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news for you campus Assault by gunpoint in post office lot Three victims were assaulted by gunpoint at 2:15 a.m. Sunday in the Northgate Post Office parking lot. One victim described the offenders as driving a black Ford F150 and yelling derogatory statements. The suspects were described as white males, one slender with dark brown hair and the other with a large build and blond hair.

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texas Corpus Christi ousts cats on campus The subject of unwanted feral cats forced Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to take action. At least 83 feral cats have been trapped on campus since the school, a year ago, started a program to humanely stop the wild creatures from breeding. School employees turned the felines over to the Animal Care Center to be fixed and released.

University of Texas faces lawsuit An appeals court is scheduled to consider a lawsuit Tuesday that challenges the use of race and ethnicity in undergraduate admissions policies at the University of Texas at Austin. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to take up the case filed in 2008 by two white students who were denied admission.

nation &world Louisiana promotes ‘smell tests’ Even the people who make their living off the seafoodrich waters of Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish have a hard time swallowing the government’s assurances that fish harvested in the waters offshore must be safe to eat because they don’t smell bad. Experts say smell tests are a proven technique that saves time and money. Staff and wire reports

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Starstruck Aggies conduct research with NASA for summer internship

Almost every kid spent some portion of their childhood dreaming of what it would be like to be an astronaut. While students Amy Oliver and Emily Jernigan are not orbiting in space, they are doing their part to help those who are by interning for NASA. The pair of Aggies are researching audiology and space medicine in order to keep space explorers healthy. As it turns out, those exploring the galaxies need help from Earth.

Vicky Flores | The Battalion see story on page 2 Photographer’s name — THE BATTALION

Graphic by Evan Andrews, Photo from NASA — THE BATTALION



Magazine features Aggie’s catch Austin Meek | The Battalion


Plantlife in marshes soak up most of the oil that seeps into the water. The oil has enters the microbial loop, leading to detrimental effects on other plants, animals and bacteria.

Professor researches effect of oil spill on marshes Oceanography professor Thomas Bianchi traveled to Louisiana on a grant from the National Science Foundation to research the effects of the oil spill on decreasing marshlands. “The marshes were in poor shape due to a variety of factors before the spill occurred,” Bianchi said. “Such factors include the levees built along the Mississippi River, which have starved the marshes of sediment over many decades, due to the absence of annual river flooding, and channelization of the marshes from oil companies, which has resulted in saltwater intrusion and enhanced erosion.” Mud delivered from flooding would enable the marshes’ trapped sediments to grow and resist erosion. However, with the rising ocean level and high rates of regional marsh erosion and subsidence on the Louisiana coast, the odds are against the marshes. “If the marshes cannot trap sediment and raise their elevation each year, they will get waterlogged, decompose and

collapse. These systems continue to erode each year, and it is a race against time to save them over the next few decades,” Bianchi said. The marshes soak up anything in the surrounding areas; consequently, plants in the southernmost regions have absorbed the oil. Because of the bacteria that consume oil, it has seeped into the microbial loop and is a part of the food chain, causing detrimental effects on plants, animals and bacteria. “Historically, this area has experienced some of the most extensive marsh loss in the U.S., and amazingly, it is still the second-most productive fishing region in the country, right behind Alaska, so there is an awful lot at stake here,” Bianchi said. The research team sampled two metric tons of water using reverse-osmosis electrodialysis to study the dissolved organic matter. The goal was to observe the makeup and the oriSee Bianchi on page 4

Lindsey Smith and Roger Holland are not your conventional college couple. Instead of filling their weekends with parties and dates, they spend their free time at Smith’s bay house, fishing in the Texas Gulf, which led to a catch of a 38inch redfish that was featured in Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine. “Growing up, my dad used to always want me to fish with him when we went to the house, but I never got too interested in it until I started dating Roger,” said Smith, senior marketing major. “Now we go down there whenever we can.” She sent in a photo of a fish she caught previously to the magazine’s editor, Pam Johnson. The image was an impressive one, but its resolution was too poor to use on the cover, Johnson said. She told Smith to use a higher quality camera next time and the cover would be hers. Resolute, Smith bought a Nikon and brought it with her on fishing outings. “We were out fishing in Baffin Bay past Kingsville,” said Holland, senior finance major. “We were weight fishing. She threw out a topwater, and after a little while the fish took the hook.” The large fish took 15 minutes to reel in, though Smith said it felt longer. Once they’d netted the beast, Holland grabbed the camera and snapped a shot. “We took about 30 photos,” Smith said. “We wanted to make sure we got the right one.”

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The July issue of Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine features Lindsey Smith, senior marketing major with the 38-inch redfish she caught. Within minutes of Smith e-mailing the publication’s editor a copy of the picture, she got a response saying the magazine wanted to put it on the cover of the July issue. “Who wouldn’t want to be on a magazine See Magazine on page 4

university rankings

A&M tops conservative students list The Princeton Review released its annual ranking of universities across the country Monday. Texas A&M University topped the charts for “most conservative students” and came in at number five for best athletic facilities and number 16 for “students pack the stadiums.” The University also was selected as one of the top 10 best value public colleges, based on an evaluation of available financial aid and the cost of attendance. The rankings — which cover a number of topics including drug use on campus, the popularity of sororities and fraternities, and widespread

Texas A&M’s rankings ◗ 5 - Best College Newspaper ◗ 5 - Best Athletic Facilities ◗ 15 - Class Discussions Rare ◗ 15- Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution

◗ 16 - Students Pack the Stadiums ◗ 17 - LGBT-Unfriendly

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Beef cattle


The 56th Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is scheduled Monday through Wednesday.


Fish Camp

Commencement ceremonies on the College Station campus for the summer semester of 2010 will be held at 9 a.m. August 13 in Reed Arena. R.C. Slocum, the winningest coach in the history of Texas A&M football, will be speaking.

Freshmen enrolled in Fish Camp will begin gathering at 8 a.m. Tuesday and will board buses at Reed Arena to leave for camp after 10 a.m.


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Summer REU Poster Session

The OfďŹ ce of Undergraduate Research is having the Summer 2010 REU Poster Session rom 4 to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building today.


Harvest Festival

The Messina Hof Winery Harvest Festival begins at 8 a.m. every weekend now until the third weekend in August at the winery in Bryan. Activities include grape stomping, luncheons, tastings and dinners.

Wednesday sunny and hot high: 99 low: 78 Thursday sunny and hot high: 99 low: 78 Friday 20% chance of thunderstorms high: 99 low: 78

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Two A&M seniors work with NASA for summer internship program Vicky Flores The Battalion For seniors Amy Oliver and Emily Jernigan, reaching for the stars is no longer a tired clichĂŠ. They were chosen for an internship program with NASA researchers organized by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Oliver and Jernigan are among the 19 students chosen from a pool of 250 from universities including Cornell, Harvard and Rice. The program places students in fields such as audiology, flight medicine, radiation and behavioral sciences. “Students are getting valuable hands-on experience with space and biomedical research,â€? said Brad Thomas, senior communications officer for the program. “They are able to go into the laboratories and work with NASA scientists.â€? In addition to working with top NASA researchers, interns chosen for this program attend lectures from other scientists and astronauts in their fields of research, Thomas said. “It is a lot of different things [interns] are getting immersed in, and different work they are getting the opportunity to be exposed to,â€?

Thomas said. Oliver, a biomedical engineering major, was placed in the research field of audiology, a field she did not consider. “I am not an audiology student, but this is where the program placed me,� Oliver said. “I really enjoy it though. I did not have audiology in my future, but if that becomes an opportunity, that would be really great.� Oliver works on software to test the hearing of astronauts during space missions. “The old computer really needs to be updated, and that is including [astronaut] hearing tests,� she said. “There are definitely possibilities of

hearing being affected because the launch is really loud and the space station itself is very loud.�

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She works with a NASA audiology researcher, compiling data from hearing tests to see how the astronauts’ hearing is affected by the conditions of space travel. Jernigan, a senior biology major, was put into the research field of flight medicine, which was a field she planned to pursue. She works on updating instructional videos that are sent up to space to instruct astronauts on medical procedures such as catheter insertion and laceration care. “The videos we have currently are not meant for orbit, so a lot needs to

change based on flight differences,� Jernigan said. “I have worked in mission control, and I have gotten to observe [astronauts’] physical tests in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, which is the largest pool in America.� Jernigan said she is fortunate to experience such an opportunity. “I have gotten to do so many cool things,� she said. “I was always considering doing flight medicine and becoming a flight surgeon. Now I know it is something that I want to do.�


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gin of the molecules collected near contaminated and uncontaminated marshes in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. Cook said the analysis of these samples in regard to marsh health is comparable to taking blood pressure, heart rate and a reflex test at an annual visit to the doctor. “The key point is that we are not looking for oil, but instead we are focusing on the much more water-soluble chemicals that are formed from oil when it is decomposed by bacteria and sunlight,” said Michael Perdue, a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology who contributed to the research.

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political views — are based on e-mail surveys of 122,000 students at more than 370 universities. The surveys are completed voluntarily, with an average of 325 students from each school completing questions for the nearly 60 categories covered by the survey. Aggies also ranked number 15 in the category of “future Rotarians and Daughters of the


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The ocean’s water level rises each year due to thermal expansion, making it that much harder for the marshes to survive. The sea level elevates an average of 0.4 centimeters each year, but in Louisiana it rises 0.8-0.9 centimeters per year. Considering this issue alone, Louisiana could be underwater in 6,000 years. “This is a naked-eye macroscopic view of what is really going on out there. There is still quite a bit of oil in the dissolved organic matter,” Bianchi said. “The marshes are pretty tough plants. If erosion doesn’t get them and eventually the oil dilutes, they are going to come back. But none of them are healthy anyway. Some of them probably will come back, but it will depend on location.” Caroline Ward, staff writer

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