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March 28, 2018

Science on Tap: Ticks and tick-borne diseases

Submitted by Michi Tobler

Held in a relaxed setting, Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a K-State scientist followed by lively conversation. The goal is to build our community's enthusiasm for science in a fun and unique way. The free, interactive program begins 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Tallgrass Tap House, 320 Poyntz Ave. Be sure to let the Tap House staff know you are there for Science on Tap.

This month's event will feature Kathryn Reif, assistant professor in the diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department at Kansas State University. The focus of her research is ticks and tick-borne diseases. She will share some of her lab's research on bovine anaplasmosis, an economically important tick-borne disease of cattle. This disease is especially pertinent for Kansas cattle owners, as half of Kansas beef cattle herds are infected with the pathogen that causes this disease. Reif's presentation will focus on identifying optimal treatment options to control this disease and limit further disease spread and the development of antimicrobial resistance.

Science on Tap features a short introduction to the scientist's research, time to engage with fellow attendees around the research presented, then the event wraps up with a conversational Q&A period. 

Science on Tap is offered as part of Sunset Zoo's Behind the Science initiative. The program is organized in partnership with Tallgrass Tap House, Kansas State University's Graduate School, and the Center for Engagement and Community Development.

The next Science on Tap will take place April 18.

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