Fungi and bacteria and lice, oh my! These are some of Rob Dunn’s favorite things. 

Source: Opinion | Discovering the Great Indoors Definitely worth checking out this opinion piece in the NY Times bye Rob Dunn on “Discovering the Great Indoors”. It has a bit about Van Leeuwenhoek, and bits about fungi and lice and bacteria and tardigrades and foldscope and more.  Rob Dunn is really one of the great …

New BioBE publication on daylight and bacterial communities in dust!

This highly-anticipated study on the effect of natural daylight treatments on whole bacterial communities in household dust from the University of Oregon’s Biology and the Built Environment Center is now available! Daylight exposure modulates bacterial communities associated with household dust Ashkaan K. Fahimipour , Erica M. Hartmann, Andrew Siemens, Jeff Kline, David A. Levin, Hannah Wilson, Clarisse …

Help wanted w/ compiling information on “Citizen Microbiology” projects #CitizenMicrobiology

I am compiling information on past, present and future “Citizen Microbiology” projects. Basically I am looking for examples of projects that could fit VERY BROADLY into the concept of citizen or participatory science and involve microbes. Examples include: Participatory Research Classes such as SeaPhages https://seaphages.org Tiny Earth https://tinyearth.wisc.edu Human Microbiome Sample Crowdsourcing The American Gut Project http://americangut.org …

NASEM Legionella Meeting 4 (Oct 22nd 2018)

Another NASEM meeting of possible interest.  Both in person and online, October 22nd, 2018.  Here’s a link to the registration.   We invite you to join the open session of our fourth committee meeting. At the meeting we will hear from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) on implementation of their 2014 directive. We will also hear …

Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics Meeting (#LAMG2018) Day 3

Day 3 of the meeting was virus day!  Viruses have often gotten short shrift at these kinds of meeting, especially once 16S rRNA sequencing took over the microbial world.  But the balance is shifting back, largely because of metagenomics. First up was Andrew J. Hryckowian from Stanford University “Bacteriodes thetaiotaomicron as a Chassis for Understanding …

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 …

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 …