MES Students Present at Kentucky Academy of Science Meeting
Nov 23rd, 10
New student wins prize in graduate student research competition.
MES students Mike Ward and Jon Cambron presented original research at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science last week in Bowling Green, Ky. Both students are mentored by Dr. Michael Bomford.
Ward presented results of his study of the effects of row covers on soil temperatures in high tunnels (view slides). High tunnels are simple unheated greenhouses used for year-round vegetable production in Kentucky. Row covers inside the tunnels moderate temperature, keeping soil cooler in the heat of the day and warmer at night. Ward entered the MES program after completing a B.A. in English and working as an apprentice on an organic farm.
Cambronís presentation focused on the potential of the iPod Touch as a tool for collecting field data (view slides). He compared three data collection apps available for the iPhone and iPod Touch to conventional paper-based data collection systems. Cambron recently joined KSU as a Research Assistant and enrolled in the MES program. He holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture, and has professional experience as a Health Environmentalist and Agricultural Conservation Technician.
The presentations generated considerable interest from the audience, and the students fielded multiple questions. Cambron's presentation was awarded third place in the graduate student category of the agricultural sciences section of the meeting.