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After 44 years of college/university teaching, the last 34 years here at Mississippi College, I retired on June 30, 2014. On Friday, August 21, 2015, at the Mississippi College Fall Convocation, I was given my final promotion to Professor and Chair Emeritus. It is an honor, and I am humbled to have been granted Professor and Chair Emeritus status. In the short term, I will continue to teach as an Adjunct Professor of Biology.
Also, I will continue to be involved with directing microbiology research projects with undergraduate biology majors and graduate students. My research interests include the microbial diversity of gram-negative rods in fresh water lakes, the diversity of gram-postive cocci on environmental surfaces, e.g. the diversity of gram-positive cocci on the pads inside of football helmets and chin straps, keys on computer keyboards, clean room microbiota, etc. Previously, research was done to determine the microbiota diversity of a pharmaceutical company clean room used for the preparation of intravenous solutions for treatment of cancer patients. Recent undergraduate student research involved the diversity of human oral microbiota, particularly the capnophiles and anaerobes, as found in the trough of football mouthpieces. Spring 2015 research involved the isolation of surface microbiota of Three-Lined Salamander larvae and adults. Interestingly, there were no species of isolated bacteria that were common both to Three-Lined Salamander adults and larvae. In all cases, bacterial identifications were accomplished through use of the BIOLOG GEN III MicroStation System.
After first attending Western Kentucky University in my hometown, Bowling Green, KY, for three years on an Ogden Scholarship, I transferred to Belmont University, Nashville, TN where I earned my B.S. (biology major, chemistry minor). After graduating from Belmont University, I went to Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, where I earned both my M.S. and Ph.D.
My wife is the former Beatrice Ashlock of Elizabethtown, KY. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Bea is a retired medical technologist from The University of Mississippi Medical Center. We are the parents of two grown children (Blaine and Gretchen) and five grandchildren (Taylor, John, Bailey Grace, Jake, and Mary Caroline). My son Blaine Snazelle is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a master mechanic, and a State of Mississippi retiree who is currently a contract employee at the Stennis Research Center in south Mississippi. After attending The University of Mississippi for two years, my daughter Gretchen Purkey earned her BSN at Mississippi College and her master's degree as a nurse practitioner at the University of Memphis. My daughter-in-law Teri Tyson Snazelle has her BS in Chemistry and MS in Biology from Mississippi College and is employed by the United States Geological Survey at the Stennis Research Center. Last, my son-in-law Randy Purkey has both his BSBA and MBA degrees from Mississippi College and manages a family-owned, commercial roofing company, Seamless Systems, in Memphis, TN. Randy is a Mississippi College letterman as a baseball pitcher. Currently, my granddaughter, Taylor Snazelle, is a music education major at Mississippi College and is alo working to complete a minor in Spanish. Grandson John Snazelle is in his second year of aviation technology at Hinds Community College, Jackson, MS.
I am Co-teacher of the Chapel Sunday School Class and a Deacon at First Baptist Church, Clinton, MS. My main avocational interest is growing, hybridizing, and showing daffodils. Also, I am a novice digital photographer. I will serve as Show Chairman for the Mississippi State Daffodil Show, March 12, 2016, Alumni Hall Gymnasium, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS.
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