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ASM Queensland Branch Newsletter – April 2014

From the Editor

Dear ASMQ members,

Hope this finds all of you in good spirits as 2014 starts to fly by!

Since the last newsletter, the Queensland Branch has organised some

great activities for our members. Microbiology in Maleny 2013 was a great

success in November last year, with great speakers, company, and

Christmas festivities. The 2014 ASM BD student travel awards have also

come and gone, with great entries from our Queensland students culminating in an engaging awards ceremony last month. Congratulations to Ashleigh Shannon from The University of Queensland for being the 2014 ASMQ BD award winner!

In this edition, we will recap all of these events as well as look ahead to the rest of the year. 2014 is shaping up to be full of terrific events for ASM

members, including:

•  The ASM 2014 Annual Scientific meeting from 7th to 9th of July in Melbourne (Early Bird registrations close Friday 4th of April 2014) •  The inaugural ASM EduCon – Microbiology Educator’s conference from 5th of 6th of July preceding the ASM Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne Until next time!

Jack Wang asmqld@gmail.com!

Microbiology in Maleny 2013 In November 2013, ASMQ hosted the annual Microbiology in Maleny event at Tranquil Park resort, Maleny. Over 85 participants were able to attend the event, which meant that the venue was at full capacity for the entire day! This great turnout is evidence of the enthusiasm of our Queensland members and the vibrant culture of Microbiology in our state.

Students, postdocs, and academics all presented throughout the day in a diverse program designed to showcase the breadth of expertise across multiple fields within Microbiology. Thanks to the contributions of our state branch members, the event was a great success overall!

Microbiology in Maleny 2014 speakers AID Australian Infectious Diseases research centre Geoff Simmons Trust Queensland Institute for Medical Research The University of Queensland MiM2013 Microbiology in Maleny Queensland Branch of the Australian Society for Microbiology Saturday(23rd(November(2013 Program' Time Schedule Speaker 9:45'am Arrive'at'Tranquil'Mountain'Park'Resort'&'morning'tea ' 10:15'B10:20' Opening'address'and'welcome''' Mohammad'Katouli'(ASMBQ'Chair)' 10:20B10:30' Introduction'of'Simmons'trust'speaker' Pat'Blackall'(Poultry'CRC)' 10:30'B11:20' AustraliaBwide'surveillance'for'antimicrobial'resistance' Darren'Trott'(Adelaide'University)' in'veterinary'pathogens:'

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In 2014, ASMQ received 20 great student entries for the BD ASM student awards. Our 4 judges and adjudicator selected our three student finalists – Thisun Piyasena, Ashleigh Shannon, and Deepak Ipe – to present at the BD student award ceremony at The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Following 3 terrific talks from each of our finalists, Ashleigh Shannon (UQ) was announced as the winner. Ashleigh will be the Queensland representative at 2014 ASM Queensland, where her registration and accommodation will be fully sponsored. Both Thisun and Deepak received sponsorship for their registration at ASM 2014 also.

Special thanks to our judges, adjudicators, and the ASMQ Student Representatives for their assistance in organising this event!

We strongly encourage all students (including this year’s applicants) to enter next year, and attend the Award Day along with their supervisors to gain an appreciation of the great science happening all throughout Queensland!

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If you would like to present in any of these sessions, please send an


by 31st March 2014 to Karena Waller or Priscilla Johanesen (see details below).

Cost: Residential and a non residential registration rates will be available:

Residential registration: $200, includes overnight accommodation (5th July) at University College (The University of Melbourne) Non-residential registration: $100 Student registration: $50 EduCon registrants will be able to attend the opening session of ASM Annual Scientific Meeting at the Pullman hotel in Albert Park, including the Public lecture, the Bazeley Oration, the Fenner Lecture and the Welcome reception.

Tours of the brand new Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity will also be available to EduCon registrants at 9 am on the 6th of July 2014.

To register, please go to: http://www.trybooking.com/79622 For further information and abstract submission, contact Karena Waller (klwaller@unimelb.edu) or Priscilla Johanesen (priscilla.johanesen@monash.edu) Conference Agenda - 2014 Saturday, July 05, 2014 10:00 am to 10:30 am Registration and Welcome (at University College; includes Morning Tea) 10:30 am to 12.30 pm Session 1 (University College): Inquiry-Oriented Learning Chair: Priscilla Johanesen (Monash University)

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Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:50 am Registrants for tour of The Doherty Institute to meet outside the building 9:00 am to 10:00 am Tour of The Doherty Institute Karena Waller and Helen Cain (University of Melbourne) 10:00 am to 10:30 am Morning Tea Session 4 (The Doherty Institute): Spooked by MOOC’s?

10:30 am to 1:00 pm Chairs: Karena Waller and Helen Cain Raoul Mulder (University of Melbourne) Rachel Webster (University of Melbourne) Vincent Racciniello (Columbia University, USA) – to be confirmed 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm Working Lunch (University College): How we teach Microbiology?

Organiser: Mohamed Mohideen (Monash University) 3:00 pm Close Are you FASM Material?

Advantages and benefits of becoming a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology (FASM) Fellow (FASM) is the highest level of professional membership of the Australian Society for Microbiology. Similar to the level of Fellow in other professional societies, ASM Fellows are recognized as representing a significantly high level of scientific and professional achievement within the profession of microbiology.

It should be the aspiration of all MASMs to apply for fellowship as part of their continuing professional status in microbiology. This is particularly true for the pathway involving FASM by examination but it is also true for the pathway involving the preparation of a scholarly dissertation.

In some states, FASM is regarded as being equivalent to a PhD for the purpose of promotion in the hospital setting. The qualification of FASM has been written into several enterprise agreements as a performance / qualification criteria.

The FASM in Clinical/Medical Microbiology is also recognised in legislation for the purposes of supervision of medical testing laboratories.

In Universities, the attainment of FASM provides recognition of status and achievement in the discipline and should contribute to career progression/promotion.

FASMs are highly regarded on state and national government committees and also on University and similar accreditation and advisory committees.

By serving as role models and mentoring early career microbiologists, FASMs have the opportunity to contribute to the future of Australian microbiology.

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You will receive a certificate and be bestowed the post nominal FASM.

The Chicken or the Duck Following a recent Brisbane race meeting, there was an outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning – 200 cases were associated with mayonnaise food dressing made from eggs.

A still-active 91 year old microbiological colleague of mine, and WW2 veteran, Mr Jack O’Brien, has proposed that historically given there was such a large number of cases involved that duck eggs could have been preferred to chicken eggs in the preparation of a gourmet mayonnaise. Therein lies the problem.

Jack notes that “A hen has a dry nest but ducks live in a wet environment. The duck eggs could be easily covered with motile Gram negative organisms such as Salmonella. These organisms could penetrate the membrane of the egg shell in the presence of moisture so allowing contamination of the entire food dressing resulting in a large number (i.e. 200) food poisoning cases.”

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