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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 researchers, industry professionals, and funders to discuss the state of MoBE research and how to bridge the gap between research and application.  Some of the opening remarks to the meeting were given by Paula Olsiewki, Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, who gave a retrospective on the history of MoBE and the process of growing research fields.

A number of BioBE members and collaborators were in attendance and gave presentations, including Jess Green, Co-Director of BioBE, who gave a brief history on the research of BioBE, followed by more detailed narratives on how ventilation and bioaerosols, daylighting, and antimicrobial compounds are driving community structure of the indoor microbiome.  Jonathan Eisen, Professor at the University of California, Davis, gave some background on microBEnet and the massive effort to promote microbiology on social media and in education to give our work as much impact as possible.  Richard Corsi, Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, who just spent two weeks visiting BioBE, spoke about indoor chemistry and how building design, materials, and the indoor microbiome can all affect the types and concentrations of chemicals indoor- often to the detriment of our health.  Kent Duffy, architect at SRG, spoke about how microbial research has impacted architectural design, and how this information can be used to change the way we design spaces.

In addition to presentations on their recent work, a number of meeting participants also sat on several panels to discuss broader issues.  For example, “The Myth and Reality of MoBE Manipulation” panel, moderated by Rob Knight, University of California San Diego and featuring Rita Colwell, Jeffrey Siegel, Ilana Brito, and Jessica Green as panelists, discussed the challenges to improving MoBE research and outreach.  The panel discussed the need for more basic science and evidence-based applied studies, in order to make more informed decisions on when and how to make interventions.

The full list of speaker and panel videos can be found on the microBE.net YouTube Channel, the presentation slides can be found here, and photos here.

BioBE presentations at the ESA meeting next week

The 2017 Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference is being held next week in Portland, OR, at the Oregon Convention Center, and members of the BioBE team will have a strong showing. After the conference, we’ll be sure to have a round-up post with more information on our presentations.

Dr. Roo Vandegrift: OOS 3-4 — Moving Microbes: the dynamics of the skin microbiome in response to environmental exposures. (Revised; listed as “The built environment as a reservoir for transmission and colonization of the skin microbiome.”) Monday, August 7, 2017: 2:30 PM, Portland Blrm 256.

Ashley Bateman1, Roxana Hickey2, Ashkaan K. Fahimipour3, Roo Vandegrift3, Brendan J.M. Bohannan3 and Jessica L. Green3, (1)Biology and the Built Environment Center, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, (2)Phylagen, San Francisco, CA, (3)Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Dr. Erica HartmannOOS 17-9 — Antibiotic resistance and antimicrobial chemicals in the built environment. Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 4:20 PM, Portland Blrm 258.

Erica Hartmann1, Roxana Hickey2, Tiffany Hsu3, Jing Chen4, Clarisse M. Betancourt Román2, Adam J. Glawe1, Jeff Kline5, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg5, G.Z. (Charlie) Brown5, Rolf U. Halden4, Curtis Huttenhower3 and Jessica L. Green2, (1)Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, (2)Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, (3)Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, (4)Biodesign Center for Environmental Security, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, (5)Department of Architecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Gwynne MhuireachPS 29-166 — Fine-scale urban vegetation patterns shape airborne microbial community composition (poster). Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Exhibit Hall.

Gwynne Mhuireach1, Clarisse Betancourt2, Jessica L. Green3, and Bart R. Johnson4,(1)Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon; Biology and the Built Environment Center, (2)Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI, (3)Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, (4)Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Dr. Sue IshaqPS 31-13 — Soil bacterial diversity in response to stress from farming system, climate change, weed diversity, and wheat streak virus (poster). Wednesday, August 9th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Exhibit Hall.

Suzanne L. Ishaq1, Tim Seipel2, Alexandra M. Thornton2, and Fabian Menalled2, (1) University of Oregon, Biology and the Built Environment, (2)Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Dr. Ashkaan Fahimipour: OOS 43-3 — The dynamics of food web assembly: Structure, stability, and trophic cascades. Thursday, Aug 10, 2:10 pm, Portland Blrm 258. 

Ashkaan will be the opening speaker for this session, which will cover the establishment of interaction ecology as a discipline, particularly focusing on how recent developments contribute to basic understanding of ecological processes at multiple scales and to the solution of environmental problems across the globe. We will begin by providing a synthesis of key processes that act at different temporal and spatial scales to determine the organization of complex systems.