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Microbiology Class Wins SWI, CDC Contest

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When the the Small World Initiative and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraged students to do something about the antibiotics crisis at the CDC’s ninth annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, NC State professor Alice Lee’s Microbiology 360 class answered the call.

It was one of 14 groups from colleges across the country to enter the challenge last November, in association with global activities from the World Health Organization, the European Union, the Pan-American Health Organizations and similar groups in Canada and Australia.

Lee’s Inquiry in Microbiology: Crowdsourcing Antibiotics course took first place in the challenge. The CDC commented that the class’s entry had excellent depth and reach of impact. They believed the students did a great job recording their impact, which is one of the most important things they do in public health.

The winning class members include:

  • Emily May
  • Hayley Payne
  • Jonquil Cothren
  • Hunter Hudson
  • Brian Ford
  • April Malone
  • Andrew Dalrymple
  • Ayumi Deloach
  • Patrick Sheehan
  • Jarin Tasnim
  • Paige Nemec (graduate T.A.)
  • Alice Lee (professor)

The class will receive a special tour of the CDC and the CDC museum in Atlanta. They will also receive a mentoring session with Lauri Hicks, a medical epidemiologist and director of the CDC’s office of antibiotic stewardship. Her expertise is in bacterial respiratory diseases, outbreak investigations and antibiotic resistance and use.

A winner profile was posted and their outreach efforts can be seen in this youtube video.