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 usage in buildings. These project proposals are collaborative efforts between BioBE, Energy Studies and Buildings Laboratory, and the Baker Lighting Lab. We’ll have more updates in the next few months as those are reviewed.
Siobhan “Shevy” Rockcastle, Chair of the Baker Lighting Lab, and I have been brainstorming ideas, and today I went over to the Baker Lab to check it out in person. The Lab is decorated with concept-design lighting projects from previous students, which are not only beautiful, but extremely creative. Here are a few of my favorites!
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 based on human visual perception and judgmental preference. He is running a piloting survey online, and looking for participants to try it out! The survey should take less than 5 minutes.
AMIR NEZAMDOOST, LEED Green Associate
Ph.D. Student in Architecture | University of Oregon
Graduate Research Fellow | Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory
Committee Member of LEED IEQ Technical Group
Advisory Committee Member of Illuminating Engineering Society
Student Member of the IALD, ASHRAE, SBSE, SLL email@example.com
Hello, readers! I’m Dr. Sue Ishaq, the newest Research Assistant Professor hire in the BioBE center at the University of Oregon. I’ve been at the center for two weeks now, and I thought I’d introduce myself as I’ll soon be a regular contributor to the center’s research efforts and blog. I’m a microbial ecologist with a focus on host-associated microbiomes. My baccalaureate and doctorate were both in animal science and nutrition from the University of Vermont, in Burlington. As a Ph.D. student in the Wright Lab, my work focused on identifying and manipulating the bacteria, methanogens, and protozoa in the rumen of the North American moose. For the past two years, I was a post-doctoral researcher at Montana State University, in Bozeman. For one year, I was in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences performing the bioinformatic analyses for multiple host-associated and environmental projects in the Yeoman Lab. My second year was in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences in the Menalled Lab, where I was part of a large project investigating the effect of climate change on wheat production. For my part, this meant assessing the changes to soil bacteria over time and under different climate scenarios.
Here at the BioBE, I’ll be adding my experience in host-associated microbiomes, bacterial ecology, and health, to the growing collaborative research team. Over the course of the summer, I’ll be writing several grants and organizing new projects that explore how building design, occupancy, pets, and human habits affect human health and the indoor microbiome. If you happened to have been at the Health + Energy Research Consortium, held in Portland in May, you might have seen me around, and I’ll also be at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR in August. You can follow me on my personal blog and, of course, you can find me on the BioBE blog!