Congratulations to the 2015 Award Winners!

Bioethics Essay Competition

First Place
Andrew Sliger
University of Missouri – Columbia
A Review of Ethics: From A to Xenotransplantation

Second Place
Mark Messler
University of Missouri – Columbia
Possibilities and Consequences of Neural Engineering

Third Place
Caroline Green
University of Missouri – Columbia
Unnatural Enhancement

Honorable Mentions
Samantha Huddleston
University of Missouri – Columbia
Pay for Printed Organs

Nicholas Roberts
University of Missouri – Columbia
Preparing for the Future Biotechnology: Look to the Future

Student Poster Competition

Undergraduate Category

Grand Prize, sponsored by KSBB
Kseniya A. Sheshukova, Kansas State University; Lisa R. Wilken, Kansas State University;
Erin T. Ogle, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Extraction of a Recombinant Human Blood Protein from Rice Flour

First Place
Kayla Morrissey, Alexa Jacobs, Lisa Wilken
Kansas State University
Process Development for Corn Protein Recovery after Germ Wet Milling for Value-Added Co-Products

Second Place
Ryan J. Putman, Sara Gertsch, Dallin Christensen, Cody Maxfield, Asif Rahman, Charles D. Miller Utah State University
Stain Busters

Third Place
Kristen S. Harrison, Johnnie Chamberlin, Wen Zhang
University of Arkansas
New Methods of Microalgae Quantification in Wastewater Treatment and Biofuel Production

Graduate Category

Grand Prize, sponsored by KSBB
Jonathan Wood, Tyler Gladwin, Jon Takemoto, Ronald Sims, Utah State University
Differences in Biomass and Phycocyanin Yields with Respect to Growth Substrata on a Rotating Algal Biofilm Reactor

First Place
Laura Soto Sierra, Chelsea Dixon, Lisa R. Wilken, Kansas State University
Aqueous enzymatic extraction of oil and protein from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Second Place
Nana Baah Appiah-Nkansah, Kaelin Saul, William Rooney, Donghai Wang
Kansas State University
Incorporation of sweet sorghum juice into current dry-grind ethanol process for improved ethanol yields, energy savings and water efficiency

Third Place
Spencer Williams, Anhong Zhou
Utah State University
Simultaneous Electrochemical Detection of Metal Ions in Water Using a Six-Electrode Microfluidic Device


Chris Glover, Sarah Smith, Dave Grant, Sheila Grant, University of Missouri
Characterization of acellular porcine diaphragm construct conjugated with bioactive gold nanoparticles

Presidential Citations

Melissa Moss: 2015 Annual Conference Co-Chair
Prem Parajuli: 2015 Annual Conference Co-Chair
Lisa Wilken: Chair, Bioethics Essay competition
Mark Uline: Chair, Poster Competition
Mark Eiteman: Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Biological Engineering
Guigen Zhang: 2012-2014 Councilor-at-Large
Sabrina Jedlicka: 2012-2014 Councilor-at-Large
Czarena Crofcheck: 2013 Past President
John Dueber: 2015 Outstanding Session Chair Organizer