March 1, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Science Café | The Rise of the Superbugs, March 16

Ronan Carroll, assistant professor of biological sciences. Photo credit: Emily Mueting/Ohio University.

Ronan Carroll, assistant professor of biological sciences. Photo credit: Emily Mueting/Ohio University.

Science Café presents Dr. Ronan Carroll on “The Rise of the Superbugs,” on Wednesday, March 16, at 5 p.m. in the Baker Center Front Room.

Science Cafe logoAbout 12,000 people die every year in the United States from infections caused by MRSA, which is an antibiotic-resistant form of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. In large part, this problem has emerged because of the overuse of antibiotics. The rise of superbugs, highly resistant strains of bacteria, is now outpacing the development of new forms of antibiotics.

“The situation is getting progressively worse. Every year that goes by that we don’t develop any new antibiotics, we will have more resistant bacteria emerging,” says Carroll, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. “The scariest part about all of this is, even if we prioritized funding right now, there will be about a 10-year lag between when the research kicks in and when the antibiotics are developed.”

Watch on A&S TV.

The event will be live-streamed and archived, and the online audience is invited to submit questions.

About Science Café and Café Conversation: Events are held on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Front Room at Baker University Center. They are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Both cafés are venues for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting. The Science Cafe is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. The two series are sponsored by the Ohio University chapter of Sigma Xi and the Office of Research and Creativity.

Science Café Spring 2016

Jan. 20:  Winfried Just, Mathematics, “Spread of Contagions:  Diseases, Rumors and Mathematical Models

Feb. 3:   Natalie Kruse Daniels, Environmental Studies, Voinovich School, “The Mining Legacyof SE Ohio:  Learning from Past Mistakes

March 16:  Ronan Carroll, Biological Sciences, The Rise of the Superbugs

March 23:   James Thomas, Physical Therapy, livestream

Café Conversation Spring 2016

Feb. 24:  Brian Schoen, History, livestream

March 9:  Joshua Sosin, Classical Studies, Duke University, Ancient Texts in a Modern Age: The Promise and Perils of Digital Scholarship

March 30:   Loren Lybarger, Classics and World Religions, livestream


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