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Issue 4

Vertical Transmissions, November 2003

Congratulations to Gillian Lewis and her NZMS colleagues for hosting an excellent ASM/NZMS joint scientific meeting in Auckland last month. A total of 585 participants enjoyed a quality programme and some excellent New Zealand hospitality. I would like to especially thank Janette, Meg and Chris from the National Office for once again doing a great job, and all those ASM members who managed to make the trip and who contributed to another excellent meeting.

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From the Editors, November 2003

The guest editor for this issue is Cheryl Power who is the convenor of the ASM Education SIG. Cheryl has many years of experience in education and is a recipient of the ASM David White Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has invited a number of other educators to contribute to this issue, many of whom are recipients of teaching awards from this society or their own teaching institutions.

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Furthering education

There are many important issues facing higher education in Australia today. I believe that the pivotal one is for the community to truly believe in the value of education. If this were a reality, then lack of funding would not be an impediment to solving the many problems we face ? problems such as the question of fee-paying students, both local and international, the use of technology, student employment, the (over) workloads of teaching staff, compulsory teacher training ? the list seems never ending.

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Reflectons

Teaching methods; Computer technology; The role of the casual teacher,

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Focus on a changing World

The excitement of microbiology; Teaching and research: impossible or essential link?; Serving two masters: the student work dilemma; Medical microbiology education: what?s missing?

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Developing workplace Skills

The business of science education; Training science students in communication; Presentation skills

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Entrants in the 2003 BD Awards

BD Award winners

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Innovations in Education

Visualising the science of genomics: an international online research project; Bringing bright minds back to science; Microbiology education: problems for medical students; Gene Technology Access Centre

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Facing the Challenge

Too much content, not enough time!; Vocational education in microbiology: more relevant than ever; The professional practice year: the laboratory?s point of view; Learning in the laboratory: the student?s view; Food microbiology: structure and function, teaching and learning

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ASM Affairs, November 2003

Conference report; ASM Awards; Student report; The Procaryote Congress

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