attend the Invertebrate Neuropeptide Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Senior and double major (chemistry and biochemistry/molecular
biology) student Julie Glasscock has been interested in biochemistry
since her sophomore General Biology class with Professor Anna Rachinsky.
This fascination has taken Glasscock into three laboratory projects,
through two Undergraduate Research projects, and now all the way to
Presenting at conferences is not new to Glasscock. She
attended the 18th National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Indianapolis,
in April 2004 where she gave an oral presentation entitled “Immunocytochemical
localization of an allatropin in selected developmental stages of Heliothis
virsescens and Apis mellifera.” She also prepared a manuscript
under the same title, which was published in the Conference Proceedings.
The paper was based on two years of laboratory research under the guidance
of Assistant Biology Professor Rachinsky. Together, Rachinsky and Glasscock
will attend the Invertebrate Neuropeptide Conference in Chiang Mai,
Thailand this spring. At this conference, Glasscock will once again
present her research on neuroendocrine regulation of insect development.
The research centers on the biosynthesis regulation by
brain peptides during the lifecycle of honeybees or moths. Found deep
in the central nervous system, the signals in the neuroendocrine system
control reproduction and development. The research is important because
if scientists can isolate the moment, location and manner of these signals
for growth, they may eventually be able to counteract infestations of
The UROP student projects that Glasscock worked on were,
"Study on Juvenile Hormone Biosynthesis Regulation in 2003 and
"Stimulation of juvenile hormone biosynthesis in insects: structure-function
relationship of allatoactive peptides," in 2004.
Glasscock is looking forward to exploring Thailand, "We'll
get to ride elephants up into the mountains outside of Chiang Mai and
after the conference we're stopping to sightsee in Bangkok," she
said. "I've heard the temples in Bangkok are amazing."
While she excels in her research, she also enjoys activities
outside the lab. She fits snowboarding at Spirit Mountain into her schedule
at least once every other week during the winter, and appreciates nature
and camping in the summer months. Thanks to the Chemistry Department,
the Biology Department, the College of Science and Engineering, and
the Office of the Chancellor, all her transportation and expenses for
the trip are covered. Glasscock, a current Raymond W. Darland All-American
Scholar, is now applying to graduate school where she plans to study
Posted Dec 2, 2004