May 25, 2017

Around the nation: Agar Art contest winner creates works of art with yeast microbes

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    • Connecticut: St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut has named Vicki Briggs as president and CEO. Briggs, who currently works as COO at the hospital, previously served as EVP and COO of St. Vincent's Health System in Birmingham, Alabama. She will be succeeding Vincent Caponi, who is retiring (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/23)

    • Nevada: The Nevada State Senate on Tuesday voted 11-10 to approve a physician-assisted suicide bill that allows people with terminal illnesses to end their own lives. Under the measure, doctors could legally prescribe life-ending pharmaceuticals to patients who are at least 18 years of age and who have received a diagnosis of a terminal illness from two separate physicians. The bill would also require that the patients' family members be notified before a final decision is made (Richardson, Reno Gazette-Journal/USA Today, 5/23).
    • Washington, D.C.: Jasmine Temple, a lab technician at New York University's Lagone Medical Center, won the third annual Agar Art contest by using yeast to create a picture of the sun setting over water, called Sunset at the End. The Agar Art contest is run by the American Society for Microbiology and asks for "works that are at their core an organism(s) growing on agar." To make the piece, Temple said she and graduate student Michael Shen deposited nanodroplets of various strains of yeast onto a plate of agar. The pigments became visible as the yeast microbes grew (Preston, Discover, 5/22).

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