BioBE Preprint: Controlled Chamber COVID Study

New COVID Preprint out from BioBE: Preprint Link: https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-940891/v1 We recruited 11 participants that were diagnosed with COVID-19 and studied each for 3 days in a controlled chamber with multiple independent variables. We collected more than 2500 biological samples, particulates, and CO2 in near field (1.2 m) and far field (3.5 m) per each trial. Each …

Job posting: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Environmental Microbiology at Virginia Tech

Job Posting:   The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in environmental engineering at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are seeking candidates motivated to contribute to a collegial, interdisciplinary community in several core mission areas of the university. The …

Wanted: Workers for the COVID19 Mass Testing Operations for UC Davis and Healthy Davis Together 

Wanted: Workers for the COVID19 Mass Testing Operations for UC Davis and Healthy Davis Together  Looking for a temporary job in the Davis/Sacramento area and want to help with COVID19 testing? See below. Needed right now “Mass Screening Kiosk Workers” to assist with operations at the site where people come in to provide saliva samples …

Open Postdoc Position in Finland

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) are seeking highly motivated applicants for postdoctoral position in epidemiological analyses of microbial exposures and respiratory health. https://www.valtiolle.fi/en-US/Vacancy?id=33-290-2021 The position will focus in characterizing early-life indoor microbial exposures affecting asthma risk. The work comprises two lines of projects where one …

Open Postdoc Position at University of Oregon BioBE

The Biology and the Built Environment Center (BioBE) is currently seeking a post-doc to investigate fundamental questions surrounding the role of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi archaea, and protists) in the built environment and in relation to human health outcomes. Learn more and apply here. (https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/527294/post-doctoral-scholar-in-microbial-ecology)

Dust may be an efficient matrix for environmental monitoring of SARS-CoV-2

A new viral disease surveillance tool: Indoor dust as a matrix for surveillance of COVID-19, published in mSystems. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, large scale monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 has helped to prevent spread and inform public health decisions. This has largely been done through individual sampling (ie nasal and saliva sample collection) and through environmental surveillance …

Compilation of guidance (from a few sources) on School Reopening

About a month ago I posted a request for information about guidance for school reopening. See the post here: https://microbe.net/2021/02/06/compiling-information-about-covid19-transmission-masks-filtration-schools-etc/ I spent a while looking at the responses and also soliciting some more and ended up with a few really good documents / sites with information about school reopening.  These are Schools for Health. From …

Compiling Information about COVID19 transmission, masks, filtration, schools, etc.

UPDATE March 24, 2021. Wrote a summary post here: https://microbe.net/2021/03/24/compilation-of-guidance-from-a-few-sources-on-school-reopening/    Trying to collect some of the various information about COVID19 transmission and related topics including masks, schools, CO2, variants, etc. Mostly from Twitter threads and News articles Masks Wall Street Journal: Double Face Masks? N95? Protect Yourself Against New Covid-19 Variants With These Mask …

Wanted – science driven guidelines for deciding if and how to keep open / reopen schools re: #COVID19

I am compiling some materials on science driven guidelines for how to decide if and how to keep open and/or reopen schools in the face of COVID19. Here are some I have compiled that I seem to be useful.  I would love other examples. (Updated 12/21 at 3 PM) National Academy of Sciences Reopening K-12 …