Ever wonder what microbes are in your showerhead? Well, looks like maybe you should care …

Completely fascinating, and a wee bit terrifying new paper worth a read:: Ecological Analyses of Mycobacteria in Showerhead Biofilms and Their Relevance to Human Health Abstract: Bacteria within the genus Mycobacterium can be abundant in showerheads, and the inhalation of aerosolized mycobacteria while showering has been implicated as a mode of transmission in nontuberculous mycobacterial …

Fungi and bacteria and lice, oh my! These are some of Rob Dunn’s favorite things. 

Source: Opinion | Discovering the Great Indoors Definitely worth checking out this opinion piece in the NY Times bye Rob Dunn on “Discovering the Great Indoors”. It has a bit about Van Leeuwenhoek, and bits about fungi and lice and bacteria and tardigrades and foldscope and more.  Rob Dunn is really one of the great …

Help wanted w/ compiling information on “Citizen Microbiology” projects #CitizenMicrobiology

I am compiling information on past, present and future “Citizen Microbiology” projects. Basically I am looking for examples of projects that could fit VERY BROADLY into the concept of citizen or participatory science and involve microbes. Examples include: Participatory Research Classes such as SeaPhages https://seaphages.org Tiny Earth https://tinyearth.wisc.edu Human Microbiome Sample Crowdsourcing The American Gut Project http://americangut.org …

1st annual CMI International Microbiome Meeting (CIMM) w/ a great #STEMDiversity statement & plan 

There is a microbiome meeting of potential interest to folks: the 1st annual CMI International Microbiome Meeting (CIMM) in San Diego.  From the meeting site: On behalf of Dr. Rob Knight, the Center for Microbiome Innovation is pleased to host the 1st annual CMI International Microbiome Meeting (CIMM) on February 27–28, 2019 in San Diego. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the 1st Urobiome Meeting on February 26, 2019, led by Linda Brubaker MD, …

Call for Proposals: 2019 FICUS JGI-NERSC-KBase Biological Data Science

Of potential interest: Source: FICUS JGI-NERSC-KBase – DOE Joint Genome Institute I am copying some of the announcement below: The Biological Data Science call will enable users to perform state-of-the-art computational research to explore the wealth of genomic and metagenomic data generated worldwide and translate sequence information into biological discovery. Users will have access to …

Call for nominations (self ones OK): mSystems special issue – Perspectives by Early-Career Scientists

I am posting this on behalf of mSystems, for which I am a Senior Editor. ASM’s journal, mSystems®, is planning to publish a new volume of its Early-Career PIs special issue in 2019. As with the last issue, this issue will feature Perspective articles by early-career principal investigators highlighting their innovative research and their views on …

Inaugural Forsyth Symposium Featuring the Uncultivable Bacteria Oct 11-12, 2018

Got details of this symposium by email: www.forsyth.org/forsyth-symposium Dear Friends and Colleagues, Forsyth is having a Fall Symposium on the “Uncultivable Bacteria” October 11-12, 2018.  We have an excellent set of Featured Speakers: Jill Banfield –Bacteria of the Candidate Phyla Radiation Floyd Dewhirst –Successful Cultivation Strategy for Saccharibacteria members of the Candidate Phyla Radiation Angela Douglas …

Making social media more accessible

Saw this on Twitter and I think it is really important so am sharing widely: How accessible is your social media game?? Check out some simple tips for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, & more here: https://t.co/c1pZJMNIgW — 🔬Samantha Yammine 🏳️‍🌈 (@SamanthaZY) August 5, 2018 Basically, this is referurgint referring to a web site from the Univeristy …

Evolution happens: Bacteria becoming resistant to hospital disinfectants

Well, if true this is both troubling and not surprising: Bacteria becoming resistant to hospital disinfectants, warn scientists | Society | The Guardian The story reports on a paper in Science Translational Medicine. Some quotes: The results reveal that Enterococcus faecium bacteria have become more tolerant to alcohol over that time. “We found that the new …