Augusta State University student who explored estrogen in local streams to be honored at Friday event

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:38 PM
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An Augusta State Uni­versity chemistry major who explored a cost-efficient method for testing estrogen levels in local streams will be will be among 75 students honored Friday during the school’s Honors Convocation.

Skylar Hendricks, whose studies focused on how increased exposure to estrogen in waterways could affect fish, livestock and humans, will receive the William A. Bloodworth Jr. Aca­demic Recognition Day Scholar award.

In her research, Hen­dricks used a cheaper way to conduct tests with a chemical that enabled estrogen levels to be analyzed through a process known as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

“After months of working with the hormone estrogen and using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, I discovered that we avoided spending hundreds of dollars in this research,” Hendricks said.

Estrogen’s presence in streams and lakes has many causes, including human and animal wastes, factory packaging and agricultural practices.

Hendricks is also one of the first recipients of Augusta State’s ADP Scholarship, made possible by a gift from the ADP Educational Partners for Success Grant.

After graduating in May, Hendricks plans to study pharmacy at the University of South Carolina or University of Georgia.

Friday’s 7 p.m. convocation will be held in ASU’s Maxwell Theatre.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/07/12 - 03:55 pm
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So much is missing from this

So much is missing from this so-called news story. For instance, what method did they use before she developed her gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method?

Also, what are some of her findings regarding how increased exposure to estrogen in waterways is likely to affect fish livestock and humans?

Then we could be told what the original estrogen levels in waterways were, and what the levels are now.

Inquiring minds want to know.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/07/12 - 05:07 pm
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What streams around here were

What streams around here were tested? Which were the highest? Lowest?

Which species showed the most sensitivity to estrogen in water? Least sensitivity?

chemchick
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chemchick 03/07/12 - 05:06 pm
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Estrogen derivatives are

Estrogen derivatives are actually what is measured. Skylar's research was to find a cost effective way to make these derivatives. She discovered that acetic anhydride worked just as well as trifloroacetic anhydride (I think :-)) and was tons cheaper. Also, using the GC-MS vs and GC-MS-MS is a cost savings as well. Due to the time constraints of undergraduate research, someone else must pick up where she left off to determine local estrogen levels.

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Little Lamb 03/07/12 - 05:08 pm
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Hey, thanks for responding!

Hey, thanks for responding!

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Craig Spinks 03/07/12 - 05:27 pm
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KUDOS to Ms. Hendrick's on

KUDOS to Ms. Hendrick's on her research and on her receipt of the Bloodworth Scholar Award.

From what HS did she graduate?

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