Amazing Caves, Amazing Microbes: The Geomicrobiology of Caves
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Sometimes the things we can’t see are the most amazing of all. Microbes are tiny creatures that give our world another level of complexity. Scientists have worked to explain the microbial world for the past 300 years. Dr. Barton will discuss the role of bacteria in caves, highlighting their importance in this dark, damp environment. Prepare to be fascinated by the professor whose college lab Popsci.com listed among the country’s seven “coolest sci-tech courses.”
Hazel Barton, Ashland Endowed Professor, Department of Biology,
An avid caver, microbiologist and one of the most interesting people in the tri-state region according to Cincy Magazine, Dr. Barton has explored caves on five continents, studying microorganisms to research cures for antibiotic-resistant diseases. Her work and laboratory, known as the Barton Lab, has put Northern Kentucky University on the map as a world leader in the study of how microbes thrive in places thought to be inhospitable for life like caves and Mars. Dr. Barton’s previous cave research has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Forbes, National Geographic Explorer, Outside magazine, and in the IMAX movie “Journey into Amazing Caves.”
When & Where
Six@Six Lecture Series
Six@Six is a community lectures series sponsored by Northern Kentucky University’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. Think of this as your chance to go to college, minus the tuition, the morning classes and the pressure of grades.
The season will start with an evaluation of the Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation and end with a look into the dark side of the life of Machiavelli. In between, you’ll learn about the evolution of wire service photography, the effects of consuming energy cocktails, wobbly atoms, and the truth behind police drama forensic science.
Six@Six is hosted by three of our region’s finest arts and cultural institutions: The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Behringer-Crawford Museum and The Mercantile Library. This year for the first time a lecture will be held in Northern Kentucky University’s new state-of-the-art Digitorium in Griffin Hall. The lectures begin this fall and stretch into next spring. The six lectures each start at 6 p.m. and cost $6 (buy a season pass for $30; students are free.)