EnvMicro_Introd_Spr2010_Post

EnvMicro_Introd_Spr2010_Post - ENVIRONMENTAL AND POLLUTION...

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND POLLUTION MICROBIOLOGY 11:375:411, 16:375:510 Spring Semester, MW, 6th Period (5:35-6:55 pm) Instructors: L. Young, Dean of International Programs J. Kukor, Dean of Academic Programs Teaching Assistant: Adam Mumford Website for ppt lectures: http://envsci.rutgers.edu/510/
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• Syllabus - exams, non-cumulative Books - available for purchase on reserve Requirements - exams problem sets poster session - graduate students additional set of requirements Student conduct - expectations for ethical behavior
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WHY STUDY MICROBIOLOGY? In the news and current events of the day - give me some examples It impacts on our daily lives Disease and illness - how many have had colds recently? flu? - are they caused by the same or different microbe? - how many have taken antibiotics recently? Food - how many had yogurt, cheese, beer for lunch? - how many brought lunch to work and put it in the fridge?
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WHY STUDY MICROBIOLOGY? Environment - how many use New Brunswick tap water treated at the local water treatment system on campus? - how many flushed the toilet today and knows where it goes? - how many grow legumes and don’t need to fertilize? - how many use a compost pile for their garden? Biotechnology - enzymes used as whiteners in detergents - “natural” flavors and colors for foods - antibiotic production
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WHY STUDY MICROBIOLOGY? • Impact on the study of biology - “micro”-biology model for the study of “macro”-biological systems - e.g. basic, fundamental cell biochemistry (Krebs cycle), population ecology, competition for limiting resources WHY THIS COURSE IN MICROBIOLOGY? Applications of microbiology specifically to the environment - what is the role that microbes have on the environment? - cycling of elements on earth, role in water, wastewater, geobiochemistry - develop an understanding well enough to use them beneficially
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SUMMARY POINTS IN WASHINGTON POST ARTICLES • Stephen J. Gould, emminent geologist, wrote “Full House” which talks extensively about the planet of the bacteria. Bacteria were the first fossils and the dominant form of life on Earth. The fossil record of life begins with bacteria, at least 3.5 billion yrs ago. About half a history of life later, the more complex eucaryote cells first appear in the fossil records, around 1.8 billion years ago. Ubiquitous - found everywhere and at the extremes of temp, pH,
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