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‘Bacteria that eat dynamite’ lecture topic

"Bacteria That Eat Dynamite" will be the topic of a distinguished microbiology lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in 218 Pearson Hall.

Presenter Glenn Chambliss, professor and chair of the department of bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is internationally recognized for research into the genetic and biochemical characteristics that allow certain bacteria to degrade explosive materials such as nitroglycerine and others. Such bacteria are useful for the bioremediation of toxic and cancer-causing pollutants in the environment.

He and his research associates isolate bacteria from contaminated sites and ask the question, "How do these bacteria use the pollutants as nutrients in order to grow and multiply?"

Chambliss received a master’s from Miami and a doctoral degree from the University of Chicago. At the University of Wisconsin he has been one of the prime movers in building a $100 million state-of-the-art microbiology center.

The distinguished lecture series is funded by an Academic Challenge Grant from the state of Ohio to the microbiology department.

Free and open to the public.

Date Published: 11/02/2000
Volume: 20   Number: 14

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