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St. Norbert College Microbiology Students to Present Research at Titletown Tiny Earth Symposium

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From St. Norbert College, November 20, 2019
by Hailey Barron,, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College microbiology students, under the instruction of David Hunnicutt, associate professor of biology, will present research at the second annual Tiny Earth
in Titletown symposium on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. The event will take place at the Lambeau Field Atrium, 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay.

Launched in 2018 at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Tiny Earth is a network of instructors and students focused on sourcing antibiotic discovery from
soil. The innovative program centers on an introductory biology course, during which students perform hands-on field and laboratory research on soil with the goal of finding new antibiotics. Today, nearly 10,000 students in 45 states and 15 countries are enrolled in some version of the course annually. The innovative program 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.

The Tiny Earth in Titletown event was developed by biology instructors and administrators at UW-Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to showcase
the innovative science, research and teaching taking place in northeast Wisconsin. Participating institutions include St. Norbert College, UW-Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, College of the Menominee Nation, Marian University, UW-Fond du Lac, Milwaukee Area Technical College, UW-Parkside, UW-Waukesha County, UW-Whitewater, UW-Rock County, Madison College, UW-Madison, Northcentral Technical College, UW-River Falls and others.

The evening will include a student research-poster competition and a conversation about the efforts students are taking to harness the full potential of Wisconsin’s soil. St. Norbert College students will present research they conducted over the semester using soil samples as sources of unknown bacteria to look for potential antibiotic producers. Area scientists will judge student submissions.

For more information, visit or contact Sarah Miller, Tiny Earth executive director, at or 608-316-4649.

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