Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Microbiology for the masses

A microbiologist has won critical acclaim - and prestigious sponsorship - for his on-line podcast. Dr Alan Cann, of the University of Leicester, created a website to cover breaking news in the field in a form which could be easily understood. Latest figures show the podcast has been downloaded by more than 3,000 people a month and the number is growing. It has been praised in Science magazine's NetWatch. The site, called MicrobiologyBytes, has now received a grant from the Society for General Microbiology for the public understanding of science. Dr Cann said: "The aim of MicrogiologyBytes is to bring people the latest news from the forefront of biomedical research in a form that everyone can understand. Obviously, I hope that this will also attract more students to the University of Leicester, but I don't expect that someone who listens to my podcasts in, say, Mexico, will turn up on the doorstop wanting to study for a degree. "It's all about the conversation we should have with the public."

1 comment:

  1. Well done Alan! Microbiology is so important it should be as high on the information menu as the daily news. Your podcast has helped immensely to spread the word. Bernard Betts (ex University of York).