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May 14, 2008

Irondale native and Birmingham-Southern sophomore accepted to competitive environmental summer research program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College student Serena Murphy, a resident of Irondale, has been accepted to the River Basins Research Initiative summer research program at Furman University.

The program is a 10-week research experience for undergraduates and is integral to the research of an interdisciplinary team of faculty members from earth and environmental sciences, biology, and chemistry with students working every day of the summer program as part of a collaborative team. It is focused on developing students as scientists.

The long-term goal of the research program is the systematic characterization of both rural and urban watersheds to develop an understanding of the extent of human impact, particularly urbanization, on river systems in the Blue Ridge and Piedmont provinces of South Carolina.

Murphy, a graduate of John Carroll High School, is a chemistry major. She is the daughter of Charles Murphy and Sally McInerny of Tuscaloosa.

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