Department of Microbiology News

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.

News Sentinel Talks to Jonsson about Deadly Mouse Virus

The Knoxville News Sentinel recently interviewed UT’s Colleen Jonsson who this summer is overseeing a group of undergraduate students from across the country who are using mathematical modeling to study how hantavirus spreads.