My journey into STEM: from primates, to parasites, pathogens

For National Science Week our ASM communications ambassadors shared their journeys on social media using the hashtag #stemgotmehere. Here, Rhys White shares his journey into STEM and microbiology.

I had a placement with my Bachelor of Science at Cardiff University to Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo. I saw deforestation and helped with rehabilitation by planting trees. We tracked primates using UHF downloads and radio telemetry, supervised primate surveys, field courses, and night walks. I developed my science communication skills at this time through co-writing newsletters.

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'It substantially expanded my research interests and insight': our Millis-Colwell award recipient returns from the US

This year I was very fortunate to receive the Millis-Colwell Award from the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) which supported my attendance to the American Society for Microbiology’s Microbe conference and a two-week research visit to Professor Deborah Hung’s laboratory at Harvard University. I was very excited about this trip to the US, encountered many excellent researchers and was inspired by their impressive research programs. So here I would like to share my experience with our community of microbiology researchers.

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ASM 2019 Adelaide: Day three

For our two plenaries, Noah Fierer shared what the microbial ecology of our homes can tell about us, and Sarah Gurr detailed the fungal plant pathogens that threaten native species and agriculture around the world.

In the evening Tilman Ruff AO delivered the Rubbo Oration and stunned us with the state of the world’s nuclear arsenal, yet gratified us as we heard the efforts of ICAN to establish a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - earning the organisation the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Afterwards, delegates dined, drank and danced at the stellar Rubbo celebration.

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ASM 2019 Adelaide: Day two

Day two started early for those attending the Nancy Millis Mentoring breakfast, and was filled with many great talks including our plenaries by Alan Landay and Karen Carroll, the recipients of the ASM Nancy Millis Student Awards from each branch, and the recipients of the ASM Frank Fenner and ASM Jim Pittard Awards.

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ASM 2019 Adelaide: Day one

Attendees started to arrive on Sunday afternoon to the Adelaide Convention Centre, a central location with a beautiful view of the River Torrens. After picking up their conference booklet, registration tag and greeting friends they moved into the theatre to an acknowledgement of country and welcome to delegate by ASM President Dena Lyras.

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