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August 24, 2020
In this blog post, Emily Addington describes her experience developing an outreach project called 'Dive for Antibiotics'. Emily carried out this project with a grant from the Microbiology Society and presented her project at the President's Roadshow in Strathclyde.
August 17, 2020
In this blog, Judith Armitage, President of the Microbiology Society continues to reflect on her career and what she has learned during her time as an academic. This is a continuation of last week’s blog ‘How did I get here?’.
August 10, 2020
In this blog, Judith Armitage, President of the Microbiology Society reflects on her career pathway and how her passion for microbiology has shaped her life.
July 22, 2020
Put lots of scientists from different careers stages (academic and non-academic) in the same room in the middle of a pandemic and what do you get? No, not arguments… an absolutely awesome environment! In this blog, having just finished 7 weeks at the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Lab, PhD student Ellie Boardman reflects on what it was like.
July 6, 2020
There are currently two viruses causing death and destroying lives around the world: one is coronavirus, the other is discrimination. In a previous blog on Microbe Post, featuring my Ted X Talk, I spoke in general about the similarities between viruses and discrimination: neither can be seen with the naked eye yet victims recognise how they sound and feel – they experience the results of the infection; both are highly infectious and can pass from one person to another rapidly, often without recipients being aware that they have been infected; and both can maim and kill, having the potential to affect the life of a victim every day for a lifetime. I also identified the public health strategy to ‘break the chain of infection’ as an approach that could be adopted to effectively tackle discrimination. In this blog, I will develop those ideas focusing on racism and COVID-19 in particular.
June 25, 2020
In this blog, Emily Speakman discusses the virtual poster conference she and her colleagues at the University of Exeter organised to make up for those missed due to cancellation of events.
June 24, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought awareness of virology into the public eye in a way that has never been done before. The discussion of virology in the media isn’t going away anytime soon, and as the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to be discussed in greater and more complex detail on the news, microbiologists are fielding increasingly complex questions from friends and family. Dr Lucy Thorne, Research Fellow at University College London (UCL) has produced a helpful FAQ’s list to support those who want to better understand some of the terms used by politicians and in the media, what SARS-CoV-2 is, and the measures being developed to control the pandemic.
June 18, 2020
On 2 April, members of the Microbiology Society were given the opportunity to assist with testing efforts for COVID-19 in one of three 'Lighthouse laboratories'. Connor Hayward, PhD student at the University of Leeds, signed up to contribute to the testing efforts. Here, Connor reflects on how the testing process varies from his PhD research and reflects on his time at the lab.