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Bat and medicinal research lecture brings large crowd

Dr. Christine Salomon talks with students

On Friday, White Nose Syndrome researcher Dr. Christine Salomon gave a lecture to a packed auditorium in the Sullivan Science building for the Syngenta Science Symposium, a collaboration between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Biology.

Co-director of the Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative Nicholas Oberlies invited Salomon to introduce herself and her history, as a researcher, as is customary for visiting scientists at UNCG.

She shared her experience as an undergraduate discovering compounds, her previous work in marine biology and how she came to work for the Center for Drug Design and began her research of the cave-dwelling bats of northern Minnesota. She also shared the realities of White Nose Syndrome, such as that it has wiped out 90 percent of bats at hibernation sites in New York State during a period of only six years, and that it is is rapidly spreading across the country.

Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell and Christine Salomon

Salomon then delved into the specifics of her work in biocontrol possibilities for controlling the devastating disease affecting bat populations. As a last area of discussion, Salomon spent a few minutes talking about the importance of communication in science and how to reach the public. Students, faculty and other attendees were invited to ask questions after the lecture and at the reception that followed.

Text and photos by Susan Kirby-Smith