Opening up one’s eyes to other fields

I spend most of my time working on biology.  I like to think I cover lots of breadth within biology and I probably do – microbes, evolution, ecology, human health, pathogens, symbioses, forensics, genomics, bioinformatics, and more.  But nothing like really looking at other fields to realize how narrowly focused one is. And that is …

Reports (2) from Indoor Air sessions on microbiology of the built environment

Things that jumped out at me from the afternoon session today.  For the morning session see here. Norm Pace (CU Boulder) made the point during questions that when we talk about “pathogens” in metagenomic environmental sequences, what we really mean is “sequences related to pathogens” and that probably most of those sequences don’t come from …

Reports from Indoor Air 2011 sessions on microbiology of the built environment

I’m currently at Indoor Air 2011 sitting in on the Sloan Foundation-sponsored sessions on microbiology of the built environment.   There are a number of great talks taking place and we hope to post some more information in the form of slides later.  We’ll probably also post a more formal write-up about some of the discussions …

Reminder – Indoor Air 2011 coming up June 5-10 Austin TX #microBEnet #gonnarock

Just a quick reminder.  The 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate will take place June 5-10 in Austin, TX.  It looks to be very good.  MicroBEnet is working with the organizers to plan a few sessions on “Microbiology of the Built Environment”.  Stay tuned for more details.  Until then, check out the …