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

NYTimes article on "Why Do Parents Keep Hearing About the Microbiome?" by Christina Caron

Nice article by Christina Caron in the NY Times: Why Do Parents Keep Hearing About the Microbiome? - NYT Parenting



It discusses a few related topics and has a bit on my earlier posting about Dove's microbiome marketing.



See my original post here: If a body wash falls in the forest, is it gentle on the microbiome?

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.