Radio Joe Reports – Sloan Research to Practice Kickoff & IAQA #IAQ

Just got pointed to this by Paula Olsiewski.  “IAQ Radio” with Radio Joe.   Looks like they have a number of interviews with people in the field including Jordan Peccia, Mark Hernandez, Tiina Reponen, and more.   Episode #492 is a recent report of the IAQA Annual Meeting and the Sloan-funded “Roadmap Research to Practice”.  Worth checking …

Two new papers exploring the characteristics of infant microbial exposures

Early-life microbial exposure has been recognized to have a crucial role in immune development. Exposure in the actual infant breathing zone (BZ), influenced by the resuspension of floor dust, however, is little explored. Two recently published papers tackle this issue by assessing infant exposure to biological particulate matter (fluorescent biological aerosol particles, FBAPs) and microbial …

Yes, gross, but interesting: Human skin flakes lead to bad smell in air-conditioning systems 

OK so this is based on a press release so it should be taken with a grain of salt and such.  But it is interesting, and gross too, and about microbiology of the built environment. Skin squames contribute to ammonia and volatile fatty acid production from bacteria colonizing in air-cooling units with odor complaints Source: …

Worth a look: Filter forensics: microbiota recovery from residential HVAC filters

This is worth a look: Filter forensics: microbiota recovery from residential HVAC filters | Microbiome | Full Text From the paper Background Establishing reliable methods for assessing the microbiome within the built environment is critical for understanding the impact of biological exposures on human health. High-throughput DNA sequencing of dust samples provides valuable insights into …

Travel Grant Opportunity for Early Career Scientists for INDOOR AIR 2018

We are excited to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Microbiology of the Built Environment (MoBE) program is offering up to 5 travel awards of up to $1,500 each to cover registration, accommodation, and/or travel for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or Assistant Professors who are submitting Extended Abstracts or Full Papers to INDOOR AIR …