longum – Ms. Thilini Peramuna B.S., Ph.D. (ABD) – Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, USA.

11:00 am – 11:20 am – Education for Sustainability: The white knight to the human-nature pandemonium – Ms. Prasadi H L Arachchige B.Sc. (Hons), DSBM, Ph.D. (ABD) – Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia.

Undergraduate Student Speakers

11:20 am – 11:40 am – Greeneville Walks Scavenger Hunt – Gunilla V. Kemmann – Natural Science Division – Walters State Community College – Greeneville Campus, TN

11:40 am – 12:00 noon – Bacteriophages: A Solution to Superbug Infections – Elijah Sterkel, Kaitlyn Cheatham, Michaela Dablaing, and Rachel Jones – – Columbia State Community College, Columbia, Tennessee.

12:00 noon – 12:20 pm – Genome Characterization of the Novel Bacteriophages of Cluster EC – Rachel Briggs, Ava Brittain, Brenda Feldman, and Olivia Nunn – Columbia State Community College, Columbia, Tennessee.

12:20 pm – 12:40 pm – A Review of a Case Study of Nonsurgical Treatment of Acetabular Labrum Tears – Hayden Cogdell – Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tennessee.

12:40 pm – 12:50 pm – Vote of Thanks – Dr. Lisa Eccles, Ph.D., M.S., DLM(ASCP), C(ASCP), TN e-Campus Developer and Mentor, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor.

Judges: Ms. Elena Owen, Dr. Terry Rawlinson