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Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:41

Talking Bioscience with Hizzoner: A Discussion with Mayor Ron Nirenberg

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Nirenberg2 Ron Nirenberg is the mayor of San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the U.S.  San Antonio is one of the fastest growing cities, and bioscience is a major driver of the economy.

Mayor Nirenberg talks about the importance of bioscience to the economy, and how the universities, military medicine, and private entities in San Antonio are critical components of the bioscience sector.  He discusses with Ann Stevens, the President of BioMedSA several issues, including global warming, protection of the largest concentration of mammals in the world (Bracken bat cave), ways to stimulate the bioscience community, and his hobby of weightlifting.

The MicroCase for listeners to solve is about Homer Cheatum, an ambulance-chasing lawyer known as the Texas Chainsaw who gets a mysterious disease that nearly costs him his life.

Participants:

  • Karl Klose, Ph.D. (UTSA)
  • Ron Nirenberg
  • Ann Stevens
  • Floyd Wormley, Ph.D.  (UTSA)

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Last modified on Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:58
Karl Klose

Karl Klose, Ph.D. is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Texas San Antonio, the Director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID), and host of microTalk. He oversees the research on infectious diseases that is carried out in his laboratory by undergraduate, Masters’, and Ph.D. students, as well as research staff. He also teaches microbiology to undergraduate and graduate students.


Karl is enthusiastic about enlightening people to the fascinating world of microbes.  He has given two TED talks on antibiotic resistance. He has been a visiting professor in Kolkata India and Valparaiso Chile.  He has spent the past two years visiting ASM branch meetings through the Distinguished Lecturer program.  You can find Karl on Twitter and you can find STCEID on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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