JAMS Monthly Meeting Report 29th August 2012
Prepared by Mike Manefield
Though faced with a depleted audience owing to strong attendance of JAMS members at the 14th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology in Copenhagen, Denmark, speakers Dr Oliver Morton, Ms Jazmin Oszvar and Ms Zoe-Joy Newby gave three entertaining and informative presentations with JAMS trademark diversity of subject.
Oliver kicked off with confessions of a clinical microbiologist in his presentation entitled ‘Beware the mulch! Adaptation to its natural habitat makes Aspergillus fumigatus a formidable human pathogen’. The presentation illustrated violent interactions between germinating Aspergillus spores and human dendritic cells including a stunning transcriptomics analysis of the response of Aspergillus fumigatus to the presence of human immature dendritic cells over time.
Prepared by Valentina Wong (UNSW PhD student)
On a cold Tuesday night, Adrian Low from University of New South Wales warmed the JAMS audience with his passion on bioremediation of organochlorine contaminated groundwater. Adrian described the discovery of Australia’s first 1,2-dichloroethane (DCA) degrading consortium, AusDCA. His work in the field demonstrated the efficacy and sustainability of using organochlorine respiring bacteria to remediate organochlorine contaminants in situ. He plans to isolate the bacterial species responsible for performing this unique task.
News to hand, we've just been informed that 2509 primary school and 2208 highschool students visited the JAMS exhibition during Science Unleashed. Add this to the 500 members of the public that dropped by on the family day and we have a grand total JAMS booth audience over 5000 people. The microbes should be very happy to get such attention!
A big thank you to all the volunteers who manned the JAMS exhibition booth at Science Unleashed over the last two weeks. In my humble opinion JAMS put together an exhibition booth that was about as engaging as an exhibition booth can get. Extra special thanks to Cathy Burke for organising the schedule. Top job! And finally the biggest thanks go to Michael Kertesz for pulling together the exhibition content. Hard to imagine it being done better. The booth was jam packed with interesting stories, ideas and seeds for future careers. We'll be at it again next year for sure. If you have ideas fresh in your mind for adding to the experience, send me an email
Mike Manefield (firstname.lastname@example.org)