BioBe research highlighted in LabRoots webinar

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BioBE postdoc Roxana Hickey presented a live webinar highlighting past and ongoing BioBE research in the LabRoots Microbiology and Immunology Virtual Event held on September 7-8, 2016. Her talk, titled “Exploring the Great Indoors: The Built Environment and Human Health”, was featured alongside 16 other presentations covering a variety of topics in microbiology and biomedical research. Two other speakers, Jack Gilbert (University of Chicago) and Scott Kelley (San Diego State University), also presented built environment microbiome research to the broad audience of researchers and clinicians. All presentations from the event are available for on-demand viewing at LabRoots until the end of the year (free registration required).

Dr. Hickey’s slides can also be viewed at SlideShare.

 

Linking antimicrobials and antibiotic resistance genes in indoor dust

Previous BioBE postdoc Erica Hartmann (now Assistant Professor at Northwestern University!), along with several BioBE researchers and members of Curtis Huttenhower’s (Harvard) and Rolf Halden’s (Arizona State) research groups, recently published a paper establishing a link between antimicrobials and antibiotic resistance genes in indoor dust. Dr. Hartmann published a post summarizing the main findings at microBEnet. The paper is freely available in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

OSU & The Corvallis Art Center: “Microbiomes: To See the Unseen”

Klari Reis petri dish art (https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjspNmOlefOAhUY52MKHWJGCgkQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F574771971167874557%2F&bvm=bv.131286987,d.cGc&psig=AFQjCNFaZz7_KZ2NSeBdt7Nb1ihd2rQT6w&ust=1472578615934970)
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Graduate student Ashley Bateman recently contributed to the workshop portion of the The Microbiome Art Project, a collaboration between OSU and the Corvallis Arts Center. Artist workshops like the one she attended, bring graduate researchers and artists together to communicate & discuss current microbiome research while inspiring fantastic microbiome art! The art exhibition, “Microbiomes: To See the Unseen“, is scheduled for April 13-May 27, 2017 and will include visual artists, musicians, and poets.

2016 Pacific Northwest Women in Science Retreat

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I (Ashley Bateman) recently won a scholarship from the Women in Graduate Sciences organization at the University of Oregon, to attend the 2016 Pacific Northwest Women in Science Retreat. The event was held at Camp Magruder in Rockaway Beach, OR from July 8th-10th. The attendees and workshop leaders featured over 100 women from across the STEM career spectrum, from graduate students, technicians, and post-docs to government and industrial early and late career scientists. The focus of this retreat is on professional skill development and professional networking, especially for and with other women scientists in the region. The retreat featured 3 main workshops: A COACh workshop on the Performing Art of Science Presentations, a Rehearsals for Life: workshop, and a Bragging workshop led by the enthusiastic Judy Giordan. We also heard from and asked questions of a diverse group of women on academic, industrial, and alternative career panels.

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Understanding the microbiome of the Boston subway

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BioBE members Jessica Green and Erica Hartmann contributed to a study looking at the microbiome of the Boston transit system, the MBTA. The paper, published in mSystems is out here. The first author on the paper, Tiffany Hsu, also wrote a post on microBEnet.

Erica Hartmann also travelled to Shanghai, China, to represent the Boston subway study team at the second annual Metagenomics & Metadesign of Subways and Urban Biomes (MetaSUB) meeting. Researchers from around the world participated in the first ever world sampling day to collect microbes in subways and shared their experience and progress at this meeting. For more information, check out the project website.

“Microbiology of Built Environments” FAQ

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The American Academy of Microbiology has published a FAQ report on the microbiology of the built environment colloquium convened in September 2015. The report is “based on the deliberations of experts who gathered for a full day to discuss a series of questions developed by the steering committee regarding the role of complex microbial ecosystems found in built environments.” The BioBE Center was represented during the event by Jeff Kline.