The 2009 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Environmental Microbiology at UNLV is now accepting applications. This NSF supported program provides undergraduates with an opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
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The other day, one of my commenters stated that "a well-informed sixth-grader should be able to distinguish between MRSA and E. coli".
Here's a nutrient agar plate with some of the bacteria that we isolated from a local creek last fall. We identified our bacteria by sequencing the 16S ribosomal DNA, but for various reasons, that I won't go into here, we don't know which sequences belong to which colonies.
HealthMap is a great site that could be an excellent resource when teaching a biology, microbiology, or health class. Not to mention, I can picture people using it before they travel somewhere or even just for fun.
I learned about HealthMap awhile ago from Mike the Mad Biologist, but I didn't get time to play with the site until today.
Here's an example to see how it works.
How do I use HealthMap?
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If you're old enough or you've taken microbiology, there's a chance that sometime in your life you heard of Legionaire's disease.
This disease was caused a bacteria that inhabited the air conditioners in a hotel where several veterans held a conference. Naturally, it was the microbiologists who collected samples of the bacteria and figured out what was going on.
Now, there's something else going on and I'm thankful to Mike ... Read more
I read about this in Bio-IT World and had to go check it out. It's called the Genome Projector and it has to be the coolest genome browser I've ever seen.
They have 320 bacterial genomes to play with. Naturally, I chose our friend E. coli. The little red pins in the picture below mark the positions of ribosomal RNA genes (It's not perfect, at least one of these genes is a ribosomal RNA methyltransferase and not a 16S ribosomal RNA.) ... Read more
Well, probably getting a stipend to help you do it.
And, the really cool thing is that's part of the deal!
Hustle, hustle the deadline is March 7th, and all the contact info is below.
The NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program in Environmental Microbiology at UNLV is accepting applications.
This grant provides students with the opportunity to work on a research project for a 10 week period with a faculty mentor. Students receive a $4000 stipend, round trip airfare, and housing in a UNLV dormitory.
Mentors have projects in the following areas:
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During the past few Fridays (or least here and here), we've been looking at a paper that was published from China with some Β-lactamase sequences that were supposedly from Streptococcus pneumoniae. The amazing thing about these particular sequences is that Β-lactamase has never been seen in S. pneumoniae before, making this a rather significant (and possibly scary) discovery.
If it's correct.