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Microbiology, Creativity, and Extra Credit

In this blog post, I share the creative projects that my Biology 350 (Microbiology) micronauts created this semester. They range from video parodies, to prose poems, to short-short stories to sculptures and needlepoint. Enjoy! Read More

Media Contaminant

Contaminant (yeast?) found on TSA after several months in the refrigerator. The larger colony was circular, mat with concentric rings with a smaller more mucoid yellow growth just off center. Read More

Final Student Thoughts From My MIcrobiology Course

Today was the last day of my microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound. So I thought it appropriate for students to tell me the single "coolest" thing they learned in my course. Read More

Close up BEA Contaminant

Close up of a single colony or an unknown contaminant (yeast?) on BEA agar after 1 month in the refrigerator. Looks like there was moisture on the plate as the colonies grew in a drip like pattern. Colonies were mucoid salmon red in color with yellow pin point circular growths growing in through... Read More

Unknown contaminant on BEA

Unknown contaminant (yeast?) on BEA agar after 1 month in the refrigerator. Looks like there was moisture on the plate as the colonies grew in a drip like pattern. Colonies were mucoid salmon red in color with yellow pin point circular growths growing in through out. The edges of the colonies... Read More

Green Fungal Contaminant on BEA

Colonies of a green fungal contaminant, presumable airborne, on BEA agar after 1 month in the refrigerator. Green spore formation can be seen throughout the circular colonies. Read More

Fungal contaminant on BEA

Fungal like contaminant, presumably air borne, on BEA media after 1 month in the refrigerator. Mucoid mounding beige center with a hairlike circular border. Read More

Exams, Science Art, and Learning!

In this blog post, I describe how I encourage microbiology students to draw cartoons about basic concepts in the course. I find that this approach promotes ownership, better comprehension, and gives me better insight into what the students are "seeing" in my class. Read More

These Microbes Are Hard To Gobble

For this upcoming Turkey Day, try to avoid the fowl taste that one would get from pecking away at these prokaryotes (Chromobacterium violaceum, Serratia marcescens, and Staphylococcus epidermidis). Some birdbrains may mistakenly consume these potentially harmful microorganisms.

At the risk of... Read More

Bacteriophages seen as plaques in a plaque assay

My introductory microbiology class were able to isolate bacteriophages from raw sewage water using a conventional plaque assay method using E.coli as host grown in nutrient agar. I personally think this is a good experiment because this is the first time that students get to actually "see" virus... Read More

One Page "Nanobiographies" of #MicrobialTermPapers!

I had my #Bio350 micronauts write one page "Nanobiographies" of their #MicrobialTermPapers. I'm very pleased. Read More

Microbial Awards Season in Biology 350!

I like to encourage my students to explore the intersection between art and microbiology. Science + art = awesome! In any event, in this blog post, I describe two microbial art competitions in my microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound. I think my micronauts did some remarkable w... Read More

Bonsai Fungi

This fungi was isolated from a Bonsai tree (Premna sp.) This isolation is part of a undergraduate research project (student: Christopher Sambolin), from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, San Germán Campus. Read More

Time for the #LuxArt2016 Voting!

I enjoy having my microbiology students explore their creativity in interesting ways. One approach is to have my micronauts "paint" on Petri dishes using luminous bacteria. In the past, I have inviting people to "vote" on their favorites, and hand out microbiologically themed gifts. This has ... Read More

Typical "Poached egg" colony of Corynebacterium diphtheriae(biotype-mitis ) in tellurite blood agar.

Diphtheria an infection caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae can be fatal at times, especially if it involves the respiratory tract. They multiply locally on mucous membrane, produce toxin causing necrosis of epithelial cells and ultimately form pseudomembranous coat. These pseudomembrane may ... Read More

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE VIRUSES, VOL-1; VACCINES 2nd Edition, 2017

13 Nov #1 (to be continued next Sunday 20th)
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Scenario & Artwork: Dr. Susan Nasif
Editor: Dr. Adam Wilson
Scientific Editor: Prof. Judy Diamond
Cover Page & Proof-Reading: A. Prof. Robert L. Eoff
Lettering: Prof. Ally Shwed
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Unknown Bacillus/Hand print

Unknown organism, possible Bacillus spp, seen on a hand print after hand washing. TSA plate was grown at 37 C for 24 hours then left at refrigerated temps for 4 weeks. Organism was a light brown and mat. The center of the growth was smooth with rhizoid like growth on the edges which were mucoid ... Read More

Unknown Bacillus

Unknown organism, possible Bacillus spp, seen on a hand print after hand washing. TSA plate was grown at 37 C for 24 hours then left at refrigerated temps for 4 weeks. Organism was a light brown and mat. The center of the growth was smooth with rhizoid like growth on the edges which were mucoid ... Read More

Finger bacteria

Colorful cluster of colonies seen on a print from a finger grown on TSA at 37 degrees C for 48 hrs. Read More

Bacillus mycodies

Bacillus mycodies seen from an environmental swab grown on TSA at 37 degrees C for 49 hrs. Characteristic swirling rhizoid growth can be see. Read More
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