<P>events occur in disease hot spots, where there usually exists a nexus of high biodiversity and increased interaction between wildlife, humans, and livestock due to either cultural heritage, economic constraints, or both. These places are often hard places to do science, either due to resource constraints or political wariness of acknowledging public health crises. Visionary global programs are underway by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and State, and European and Asian initiatives, as well as an unprecedented amount of media attention and social awareness of infectious disease issues and risks, albeit usually misinformed. Infectious diseases and their prevention is coming into an age where it is considered a global stewardship, in that every country and society has a responsibility to prevent possible pandemics, and, if not, we have the social and security obligation to help them to do so. This unprecedented con?uence of circumstances, funding, and initiative o?ers us an opportunity unique in history to make the world a healthier place, while, at the same time, it also o?ers us increased global security and perhaps our best chance yet to achieve an ecological balance between humans and their environments. Now is our time as microbiologists. Perhaps for the ?rst time in human history, microbiologists and their skills are not considered a luxury of industrialized nations, but a necessary component of communal society, where we play key roles in monitoring disease among ourselves, our animals, and the wildlife with which we both come into contact, the safety of our food, our water, our blood supplies, as well as urban planning and environmental regulation. This requires science to be done in hard places, not just in industrialized cit- ies and nations. Right now, you might be thinking of wearing a fedora or trekking through a remote jun- gle, and those instanc- es can and do happen in international micro- biology, but think less Page 68 ¬ĽOn the Ground Now is our time as microbiologists... This requires science to be done in hard places, not just in industrialized cities and nations. - JOSEPH FAIR DRC and Cameroonian scientists Epos Ngay and Jean-Michele Takuo, respectively, looking for the Ebola reservoir in Isiro, DRC.</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a 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