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FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES
ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES
SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS
ASM Comments on NIH RFI on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce
The ASM submitted comments on February 24, 2012 to the National Institutes of Health on the Request for Information (RFI): Input into the Deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce. The NIH sought input on issues related to the Biomedical Research Workforce Pipeline, including transition points where NIH’s training, career development and research grant programs could most effectively cultivate diversity in the biomedical research workforce, the role of mentorship in the training and success of biomedical researchers throughout their careers, the influence of role models whose qualities and characteristics can positively affect the training and success of underrepresented biomedical researchers, the role of NIH messaging in encouraging underrepresented researchers to apply for NIH fellowships and grants, the role of institutional infrastructure support and climate as a factor in the success of underrepresented researchers and the NIH grant review process. The Public and Scientific Affairs Board Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities developed the ASM’s comments which are available on the ASM web page at: February 24, 2012 - ASM Comments on NIH RFI on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce.
ASMCUE – Register Now to Attend and Gain Access to asm2012!
April 20 is the last day to register for the 2012 Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE). Planned for June 14-17 in San Mateo, Calif., ASMCUE offers faculty numerous opportunities for learning and sharing the best practices in biology education, networking with colleagues, and accessing the latest textbooks in the field. This year’s ASMCUE will be held in conjunction with asm2012 (the 2012 ASM General Meeting), resulting in a joint program with two special benefits for ASMCUE registrants: a complimentary field trip to the opening asm2012 keynote session and reception on June 16 and a one-day registration pass for asm2012 sessions held on June 17. ASMCUE also offers plenary lectures by several of today’s leaders in science and education: 2011 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awardee Spencer Benson (University of Maryland), Melanie Ott (Gladstone Institute, University of California, San Francisco), Michael Snyder (Stanford University), and 2011 Society for College Science Teachers Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Awardee Kimberly Tanner (San Francisco State University).
Please note: The U.S. Open Tennis Championship is taking place in the area during ASMCUE, so make your hotel reservations quickly. Rooms in the ASMCUE hotel block are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more about the conference, visit http://www.asmcue.org.
Professional Development Opportunities
ASM Education Board programs support student and faculty development through numerous fellowships, conferences, institutes, and workshops. Please share the following program opportunities with your students and colleagues in the microbiological sciences:
ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship. The ASM Committee on Minority Education invites senior-level graduate students to apply for the 2012 ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship. The Watkins fellowship (i) seeks to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who complete doctoral degrees and (ii) provides students with support to complete and present their microbiological-sciences-based research. Watkins fellows attend the ASM Kadner Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scientists in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology (see above) or the ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (http://www.asmgap.org/swpi) and, dependent on abstract submission and acceptance, are supported to present their research at the ASM General Meeting. Interested students should apply by May 1, 2012. Learn more at: ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship.
ASM Kadner Institute. The ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education invites senior-level graduate students and early-career postdoctoral scientists to apply for the 2012 ASM Kadner Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scientists in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology. The Kadner Institute, which is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, will be held on July 21-25 at Michigan State University. Institute participants receive careful guidance and mentoring in key topics important for choosing and succeeding in microbiology careers: (i) career opportunities and preparation; (ii) preparation, review, and critique of research proposals; (iii) scientific presentations and communication; (iv) effective teaching methods; and (v) professional standards development. The application deadline is May 15, 2012. Learn more at http://www.asmgap.org.
112th General Meeting | June 16-19, 2012 | San Francisco, CA
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Attend asm2012 to expand your thinking, discover ground breaking advances, and network with peers from around the world.
For complete details, please visit http://www.asm.org/asm2012.
52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
September 9-12, 2012 | San Francisco, CA
Abstract Submission Closes: May 7, 2012
Late-Breaker Abstract Submission Opens: June 1, 2012
Travel Grant Application Submission Closes: June 29, 2012
Late-Breaker Abstract Submission Closes: July 30, 2012
Recognized for its acclaimed contributors, attendees and content, ICAAC 2012 brings you late-breaking research and the highest-quality scientific presentations from renowned professionals in the fields of infectious diseases and antimicrobial agents.
Take part in the workshops, sessions and lectures that make ICAAC 2012 an important event for physicians, clinical microbiologists, researchers, pharmacists and healthcare professionals.
Travel Grant Opportunities
ICAAC boasts several travel grant awards for infectious disease fellows and students including:
For complete details, please visit http://www.icaac.org.
4th ASM Conference on Prokaryotic Cell Biology and Development
May 6 - 10, 2012 | Montreal, Canada
Housing Deadline (subject to availability): April 16, 2012
Last Day to Register Online: April 19, 2012
Attend presentations and share ideas with the researchers who are using the most sophisticated approaches to address the important questions in the field of prokaryotic cell and developmental biology.
3rd ASM Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens in Animals, Humans and the Environment
June 26 – 29, 2012 | Aix-en-Provence, France
Abstract Deadline: April 4, 2012
Discounted Pre-registration Deadline: May 15, 2012
Last Day to Register Online: June 8, 2012
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) remains a major public health concern despite significant progress in understanding the epidemiology of resistance, sources for selection, and the genetic mechanisms involved in both human and animal antimicrobial resistance. The 3rd ASM Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens offers scientists from both backgrounds a unique, integrated platform to discuss these issues.
For complete details, please visit http://conferences.asm.org/
Call for Applications – Research Travel Award
The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) Collections announces two Travel Awards of $1500 each for research at the ASM Archives in the area of the history of microbiology. Awardees will provide a report on their research and may be invited to present their research at the ASM Annual Meeting and/or prepare an article for Microbe, an ASM magazine. All research supported by the award must take place before May 31, 2013, and any article prepared for Microbe as a result of the research must be completed by December 1, 2013. The award deadline is May 15, 2012 and the awards will be announced by mid-June 2012.
CHOMA located at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), includes 9,000 volumes on microbiology and related topics; photographs of scientists and microbes; topical files on various aspects of microbiology; biographical materials; instructional materials, including slides and motion pictures; records of the Society from its founding in 1899 to the present, including journals and proceedings of meetings; and several collections of personal papers.
Applicants should provide a CV (any length), a detailed description of the proposed project (three pages maximum), and a tentative list of archive materials to be used. Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent by e-mail. All applications and letters of recommendation are due by May 15, 2012 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASM PRESS: Recently Published Titles
The Lure of Bacterial Genetics: A Tribute to John Roth
Editors: Stanley Maloy, Kelly T. Hughes, Josep Casadesús
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A unique, rigorous scientific approach to understanding bacterial genetics.
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Population Genetics of Bacteria: a Tribute to Thomas S. Whittam
Editors: Seth T. Walk, Peter C.H. Feng
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Revisit the work of a pioneering innovator…
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Gain new insight on utilizing bacterial stress responses to better combat bacterial infection with antibiotics and improve biotechnology.
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FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES
Partnerships for Interventions to Treat Chronic, Persistent and Latent Infections (R21/R33, RFA-AI-12-020)
This FOA seeks to stimulate basic and early-stage translational research focused on development of novel intervention strategies to clear persistent, chronic or latent infectious agents from the host. Responsive applications will define and address a therapeutic need specific to a targeted pathogen. Letters of intent are due June 13, 2012. More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-12-020.html.
Eradication of HIV-1 from CNS Reservoirs: Implications for Therapeutics (R01, RFA-MH-13-030)
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) invite research grant applications to address the problem of HIV-1 persistence focused solely on the central nervous system (CNS) of HIV-infected persons treated with Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART). This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support innovative research in five areas: (1) basic research to identify and characterize CNS-based cellular reservoirs of HIV-1 for individuals on HAART; (2) basic research to determine the mechanisms involved in the temporal establishment, maintenance, and resurgence of CNS-based HIV-1 reservoirs in relationship to the effects and timing of HAART, viral expression, and viral evolution within the brain; (3) development of physiologically relevant animal models and CNS-based cellular assays that recapitulate HIV-1 persistence and latency in the presence of effective HAART; (4) drug screening of potential agents which traverse the blood-brain barrier and eliminate latent or other sources of residual virus in the CNS; and (5) design of therapeutic strategies aimed at eradication of HIV-1 from the CNS. Applications ranging from basic to translational research in domestic and international settings are of interest. Multidisciplinary research teams are encouraged but not required. Letters of intent are due August 12, 2012. More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-13-030.html.
NIMHD Basic and Applied Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01, RFA-MD-12-004)
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is issued by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to solicit innovative grant applications on (1) Biological and genetic research to explore disease mechanisms or pathways that influence health outcomes in minority and health disparity populations, and (2) Clinical and translational research linking basic science discovery with effective treatment or clinical practice. The overall goal of this initiative is to enhance our understanding of fundamental biological mechanisms involved in disease conditions and develop therapies or interventions that can directly or demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities. Biological, genetic, clinical and translational research projects investigating the etiology, physiology, genetic risk factors, molecular pathways, gene-environmental interactions, pharmacogenomic and personalized medicine in health disparity populations are particularly encouraged. Applications are due June 11, 2012. More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-12-004.html.
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT, NSF 11-533)
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce. Letters of intent are due May 01, 2012. More information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11533/nsf11533.htm.
Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB, NSF 11-545)
The Division supports research using a range of experimental approaches--including in vivo, in vitro and in silico strategies--and a broad spectrum of model and non-model organisms, especially microbes and plants. Typical research in areas supported by MCB integrates theory and experimentation. The Division gives high priority to research projects that use theory, methods, and technologies from physical sciences, mathematics, computational sciences, and engineering to address basic biological questions. Projects that address the emerging areas of single molecule or single cell studies, molecular dynamics, small RNA and chromatin biology, predictive modeling of complexity at molecular and cellular levels, and synthetic biology are particularly welcome. The Division is also interested in projects aimed at understanding and predicting the molecular and cellular underpinnings of phenotypic variation and adaptation to environmental change. Highest funding priority is given to applications that are outstanding in both intellectual merit and broader impacts. The Division supports both hypothesis-driven research and discovery-based, large-scale biology research. Proposals that are motivated by relevance of the proposed research to human health or proposals that address the molecular basis of human diseases and treatment are not appropriate for the Division and will be returned without review. Proposals are due May 21, 2012. More information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11545/nsf11545.htm.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES
Upcoming Conference: Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia, June 7-8, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
In response to a request from the National Science Foundation, an ad hoc Committee on Advancing Institutional Transformation for Women of Color in Academia has been formed to organize and conduct a public conference to review the existing research on the academic career patterns for minority women in science, engineering, and medicine. The conference will focus on model practices and programs that recruit, retain, and advance women of color with a recognition that not all programs may work effectively for different ethnic and racial groups. The conference agenda is based on:
For more information please go to http://sites.nas.edu/wocconference/ . The registration for the conference is free of charge, but seating is limited. Registration is required to attend the conference. Please fill out the registration form at http://sites.nas.edu/wocconference/registration/
Proctor and Gamble R & D Opportunity
To explore opportunities in Research and Development at Proctor and Gamble and gain insight on how your degree can be utilized as an intern or P&G Researcher, we encourage you to participate in the P&G R&D Research Your Future in Science Seminar,July 31st–August 3rd, 2012. The Science Seminar offers 3-4 days in Cincinnati, OH (all expenses including travel paid); hands on experimentation, tours, and presentations at P&G technical facilities within the different areas of R&D (i.e. Products Research, Process Development, etc.); opportunities to network with P&G Researchers, Research Managers, and other top science students from other colleges; the opportunity to interview for a 2013 R&D Researcher internship or co-op. The Selection Criteria include: current enrollment and good standing in a Science or Engineering Technology related discipline [i.e., Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Life Sciences, Chemical Engineering Technology (CET), Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET), etc.], demonstrated lab/research experience, leadership experience, technical expertise, and career interest in R&D at P&G. For more information, visit http://www.experiencepg.com and enter job code # RND00002171. Applications must be received by June1, 2012.
North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity
Persons interested in the Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity must hold an earned PhD and meet the qualifications of their project of interest. The post doc will be required to teach one class per year based on his/her background and interests. Additionally, the post doc will work on one project with the Office of Diversity Affairs. Therefore, prior experience working with underrepresented minority populations is highly desirable. $40,000 to $45,000 per year PLUS benefits and up to $1500 for professional development. By May 4, 2012, interested persons must contact the project leader of the project in which they are interested. Interested persons of Native American and African American decent are encouraged to contact the project leader. Potential projects include Environmental Remediation Sciences, Investigation of the Genetic Control of Basal Immunity in Maize, Weed Science and Pest Management, Ecoinformatics, and Geomicrobiological Research in Environmental Remediation. For more information visit http://projects.cals.ncsu.edu/toxicology/people/david-b-buchwalter/, http://www4.ncsu.edu/~pjbalint/peter.htm, http://www.cropsci.ncsu.edu/personnel/jordan_david/, http://cals.ncsu.edu/plantbiology/Faculty/twentworth/twentworth.html, or http://www4.ncsu.edu/~owduckwo/.
SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGY SCIENTISTS
Kenneth V. Ralston, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.
Cancer patients, particularly those with neutropenia, develop bacterial infections often. Quinolone prophylaxis during episodes of neutropenia has been used in such patients in order to reduce the risk of infection. Although successful, this strategy results in the development of quinolone resistance among patients with gram-negative pathogens such as Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and these isolates may be resistant to other agents as well. At M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center), quinolone resistance among E. coli isolates was found to be 46% and 40.9% were also resistant to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Incidence of Fluoroquinolone-Resistant and Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase-Producing Escherichia coli at a Comprehensive Cancer Center in the United States, Chemotherapy 2011;57:335-338). The carbapenems and aminoglycosides retained excellent activity against these organisms. Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL’s) were produced by 9.25% of these isolates overall, but ESBL production was higher (18.3%) among bacteremia causing isolates. Periodic surveillance studies, such as the one we describe are important, as they provide real time data to help guide infection prevention, treatment and antimicrobial stewardship strategies.
Dr. Kenneth Rolston (http://www2.mdanderson.org/app/peoplefinder/person.cfm?id=3D5FDED9C11B) is a Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Adjunct Professor at the College of Pharmacy, University of Houston, Texas USA. He gained his MBBS degree in 1972 from Punjab University, India, with post-graduate training (residency/fellowship) in India and the USA. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles and is an active member of several committees including Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) , and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Febrile Neutropenia Guidelines panels, and the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Antibiotic Stewardship Program , and Quality Improvement Program . He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
In July 2006, the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) of the American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board developed a monthly e-newsletter which contains information pertinent to minority microbiologists. Currently, there are very few minority-based newsletters for scientists, and there are none for microbiologists.
This e-newsletter provides a central means of distributing pertinent information to underrepresented minorities in the field of microbiology. Some examples include career advice, networking tips, relevant news articles, unique funding and career opportunities, microbiological issues affecting minorities (e.g., HIV), minority issues affecting microbiologists (e.g., minority retention), and scientific articles published by minorities or by minority-serving institutions (MSIs).
The target populations are African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska natives, and Pacific Islanders; however, all ASM members are invited to sign up and to share this information with others who may find this e-newsletter beneficial.
Signing up to receive The Minority Microbiology Mentor is very easy and is open to ASM members and non-members: simply go to: Subscribe to Listserv enter your email address, and select "MinorityMicroMentor" then submit, and you will receive confirmation of your subscription by email. If you are an ASM member, you will be prompted to Log In before signing up.
The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities is chaired by Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D., retired Director of Education and Biomedical Research Development at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, in Research Triangle Park, NC. The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT and the Associate Editor is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.