EEOB graduate student, Bryan Juarez, recently received the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) oral presentation award for the Ecology/Evolutionary Biology category. Juarez is the first ISU student to receive a presentation award from SACNAS.
The national SACNAS conference was held October 19-21 in Salt Like City Utah. It is the largest diversity in STEM conference in the United States. The graduate student oral presentations were part of the main conference sessions. Undergraduates were eligible for poster presentations, which took place in the conference exhibit hall.
Juarez, whose interest lays in evolutionary biomechanics, presented his research on frog morphology. He opened his presentation by asking the audience how one could predict the velocity of a frog jump with a deceased frog.
According to Juarez, the way in which an animal moves is related to its ability to reproduce.
"If something jumps faster or slower, and we know this based on its morphology, then we know something about its capacity to procreate and its ability to survive over evolutionary time," said Juarez.
Juarez is a member of the ISU SACNAS chapter, which meets regularly throughout the academic year. According to Juarez, the organization offers him the chance to mentor undergraduates while building connections to other professionals.