SCF Students Participate in Yale Research

(Bradenton, Fla., January 30, 2014) — As a part of Yale University's Small World Initiative, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) microbiology students, led by Natural Sciences Instructor Dr. Eric Warrick, will participate in authentic scientific research that addresses one of the most serious modern health threats: antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

SCF was one of 25 colleges and universities nationwide selected for the Yale pilot project, which engages students in a real-world research project by searching for and identifying antibiotic-producing bacteria in soil and other environments.

Designed to inspire students nationwide to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, the initiative gives students at state and community colleges a rare opportunity to participate in a research project in collaboration with four-year colleges and universities.

Warrick joined faculty members from participating colleges and universities at a workshop at Yale University's Center for Scientific Teaching in July 2013 to develop the curriculum and learning objectives for their courses and implement evidence-based practices in their classrooms.

Under Warrick's instruction, SCF students will collect soil, culture bacteria from the soil, test bacteria for antibiotic activity and verify antibiotic production. Further testing will be conducted to identify the chemical structure of the antibiotic analysis in collaboration with Small World Initiative partners.

SCF microbiology students will present their scientific findings at a poster symposium April 21 at SCF. The winner will have the opportunity to present the findings at the American Society of Microbiology Conference in May.

The Small World Initiative's primary investigator is Dr. Jo Handelsman, professor of biology at Yale University, co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and associate director for science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The co-principal investigator and project facilitator is Dr. Tiffany Tsang, postdoctoral associate for the Center for Scientific Teaching at Yale University.

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