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The Bad Bugs Book Club: Science, Literacy, and Engagement

    Author: Joanna Verran1
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    Affiliations: 1: School of Healthcare Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
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    • Published 06 May 2013
    • Corresponding author. Mailing address: School of Healthcare Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester St., Manchester M1 5GD, UK. Phone: 44-161-247-1206. Fax: 44-161-247-6840. E-mail: j.verran@mmu.ac.uk.
    • ©2013 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2013 vol. 14 no. 1 110-112. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v14i1.507
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    Abstract:

    The Bad Bugs Bookclub was launched in 2009. It comprises scientists and non-scientists. The aim of the Bookclub is to read and discuss novels where infectious disease forms part of the plot, in order to enhance learning about microbiology. The focus of the discussion is on appreciation of the novel, its scientific (microbiologic) accuracy and relevance to contemporary microbiology. There are several potential audiences for the Bad Bugs Bookclub, for example students in a classroom setting, or in a more social environment, and/or the general public. Meeting reports and reading guides have been posted on a dedicated website. For education purposes, additional project work for assessment is suggested for students reading each novel. Bookclub meetings may be held on particular dates in the microbiologic calendar, coupled with additional public engagement activities and student participation. The approach has significant flexibility in terms of intended audience, assessment and extension work, and provides a refreshing and stimulating alternative means for talking about microbiology.

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1. Aaronson LR 2008 The “novel approach”: popular fiction as a teaching tool in undergraduate microbiology courses Focus Microbiol Educ 15 2 4
2. Calman KC, Downie RS, Duthie M, Sweeney B 1988 Literature and medicine: a short course for medical students Med Educ 22 265 269 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1988.tb00752.x 3173153 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2923.1988.tb00752.x
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Abstract:

The Bad Bugs Bookclub was launched in 2009. It comprises scientists and non-scientists. The aim of the Bookclub is to read and discuss novels where infectious disease forms part of the plot, in order to enhance learning about microbiology. The focus of the discussion is on appreciation of the novel, its scientific (microbiologic) accuracy and relevance to contemporary microbiology. There are several potential audiences for the Bad Bugs Bookclub, for example students in a classroom setting, or in a more social environment, and/or the general public. Meeting reports and reading guides have been posted on a dedicated website. For education purposes, additional project work for assessment is suggested for students reading each novel. Bookclub meetings may be held on particular dates in the microbiologic calendar, coupled with additional public engagement activities and student participation. The approach has significant flexibility in terms of intended audience, assessment and extension work, and provides a refreshing and stimulating alternative means for talking about microbiology.

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