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McMurry University’s Science and Math Advisory Board Selects Bloomer Research Stipend Recipients


ABILENE, Texas–McMurry’s Science and Math Advisory Board has selected the newest recipients of the Charles and Lisa Bloomer Research Stipend.

Arthur Ross, a junior physics major who is stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, proposed re-conditioning an old analog spectrophotometer housed in the Chemistry department. He will build a digital spectrophotometer that can interface with any modern laptop, using student‐programmed software. This equipment will be completely serviceable in‐house and will function at a level near that of a new spectrophotometer at a fraction of the cost. He will be working with Dr. Tim Renfro, from the physics faculty.

Shayna Hoag, a junior biology major also from Dyess AFB, will be working with Dr. Tierney Brosius. Her project is to conduct a series of experiments that will aid in the development of a chemically‐baited blow fly trap by using differing ratios of sulfate compounds. This study will benefit the forensic entomology community through improved efficiency of blow fly diversity studies, and providing a method for standardizing methodology. Such a new technique will allow for geographic diversity studies which are important in determining the species that may be found at crime scenes and will ultimately aid in post mortem interval estimations.

The responsibility of the candidate will be to help conduct this research by setting out treatments, picking up treatments, processing data, as well as entering data into a database.