Ray Ortega

Ray Ortega

Media Specialist with expertise in podcast and video production.

Friday, 02 June 2017 10:50

Watch videos from Microbe 2017

ASM traveled to New Orleans for Microbe 2017 and we brought our cameras to capture some of the great content!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:28

Iconography of Contagion

In 2008, ASM visited the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., for the opening of "An Iconography of Contagion," an art exhibition featuring more than 20 public health posters from the 1920s to the 1990s.

Saturday, 04 March 2017 14:02

West Nile Virus Surveillance

The rapid spread of West Nile virus has put local and state mosquito surveillance programs on the front line of public health and disease preparedness.

Friday, 24 February 2017 18:42

Richard Lenski - Evolution in a Flask

Lenski's work with E. coli has also led him into the digital world. Using computers, Lenski can achieve precise, rapid results by manipulating digital organisms. Software that evolves much like bacteria in the real world.

Sunday, 22 May 2011 14:06

Deepwater Horizon and Beyond

After the largest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are still investigating the role microorganisms play in cleaning up the mess, both on land and at sea.  David Valentine, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, discusses the latest research, what we have learned and what we still do not know.

Vincent and guests Rachel Katzenellenbogen, Roger Hendrix, and Harmit Malik recorded TWiV #135 live at the 2011 ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, where they discussed transformation and oncogenesis by human papillomaviruses, the amazing collection of bacteriophages on the planet, and the evolution of genetic conflict between virus and host.

Large concentrations bacteria identified in the nuclei of hailstones suggest that airborne microorganisms may be responsibility for the formation of these weather events. Participants discuss these findings as well as the implications they may have for understanding of the role microbes play in controlling the weather.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 13:58

Putting Microbes to Work

Participants discuss engineering of bacteria to produce hydrogen gas, ethanol, anti-microbials and other useful products.

Monday, 23 May 2011 13:55

How Microbes Can Feed the World

Participants present research on genetically engineered fungi that could replace chemical fertilizers and naturally occurring fungi that produce compounds that could replace pesticides for protecting crops in the field and produce in transit.

As the United States continues to import increasingly more of its food from developing nations, we are putting ourselves at greater risk of foodborne disease as many of these countries do not have the same sanitary standards for production, especially in the case of seafood and fresh produce. Additionally, prudent use of antibiotics is not practiced in many countries supplying foods, such as seafood and produce, to the United States.

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