Design that Heals — MASS Design Group

Interesting thoughts on the Built Environment by MASS Design group (https://massdesigngroup.org). Their film, “Design that Heals” just screened at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in NYC.  Watch the trailer below: MASS Design is interested in the long term effects of architecture on communities and the environment, and focuses on creating built spaces that are thoughtfully …

Emory University Legionella Workshop Session Videos Now Available Online

Proceedings of the Emory University’s May 2016 workshop on Legionella are now available online through the Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research’s website (here) or on YouTube via Emory University’s official YouTube channel (here). Held on May 25 – 26, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, the workshop entitled “From Watersheds to Shower heads: A Workshop on Legionella” …

Interesting short new paper in arXiv: Integrating citizen science with online learning to ask better questions

Interesting short new paper in arXiv: [1609.05763] Integrating citizen science with online learning to ask better questions Vineet Pandey, Scott Klemmer, Amnon Amir, Justine Debelius, Embriette R. Hyde, Tomasz Kosciolek, Rob Knight Abstract: Online learners spend millions of hours per year testing their new skills on assignments with known answers. This paper explores whether framing research questions …

Open Faculty Position: Assistant Professor of Sustainable Buildings, The Ohio State University

Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, College of Engineering Applications are invited for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of Sustainable Buildings with a primary appointment in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and a joint appointment in the Department of Food, …

New papers on Microbiology of the Built Environment, September 10, 2016

Studying the 5 second rule, antibiotic resistance genes in indoor dust and sewers, Legionella in the air, and water treatment. Microbes on the floor Longer Contact Times Increase Cross-Contamination of Enterobacter aerogenes from Surfaces to Food — Robyn C. Miranda — Applied and Environmental Microbiology ($25 for 1 day) Bacterial cross-contamination from surfaces to food can …

FUNDING: US-UK Microbiome Partnership Development Awards: Open Call for Submissions

Got pointed to this by a few people and it seems worth checking out http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/patriciagruver/2016/08/31/funding-microbiome-partnership-development-awards-open-call-for-submissions/ Announcement copied below: FUNDING: Microbiome Partnership Development Awards: Open Call for Submissions The UK-US Partnership Development Awards Programme aims to develop new relationships in the field of microbiome research, leading to long‐term research collaborations. Applications for the current round are …

New papers on Microbiology of the Built Environment, August 27, 2016

Microbes found in ambulances Not surprisingly, bacteria could be detected after swabbing surfaces in ambulances. Detection and characterization of surface microbial contamination in emergency ambulances – Aketza Varona-Barquin – American Journal of Infection Control ($35.95) A cross-sectional study was performed in 10 emergency basic life support ambulances operating in Bilbao, Spain, to assess surface bacterial …

Faculty position in Food Microbiology at UC Davis

The Department of Food Science & Technology in the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Sciences at UC Davis has an open Assistant Professor faculty position in the area of food microbiology focused on genetics/genomics/metagenomics/ecology of foodborne pathogens. Please note that no prior experience in Food Science is required and we encourage any candidate …

QIIME 2 workshop Nov 4-5 (just prior to SSSA meeting) in Phoenix, AZ

Members of the QIIME development group, led by Greg Caporaso and Antonio Gonzalez, will teach a two-day workshop on bioinformatics tools for microbial ecology. The workshop will include lectures covering basic QIIME usage and theory, and hands-on work with QIIME to perform microbiome analysis from raw sequence data through publication-quality statistics and visualizations. The workshop …

Registration for 3rd Mtg of Microbiomes of the Built Environment Now Open!

Got this by email: Registration to attend the third meeting of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s committee on Microbiomes of the Built Environment: From Research to Application is now open! This meeting will be held at the National Academies’ Beckman Center Auditorium at the University of Irvine, California on October 17-18, 2016. …