Guest Post by David Thaler: Thoughts on the Inaugural Conference on the Microbiology of the Built Environment

(This is a guest post by David Thaler, who is one of the Sloan-funded investigators working on the microbiology of the built environment.  The goal is to spark substantive discussion, so please comment below!) A few thoughts after the Inaugural meeting of Microbiology of the Built Environment Boulder My own opinions on these points are …

Multiple post-doc job opportunities in the microbiology of the built environment: Human-Building Interactions and the Environment (Singapore)

Job posting regarding multiple post-doc positions in a multi-discliplnary project managed by the University of California Berkeley (UCB), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and the National University of Singapore (NUS): Up to four postdoctoral scholar appointments are available for a joint new research program between the University of California Berkeley (UCB), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and …

New Sloan-funded program in the built environment: Microbial diversity in 1,000 homes across the United States

Another just-approved project in the built environment.   This project led by Noah Fierer (CU Boulder), Shelly Miller (CU Boulder) and Rob Dunn (North Carolina State) will look at the factors structuring bacterial and fungal diversity in 1,000 homes across the United States. We propose the first continental-scale study testing how and why house-associated microbial communities …

New Sloan-funded project in the built environment: airborne microbiome before/after weatherization, Largus Angenent

The Sloan Foundation today announced funding for a pilot study looking at the effects of weatherization on the indoor airborne microbiome.  This work will be performed by Largus Angenent at Cornell University.  The full summary of the project is below: The U.S. Department of Energy has instituted a weatherization program aimed at making homes more …

Update on Sloan RFP PRocess

The Sloan Foundation review process for proposals dealing with the microbiology of the built environment deadline has been extended from June 15th until the first week of July.  Full text below:   Dear Colleague − Due to the large number of submissions in response to the March 27, 2012 call for letters of intent, the …

Sloan Meeting on microbiology of the built environment #microBEnet

More detail on the Sloan Meeting on “Microbiology of the Built Environment,” via storify: ———————– UPDATE February 2019 Storify is no longer in existence. Fortunately we were able to convert the Storify summary to one via Wakelet. Wakelet details: Link to Wakelet Site: Sloan Meeting on microbiology of the built environment #microBEnet PDF of Wakelet …

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 …

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 …

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 …