Department of Microbiology News

Mikucki’s ‘Blood Falls’ Speculation Confirmed, Featured in Multiple Outlets

In a study published recently in the Journal of Glaciology, researchers report new information on Blood Falls. Multiple outlets—including Simple Most, Bustle, Outdoor Hub, and Popular Science—reported on the recent findings. This study confirms the speculation of a 2015 paper by Jill Mikucki, an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, into a confirmed fact—and includes some findings that could have major implications for our warming planet, too.

UT Scientists Discover New Hidden World of Giant Viruses in Seawater

An international team of researchers including UT faculty has discovered a hidden world of giant viruses within a teaspoon of seawater. The findings could help scientists directly examine the genetic potential of a virus without first having to grow it in a lab.

Two Faculty Members Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Department of Microbiology faculty members Heidi Goodrich-Blair, professor and head of microbiology, and Igor Jouline, joint faculty professor, have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology. They join 71 other professors worldwide as 2017 academy fellows.

News Sentinel: UT’s LeCleir Helps Knox County Students with Space Flight Experiment

A group of local middle school students who designed a microgravity experiment to test a treatment for common pinkeye in space will travel to Cape Canaveral in February to watch their experiment take flight. Gary LeCleir, assistant research professor in the Department of Microbiology, helped the students design their experiment using a common pinkeye bacteria.

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Science Forum: Terry Hazen to Discuss the Dynamics of Methane

Professor Terry Hazen will present “Methane: The New Paradigm” at Friday’s Science Forum. His talk will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. His forty-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion. The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their own

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Jo Handelsman of White House Office of Science and Technology to Speak Monday

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to meet Jo Handelsman, associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, on Monday. Handelsman will discuss “The National Microbiome Initiative: Opportunities for Research and Policy” at 3:30 p.m. in Room 32 of the Alumni Memorial Building.