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Sunday, 28 October 2018 16:06

TWiV 517 Letters

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Michelle writes:

Hello Vincent and the TWIV team –

In a recent episode of TWIV, you briefly mentioned honey bee viruses – and so I just wanted to share the PolliNation podcast with you; I recently talked about bee infecting viruses on that show

Thanks for TWIV and all you do for virology.



Michelle Flenniken, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology

Montana State University

Bob writes:

At the start of TWiV #515 the panel, having previously forsworn babbling about the weather, stubbornly persist in this topic of very small (and quickly dated!) talk.  As one who is irritated by weather chit-chat, I would like to suggest an alternative: simply discuss the weather to everyone’s heart’s content, but at the END of the podcast, rather than the beginning.  Those who don’t care for this discussion can stop listening, those who like it can get their fill. Everyone (?) is then happy, happy, happy!

I thought of this while listening to the podcast, but coincidentally just before writing this email ran across an article: “How the Finnish survive without small talk:”

My heritage is very Irish (my mother came over from Galway), but maybe there is a drop of Finnish blood in my veins.

Thanks for all your interesting podcasts (AFTER the weather.)

Best, Bob

Vincent Racaniello

Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D. is Professor of Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center. As principal investigator of his laboratory, he oversees the research that is carried out by Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. He also teaches virology to graduate students, as well as medical, dental, and nursing students.

Vincent entered the world of social media in 2004 with virology blog, followed by This Week in Virology. Videocasts of lectures from his undergraduate virology course are on iTunes University and virology blog. You can find him on WikipediaTwitter, Facebook, and Instagram. His goal is to be Earth’s virology professor. In recognition of his contribution to microbiology education, he was awarded the Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education by the Society for General Microbiology. His Wildy Lecture provides an overview of how he uses social media for science communication.