Meeting Report on the “1st Hospital Microbiome Project Workshop”

A new meeting report is out in the SIGS journal: The Hospital Microbiome Project: Meeting Report for the 1st Hospital Microbiome Project Workshop on sampling design and building science measurements, Chicago, USA, June 7th-8th 2012. | Smith | Standards in Genomic Sciences.  The report discusses a meeting involving many interested in microbiology of the built environment …

Making the Human Health Connection: Healthy Buildings, Healthy People, Healthy Communities

The Health in Buildings Roundtable will meet Tuesday, April 23rd from 8 to 4:30 at the Natcher Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda. The line-up includes a diverse set of speakers and topics. We saw nothing in the program posted on line mentioning microbial ecology, microbiology, or microbes, but the program might be of …

First Sampling for Project MERCCURI

Last week Jenna Lang, Russell Neches, and myself headed over to the Sacramento King’s basketball arena to collect samples before the game as part of project MERCCURI (a.k.a Microbes in Spaaaaace!). Our goals were: 1)To get culture samples, of which one representative will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) for the “microbial playoffs”. 2)To …

Discussion of surface sampling methods in the built environment (video) [Updated w/ notes]

Researchers from the University of Oregon, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and Texas looking at bacterial and fungal communities in the built environment had a great video discussion on our methods for surface sampling. Watch the video on YouTube Notes on the discussion and equipment used by each group should be coming soon. Thanks again to everyone …

Troubleshooting 16S PCR from A/C filters (or other annoying substrates)

One of our goals at microBEnet is to increase communication and collaboration between people working in the disparate fields that make up the “microbiology of the built environment”.   Most of what we’ve posted about in the past relates to general information and events… but we’d also like to host more technical information that would help …

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 …

“Challenges in Microbial Sampling in Indoor Environments” – Workshop Report Summary

An excellent workshop summary came out today entitled “Challenges in Microbial Sampling in Indoor Environments”.  Download the PDF here  This workshop was held Feb 14-15 2011 and was a collaboration between the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), and Yale University. The purpose of the Challenges in Microbial Sampling …

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 …

Updated microBEnet calendar – additional suggestions wanted

In preparation for the New Year, we’ve updated our “Upcoming Events” page and calendar to include conferences/workshops etc. that we hope will be of interest.  We’ve tried to include both microbiology and building sciences, but mainly places where they overlap. http://www.microbe.net/upcoming-events/ Please feel free to send us any additional suggestions!