Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics Meeting (#LAMG2018) Day 2

Day 2 of Lake Arrowhead kicked off with a nice mix of talks with seemingly a focus on biogeography and spatial resolution of microbial communities which was pretty interesting to see. First was Martin Ackermann from ETH Zurich, Switzerland “A Microscale Perspective on Microbial Interactions”.  Introduced topic by talking about the need to understand what’s …

Another “more germs than a toilet seat” study and resultant media explosion

I’m torn between wanting to ignore this story and wanting to attack the media reports on the study.   I think I’ll compromise on a minimum set of complaints. Firstly, the paper itself (“Deposition of respiratory virus pathogens on frequently touched surfaces at airports“) is more or less fine.   The authors used real-time PCR to look …

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, …

Closed access review of the MoBE field

Very torn about this.  On the one hand “Microbiology of the Built Environment” by Jack Gilbert and Brent Stephens is a great summary of the current status of the field.   On the other hand, it’s behind a paywall and I can’t access the article from my house where I am currently working.   In the interests …

Meeting: Applications, Promise and Public Implications of Metagenomics in Urban Settings

Just got pointed to a description of this 1-day meeting in New York on October 12, 2018… “It’s a Brave New World: Applications, Promise and Public Implications of Metagenomics in Urban Settings”.   Sounds like a great lineup of speakers and certainly a fascinating topic!   Meeting description below:   This 1-day symposium brings together urban microbiome …

Job posting: University of Puget Sound Assistant Professor in Biology

Job posting from the University of Puget Sound, looking for someone with an interest in both teaching and bioinformatics.  Summary text below:   The Department of Biology at the University of Puget Sound, a predominantly undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, seeks to recruit a tenure-line Assistant Professor. Excellence in teaching is highly valued …

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 …