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We started off the month with a couple of posts on Social Media for STEM (here and here).
We posted about several new Sloan Program projects, namely those by Jordan Peccia, Kyle Bibby (see also our People Behind the Science interview with him), Roberto Kolter, and Susan Lynch (followed later by an “Intro to the Lynch Lab” post).
Space was a popular theme this summer including microbes on the ISS, effects of spaceflight on Pseudomonas growth, and a satellite to monitor slime mold growth in space. Also more Project MERCCURI sampling photos here.
A few posts about funding and training including; open science training, funding from the DoD, and a reminder for the MoBE postdoc.
As always we report on conferences, past and future;
Sloan Symposium at Indoor Air 2014, talks uploaded from the 2013 Sloan Conference, and another summary of ASM2013
Some of our posts were to point out various online an informational resources; the FHiTING software tool for fungal ID, summary of our Undergraduate Genome Sequencing Project, and a post about Pathomap.
We had a number of guest posts over the summer; a three part series by Russell Neches on our troubles with culture plates for the space station (part 1, part 2, part 3). Part two of a pair of posts by Keith Seifert on following in the footsteps of van Leeuwenhoek (part 1, part 2). Rachel Adams posted about biomass bias in NGS surveys (and we posted about the paper itself here)
And then there’s the usual list of posts that don’t fit together; yet another article about Jessica Green, NYT article about Norm Pace’s work on water systems, a paper on asthma and fungal spores, a couple papers on uncultured genomes from sink biofilms (here and here), germs on planes, MRSA in a sport facility, bacteria growing on nuclear waste, EPA report on natural and built environments, winery microbiota, yoga mat microbiota, hospital microbiome project, economics of copper for infection control, masking Salmonella infections on foods with chemical treatments, legionella outbreaks, life in the “plastisphere”, a post on microbial mold art, and the microbiome on NPR.