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NWTC student research to be featured at Lambeau Field

Kara Leiterman

Tuesday December 3, 2019
Soil from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College or University of Wisconsin-Green Bay could be the answer to solving the diminishing supply of antibiotics.
 
About 140 students from NWTC along with students across Wisconsin and around the world are analyzing soil samples to develop new antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control says, the world is facing a crisis of antibiotic resistance— meaning the germs are not killed and growth is not stopped. 
 
“If we don’t find new antibiotics soon, people will once again be dying of infections like strep throat,” NWTC Microbiology instructor Dr. Angelo Kolokithas said. “Our students are excited that their work could potentially change the world and save millions of live “
 
This year, area College students are testing soil samples from around the community and comparing the results. Soil comparisons from for example: different waterways, NWTC vs UW-Green Bay, Walmart vs Costco, Green Bay vs Appleton.
 
“This project is an unbelievable opportunity for students to be engaged in the science community and be their own scientist,” said Kolokithas.
 
The students from Northeast Wisconsin will present soil research they've conducted over the last several months at the Tiny Earth in Titletown event on Friday, December 6, 2019. From 5- 7:30 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
 
Tiny Earth is an innovative program spanning 45 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. Tiny Earth centers around an introductory biology course in which students perform hands-on field and laboratory research on soil in the hunt for new antibiotics.
 
At the end of this semester, students will enter their data into an international database at the University of Wisconsin- Madison which is supported by Small World Imitative (SWI). That data makes candidates available for further testing and development by drug companies or other entities.
 
SWI is innovative project that allows students to engaged in authentic research to address a real-world problem and encourage students to pursue careers in science.
 
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