Our Lady of Holy Cross College has been accepted as a Partner Institution in the Small World Initiative, an innovative research collaboration based at Yale University that focuses on addressing the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics.
"The purpose of the initiative is to use crowdsourcing as a means of extending antibiotic research. The crowdsourcing means that a variety of institutions will be conducting exploratory research to find strains of microorganisms that naturally produce antimicrobial activities.," explains Lehman L. Ellis, PhD, Chair and Professor, Department of Biology and Physical Sciences.
Dr. Ellis says that Our Lady of Holy Cross College's participation is a testament to the strength of its academic programs in the natural sciences. "Most important, it gives our students exciting, unique opportunities to participate in authentic research that could clearly make a difference as part of their undergraduate curriculum."
This approach allows a much more diverse screening process in terms of environments sampled and range of microorganisms to be evaluated than could typically be accomplished by a single research group. The initiative calls on Partner Institutions to develop research curricula that serve as a platform from which to teach important biological concepts. The first cohort of students to participate in this research will be offered at OLHCC during the 2014-15 academic year.
OLHCC's Biology Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with alternative tracks to prepare students for graduate school, medical school, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy or veterinary programs.
About Our Lady of Holy Cross College
A fully accredited Catholic liberal arts college on the West Bank of New Orleans, we offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs, including our first PhD program in Counseling. With 97 faculty and staff and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience on an active campus where they are encouraged to explore spiritual values and pursue service opportunities. Some of the college's most distinctive programs are in Nursing, Education, Counseling, Biology and Theology. The college was founded in 1916 as a ministry of the Marianites of Holy Cross.