Kendra Gross Named McCurtain County Campus Director

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Kendra Gross

DURANT, Okla. – Kendra Gross has been named director of the McCurtain County Campus (MCC) of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

She has been employed at the MCC since 2000, most recently as Coordinator of Academics/Admissions/Advisement/Financial Aid and Instructional Support. Gross replaces Dr. Bruce King, who is now Executive Director of the Center for Student Success and Native American Institute at Southeastern in Durant.

“We are confident  that Kendra will do an outstanding job in her new role,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “We are committed to meeting the higher education needs of our students and the community in McCurtain County.’’

Gross holds a master’s degree in Native American Leadership and a bachelor’s in general business, both from Southeastern, and both through the MCC program. Continue reading

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Dr. Mac & Colleagues Discover New Species, Publish Article

Dr. Chris McAllister, EOSC-Biology Professor and colleagues recently had a scientific paper published in the Journal of Parasitology entitled, “Two new species of Homalometron (Digenea: Apocreadiidae) from Nearctic freshwater fundulids, elucidation of the life cycle of H. cupuloris, and molecular phylogenetic analysis of some congeners”. This publication is noteworthy in that it included host fishes, Blackstripe Topminnows (Fundulus notatus) collected by Dr. McAllister from Broken Bow at Yashau Creek, McCurtain County, Oklahoma.

Figure 1. Original line drawing of H. robisoni by T. J. Fayton and journal front page. Scale bar = 250 µm.

Figure 1. Original line drawing of H. robisoni by T. J. Fayton and journal front page. Scale bar = 250 µm.

Eleven of 97 (10%) of these topminnows were infected with a new species of parasitic trematode (flatworm) they named, Homalometron robisoni (Fig. 1), after an esteemed colleague, Dr. Henry Robison, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Biology and coauthor of Fishes of Oklahoma, formerly of Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas.

The parasite represents the fifth species of the genus known from freshwater in North America. The study included morphological information (measurements) as well as molecular (rDNA) sequences of the worms. The life cycle of these parasites include maturing in the digestive tract of fishes with larval forms using snails as intermediate hosts.

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