Get up close and personal with BioBE Center Director Jessica Green and postdoc Roxana Hickey as they discuss research on the human microbial cloud performed in collaboration with the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory! The Science Friday video released today highlights recent findings published by former Center member James Meadow and colleagues in the journal PeerJ, along with present and future research being conducted in the BioBE Center. To learn more, stay tuned for the Science Friday podcast on January 29th at 2 p.m. on Portland station KOPB at 550 AM and 1600 AM in Eugene or at 11 a.m. online at sciencefriday.com.
BioBE work was highlighted in the recently released annual progress report from the AIA Design + Health Consortium. Our team of BioBE members and health researchers from the Oregon Research Institute was selected for the inaugural Consortium cohort, and is the only team studying the impact of architectural design on microbial communities and related human health implications. Download the entire report here: http://www.aia.org/press/AIAB107729.
Congratulations to all on this recently published paper in the journal Microbiome, from BioBE co-authors James Meadow & Ashley Bateman, with collaborators Rachel Adams & Holly Bik. This project was born during a 2013 NESCent Catalysis Meeting on “Evolution in the Indoor Biome”. Hoping to address broad-scale ecological questions with as many high-throughput sequencing datasets as possible, the published manuscript describes several significant technical and biological findings. See this microbenet post for a summary of the most important results.
Congratulations to all co-authors on the successful publication of their research in ESBL’s comfort chamber (affectionately, the Pickle Box). There has been a lot of excitement in the press; some links to articles in the media are listed below, and are also located at the end of the article on the PeerJ website.
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.
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 http://www.aia.org/practicing/AIAB104553.
The UO BioBE Center, along with 10 other architecture schools and schools of public health, has been chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the AIA Foundation, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture to be charter members of the new AIA Design & Health Research Consortium. The full press release can be found at http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB105043.
BioBE research is featured in a new article in GEO Magazine. Titled “Die Wildnis im Wohnzimmer” (“The Wilderness in the Living Room”) and written by Ute Eberle, the article discusses the human and built environment microbiome experiments that use ESBL’s climate chamber, and quotes James Meadow.
Check out the cool video at the end of the article!
Sampling air around Jonathan the Bread Lab baker. Photo credit Kim Binczewski.
Clarisse Betancourt and Erica Hartmann travelled to scenic Mount Vernon, Washington to collect air samples from the Washington State University Bread Lab. These samples will help generate preliminary data to develop a collaboration between BioBE and the Bread Lab to determine the relationship between the bread and bakery microbiomes. The bakery air should be rich with baker’s yeasts, but how much of those special microbes spill out into the air around the bakery? And will those same microbes fill the air at the new Bread Lab facility? Only time will tell…
Gwynne Mhuireach, a Landscape Architecture PhD candidate and member of BioBE, has been awarded a Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship from the U.S. EPA to investigate heterogeneity among the microbial communities found in urban residential neighborhoods. She is particularly interested in the influence that abundance, distribution and diversity of vegetation may have on the urban microbiome, and how vegetation and microbes may interact to affect children’s well-being. The STAR Fellowship provides $42,000 per year of funding over a maximum of three years for outstanding graduate students in environmental studies. Since the program began in 1995, EPA has awarded approximately 1,884 Fellowships.