Seeking Volunteers for August Science Festival
 
Dear JAMS members and friends,
 
I will be coordinating JAMS' stall at the Australian Museum Science Festival this year in August. This is where we bring the joys of microbiology to the public and especially to school kids.
 
Please see the 2014 brochure for an idea of last year’s function.
 
I am seeking volunteers to help run our stall on the 11th ,12th ,13th ,18th ,19th , and 20th of August. Each day will be divided into a morning session (9am – 12pm) and an afternoon session (12pm – 3pm). Please let me know if you can contribute half a day (or more!) to this event. It is a lot of fun, and you will be helping to inspire our next generation of scientists.
 
I am also seeking ideas for activities for the stall, if you have anything that would make a good demonstration or quick hands-on activity please let me know.
 
For inquiries, please contact Nick Coleman at:
 
School of Molecular Bioscience – Faculty of Science
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Rm 564, Building G08, The University of Sydney
NSW, AUSTRALIA 2006
Phone: +61 2 9351 6047

Hi all
 
Please be aware of the following courses being advertised to run at HIE in the next few months. These are a good opportunity to hone your skills in essential and commonly-used science technologies.
 
1)      ‘Data Analysis And Visualization With R' Course - Monday 13th April to Friday 17th April 2015
 
The R statistical computing environment has become a standard for scientific data analysis, visualization and reproducible research. At the HIE, we offer an introductory course to help you climb the steep learning curve. This five-day course is aimed at postgraduate students and staff, and is for newcomers to R.
UWS staff and students can enrol at no charge.
Information at www.uws.edu.au/rcourse
 

Registration is now available!

The 4th Annual JAMS Symposium will be held on Wednesday the 25th of February 2015 at the Australian Museum followed by an evening meal amongst the dinosaurs. We have a fantastic guest speaker line up for the symposium including Colin Murrell, Stefan Wuertz, Lisa Moore and Kat Holt. We promise no less than a night to remember.

Attention students! There is a student poster session with a prize of $500 for the winner.

The symposium and dinner will be preceded by a two day workshop (23rd - 24th February) also at the museum. The main purpose being to introduce postgrads and early career postdocs to current approaches used in scruitinising microbial community and genomic datasets. 

This year's workshop is hands-on and will require a 64bit laptop with a minimum of 2GB of memory. Attendees will also need to install VirtualBox. Workshop registration cost is $290.

Registration and payment for both events is being provided through EventBrite. Please follow the links provided below.

Register for the 4th Annual Symposium and Dinner.

Register for the 2014 TOAST Workshop

 

A commemorative t-shirt is available on registration for either event, the design can be seen in the attachment below and at registration time.

Thanks everyone who turned up for the final JAMS of 2014. Great presentations, quality beer and pizza and that special JAMS hummm that fills a room. Looking to the future 2015 will be a big year. We have our fourth annual symposium on the 25th of February with a stellar line up of guest speakers, along with the bioinformatics/biostatistics workshop from the 23rd-24th Feb. Also by March we should have the TOF-SIMS up and running at UNSW. Finally, in the new year and based on the JAMS Inc network we will be launching the Australian Microbial Biotechnology Alliance (AMBA) to unite researchers in this space and increase lobbying capacity for large funding opportunities. Thanks again everyone for a fantastic year. Have a great break and we'll see you in 2015.

You are invited to the Sydney Next Generation Sequencing Special Interest Group Meeting,  which will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney.
 
Speakers: 
A/Prof Aaron Darling (ithree Institute, UTS), MinIONs & Hi-C: short vignettes on the state of nanopore sequencing and application of Hi-C to metagenomic sequencing. 
Dr Fabian Buske (Garvan Institute of Medical Research), Title to be advised.
 
When: Thursday 9th October, 4.00pm – 5.00pm followed by drinks and nibbles. 
Where: Room 5.01, Level 5, Building 4, University of Technology, Sydney.
 

Thanks to the JAMS faithful for coming out to the Australian Museum last night. The ranks were slightly depleted given the large contingents that are at the ISME conference in Korea this week. No matter, more pizza for all. In the short presentations Robert Moran gave a great account of his work on plasmid and resistance determinants in E. coli lineages in the human gut and Igy Pang from UNSW presented his work on gene co-expression networks underlying synergistic antifungal treatments. In the long presentation by Michael Gillings from Macquarie University results were presented that send an ominous warning of how global antibiotic use is affecting evolution. Michael gave a rivetting account of how microbiology is fused with the Anthropocene. FInally a massive congratulations to JAMS co-founder Professer Ian Paulson from Macquarie University for being awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship. Our very own home grown legend.

A big thanks to everyone who turned up to celebrate Microbiology at the Australian Museum last night. With 70 people in attendance (including a contingent from Osaka Prefectural Semboku High School) the pizza and drinks didn't last long. Jessica Tout (JAMS annual symposium JPP poster prize winner 2014) and Deepa gave excellent presentations before we were treated to a visual spectacular by Cynthia Whitchurch resolving the inner workings of biofilm biology and public good release by bacteria. Thanks also to Tim Williams and Sabrina Beckmann for running pizzas and beers for the event. Finally, if you're keen to help out at the JAMS desk during the Australian Museum Science Festival plese contact Ani Penesyan (anahit.penesyan@mq.edu.au). Glorious. See you in August.

It was nice to see the JAMS crowd infultrating the ASM conference in Melbourne. As people prepare to migrate north for ISME in Korea don't forget to come into the Australian Museum for a taste of local microbiology offerings.

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