Journal Club: Ecology of sleeping: the microbial and arthropod associates of chimpanzee beds

Interesting new article from Rob Dunn’s lab about the microbial and arthopod communities associated with chimpanzee beds.  The article itself is clearly pitched within a microbiology of the built environment context… highlighting the fact that we haven’t really looked much a non-human constructed artificial environments.  Pretty cool stuff! The outpouring of press on the topic …

4th Annual MetaSUB Conference (Aug. 14-15) and Call for Abstracts

We are excited to announce the MetaSUB International Consortium’s 4th Annual Conference on urban metagenomics to be held at the Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte Bahia in Brazil, from August 14-15, 2018. The conference is co-hosted by Weill Cornell Medicine and the AC Camargo Cancer Center. You can register for the meeting here: http://metasub.org/metasub-2018-conference-registration-form/ If you’d …

Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium: November 2018

Received this in the mail from Katie Bowman at NAS.  Looks like a program with a lot of MoBE related material considering the sessions are “Big Data”, “Water Systems”, “The Microbiome”, “Air Quality”, and “Next Generation Buildings and Infrastructure”.  Details below are from the e-mail.   Dear Colleagues,   The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, …

A microbial sequencing discussion course built around a paper and a blog post

So – just a quick post for now.  More details to come.  But I wanted to get a little bit about this out there. For a few years I have been teaching a mid-level course at UC Davis on “DNA sequencing based studies of microbial diversity’.  The course has evolved over the years from a …

US Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research

Some important reading for those interested in microbiomes. NSF’s mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country. From NSF: A group of 23 U.S. government agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), have joined to …

Special issue of mSystems: Essays by Early-Career Systems Microbiology Scientists

This should be of interest to many: mSystems has a whole issue dedicated to essays by “Early-Career Systems Microbiology Scientists”. Early-Career Systems Microbiology Scientists Jack A. Gilbert mSystems March/April 2018 3:e00002-18; doi:10.1128/mSystems.00002-18 http://msystems.asm.org/content/3/2/e00002-18   Conflict of Interest Declarations by Contributing Editors of the Special Issue on Early-Career Systems Microbiology Scientists, Sponsored by Janssen Human Microbiome …

Looks great: 7th Conference on Beneficial Microbes at UW-Madison 7/8-11

Conference announcement: The 7th Conference on Beneficial Microbes will be held at UW-Madison on July 8-11, 2018. The abstract submission deadline is May 2. https://uwmadison.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/BENEFICIALMICROBES/18 The conference was formerly the “ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes,” with a long history of combining model and natural systems to understand the ecology and functions of host-associated microbes. When ASM …