MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of Dec. 16-20.

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Last summer, Murray State senior chemistry and music performance instrumental double major Alex Thome of Murray, Kentucky, was accepted into the Lando/NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate students) program.

Lando/NSF REU is a research opportunity for outstanding national and international undergraduate students. This particular REU is designed to encourage students in the chemical sciences to learn more about research in chemistry, and provide them with the opportunity to work in a lab under the direction of a faculty member. The program offers a variety of professional and social events for participants throughout the summer.

Last summer, Murray State senior chemistry and music performance instrumental double major Alex Thome of Murray, Kentucky, was accepted into the Lando/NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate students) program.

At the end of the summer, the students are required to participate in a poster presentation on the research performed there. Thome’s research was titled “Charting the Dissociation Pathway of a Manganese-based photoCORM with 2D-IR Spectroscopy.” 

Each REU location is allowed to select one student to send to the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) REU Symposium in Washington, D.C.; Thome was chosen from his lab from the University of Minnesota. The symposium itself consisted of professional development and networking sessions along with presentations of the summer’s research. 

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Murray State University alumna Shraddha Chakradhar, ’11, was recently featured as an expert on PBS Newshour for her work researching potential racial bias in an algorithm used by hospitals to determine whether patients need follow-up care or not.

Chakradhar, a reporter for STAT News, earned her liberal arts degree at Murray State, with concentrations in English and chemistry. Before joining STAT, Shraddha was a news editor for Nature Medicine and a researcher for the PBS science documentary show “NOVA.”

Her mother, Dr. Kala Chakradhar, is an associate professor of social work at Murray State.

You can find the Newshour story here: pbs.org/video/racial-bias-in-widely-used-hospital-algorithm-study-finds-1574620725/

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Henderson County High School senior and incoming Murray State freshman Sydney Simpson of Cairo, Kentucky, placed sixth in her first National Horse Show held in October at the Alltech Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

Profiled by “The Gleaner” newspaper in Henderson, Kentucky, 17-year-old Simpson has competed in several equine events since she developed an interest in horses at the age of five.

Simpson earned a top ten ranking in her class of 17 competitors.

She told The Gleaner she plans on majoring in animal science at Murray State, and she plans to take her horse, Duke, with her.

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Dr. Debbie Reed, director of the Breathitt Veterinary Center, has been appointed to the Executive Board of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AALVD). 

The AAVLD is a world leader in advancing the discipline of veterinary diagnostic laboratory science to promote global animal health and One Health. The AAVLD promotes continuous improvement and public awareness of veterinary diagnostic laboratories by advancing the discipline of veterinary diagnostic laboratory science. The AAVLD provides avenues for education, communication, peer-reviewed publication, collaboration, outreach and laboratory accreditation. 

Dr. Debbie Reed, director of the Breathitt Veterinary Center, has been appointed to the Executive Board of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AALVD).

Reed will be completing a one-year term as the Southeast Region Representative to fulfill the term of Dr. Jeremiah Saliki of the University of Georgia, who moved into the officer rotation.

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The Hutson School of Agriculture Leadership Council teamed up with the Murray State University Rodeo Team and Murray State Racer Athletics for a food drive that brought in more than 5,000 cans and other goods.

On Nov. 25, the food was donated to the Murray-Calloway County Needline Food Project, totalling more than 8,000 pounds of cans and $400 in monetary donations.

The Hutson School of Agriculture Leadership Council teamed up with the Murray State University Rodeo Team and Murray State Racer Athletics for a canned food drive brought in more than 5,000 cans. Pictured are students showing off a sample of all the goods collected.
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