SASM News (191)
A conference on “Structural Biology for the Bioeconomy: Infectious Diseases and Biotechnology” will be held at the University of Cape Town from 1 December to 2012 to 4 December 2012. The conference will immediately precede the annual conference of the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa (4-7 December 2012) and will be held in the same venue on the University of Cape Town campus. The conference website is http://www.sbbe.co.za and more about the organisers can be found here: http://www.sbbe.co.za/structural-biology-conference-organisers/
One of the objectives of SASM as a society is to further knowledge in the various microbiological disciplines and all areas in which it may be applied and to create channels of communication between members who share common interests. As you probably would have observed after an extended lag phase there has been a constant stream of communication from SASM via email recently, but did you know that on the social media front our presence has just started an exponential growth phase?. This new communication phenotype of SASM, who recently evolved into a social media presence on Twitter, Facebook or Google+, has however not reached any viral proportions by far. The diagnosis: it appears our community's quorum sensing response has not kicked in yet and the potential cascade signalling networks is still somewhat feedback inhibited.
On a more serious note, we would like to encourage all SASM members (and potential future members) to join SASM's social media network on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. We intend to enrich the basic weekly email communications with cross-platform postings of news, informative articles and society-related events. Enthusiastic participation and interaction by members is vital for this endeavour to be successful. Our fundamental aim is to create the space where microbiologists from different fields all over South Africa can get involved in sharing news, discussions, idea/knowledge-sharing or just create general awareness of the microbiology landscape in South Africa. So comment on our blog posts, like us on Facebook, tweet and retweet us on Twitter or circle us on Google+.
Don't forget, registered paid-up members also have access to the SASM forum where more discussions and news can be found. As an example, a valuable resource on the SASM forum is the Available Positions section where we will host advertisements of available job offers relevant to our members.
The journal Microscopy and Analysis, launched on 1 September 1987, is celebrating their 25th anniversary! A free issue of the journal, featuring the huge advancement in the development and capabilities of all forms of microscopy reviewed by nine world-leading microscopists on light, electron and scanning probe microscopy, is now available! As mentioned by the editor, Dr Julian Heath, this edition is definitely one to keep!
On the SASM website we try to accurately collate all of the relevant microbiology links for easy access to our members. However, the microbiology academic landscape in South Africa changes relatively quickly, with departmental name changes, amalgamation of departments and contact detail changes etc.
We would really like to urge all SASM members to visit the "
Letter from the President of the newly established South African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (SASBi)
It is my great pleasure to introduce to you the newly established South African Society for Bioinformatics (SASBi). The Society’s first AGM was held during the “Joint Conference of South African Genetics & Bioinformatics Societies: The Data-mining Revolution” in Stellenbosch on 11 September 2012.
We are at the door of a promising future for bioinformatics in South Africa. Bioinformatics is accelerating and gaining momentum throughout the world due to the flood of biological data that needs to be analysed, and which can lead to exciting breakthroughs.
Bioinformatics is interdisciplinary. Thus, our aim includes establishing links and promoting cooperation between the Society and related societies in South Africa and throughout the world. SASBi, as a voice for the bioinformatics community in the country, would like to enhance interactions among people related to bioinformatics.
The Council comprises:
For further information, please see our web page (http://www.bioinformatics.org.za/), even though it is still under development."
The original letter can be downloaded (see attached pdf file)
Over the past 30 years, he has made internationally recognised contributions to the field of molecular biology about microorganisms that can be used in biomining practices. He has been evaluated as an A-rated scientist by the National Research Foundation since 1992. It is the highest ranking that a South African scientist can receive, and recognises the person as an international leader in his or her specific field. In 2011 he was also rewarded the SASM Gold Medal for exceptional service to Microbiology over an extended period of time.
We asked Prof Rawlings some key questions about his career as a microbiologist.
After what felt like an indefinite delay, the new SASM Blog is finally live! Our members have been asking for it, and it now is finally here. We are planning great things for the blog as a communication channel with all registered SASM members. Look out for some informative articles on the latest local and global microbiology news, interviews and events. SASM also now has a presence on the major social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook and Google+.