Help Fund the T.I.M.E. Program!

Untitled presentation (4)Hello T.I.M.E. supporters!

It’s about TIME to get the funding for the 2016-2017 program year. My name is Abby Williams and I am trying to raise $12,000 for the TIME program to fill the current budget gap for the 2016-2017 school year. I have created an Indiegogo page where all of you can donate any amount you want. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated by all of the past, current and future TIME students!

Click HERE to go to the Indiegogo preview page.  The link will become live and you will be able to donate on the 5th of December! If you cannot donate anything please share this post on Facebook or any other social media site to help us reach our goal. This program has inspired many young scientists and we want to continue to do so!

 

Bugs and Guts: Fine tuning our dissection skills

Trial and error. Trial and error. Trial and error…and some more error. Team Carly and Abby is working out the kinks in the electroantennogram, an apparatus that will measure the kudzu bug antennae response to a chemical. We’ve had to change our set up, fine tune our dissection skills, and do a lot of practice. One problem we’ve figured out is how to prep our stink bug; if its dead for too long, it won’t work. (We’ve found this to mean that the more gooey our bug is, the easier it is to have electrical conductivity.) So, we tried live bugs only to discover that, for some reason, they were very resistant to giving us their antennae. Next we tried knocking them out with CO2–only to find that they would wake up in a couple of minutes! Finally, we decided a head rather than full body preparation would work best, and put our bug in the freezer prior to dissection…. With a small body, smaller head, and smallest antennae, the stereoscope helped a lot. There has been definite improvement: instead of a miniature demolition site, we’ve been able to make clean contact with the antennae. (See picture below)abby

Y Not?

1brevard_research-202The dynamic duo (Carly and Abby) are back at it again with the open-Y track olfactometer! This is our third year in the TIME program working with the kudzu bug, an invasive stink bug native to Asia that’s devastating soybean crops in the Southeastern United States. We are currently working with behavioral tests to see the stinkbugs reactions to [E]-2-hexenal (chemical the females were significantly attracted to last year) at different concentrations. If we can find a specific concentration that significantly attracts or repels the kudzu bug, it could be used towards controlling this pest. So far the results are not what we expected, but hey that’s science!