Clarisse Betancourt and Gwynne Mhuireach received scholarships to attend the Healthy Buildings America 2015

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Clarisse Betancourt Román and Gwynne Mhuireach have both been awarded scholarships to attend and present their research at the Healthy Buildings 2015 America Conference in Boulder, CO, July 19-22. The mission of the conference is to promote collaboration among built environment researchers and practitioners in order to make buildings healthier and more sustainable. Clarisse and Gwynne will be presenting in a special session focused on Urban and Indoor Environments.

Engaging the Design Profession

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Bringing together facilities professionals from the regional healthcare industry, the seminar “Creating Healthy Buildings: Natural Light and Ventilation Design in Healthcare Applications” was held April 22, Earth Day, at the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory’s (ESBL’s) Portland office. Presenters included Kent Duffy, FAIA, of SRG Partnership – “Integrating Daylight for Places of Healing”, Bob Gulick, PE, of Mazzetti – “Natural Ventilation in Healthcare”, and G.Z. Brown, FAIA, and Jeff Kline of ESBL – “Linking Energy and Health”. In describing BioBE’s recent findings, Brown and Kline discussed the past and speculated on the future of architecture to promote health.

Kyla Martichuski received a 2015 Barry Goldwater Scholarship


Kyla is one of the two recipients from an Oregon university. The Goldwater Scholarship is a prestigious national award that recognized undergraduates for their work in science, mathematics and engineering. Kyla is researching the diversity and temporal dynamics of fungal communities in the atmosphere. The University of Oregon wrote an article about the great news titled “Two UO juniors named 2015 Goldwater Scholars“. Congratulations Kyla!

MicroBEnet modeling microbial metabolism

Our partners MicoBEnet received an award by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation to construct mechanistic metabolic ecosystem models of the bacteria and viruses that survive, colonize and grow on different built environment materials under different environmental conditions. This research program is a 3 years initiative and will be led by Jack Gilbert (University of Chicago), in collaboration with Chris Henry (UChicago), Brent Stephens (Illinois Institute of Technology), Paul Thomas (Northwestern University) and Scott Kelley (San Diego State University). Congratulations! More information about this program can be found at

AIA Design & Health Research Consortium Kickoff

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G.Z. Brown of BioBE and Deb Johnson-Shelton of the Oregon Research Institute attended the kickoff meeting of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium on March 5, 2015.  Held at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, the 11 inaugural university members of the consortium heard from several invited speakers from the fields of architecture and public health. Table discussions were held around the topics of education, metrics, the “internet of things”, resilience and equity, and translation. More on the consortium can be found at

Come work with us!

The BioBE Center is currently seeking a bioinformatics postdoctoral research scholar to explore fundamental questions in microbial ecology and evolution. Applicants must have a Ph.D. with extensive training using bioinformatics to understand the ecology and/or evolution of complex biological systems, and strong writing skills. The ideal candidate will have experience with statistical analysis, next-gen sequence data analysis, software development, and/or experience with combining and analyzing complex datasets from multiple sources and technologies. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

For more information, see the complete listing. To ensure consideration, please submit applications by April 2, 2015. This position will remain open until filled.