$10 million to U. Alberta to launch “School of Building Science & Engineering”; hoping some focus on microbes

Good to see builders putting money into the academic side of building science: Home builder donates $10 million to U of A to make construction greener. Not sure if this builder has a good or a bad or a middle of the road track record in any way but 10 million dollars to help start the “Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering” seems like a good thing.  Here’s hoping that there will be some discussion of microbes as part of the new school’s activities.  The dean says “the new school will develop a holistic approach to improving safety, quality and sustainability in home construction” and to me that should include some work on microbes too.  


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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.