James J. Manion Symposium

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Manion Symposium. The symposium recognizes the dedication and contributions of Professor James J. Manion, a biology professor at Carroll College from 1956 to 1987. We who find inspiration in “Doc” Manion’s academic legacy and who benefit from the Chair established in his honor join together in celebration of scientific inquiry and faculty-mentored, student-focused research.

Download the

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 20:

  • 9-10 a.m. REFRESHMENTS AND POSTER SESSION, Campus Center
  • 11-11:45 a.m. MANION SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATIONS, Trinity Hall Lounge
    • Dr. Jennifer Glowienka—Celebrating 40 years of the Manion Symposium
    • Emma Esposito—Analysis of antimicrobial peptide efficacy against chytridiomycosis from skin secretions of Columbia spotted frogs (Lithobates lueiventris)
    • Kerry McInnis—Long-term care of elderly citizens: a comparative study
  • 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Join biology faculty and student presenters at the MANION SYMPOSIUM LUNCH in the Fortin Scola. RSVP for the lunch by April 13 to Dr. Jennifer Glowienka at jglowienka@carroll.edu or 406-447-4461. Please indicate special dietary needs.


Friday, April 20, 9–10 a.m., Campus Center upper level

  • Brandon Adair and Tamra Jones: Manganese toxicity in the dopamine synthesis pathway in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Teal Bullick: Modeling Culex tarsalis habitat suitability in the Great Plains of Montana
  • Teal Bullick and Bryce Green: Effects of UVB light on p8/TTDA gene expression in developing Drosophila melanogaster
  • Reegan DeBruycker: Growth and production of hops (Humulus lupulus) varieties in the Helena Valley (MT)
  • Emma Esposito and Keenan McNally: The effects of sulfur dioxide exposure on abd-A gene expression and larval development in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Nick Hensley: Landscape genetics of Dermacentor andersoni
  • Kaitlin McHugh: The influence of avian distributions on West Nile virus infection rates
  • Brenden McMahon and Scott Kahle: Investigation of Tetrahymena thermophila's response to oxidative damage
  • Keenan McNally: Land association of Culex tarsalis in western Montana
  • Bob Pearhill: Genetic identification of Culex tarsalis host plants from extracted gut contents
  • Anna Sapone and Michael Wilson: Put your phone down: effects of cellular radiation on Drosophila melanogaster
  • Evelyn Sowers and Alex Skoulis: The effect of alcohol on feeding and cellular metabolism in Tetrahymena thermophila
  • Rachel Tremaine, Anna Sapone and Katie McHugh: The effects of salt concentration on Tetrahymena thermophila growth and CRP1 gene expression
  • Bryce Walker: Diversity post-wildfire of vegetative understory in Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine woodland and montane sagebrush steppe


The Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF) showcases student research on subjects ranging from history to engineering to biology. You are invited to attend the SURF keynote event on Thursday, April 19, and the SURF presentation and poster sessions on Friday, April 20. See the full SURF schedule.

Carroll Campus
United States