How (and why) to use Twitter for Science

I’m going to guess that most people reading this have at least heard of Twitter, if not used it themselves.  Presidents tweet government policy, literal revolutions have been fostered on Twitter, and celebrity feuds consume the tabloids. But what is it?  And how might it help your science? Twitter is just a platform… on the …

Fuzzy zeros in percentile normalization method to correct for batch effects

We recently published a method to normalize data that corrects for batch effects and allows for pooling of raw data across studies. In this post, I want to discuss more about the important (but potentially confusing) aspect of our method, where we add noise to the zeros before performing the normalization. I’ve gotten a few …

When your space craft cleaning reagents become food for microbes 

This is really fascinating: Source: Team discover how microbes survive clean rooms and contaminate spacecraft Hat tip to Elisabeth Bik for posting about this on Twitter So cool: microbes actually feed on the cleaning products. Also cool: undergraduates as authors. Team discover how microbes survive clean rooms and contaminate spacecraft https://t.co/ox4kMawHko — Elisabeth Bik (@MicrobiomDigest) June …

Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium: November 2018

Received this in the mail from Katie Bowman at NAS.  Looks like a program with a lot of MoBE related material considering the sessions are “Big Data”, “Water Systems”, “The Microbiome”, “Air Quality”, and “Next Generation Buildings and Infrastructure”.  Details below are from the e-mail.   Dear Colleagues,   The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, …

A microbial sequencing discussion course built around a paper and a blog post

So – just a quick post for now.  More details to come.  But I wanted to get a little bit about this out there. For a few years I have been teaching a mid-level course at UC Davis on “DNA sequencing based studies of microbial diversity’.  The course has evolved over the years from a …