Thinking about microbial quantity and function

One of the hurdles in linking microbial ecology with building science has been incorporating quantitative information about the microorganisms encountered in indoor environments, mainly because the standard high-throughput amplicon approach for community analysis is semi-quantitative, at best. Over the summer, there was a Twitter conversation related to this topic. My take-away from this (what I view …

Fluorescent biological aerosol particles in residence

Residences represent an important site for bioaerosol exposure because of the large proportion of time that people spend in their homes. Using real-time instrumentation, our recent study in Indoor Air investigated bioaerosol concentrations, emissions, and exposures in a northern California residence, focusing on the effect of human occupancy and activities. Using an ultraviolet aerodynamic particle …

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 …

BioBE is looking for a Lab Manager/Technician!

BioBE is looking for a Lab Manager and Technician; the full position description and application can be found here. Review of Applications Begins August 27th, 2018; position open until filled. Special Instructions to Applicants  Submit your application online and upload a letter of interest describing how you meet the required qualifications and professional competencies (and preferred …

Cluster Hire at University of Oregon in MoBE-related areas

So the University of Oregon apparently may hire as many as 30 faculty in variety of disciplines, many potentially related to MoBE and Indoor Chemistry.   From the job announcement: Position Announcement The Knight Campus at the University of Oregon invites applications for one or more tenure-track faculty positions with a significant track record of research …

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 …

#MoBE #IndoorMicro new paper: isolation of bacterial diversity present in medical waste and health care settings in hospitals in Kenya

New paper of potential interest to the microbiology of the built environment crowd:  African Journal of Microbiology Research – isolation of bacterial diversity present in medical waste and health care settings in hospitals in kenya Nosocomial infections have impacted great burden in healthcare system and has led to deteriorating health condition and deaths. This study …