News & Announcements

Microbiologists Contribute a Step Toward Possible New Anti-TB Treatment Path

As part of the long effort to improve treatment of tuberculosis (TB), microbiologists led by Yasu Morita report that they have for the first time characterized a protein involved in making a glycolipid compound found in the TB cell wall, which is critical for the disease-causing Mycobacterium to become infectious. Read more

Researchers Receive $2.4 Million to Study Exercise Responses in Older Men and Women

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Kinesiologist Mark Miller and colleagues have received a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine two distinct exercise training regimes designed to improve skeletal muscle function in older men and women, and in particular to determine whether the neuromuscular systems in each sex may respond differently to the training programs. Read more

Sela featured in article about live-culture foods

David Sela, Food Science, was interviewed for an article about why live-culture foods are popular with health food advocates, noting that what we eat not only nourishes us but also feeds the beneficial bacteria—the microbiome—in our intestines. Valley Advocate

Petersen presents work on predicting PhD attainment

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Sandra Petersen, Veterinary & Animal Sciences and director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, presented a workshop at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring on Oct. 27 in Atlanta. Her workshop, “Predicting PhD Attainment: The Efficacy of the GRE,” focused on results of a recent study of 2,000 STEM PhD students in four NEAGEP flagship state universities. Read more

Serio and fellow researchers consider ways to improve postdoc training

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CNS Dean Tricia Serio and a group of colleagues from other institutions published an article in eLife that considers the future of research, proposing that improving the postdoctoral training experience could be a way to address problems in the sustainability of biomedical research. To optimize the biomedical research workforce, they write, “we need to determine how best to support researchers at each level of their career, including faculty, staff scientists and trainees at all levels.” Read more

Siegrist receives $2.3 million NIH grant for TB research

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Sloan Siegrist, Microbiology, has received a five-year, $2.3 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award, which supports “unusually innovative research from early career investigators.” She will use the award to study the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), with a focus on understanding the behavior of antibiotics that kill the disease to shorten TB therapy. Read more.

Burand interviewed about insect-related death

John P. Burand, Microbiology, was interviewed by the Rhode Island Public Radio about a recent incident where a Massachusetts man died after being stung by a swarm of insects identified as bees, and then suffered a heart attack. Burand suggested the death may not have been caused by honeybees, noting that they are often confused with yellow jackets, which are more aggressive. Read more

MCB faculty participate in the Open Classroom Experience (OCX)

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Faculty and staff are invited to join the Open Classroom Experience (OCX), a unique event Nov. 6-10 during which faculty “hosts” will open their classrooms to colleagues who will observe a range of pedagogical approaches, teaching strategies, and instructional tools in different disciplinary areas. The OCX faculty participating in the year's theme, “Common Thread: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” will be weaving ideas from multiple disciplines into a single course. MCB participants include Madelaine Bartlett and Craig Albertson. Read more

Riley speaks to NBC about “post-antibiotic era”

Margaret A. Riley, Biology, was featured in an NBC news story about how to deal with the post-antibiotic era in medicine. Riley is working to develop a special bacteriocin to deal with E. coli that causes urinary tract infections and is also working on one for tuberculosis and cystic fibrosis. NBC News

Soft Materials for Life Sciences NSF NRT program in the news

Highly creative research advances come not only from individual effort but from collaboration across different disciplines. This calls for young scientists to have more team-oriented skills, especially in industry and government labs where work is often done by groups of scientists and engineers trained in fundamentally different ways, says polymer science researcher Gregory N. Tew. Read more