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Student Success: Job One at OSU

October 13th, 2008

President Ray’s quarterly report for the fall, highlighting student success, has been published online.

One of the stories in the report focuses on Dan Preston, an OSU biology major who is studying anesthetics in reptiles for his Honors College senior thesis.

For the snake study, funded in part by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship, Preston is comparing the effectiveness of an injectable anesthetic against that of several other drugs used in veterinary medicine. Anesthesia is critical in the Mason lab, where experiments to better understand reproductive biology and physiology depend on surgical procedures. “Dr. Mason and Dr. Mosley are great mentors,” Preston says. “They let me follow the questions I find interesting and design my own experiments. And they’re available whenever I need input.”

Photo: Jim Folts

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