Bacteriology Research Conference and Journal Club

Friday NOON, Microbiology and Immunology Conference Room

May 12, 2017 BRC: McGee lab- Patrick Gellings

May 19 JC Long: Cassidy Ragains

Aug 4 BRC: Woolard lab- Cassidy Ragains


Bacteriology Research Conference (BRC): This is a 30-40 minute research in progress in your lab with time for questions.  It can be quality data, preliminary data, request for troubleshooting on research areas stuck, incomplete stories, future directions to take the research, feedback on specific aims for a grant, etc.

Journal Club (JC): Journal articles should be from well-established high impact journals such as ASM journals (Infect. Immun., J. Bacteriol., AAC, JCM), Mol. Microbiol., mBio, Science, PNAS, Nature, Cell, BMC, PLOS, J. Infect. Dis, J. Exp. Med, etc.  Articles must be under two years old and have at least five figures. 

JC Short presentations- These should be 10 minutes in length, on topics pertaining to Bacteriology.  You should have a very short, focused background, followed by presentation of highly pertinent data from the literature (can be key figures of multiple papers) or present a model for a well-defined area based on published data, with possible future areas to address.  No Powerpoint is to be used- use the white board or handouts. 

JC Long presentations- This is the classic Journal Club format we have been using and should be about 45-50 minutes in length on a topic pertaining to Bacteriology, usually focused on 1-2 literature articles.  These can be done with Powerpoint and should have more developed background and more in depth presentation of the topic/paper from the literature.  Critiques of the paper’s weaknesses should also be included in the presentation.

Round Table Discussions- A Discussion Leader will choose the topic, which should be well-focused on a topic in Bacteriology.  One could discuss controversial data with two or more labs on different sides of the argument, or other ideas.  The Discussion Leader will organize the topic and disperse the topic 1 week ahead through the Course Director and provide the audience with thought-provoking questions.  The Discussion Leader gives a brief background and then poses the questions to the audience for discussion in a relaxed and informal environment.  At the end of the discussion, the Discussion Leader should briefly review and summarize.