Lots of press for recent Sloan-funded study: “Size-resolved emission rates of airborne bacteria and fungi in an occupied classroom”

This study came out online in February and provided a very interesting look into the role of human occupancy in relation to indoor biological aerosols.  Most strikingly the authors found that millions of bacteria and fungi are added to the air in an occupied room, mostly through stirring up previously deposited organisms. Yesterday an article …

New grant in Sloan Program: “Microbially Visible Home”

Another new grant in the microbiology of the built environment program, by Rob Knight at CU Boulder, in collaboration with Robert Van Pelt: Title: “Microbially Visible Home” “The Microbially Visible Home will perform dense spatial and temporal sampling of the ArcheType sustainable house in Toronto, linking microbial data to BIM (Building Information Models) in order …

“An evolving architecture” – nice talk by James Scott from IAQA meeting #microBEnet

James Scott, from U. Toronto and Sporometrics was kind enough to share a paper version of the keynote talk he gave recently at the IAQA meeting in Las Vegas.  Entitled “An Evolving Architecture” it covers a lot of topics related to indoor microbiology and the use of molecular methods to study microbes.  Here is a …

Request for Proposals: Sloan Foundation program in the Microbiology of the Built Environment

An official missive from the Sloan Foundation (PDF version here) Dear Colleague − The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has created a new funding opportunity in its Microbiology of the Built Environment program. The Foundation seeks to support up to four new studies of the microbiology of the built environment.  Successful projects will be either hypothesis …

Paper on fungal “barcoding” using ribosomal ITS region

A new paper is out supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s “microbiology of the Built Environment program” — Nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer ITS region as a universal DNA barcode marker for Fungi.  It is available for free to all via the PNAS “Open Option”. The paper discussing work assessing the potential for …

Microbiology of the Built Environment Conference in Boulder reminder (invite only)

(Text below from the conference organizers.  -David) The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the University of Colorado are pleased to announce the inaugural conference on the Microbiology of the Built Environment, taking place May 31 and June 1, 2012.   This is the first event of a conference series that will convene thought leaders across fields …

New grant in Sloan Program: Microbes of built environments spanning human urbanization

The Sloan Foundation has made a few new grants as part of their microbiology of built environment program.  Here’s a description of the most recent, being undertaken by Maria Gloria Dominguez Bello at the University of Puerto Rico: Title: Microbes of built environments spanning human urbanization “Little attention has been paid to the microbes that live …

“Measuring knowledge of indoor environmental hazards” – Rosenthal 2011

Here at the intersection of microbial ecology and building science we spend a lot of time talking about “what is known?”… or in most cases “what don’t we know?”.  In this sense “we” is considered the sum total of people working on these topics. Until this week, I’d never thought much about “what do non-scientists …