Riley to give Distinguished Faculty Lecture; Receive Chancellor's Medal

Margaret Riley, Biology, has been chosen to deliver the fourth 2014-15 Distinguished Faculty Lecture and be presented with the Chancellor's Medal, the highest recognition given for service to the campus on Monday, April 13, at 4:00 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building.

Riley, an evolutionary biologist and pioneer in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria, is founder and former president of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences and the UMass STEM Ambassadors Program. Winner of numerous honors, Riley is also co-founder of the Institute for Drug Resistance, Bacteriotix, and the Pheromonicin Institute. Free and open to all. Reception follows the lecture.

http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/biologist-margaret-riley-present

Nature's Medicine Cabinet Helps Reduce Disease Load

A study by evolutionary ecologist Lynn Adler and other researchers found that bees infected with a common intestinal parasite had reduced parasite levels in their guts after seven days if the bees also consumed natural toxins present in plant nectar. Their study appears in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The UMass News & Media article, is available here.

Difficulties in Developing New Antibiotics

Margaret Riley, Biology, was featured in a story about the difficulty researchers encounter trying to develop new antibiotics and ways to battle antibiotic-resistant bacteria. She says she was unable to get the help she needed from the U.S. government or from private pharmaceutical companies and eventually had to work with a company in China that is supported by the Chinese government. International Business Times

The article written for International Business Times is available here.