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Whenever I attend ASM, there are always students standing next to unattended posters. It’s somewhat depressing: they’ve cleaned and gussied themselves up, sweated over the details of their posters, and are gamely trying to not look depressed at the complete lack of attention their posters are receiving. Because I like helping, I’m going to provide…

Too Many Grand Old Man Talks

Over the last two years, I’ve noticed that most of the meetings I’ve attended have had far too many ‘grand old man’ talks. These are talks where the speaker gives a broad overview of either the field or the speaker’s work, with very little or no detail paid to detail.

So I was at the ASM meeting last week, and one of the talks I heard was by Kim Ware about Clostridium difficile infection control: how one hospital learned to contain and prevent outbreaks (Note: these are from my notes; I haven’t downloaded the presentation yet). C. difficile is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and…

Every year, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has an annual meeting that covers all topics in microbiology (I’ll talk about some of the science next week). It’s often in pretty good locations–this year, it was held in San Diego. But attendance has been dropping: a few years ago, over 12,000 people attended (it’s a…

I realize that the typical format for blogging is to find something that pisses you off and then rant about it, but I actually like the recent workshop report by NHGRI, “The Future of DNA Sequencing at the National Human Genome Research Institute.” (pdf file) While I’ll have more to say about the report overall,…

Having recently returned from the ASM (American Society for Microbiology) General Meeting held in Philadelphia, I’m convinced that it should be held there every year–or, at least, it should be the permanent East Coast venue.