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Following the steps listed in a standard method enables a researcher to achieve the desired outcome. Similarly, the development of a method also follows a process to achieve the desired outcome of standardization. This process is described in the fourth Knowledge Sharing Article titled, “Testing surface disinfectants: Method development phases.”

Read the next in series,"Testing surface disinfectants: Method development phases"(KSA-SM-04.pdf)

Luis O. Serrano Figueroa and Abigail Richards presented a poster, “Siderophore production by haloakaliphilic bacteria under varied physiologic conditions,” BioMetals 2010, Tucson, AZ, July 25-30, 2010.

Anne Camper presented an overview of water sample results, McCormick & Baxter Annual Technical Team Meeting, Oregon DEQ & GSI Water Solutions, Portland, OR, July 7-9, 2010. This was a technical meeting reviewing information associated with the McCormick & Baxter creosote contamination site in Portland, OR. 

Isaac Klapper was a co-organizer and presenter at the 2010 SIAM Conference on Life Sciences Pittsburgh, PA, July 10-15, 2010. He presented “An exclusion principle for biofilm models,” in the Minisymposium on Bacterial Biofilms: Models, Analysis, and Simulation,” and “Electrodiffusion in microbial biofilms,” in the Minisymposium on Fluids with Dynamic Microstructure.

Please download the position descriptions (pdfs) you are interested in. These files will not be kept indefinitely on our website.

Agile Sciences, Inc.
Biofilm Scientist (pdf)
Group Leader, Microbiology (website)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Microbiologist or Biologist (pdf)

Adrienne (Adie) Phillips was recently hired to work on ongoing carbon sequestration and biomineralization projects in Al Cunningham and Robin Gerlach’s lab. She has recently returned to Montana after working in New Jersey with an environmental consulting company. Adie has an MS in Environmental Engineering, Montana State University and she worked as a Research Engineer for Al Cunningham and Robin Gerlach’s group from 2005-2008.

Mery de la Fuente, Ph.D. student from the University of Concepcion, Chile, is visiting the CBE for three months (July-September). In Concepcion, she is a working with Dr. Homero Urrutia Briones’ lab group. During her time here, Mery will be learning how to grow biofilms in capillary flow cells and how to operate the confocal.

"Microbial conversion of biodiesel by-products to biofuel," Thesis Defense by Kelly O’Shea, MS Candidate in Microbiology, Montana State University, July 2010
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"Specific and rapid enumeration of viable but non-culturable and viable-culturable gram negative bacteria using flow cytometry”
Khan MT, Pyle BH, Camper AK
Appl Environ Microbiol 2010; E-published 11 June 2010
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"Testing wound dressings using an in vitro wound model"
Lipp C, Kirker K, Agostinho A, James G, Stewart P
Journal of Wound Care 2010; 19(6):220-226
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The summer 2010 Montana Biofilm Science & Technology Meeting (formerly TAC) for our Industrial Associate members and invited guests was held in Bozeman, MT, July 13-15, 2010 (Tuesday–Thursday). The Montana Biofilm Meeting featured sessions on ophthalmologic biofilms, wound care biofilms, biofilm fundamentals, biofilms in the built environment, systems analysis of biofilms, and biofilm methods. Please contact Paul Sturman (406) 994-2102 for more information. Click on title link to view complete article and agendas.

Have you ever wondered what statistical attributes define a standard disinfectant test?  In the third Knowledge Sharing Article, Professor Marty Hamilton discusses the eight statistical attributes: reasonableness, relevancy, validity, ruggedness, resemblance, responsiveness, repeatability, and reproducibility that a standardized disinfectant test should possess at an acceptable level.  Included in the discussion is the answer to one of the “top 10” frequently asked questions, “What are acceptable repeatability and reproducibility standard deviations?”

Heidi Smith, masters student in Land Resources & Environmental Science and the CBE, received a competitive NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) for 2010/2011, with the possibility for two additional years of renewal support (30K each year).  Heidi’s project is entitled, “The role of microbes in microbial synthesis and transformation of dissolved organic matter in glacial environments.”  Heidi's advisor and mentor is Christine Foreman.

Michelle Olivo, ICU Medical, Dallas, Texas, and Marcia Ryder, consultant, Ryder Science, San Marcos, California, visited the CBE June 1-2, 2010.  They are working on on-going collaborations investigating needle-free devices and healthcare acquired infections with the Medical Biofilms Lab.

“The microbial fuel cell as an educational tool” 
Dewan A, Van Wie B, Beyenal H, Lewandowski Z
Chemical Engineering Education 2010; 44(2):157-165
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"Aerobic degradation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene by the yeast strain Geotrichum candidum AN-Z4"
Ziganshin AM, Gerlach R, Naumenko EA, Naumova RP
Microbiology 2010; 79(2):178-183
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Zbigniew Lewandowski taught several lectures on two general topics, “Mechanisms of biofilm processes,” and “Energy conversion in biofilms: Microbially influenced corrosion and microbial fuel cells,” Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland, May 8 – June 5, 2010.

Joe Seymour, as an invited speaker presented, “Transport in porous media: MR measurements and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics models of bio-reactive systems and colloid transport," Department Seminar Geophysics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, May 12, 2010.

"Molecular characterization of the polymicrobial flora in chronic rhinosinusitis"
Stephenson MF, Mfuna L, Dowd SE, Wolcott RD, Barbeau J, Poisson M, James G, Desrosiers M
J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010; 39(2):182-187
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“Production of cell–cell signaling molecules by bacteria isolated from human chronic wounds”
Rickard AH, Colacino KR, Manton KM, Morton RI, Pulcini E, Pfeil J, Rhoads D, Wolcott RD, James G
J Appl Microbiol, 2010; 108(5):1509–1522
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Trevor Zuroff was recently awarded a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. He will use the $90,000, three-year graduate research award to research using different organisms to break down cellulose. He will begin working on his doctorate at Penn State in the fall where he was also awarded a McWhirter fellowship granting him $90,000 for two more years after the NSF grant expires, plus $4,000 in research funds and funding to hire an undergraduate assistant.

"Anti-biofilm strategies and the need for innovations in wound care"
Ammons MCB 
Recent Pat Antiinfect Drug Discov. 2010; 5(1):10-17
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"Use of alternative carrier materials in AOAC official methodSM 2008.05, efficacy of liquid sporicides against spores of Bacillus subtilis on a hard, nonporous surface, quantitative three-step method"
Tomasino SF, Hamilton MA, Pines RM 
Journal of AOAC International 2010; 93(1):259-276
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We are pleased to welcome Agile Sciences as a new member company. Agile Sciences is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company was founded in 2007 by Professors Christian Melander and John Cavanagh of North Carolina State University (NCSU) to provide commercial solutions to those industries plagued by the effects of biofilms. Agile Sciences' technology addresses problems associated with biofilm formation through the use of proprietary non-toxic organic compounds. The industrial representative will be Stephen R.

Isaac Klapper, Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, received the 2010 CBE Faculty Award  in May. He was given the award in grateful recognition of a decade of scholarly prominence in the field of biofilm modeling and productive interdisciplinary interaction with the CBE—including initiating and planning the 2007 Biofilm Mechanics Retreat.

Since May 2010, the CBE newsletter the Center for Biofilm Engineering has been publishing a series of articles written by Professor Marty Hamilton, CBE biostatistician. This series of Knowledge Sharing Articles is being written with the purpose of disseminating information that is the topic of presentations, posters, workshops or discussions that occur at the CBE.

Each Knowledge Sharing Article is a concise discussion on a specific topic. The information is not peer- reviewed, in the traditional sense, but these concepts have been debated, tested, refined and used at the CBE. Within one series, the terms and concepts will build on each other, similar to the way concepts are presented in a college course—so the articles are best read sequentially. These articles are a part of the CBE newsletter and are archived on the CBE web site.  Please click on title link to view the first of the series.