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80 NWTC students to showcase antibiotic research at Lambeau Field

Kara Leiterman

Thursday December 6, 2018
Eighty Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) students on a mission to discover new antibiotics will present their research at Lambeau Field Friday, December 7, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:30 PM.
 
It is part of the Tiny Earth in Titletown event, where 120 of undergraduate College students from Green Bay and all over Wisconsin will showcase their innovative science and research with a poster competition.
 
The students spent the last year researching and testing soil samples from around the state looking for new antibiotics. 
 
 “Students get to potentially discover new antibiotics from bacteria found in soil. Being able to do real world research while at the same time learning microbiology represents a unique way of learning science: by doing science! Many students are excited that their work could potentially change the world and save millions of lives,”  Dr. Angelo Kolokithas, NWTC Microbiology instructor said.
 
This is part of the Tiny Earth program spanning 44 states and 15 countries that inspires and retains students in the sciences while addressing one of the most pressing global health challenges of our century: the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics. 
 
“New classes of antibiotics have not been found in decades. Finding new antibiotics takes a lot of time and resources that biotech and pharmaceutical companies don’t have. Involving colleges and students in the research, however, exponentially increases the chances of new antibiotics being discovered just by the sheer number of people looking. This is a unique opportunity to students at NWTC, and in partnership with Tiny Earth we are trying to extend this to more colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin,” Kolokithas said. 
 
The event will include a student poster competition and a conversation discussing efforts by Wisconsin’s students to harness the full potential of the state’s soil to tackle the looming public health crisis, antibiotic resistance. Area scientists will judge student submissions and awards and prizes will be presented to winning students.
 
The Tiny Earth in Titletown event was created by biology instructors and administrators at UW-Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) to showcase the innovative science, research, and teaching taking place in northeast Wisconsin. Participating institutions include UW-Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, College of the Menominee Nation, Marian University, UW-Fond du Lac, Milwaukee Area Technical College, UW-Parkside, UW-Waukesha County, UW-Whitewater, UW-Rock County, Madison College, UW-Madison, Northcentral Technical College, and UW-River Falls.
 
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