Microbiomes of the Built Environment in the Classroom

This semester, I’m teaching a microbiology course for non-majors. The course was originally designed to focus on microbial diseases and public health, but as I crafted my version of the course, I wanted to broaden our view of microbiology and include the fascinating field of microbiome research. In our first few weeks (relentless winter weather …

Tangible Interactive Microbiology for Informal Science Education

Crosspsting from my Tree of Life blog This is so cool: Tangible Interactive Microbiology for Informal Science Education. Abstract: We present an interactive platform that enables human users to interface with microbiological living cells through a touch-screen, thereby generating a tangible interactive experience with the microscopic world that is hidden to most people. Euglena gracilis, single-celled …

Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment Data Analysis Workshop (secrets of QIIME, VAMPS and QIITA) January 6-7, 2015

  Announcement: Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment Data Analysis Workshop (secrets of QIIME, VAMPS and QIITA) January 6-7, 2015 Application Deadline — October 30, 2014 Progress on the microbiology of the built environment, especially through amplicon studies, has been extremely rapid. However, analyzing and combining datasets has been increasingly challenging, especially as investigators use …

Teaching bioinformatics using IPython Notebooks

I’ve been teaching undergraduate and graduate bioinformatics for three years at Northern Arizona University. This semester I tried an experiment in my undergraduate course: I decided to ditch slides and instead use IPython Notebooks to present my course materials. This turned out to be hugely successful, and resulted in an early version of an online …