Today in possibly interesting science but needless fear mongering ..

So this sounds like there may be some interesting science going on here: Zero gravity had unexpected effects on E. coli samples, causing them to behave differently. That could present problems trying to treat them. Source: Space-Grown Bacteria Could Pose Major Problems for Astronauts But the article includes a bunch of needless fear mongering. What …

History repeats itself – mold and hurricane recovery

This seems worth looking over: The Looming Consequences of Mold in Houston by James Hamblin in The Atlantic.  The article has a discussion of mold and moisture and the microbiology of the built environment. It includes a discussion of some of the experiences and work of Joan Bennett who is a well known expert in …

BMC Infectious Diseases soliciting papers for special issue on “The airborne microbiome – implications for aerosol transmission and infection control”

Of potential interest: BMC Infectious Diseases | The airborne microbiome – implications for aerosol transmission and infection control From the site Edited by Julian Tang, University Hospitals Of Leicester NHS Trust, UK & Yuguo Li, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Many infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, whooping cough, Aspergillus and other fungal infections, human and avian influenza, measles, chickenpox, and some …

10th World Conference of Science Journalists (#WCSJ17) in October in SF has a lot on microbes …

So this looks like a very very good meeting.  Source: Schedule – 10th World Conference of Science Journalists, San Francisco 2017 As a science writer, blogger, Tweeter, etc, it seems of great interest to me, even though I am not sure whether I would classify in any way as a science journalist.  Regardless, if you …

Panel discussion on 9/11 on NAS “Microbiomes of the Built Environment” report 

Recently we wrote about a new NAS report: NAS Study released: #MOBEstudy “Microbiomes of the Built Environment: A Research Agenda for Indoor Microbiology, Human Health, and Buildings” I am writing here to share that there will be a panel discussion on September 11 about this report. People can attend in person or online. From the email …

ScienceFriday on ‘What Microbes Are Hiding In Your Microbiome?’ with Jessica Green & Rob Dunn

Source: What Microbes Are Hiding In Your Microbiome? Great to see / hear this on Science Friday.  Featuring Jessica Green and Rob Dunn and a discussion of the new NAS report on microbiomes of the built environment. Produced by Katie Hiler. It is worth a listen to … Here is their summary: Ever wonder if your …

#MoBE17: Microbiology of the Built Environment Research & Applications Symposium

This meeting should be of interest to many out there. A great collection of speakers and topics. Keynotes by Ed Yong, Susan Lynch and Marc Edwards. Registration deadline is September 1.   MoBE 2017 Microbiology of the Built Environment Research and Applications Symposium October 10 – October 12, 2017 NAS Building Washington, DC     …

Worth a look: new paper on “The application of project-based learning in bioinformatics training”

  This new paper in PLOS Computational. Biology may be of interest: : The application of project-based learning in bioinformatics training by Emery LR and Morgan SL. Although many out there may already be doing projects based learning for bioinformatics, many others are not.  This paper discusses how the authors added a projects component to an existing course …