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May 17, 2019

The earth is warming up, and many aspects of life on earth are changing with the changing climate. Increased global temperature has multifactorial impacts on living organisms, including microbes.

Dr. Sanghoon Kang is an assistant professor at Baylor University who studies climate change and its effects on microbial communities. Dr. Kang talks about impacts of climate change on infectious diseases, how increased ocean temperatures lead to increased human infections and destruction of corals, how scientific literacy can help combat climate change, how sustainability is key to human survival on the planet, how Waco TX is trying to build a biotech sector, and about his missed opportunity of becoming a movie star.

The microCase for listeners to solve is about May O’Naise, a commercial pilot for a budget airline who becomes sick on a quick flight from Dallas to Fort Worth.

Karl Klose, Ph.D. (UTSA)
Sanghoon Kang, Ph.D. (Baylor University)
Janakiram Seshu, Ph.D. (UTSA)
Mylea Echazarreta (UTSA)