Swabs to Genomes Workflow… as a class!

For the last few years our lab has been really excited about the idea of having undergraduates culture bacterial isolates and sequence their genomes.  Starting with the Undergraduate Built Environment Genomes Project in 2011, we went on to re-write and upgrade the assembly pipeline that we use, followed by the publication of the “Swabs to …

New issue of JMBE focusing on Scientific Citizenship

The ASM Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education recently released a special themed issue focusing on Scientific Citizenship (table of contents) that was guest edited by Jack Gilbert, Karen Klyczek and Samantha Elliott. In this issue, the editors seek to address the question: How can we engage people in science? And they hope to provide a snapshot of current ideas …

Microbiomes of the Built Environment in the Classroom

This semester, I’m teaching a microbiology course for non-majors. The course was originally designed to focus on microbial diseases and public health, but as I crafted my version of the course, I wanted to broaden our view of microbiology and include the fascinating field of microbiome research. In our first few weeks (relentless winter weather …

#microBEnet education and training notes: IGERT on Indoor Environmental Science and Engineering

We are starting a new thread here on the blog focusing on education and training in microBEnet related topics (metagenomics, microbiology, the built environment, etc).  And I discovered a very interesting program at the University of Texas.  There they have what is called an “IGERT.”  The IGERT program is ” the National Science Foundation’s flagship interdisciplinary …

Course announcement: Introduction to food and air-borne molds – June 6-10, 2011, Ottawa

Just got information about this course: INTRODUCTION TO FOOD AND AIR-BORNE MOLDS – 2011 (a course in fungal identification) (See the website here International Commission on Indoor Fungi (ICIF)).  From the organizer: Introduction to Food- and Air-Borne Fungi. 6-10 June 2011, Ottawa, Canada. For the first time in three years, we are pleased to offer our five …