microbiology

Westpheling elected SIMB president

Posted 1 month 6 days ago
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Professor of genetics Janet Westpheling has been elected president of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology in the 2018 SIMB Board of Directors election.

The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) is a nonprofit, international association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences, especially as they apply to industrial products, biotechnology, materials, and processes. Founded in 1949, SIMB promotes the exchange of scientific information through its meetings and publications, and serves as liaison among the specialized fields...

Noted and quoted, January 2018

Posted 3 months 4 weeks ago
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From the downside of smart phones to the promise of a 'super yeast' for biofuels to the creation a new island off the Georgia coast, Franklin faculty have been ready and willing to lend their expertise on the full range of issues and current events. A sample from this month:

Less smartphone time equals happier teenager, study suggests – article reference research by professor of psychology Keith Campbell in Los Angeles Times, India Today

Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor J. Marshall Shepherd talks challenge of communicating science to public 16th annual...

Kudos, October 2017

Posted 7 months 1 hour ago
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New research projects, diversity certificates and a musical premiere highlight accomplishments of faculty, students and staff during October. A sample:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) awarded more than $9 million in grants to explore gaps in knowledge about antibiotic resistance and pilot innovative solutions in the healthcare, veterinary, and agriculture industries. Professor of plant biology and Franklin College associate dean Michelle Momany and assistant professor of microbiology Elizabeth Ottesen are leading two of the 25 funded projects

Plant biology professor...

Unlocking the potential of biomass: DOE announces new projects

Posted 7 months 3 weeks ago
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The Department of Energy’s Agile BioFoundry announced October 2 the commencement of seven projects with industry partners and a University of Georgia microbiology lab under the recent $5M Directed Funding Opportunity:

The Agile BioFoundry is focused on developing, deploying and uniting tools, technologies, software, and instrumentation across the National Laboratory system for the robust and predictive engineering of biology for the production of biofuels and renewable chemicals from domestic, non-food lignocellulosic biomass. Central to this effort is developing databases and...

UGA joins collaboration on Theory of Microbial Ecosystems

Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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The Simons Foundation has established a new collaboration investigating the mysteries of the microscopic communities that produce more than half of Earth’s oxygen, form the base of the marine food web and cycle nutrients through the ecosystem. The Simons Collaboration on Theory of Microbial Ecosystems, or THE-ME, will investigate how microbial ecosystems in the oceans form and function.

The new collaboration will seek answers to three main questions: How are functions distributed in a microbial ecosystem? How does resource supply shape microbial ecosystem structure and function? And...

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