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The Honor of Speaking with Honor's Students
April 25, 2017

The Honor of Speaking with Honor's Students

A few months ago, I received an email from the principal of my high school in Wayland, Michigan, inviting me to speak at the annual Scholastic Honor's Night. This is a night during which all students with a g.p.a. of 3.5 and above are recognized for their hard work, are treated to a special guest[...]

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Calling All Students!
March 23, 2017

Calling All Students!

  At the beginning of January, I received an invitation to speak at the annual meeting of the Northern California branch of the American Society for Microbiology (i.e., NCASM 2017). I was really excited about this opportunity because I particularly enjoy branch meetings. My first branch[...]

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Fear, Science, and the Trump Administration
February 28, 2017

Fear, Science, and the Trump Administration

  I'm about to make a statement that perhaps is a bit risky given the current state of affairs in our nation.   I'm not big on politics. Not only that, I really don't like paying attention to politics.   What I really mean when I say that, is that until this past year, I really[...]

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How dirty is your money?
October 28, 2014

How dirty is your money?

Harper Adams University in the UK recently posted a news article describing some intriguing work being done by Senior Lecturer Frank Vriesekoop, who has been investigating, among a slew of other interesting topics, whether banknotes can transfer bacteria, including pathogens.  The[...]

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Diversify Your Microbiome by Rock Climbing Indoors
August 19, 2014

Diversify Your Microbiome by Rock Climbing Indoors

When a recently published paper entitled "Microbial Sequencing Analyses Suggest the Presence of a Fecal Veneer on Indoor Climbing Wall Holds" showed up in my NCBI digest, I got excited.  However, my excitement died a little when I actually read the paper. Most importantly, the title is[...]

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