Guest Post: Metadata for the Built Environment – MIxS-BE package

Built_environment-metadata-terms-v51-2_May_2014 This is a Guest Post from Lynn Schriml. The MIxS-BE metadata package was presented on March 7, 2012, as part of the Microbiology of the Built Environment session sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at GSC13 in Shenzhen, China. The Sloan Foundation has established the Microbiology of the Built Environment (BE) to uncover …

A bit over the top but critically important aspect of microbes in the built environment: space station

This article (Mutant space microbes attack ISS: Munch metal, may crack glass) has some issues (e.g., much of it is anecdotal and hard to tell how scientific or even robust much of the detailed are) but it is a very interesting example of the potential importance of microbes in the built environment.  You may not care …

Job Posting: Part-time online Research Assistant working on literature related to the microbiology of the built environment

Job posting for a part time, online only research assistant position helping to catalog information from the primary literature relating to the microbial ecology of the built environment. Long description from Hal Levin, the contact person for this position: “We’d like to find a student well along in their academic career (grad student or undergrad …

Yes, Virginia, you “emit” microbes when you walk into a room

Glad to see this paper on emission of bacteria by people is now available under Wiley’s “Open Access” option: Size-resolved emission rates of airborne bacteria and fungi in an occupied classroom – Qian – 2012 I am particularly glad since this one got a lot of media coverage and I think it is VERY important for …

New microBEnet pages: Sampling statistics and Sloan grantees

Looking for input on a couple of new pages on the microBEnet site. The first is a revised, updated list of all the grantees in the Sloan Foundation’s microbiology of the built environment program.  This might be useful for anyone considering the recent call for proposals.  If you’re a Sloan Grantee, we’d really appreciate it …