Saturday, October 26, 2019

My talk for the @ucdavis Advance Awards Symposium

I gave a talk Thursday as part of the UC Davis Advance Awards Symposium in Sacramento. I am crazy busy right now so don't have a lot of time to write here about the talk but I did post about it to Twitter in a long thread.

Here are the slides for the talk:



Here is the first Tweet in a long thread I posted annotating the slides.



He is a Wakelet with some Tweets about the Symposium.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A damsel(fly) in distress

Took some of my pics of a yellow dumped warbler eating a damselfly and made them into a Gif using Giphy.

 
via GIPHY

Best pics from trip to NYC

I went on a short trip to New York for a Bat Mitzvah of my best friend's daughter. I brought my camera, a Nikon D500 (and the 200-500 mm lens) and I took some pics, mostly of birds, while I was there. Here are some of the better ones.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Four days of microbial phylogeny at #UCDavis #Asgard #Phylogenomics #MAGs

So - I did a guest appearance in a UC Davis Microbiology class run by a colleague / friend of mine - Renee Tsolis and I thought I would just post the details here.

Class: MIB200A - Biology of Prokaryotes

Four days of microbial phylogeny oriented around discussions of papers.  So to do this I picked four topics, really organized around papers.  See below for details.  I have posted the slides though I note they are pretty boring since most of them are just figures / text from the papers.

Class 1: rRNA and the Tree of Life

Papers
Slides



Monday, October 07, 2019

Yet another mostly male microbiome meeting - #YAMMMM - a microbiome #manel in San Diego





Well, just when I thought the microbiome space was getting better about diversity of speakers.  I got called twice today from someone trying to get me to sign up for this meeting and I got an email about it too.

The meeting: "Gen-Next Probiotics and Microbiome - Advanced Therapeutics and Sequencing Congress” to be held on 6th and 7th February 2020 in San Diego, USA."

Speakers from the email:
• Maya Ivanjesku, Chief Scientific Officer, Dakota Biotech
• Bharath Prithiviraj, Senior Scientist, City university of New York
• Ross Youngs, CEO & Founder, Biosortia Pharmaceuticals
• Seth Crosby, Director, Research Collaborations, Washington University School of Medicine
• Elliot Friedman, Senior Research Investigator, University of Pennsylvania
• Peter Leighton, CEO, ProSperity Bioscience
• Tal Korem, Assistant Professor, Columbia University in New York City
• Chuck Collins, Professor, East Tennessee State University
• Joseph C Ellis, Sr. Staff Scientist, OAK Ridge National Laboratory
• Aubrey Levitt, CEO/Co-Founder, Postbiotics +
• M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, Director, Microbiome Core Facility, University of North Carolina
• Arun Bhunia, Professor of Food Microbiology, Purdue University
• A. Bruce Johnson, PhD, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Phibro Animal Health Corporation
• Michael Leonidas Chikindas, Microbiologist, Rutgers University

I looked up these people and their descriptions on various websites and with this information and other I assigned them to M vs F.  I realize this approach is imperfect.  I label my inferences below: M in yellow and F in green.

Maya Ivanjesku, Chief Scientific Officer, Dakota Biotech
Bharath Prithiviraj, Senior Scientist, City university of New York
Ross Youngs, CEO & Founder, Biosortia Pharmaceuticals
• Seth Crosby, Director, Research Collaborations, Washington University School of Medicine
• Elliot Friedman, Senior Research Investigator, University of Pennsylvania
• Peter Leighton, CEO, ProSperity Bioscience
• Tal Korem, Assistant Professor, Columbia University in New York City
• Chuck Collins, Professor, East Tennessee State University
• Joseph C Ellis, Sr. Staff Scientist, OAK Ridge National Laboratory
Aubrey Levitt, CEO/Co-Founder, Postbiotics +
• M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, Director, Microbiome Core Facility, University of North Carolina
• Arun Bhunia, Professor of Food Microbiology, Purdue University
• A. Bruce Johnson, PhD, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Phibro Animal Health Corporation
• Michael Leonidas Chikindas, Microbiologist, Rutgers University

So that comes to 11M vs 3F.

Or ~ 80% M.

No thanks.  I will skip this YAMMMM.  And you should too.