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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

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.

REPORT
Mike Manefield

Amazing turn out for JAMS last night at the Australian Museum. Three excellent presentations from Nathan Lo (Blattabacterium genome evolution - USyd), Tom Jeffries (Sydney Harbour Microbiome - UTS) and Yit Heng Chooi (Fungal metabolite genetics and biochemistry - ANU). The audience was also on the money with probing questions reassuring the speakers that their labours are well appreciated by an elite body of microbiology professionals.

The idea of a two day microbial community analysis workshop was also re-introduced and planning for this has commenced. A call is also out for volunteers for the Australian Museum Sciecne Festival (10th August, 13th-15th August and 20th-22nd August).

Please email Mike Manefield if you're interested. As of the 1st of August, we still need around 10 more volunteers.

Marsh Lawson Mushroom Research Unit
Cnr Maze Cr and Blackwattle Creek Rd
University of Sydney Darlington Campus
Chippendale NSW 2008
 
Prof. Mark Adams to open the new Marsh Lawson Mushroom Research Facility at University of Sydney

It is with great pleasure that I write to invite you to join us for the official launch of the new Marsh Lawson Mushroom Research Unit on Tuesday, 30th October 2012.  
 
This brand new international-class research facility, one of only a handful of such entities in the world, undertakes projects with university academics, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical producers, and conducts independent trials for suppliers to the mushroom industry. It offers a new focus for a broad spectrum of experimental work in the areas of human nutrition, biological science, medicine and agriculture. 
 

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

Cheers

Mike Manefield (manefield@unsw.edu.au)

Report by Jeff Powell

On 12 April, the 'cowboys' at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment played host to the 'aliens' from the Sydney region for JAMS Goes West. The mood was both enthusiastic and informative and approximately 30 people participated. The morning consisted of five short talks by representatives of five Sydney-based institutions.

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