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A group of local middle school students who designed a microgravity experiment to test a treatment for common pinkeye in space will travel to Cape Canaveral in February to watch their experiment take flight.

Gary LeCleir, assistant research professor in the Department of Microbiology, helped the students design their experiment using a common pinkeye bacteria. The experiment, one of thousands submitted in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, will be performed at the International Space Station. The Knoxville News Sentinel highlighted LeCleir’s involvement in this story.