You can find up to date details on the event page for all the talks in this series.
Spring 2023; January 18 – May 3, Wednesdays from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST.
Presented over Zoom. Registration is free!
You can register for any or all of the events from the same link here.
Hosting Organizations: MSE and the University of Maine Institute of Medicine.
The environment, microbes, and us
Anthropology Theme organized by Katherine Daiy and Kieran O’Doherty, and Environmental Theme organized by Mallory Choudoir, Mustafa Saifuddin, and Hannah Holland-Moritz.
“Microbiome Research with the Yanomami”
David Good, University of Guelph
March 22, 2023; Wednesday,11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST. This event has passed, watch the recording here.
David Good is a PhD student in microbiology at the University of Guelph, Ontario. His general research goal is characterizing the structural and functional microbial diversity of his Yanomami family, the Irokae-teri, located in the Amazon rainforest of Venezuela. They are of great interest in the microbiome field since the Irokae-teri live fully immersed in the rainforest environment and subsist by an active lifestyle of hunting-gathering and small-scale gardening. Furthermore, their relative isolation deep in the Amazon limits their exposure to microbiome stressors such as antibiotics, highly refined and processed foods, industrial toxins and pollutants, food preservatives, etc. David will discuss this unique and rare opportunity to advance our understanding of the human microbiome of a community largely unperturbed by westernization, while building global awareness on the importance of protecting these few remaining isolated indigenous societies. However, such research brings numerous challenges surrounding bioethics. David hopes to build dialogue around going beyond simple compliance in microbiome research, and how the Yanomami have the right to self-determination and harness their bioeconomic potential to protect their home.
Photo sourced from: https://www.jointhegoodproject.org/team
Upcoming seminars on The environment, microbes, and us
“Religion, Race and the Microbe: Theological Analysis of Public Health Resistance in the Pandemicine”
Dr. Aminah Al-Attas Bradford, PhD. March 29, 2023; Wednesday,11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST. Register for the Zoom link here.
“The human-valued interest in microbiome science is the distillation of human-environmental interactions”
Dr. Stephanie Schnorr, PhD. April 5, 2023; Wednesday,11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST. Register for the Zoom link here.
“Anthropology, Microbiomes, and Antimicrobial Resistance”
Dr. Cecil Lewis, PhD. April 12, 2023; Wednesday,11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST. Register for the Zoom link here.
“Soil health – towards a ‘microbial agriculture’?“
Dr. Anna Krzywoszynska, PhD. and Paula Palanco Lopez. April 19, 2023; Wednesday,11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST. Register for the Zoom link here.
Panel Discussions on the environment, microbes, and us
April 26, 2023; Wednesday,11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST. Register for the Zoom link here.
May 3, 2023; Wednesday,11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST. Register for the Zoom link here.
These two weeks, we’ll be bringing our Theme 3 speakers back to engage in a panel discussion together on the importance of environmental microbiomes and our place in ecosystems, and then will continue talking about soil health. Panel will be hosted by Katherine Daiy, Kieran O’Doherty, Mallory Choudoir, Mustafa Saifuddin, and Hannah Holland-Moritz.
Please note, this session will only be featured live in real-time and will not be recorded.
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