PHS Grad Present Project at Capitol

Thursday, February 23, 2017
State Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (left) of Paragould and Channing Pejic (center), government and community relations representative for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, listen to Dylan Howell, of Piggott, as he presents his research poster.(courtesy photo)

Eleven students from Arkansas State University, including a Piggott native and graduate of PHS, presented their recent work last Wednesday during the 2017 "Undergraduate Research Posters at the Arkansas State Capitol" event in Little Rock.

More than 110 students from 15 institutions throughout the state participated, according to Emily Devereux, director of research development and coordinator of A-State's participation. The purpose is to promote understanding and participation in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Among those presenting was Dylan Howell, of Piggott, with a lifesaving design.

During the event, posters were set up in the rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol. Legislators, constitutional officers and other state officials were invited, along with several high schools and the public and the visitors had opportunities to interact with the students.

Among the ASU students who presented posters was Howell, co-valedictorian of the PHS class of 2013, from the engineering department. He presented "Design and Development of a Safety System with Bluetooth Capability to Alert the Parent for Unattended Child in Car Seat."

As explained in the title, the design allows parents to be alerted of the presence of a child in a car seat by way of Bluetooth capable devices. The subject has received increased attention in recent years as more incidences of children being left in hot cars have come to the forefront.

Other Arkansas State University students who presented, their hometown, academic department and poster title included:

--Devin Allison of Poplar Bluff, Mo., chemistry, "Synthesis and antimicrobial studies of pyrazole-derived hydrazones against Acinetobacter baumannii."

--Justin Barnes of Cabot, physics, "Evaluation and Development of Secondary BalloonSAT Payloads."

--Carson Day of Cave City, Christine Matei of Hot Springs, and Alexis Philippe of St. Louis, biological sciences, "Peanut: A Source of Bioactive Compounds for the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity."

--Hannah Kling of Monticello, biological sciences, "Regeneration in the Nervous System: Possible Cure for Paralysis?

--Erin Langley of Beebe, biological sciences, "Uses and Benefits of the MultispeQ to Better Understand the Physiology of Arabidopsis Plants Grown under Abiotic Stress Conditions."

--Samantha M. Richter of Berryville, biological sciences, "Mangroves as Nurseries for Caribbean Coral Reef Fish?"

--Christopher Saldivar of Marion, computer science, "The Adoption Rate of Lambda Expressions in Java Open Source Projects."

--Ania C. Welman of Jonesboro, biological sciences, "Analysis of the Acute Toxicity of Shark Defense Repellent."

Dylan is the son of Jeff Howell and Dr. Angela Howell.

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