Riley to appear on new PBS series

Biology professor Margaret “Peg” Riley is scheduled to appear on the new PBS science series, “The Eyes of Nye,” in an upcoming episode on microbes and antibiotics.

According to Riley, the goal of the episode on which she will be appearing is “to make the public understand how dire the situation is with respect to antibiotic resistance and to provide some sense of the sorts of solutions scientists are examining.”

Riley, who joined the faculty this year, was recently awarded a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the development and spread of bacterial antibiotic resistance. From 1991 to 2004, Riley was a faculty member in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University.

Hosted by Bill Nye, best known for his Emmy-winning program “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” “The Eyes of Nye” features 13 lively half-hour episodes that tackle big themes in science and are geared towards ’tweens and adults.

The program is scheduled to begin airing on WGBY, Channel 57, on April 17. The “Antiobiotics” program is the ninth in the series.