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EKU student from Dry Ridge to present at conference

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By The Staff

An Eastern Kentucky University undergraduate will present his research project at the National Environmental Health Association’s annual Educational Conference and Exhibition.

Jonathan Slone, a senior environmental health major from Dry Ridge, will present research he conducted on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) control methods on university campuses. He will also receive a $500 scholarship, which will be presented at the conference.

“I became fascinated by the increasing number of MRSA cases found outside hospitals, what is called community-associated MRSA,” Slone said. “We know a fair amount about the presence of the bacteria in people, but little is known about how the environment contributes to its spread.”

Slone worked with Dr. David Hufford in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science on a method of detecting MRSA on environmental surfaces and began testing what he identified as high-risk areas on campus.

“I have always been interested in infectious disease,” Slone said. “It is something I am very passionate about.”

An active member of EKU’s nationally prestigious honors program and a McNair Scholar, Slone plans to attend graduate school and eventually pursue a career in international health.