Project MERCCURI microbe sampling at San Antonio Spurs game

So last night was the first large-scale public microbial sampling event for project MERCCURI (a.k.a. Microbes in Spaaaace!).   Around 330 teachers from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference bought tickets to the game.  After the game many of them came down on the court to take photos, shoot baskets and sample the microbes on …

First Sampling for Project MERCCURI

Last week Jenna Lang, Russell Neches, and myself headed over to the Sacramento King’s basketball arena to collect samples before the game as part of project MERCCURI (a.k.a Microbes in Spaaaaace!). Our goals were: 1)To get culture samples, of which one representative will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) for the “microbial playoffs”. 2)To …

Discussion of surface sampling methods in the built environment (video) [Updated w/ notes]

Researchers from the University of Oregon, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and Texas looking at bacterial and fungal communities in the built environment had a great video discussion on our methods for surface sampling. Watch the video on YouTube Notes on the discussion and equipment used by each group should be coming soon. Thanks again to everyone …

“Challenges in Microbial Sampling in Indoor Environments” – Workshop Report Summary

An excellent workshop summary came out today entitled “Challenges in Microbial Sampling in Indoor Environments”.  Download the PDF here  This workshop was held Feb 14-15 2011 and was a collaboration between the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), and Yale University. The purpose of the Challenges in Microbial Sampling …

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 …