Save the date: Dec 12-13 workshop on infectious diseases in the urban built environment

On December 12-13, the National Academies’ Forum on Microbial Threats, in collaboration with the Board on Life Sciences, will host a 1.5-day workshop examining “Urbanization and Slums: New Transmission Pathways of Infectious Diseases in the Built Environment.” This workshop was developed with input from the experts and staff that produced the National Academy of Sciences …

MoBE Symposium talks and photos

Check out the MoBE talks (slides & videos) and photos taken throughout the symposium.   Videos of MoBE Symposium presentations and panel discussion are now available on the microBEnet YouTube channel. MoBE YouTube videos: MoBE talks and panel discussions. MoBE Slides – figshare #MOBE2017 MoBE photos on Flickr (MOBE2017 group)    

Ed Yong Contains Multitudes and So Do You. The Videos. Part 1. Termites.

Well, I am definitely biased but I think this is really really good and worth a look. This is the first in a series of videos based on Ed Yong’s “I Contain Multitudes” book. Brought to you by HHMI Tangled Banks Studios, this one is about animal digestion and the role microbes play in it …

Biology of Vector-borne Diseases Course at @uidaho June 24-29, 2018

This looks really good. Posting at the request of one of my ex-UC Davis colleagues – the amazing/brilliant Shirley Luckhart – who has recently moved to Idaho and is helping run the course. The Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem at the University of Idaho is hosting its inaugural annual “Biology of Vector-borne Diseases” six-day course. This …

#MoBE17 Day 3 Summary

The third and final day started with a Keynote talk by Marc Edwards about “MoBE, Public Health and the Flint Water Crisis”.  It’s really hard to sum up this talk, I would recommend watching the video if interested.  Marc talked about the Flint crisis from their perspective, starting with their pre-existing work on corrosion and …

#MoBE17 Day 1-2 Summary

The first evening of the #MoBE17 meeting was a reception, with a fabulous keynote talk by Ed Yong mainly focused on Science Communication. Ed had a number of tips for interacting with journalists and thinking about how we present stories instead of facts. The quote of the evening was surely “you cannot replace a feeling …