Fellows in the News
Posted by Lauren Hertel on Wednesday, September 14 2011

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Before we can do that, scientists need to get indoors and just observe. William Nazaroff, an indoor air specialist at University of California Berkeley, has begun working with bacterial and fungal specialists to answer some questions that seem mundane at the outset. One project measures how bacteria and fungi differ between classrooms that are empty and those filled with students. Another measures the particle size and microbial makeup of dust gathering in grad student housing. Nazaroff is, improbably, quite excited to discover the dynamics of dust.

“You need to have a few people look in what most will say is a crazy level of detail at subtle stuff that seems ordinary and everyday,” he argues, because it’s only through these details “that we come to insights that profoundly change what we do.”

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