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New review on health in the built environment

Hot off the press, a new review on health in the built environment is available today!  The article is found here, but an open-access, view-only version is available here.  It's part of the Healthy Building special issue from the Journal of Exposure Science &...

New publication on the urban microbiome

Recently, Dr. Gwynne Mhuireach published one of the chapters from her dissertation, on evaluating bacteria found in air from vegetated or paved areas in an urban setting! Mhuireach, G.Á., Betancourt-Román, C.M., Green, J.L., Johnson B.R. 2019. Spatiotemporal controls...

Congratulations to BioBE’s Sam Velazquez!

Another of BioBE's stellar student researchers is headed to graduate school! Sam Velazquez has been working with Dr. Sue Ishaq on bioinformatics in our lab. She is a bright face in the room, conducting experiments, programming, working on data visualization, and...

BioBE heads to the UO SPICE Fair, Saturday April 13

This Saturday, April 13th, is the 2019 UO Science and Invention Fair, held on campus in Willamette Hall from 11 am to 3 pm.  The Fair is designed for children in grades K - 8 to meet local scientists, and develop an enthusiasm for STEM using hands-on activities and...

Microbes in the built environment; interview with Jefferson Exchange

In case you missed it live, you can stream Sue Ishaq's interview with Geoffrey Riley at the Jefferson Exchange, about her work at BioBE. She talks about how to go from researching microbes in the rumen stomach of moose to researching the effect of building surface...

#BuildHealth2018 Meeting Announced

BioBE is gearing up for the second-annual Industry Consortium event on May 17th and 18th in Portland.  Last year, BioBE and ESBL held the inaugural Health + Energy Research Consortium event in May 2017, which brought researchers and practitioners into one room to talk...

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BioBE postbac Mitch Rezzonico is headed to grad school!

Mitch Rezzonico, who recently obtained his baccalaureate from the University of Oregon in 2017, has been learning bioinformatics with Dr. Sue Ishaq in the BioBE lab since last summer, in order to gain hands-on experience in preparation for a career in bioinformatics...

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Rich case studies

I recently gave a lecture on research methods to Siobhan Rockcastle's ARCH 410/510 Human-Centric Environments course at the University of Oregon. Choosing the design of the UO's Lillis Hall (ca. 2000) and BioBE's subsequent sampling campaign (2010) as a case study, I...

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Upcoming presentations at Indoor Air 2018

BioBE researchers will be giving two oral presentations at the Indoor Air 2018 conference this summer!  This will be the 15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), and will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,...

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Tour of the Baker Lighting Lab

BioBE researchers spend quite a bit of time writing grant proposals.  In particular, over the last few months I (Sue Ishaq) have been co-writing proposals which expand our understanding of indoor lighting on human health and behavior, the indoor microbiome, and energy...

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Participate in a research survey online

Looking to participate in research?  Amir Nezamdoost, a graduate research fellow in Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory, is collecting survey data for his PhD dissertation.  Amir's dissertation is about developing a rating system to score the quality of window view...

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Mushroom hunting with Bill Walton

Last week, BioBE's resident mycologist, Dr. Roo Vandegrift, and Dr. Bitty Roy, a Professor in the Institute of Ecology and Evolution here at UO (and Roo's advisor during his Ph.D.), spoke with basketball legend Bill Walton about mushrooms.  The story and several clips...

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Twelve Days at the University of Oregon

Written by Dr. Rich Corsi, edited by Sue Ishaq and Jeff Kline. Several months ago, I connected with Dr. Kevin van Den Wymelenberg at the University of Oregon about the interaction between indoor microbiology and indoor chemistry, and several other common interests. ...

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Design Champs: Daylight and Microbes

This week, BioBE held the third session of our "Design Champions" webinar series, which we have been developing over the last few months as a means of actively communicating our work with industry professionals.  Design Champs brings together a small number of...

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ESBL/BioBE welcome new Associate Director of Outreach

ESBL and BioBE are thrilled to announce that Mark Fretz has joined the team as the new Associate Director of Outreach, based out of the Portland location.  Mark brings a unique combination of experience in architecture and public health service, and will help further...

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National Academies of Science MoBE meeting

In mid-October, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine co-hosted the MoBE 2017 (Microbiology of the Built Environment) Research and Applications Symposium, in Washington, D.C.  The meeting brings together...

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation renews BioBE funding!

Dr. Van Den Wymelenberg, Biology and the Built Environment Center PI and Co-Director, is excited to announce that the Center has secured another two years of funding from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and their Microbiology of the Built Environment (MoBE) program. ...

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