- Congratulations to Paulina Piotroswski on her successional PhD defense! Piotrowski earned a PhD in Chemistry and Biogeochemistry with this dissertation “Enhancing analytical methods towards the geochemical and biogeochemical fingerprinting of shale gas systems”. Piotroswski’s next stop is as a post-doctoral scholar at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Good luck Paulina!
- Mark your calendars for the 21st annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium! It will be held April 13-14th and co-chairs Mara Cloutier and Jenelle Fortunato have promised a great event! Click here for more information: http://sites.psu.edu/saese/events
- PPEM 440, Environmental Microbiomes: Concepts and Analysis Tools will be a new class offered fall 2018 and will be instructed by Dr. Terry Bell, a new Biogeochemistry Faculty member in the PPEM department. Here is a brief description of the course outcomes: this course is intended for students with very little background in programming or bioinformatics, but with a strong understanding of microbiology, molecular biology, and/or ecology.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
- Interpret microbiome terminology and figures.
- Understand and present a summary of a microbiome-based journal article.
- Analyze microbiome-based high-throughput sequencing data using freely available software.
- Apply microbiome analysis tools to unknown data.
- Express their interpretation of microbiome data in oral, written, and graphical contexts.