Duffy presents research at DC event, and to Michigan Congressional representatives
(Photo by Andrew Loeb)
Meghan Duffy, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, presented her research during the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception in Washington, DC last week.
During the CNSF Exhibition she was able to share her work with U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, (R-Mich.), and, also during the day, met with the Michigan delegation offices in the House and Senate to emphasize the importance of federal support in making scientific discoveries.
Her National Science Foundation-funded research examines host-parasite interactions in the water flea known as Daphnia. The project has unexpectedly lead to a line of research aimed at discovering much-needed anti-fungal medications that could treat diseases in humans, wildlife, and crops.
Duffy’s project is an example of the value of basic scientific research — studying one thing and gaining new knowledge can point you in a direction you didn’t see coming.
The CNSF, of which U-M is a member, is a coalition of more than 130 professional organizations, universities, and scientific societies united in support of increasing the federal investment in the NSF’s research and education programs.