Science on Tap
Monthly Science and Technology Presentations and Discussions
Join the Colorado Springs Science Center for Science on Tap every 2nd Monday of the month at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs. Presenters begin at 6:30 pm with food and drink available beginning at 6:00 pm. A wide variety of fascinating topics are presented by local scientists for informal discussion, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages anyone and everyone to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology. From practical to theoretical, the presentations and group interactions provide a fun and interesting way to gain an understanding of the world around us.
Monday March 13, 2017
The program starts at 6:30 PM with food and drinks served at 6:00 PM
Jack Quinn's in Downtown Colorado Springs (map below)
Antibiotics are drugs used to treat and kill bacterial infections. The dawn of the antibiotic era began with Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin in 1928. When Fleming won the Nobel Prize for his discovery he warned that bacteria become resistant to antibiotic killing under certain circumstances. Seventy-two years later the CDC reports that at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die from these infections. It is clear that bacteria inevitably evolve mechanisms to resist antibiotic killing and a massive paradigm shift must happen in medicine and agriculture to fight antibiotic resistance.
Dr. Meghan Lybecker received her PhD in Integrated Biochemistry/Microbiology, from the University of Montana, Missoula, MT in 2007. Her last Post-doctoral work was at the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology of the University of Vienna’s Max F. Perutz Laboratories in Vienna, Austria. She joined the Biology Department at UCCS in 2015 and has taught courses in General Biology: Intro to the Cell, Cell Biology, and Microbiology - Bacteriology/Mycology. Her research at UCCS focuses on how bacteria such as Borrelia burgdorferi (the causative agent of Lyme disease) employ non-coding RNA molecular mechanisms to regulate gene expression, allowing them to adapt to environmental pressures.
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