A few weeks ago I attended a course entitled “Strategies and Techniques for Analyzing Microbial Population Structure” at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, along with a number of other students, postdocs and faculty engaged in the study of the microbiology of the built environment (as well as the oceans, humans, animals, plants). This excellent and intensive course is directed by David Mark Welch and Mitch Sogin of MBL and taught by a number of instructors who offer a wide diversity of perspectives and approaches to the analysis of data from microbial communities. You can see the course schedule and access resources here. Ten of us were fortunate enough to receive fellowships funded by the Sloan Foundation’s Microbiology of the Built Environment Program that enabled us to attend the course. Course applications aren’t due until early April but it is definitely a worthwhile experience. Attached below is a Storify of tweets, although only a small percentage of the participants used Twitter during the course.