Kudos to Martin Latterich for making this newsgroup "happen" (eg.300+/2) :).
The topic "microbiology", brings to mind a somewhat recent "shift" that I've
seen on campus and in general away from the calling one's research or
department "microbiology" to "molecular genetics" or "molecular biology".
Of course not much else has changed. The decline of the banner "microbiology"
seems perverse in terms of the the recent increase in public awareness of
infectious disease and its source.
Rather than seeing a decline, a renaisssance would seem more timely. Has
the tide turned at your institution ?
More information alway welcome,
J. E. Graham
Indiana University Bloomington