Richard Corsi on Indoor Air Pollution

Nice little post with an interview with Rich Corsi from UT Austin: WAMC: Dr. Richard Corsi, The University of Texas at Austin – Indoor Air Pollution 2012-03-01. The “Academic Minute” focuses on Indoor Air pollution. Corsi does some really interesting work on the built environment and we have written about him before a few times.  For …

Living architecture and synthetic biology – microbes will play a role

It is this type of thing that inspires me that a better understanding of microbes in the built environment could be of immense value in many areas: A Trip To The Living City Of The Future | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.  Certainly, we need to do a lot of research into making buildings more …

“Architectural design influences the diversity and structure of the built environment microbiome” – paper by the BioBE Center group

We’ve posted in the past (here, here, here, and here) about some of the interesting work taking place at the BioBE Center regarding microbial community structure in health-care facilities.  Today a paper on this topic came out in the ISME Journal. This paper is certainly worth a read for anyone interested in the microbiology of …

UPDATED AGAIN – Sloan Grantees in Program in Microbiology of the Built Environment – Workshop May 31, June 1

UPDATED AGAIN: For those funded by the Sloan Foundation Program in Microbiology of the Built Environment there will be a workshop for all grantees in Boulder May 31 and June 1. Apologies for the earlier incorrect posting with dates of May 24-25.  The perils of blogging while hosting a meeting … I posted before the dates …

Self-sterilizing keyboard – don’t forget – resistance happens

Just a quick one here — been pointed to the existence of a “self-sterilizing” keyboard (e.g., Brier Dudleys Blog | FDA OKs Vioguards germ-killing keyboard | Seattle Times Newspaper.) from a company called Vioguard.  Clearly keyboards could be a “breeding” ground for nasty microbes so cleaning keyboards, especially those used in hospitals, seems like a good …