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BioBE human microbial cloud research featured on Science Friday

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.

Video: Your Very Special Microbial Cloud
Produced by Luke Groskin

Related story: Science Friday chases bugs with UO research (AroundtheO)

The Cost of Cool

The New York Times article “The Cost of Cool” explains the downside of air-conditioners:

“Air-conditioners draw copious electricity, and deliver a double whammy in terms of climate change, since both the electricity they use and the coolants they contain result in planet-warming emissions.”

What if we can reduce energy use, while creating more diverse and healthier microbiological communities indoors?

Night flushing is a cooling technique that eliminates or decreases the need for air-conditioning by opening up a building at night, allowing large quantities of cold outdoor air to cool the building’s mass. During the day, when the outside air warms up, building occupants stay cool longer. We are currently analyzing the impacts of night flushing on microbes indoors.

BioBE Center Featured in Science

In the February 10 issue of Science, reporter Courtney Humphries profiles the growing community of scientists investigating the built environment microbiome.  The article features Sloan Foundation Program Officer Paula Olsiewski, BioBE Director Jessica Green, and fellow Sloan grantees as they weigh in on the need to understand indoor ecology and discuss exciting new work that is propelling the emerging field forward.