Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - February 2009

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • Terry A. Kulrich is 2009 William A. Hinton Research Training Awardee CMIIM
  • ASM Congressional Science Fellowship
  • 7thASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
  • 109thGeneral Meeting
  • ASM Teleconferences and Webinars
  • Joint ICAAC/IDSA Meeting
  • 2009-2010 Biology Scholars Research Residency
  • ASM Presentation Institute for Graduate Students
  • ASMCUE: Applications and Abstract Submissions Due
  • ASM Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship
  • 2010 ASM-MURF Call for Mentors

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • NCMHD Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (P20, NIH)
  • NINR Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for Underrepresented or Disadvantaged Investigators (K01, NIH)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • CMIIM Wikipedia page
  • Hugh Edmondson Research Internship
  • Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Environmental Microbiology at University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program for College Students
  • Procter & Gamble Research and Technical Careers in Industry Conference
  • Miami University Bioinformaticist Position

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGY SCIENTISTS

  • The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities Celebrates Black History Month (2/1/09 - 2/28/09): Howard M. Johnson, Ph.D., The University of Florida

 

 


ASM ACTIVITIES

 

Terry A. Kulrich is 2009 William A. Hinton Research Training Awardee

 

Terry Ann Krulwich, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry, and Program Director, Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, is honored with the William A. Hinton Research Training Award, which is given in memory of William A. Hinton, a physician-research scientist and one of the first African Americans to join the American Society for Microbiology. This award honors outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology.

Krulwich received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. She began her career at Mount Sinai where she has taught and run a lab since 1970. Krulwich is credited with revolutionizing the training of underrepresented minorities at Mount Sinai.

Her efforts in fostering the research training of underrepresented minorities are visible in many ways. She served as Dean of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences from 1981 to 2002 and established and directed the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Over 100 underrepresented students were mentored by Krulwich during this time.

In 2001, she received funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to establish the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). PREP provides recent college graduates from underrepresented minority groups one- to two-years of intensive mentored research to facilitate their pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree. Almost 40 students have participated and 70% of them have entered Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. training.

Krulwich takes a personal interest in each student and works to ensure they excel beyond their expectations. She identifies gaps in their learning and designs individualized plans to guarantee their success. Known for spending countless hours meeting with students and working with them in the lab, she assigns them to appropriate mentors who can ensure their academic and social needs are met.

She is currently leading a new initiative with a NIH R01 grant, “Enhancing Successful Post-Baccalaureate Intervention to Promote Research Careers.” Krulwich wants to enhance the success of underrepresented students into Ph.D. programs and research careers. She is focusing on programmatic elements and activities that improve the environment to enhance the retention of these students.

Krulwich, an American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, was nominated by her former student, Talia H. Swartz, M.D., Ph.D., Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

For more information about the William A. Hinton Research Training Award go to: index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2317.

ASM Congressional Science Fellowship

 

The ASM Congressional Science Fellowship selects a postdoctoral to mid-career microbiologist to spend one year on the staff of an individual congressman, congressional committee or with some other appropriate organizational unit of Congress. The award will include a $60,000 stipend plus health care supported by the Martin Frobisher Fund. For more information about the fellowship and guidelines for applying go to the ASM web page: index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12335. The fellowship runs from September 1, 2009 – August 31, 2009. The deadline for applying is February 20, 2009.

7th ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting

If you have not registered for American Society for Microbiology's 7th Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting being held on February 22-25, 2009 in Baltimore, MD, you have one last chance to register at a considerable savings. The Discounted Meeting Registration period has been extended through February 6.

Remember to also plan your stay at the host hotel, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.The extended deadline for which ASM can guarantee a rate of $197 single or double occupancy is February 9.Also, limited government rates are available to those who qualify.Make your reservation by calling the Marriott at 1-800-228-9290, and specify that you are attending the ASM 2009 Biodefense Meeting. Bookings are made on a first come, first serve basis.

If you are looking to be informed about the latest scientific developments, policy, legislation, and gaps related to biodefense, be a part of this meeting. It is intended for scientists, physicians, public health researchers, and policy makers. Meeting highlights include:

  • The Keynote Address will be given on Sunday, February 22 by Dr. Stuart Levy of Tufts University.
  • An Opening Reception will follow in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Prior to the opening address, afternoon Focus Sessions will begin at 12 noon enabling the exploration of emerging issues with field experts.
  • The Exhibit Hall will feature over forty exhibitors and posters presenting cutting-edge research on biothreat agents, vaccines, detection and diagnostic procedures, animal and plant pathogens, global surveillance, and other vital topics.
  • Oral poster presentations will be given from selected submitted abstracts.

The full Invited Speaker Program and Program Viewer are available online to view the Plenary Sessions and Symposia.Meeting sessions qualifying for CME/CE credits and their credit amounts are listed on the Biodefense website: http://www.asmbiodefense.org/.

109th General Meeting

The 109th General Meeting will be held on May 17-21, 2009 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Discounted General Registration and Housing are NOW open.The Preliminary Program has been posted to the General Meeting web site. Be sure to visit the pages entitled Special Interest Sessions to see what might be of specific interest to underrepresented attendees. Pre-Meeting Workshops are planned for May 16 and 17. A reception will be held for recipients of the Minority Travel Award.

Visit http://gm.asm.org/ for session, workshop, registration, or hotel information.

 

Joint ICAAC/IDSA Meeting

If you have not claimed your credit for the 2008 Joint Meeting, you have until February 27, 2009. Generate your statement of credit by visiting the related web site: http://ww2.expocard.com/icc081/login.asp?SHID=5. You may also access the continuing education web site from http://www.icaacidsa2008.org/.

Once you claim your credits, you can print your certificate directly from your own computer. If you attended a Pre-Meeting Workshop, the credit for it will be included on the certificate. Attendees are required to complete a short evaluation survey when claiming credit for meeting sessions.

Should you have questions or need additional information about the continuing education component of this program, please email cmeservices@asmusa.org.

If you wish to purchase the library of PowerPoint and audio sessions from the meeting, visit: http://www.siattend.com/Conference.aspx?cid=273&aid=66. If you were unable to attend this year’s meeting with record-breaking attendance just shy of 16,000, this is definitely a good way to learn about what went on at the Joint Meeting.

2009-2010 Biology Scholars Research Residency

Do your students actually learn what you teach? Find out by joining the Biology Scholars Program Research Residency, a program created for biologists who are asking questions about the effectiveness of their teaching approaches. The Residency will teach you to design classroom experiments that assess learning. It all starts with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute planned for July 15-18, 2009 in Washington, DC. Applications to the program are due March 1, 2009, and can be downloaded from http://www.biologyscholars.org/page02a.shtml.

ASM Presentation Institute for Graduate Students

March 15, 2009, is the last day that graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level can apply for the ASM Presentation Institute to be held on May 16 and 17, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pa. (immediately prior to the ASM General Meeting). This two-day workshop helps participants develop the skills needed to make successful presentations at scientific meetings and interact professionally with colleagues. For details, see http://www.asmgap.org/.

ASMCUE: Applications and Abstract Submissions Due

Ft. Collins, Colo., the city Money magazine hails as the nation’s second best place to live, will be home to the 2009 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Education (ASMCUE) on May 28 to 31, 2009. ASMCUE is an interactive four-day conference on scientific updates and effective teaching strategies for microbiology and biology educators. March 20 is the last day for the following: (i) the $100 discount on early registrations; (ii) abstract submissions for Micro Brew sessions; and (iii) applications for ASMCUE travel awards, including the ASMCUE/GM Travel Assistance Award, ASMCUE Textbook Travel Award, Early-Career Faculty Travel Award, and Faculty Enhancement Program Travel Award. For details, see http://www.asmcue.org/.

ASM Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship

ASM is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship (UTF), which supports undergraduate students interested in careers as elementary or secondary school science teachers. UTF fellows develop and conduct 150-hour instructional projects in a scientific discipline for a local school or community setting. Fellows work with mentors at their home institutions and teachers or site coordinators at the host sites. UTF projects begin in the summer of 2009 and end by February 1, 2010. A joint application from the student, faculty mentor, and teacher or site coordinator is required for consideration into the program. The application deadline is April 1, 2009. See index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51660 for details.

2010 ASM-MURF Call for Mentors

ASM’s Committee on Minority Education seeks microbiologists who are active and motivated researchers and experienced mentors to participate in the 2010 Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF) program. The MURF is a 10-week summer program that supports students from institutions with limited resources for research with new research opportunities. Mentors should be able to demonstrate institutional support and commitment to microbiology training and accompany their fellows to present the summer research results at the next year’s ASM General Meeting. To participate in a national program created to increase diversity in the microbiological sciences, visit index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1197 and submit a mentor application by April 10, 2009.


 

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

 

NCMHD Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (P20, NIH)

Request For Applications (RFA) Number: RFA-MD-09-003

Submission Dates:

Release Date: January 28, 2009
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: March 1, 2009
Application Receipt Date: March 31, 2009
Peer Review Date(s): June-July 2009
Council Review Date: August 2009
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 2009
Additional Information To Be Available Date (Url Activation Date): Not applicable
Expiration Date: April 1, 2009

 

Executive Summary

  • Purpose. The NCMHD Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) is a P20 funding opportunity issued by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, solicits grant applications from minority-serving institutions that propose to build, improve, strengthen and/or enhance the research infrastructure and research training capacity of minority-serving institutions. These RIMI grant applications must have a plan that is designed to establish a research capacity-building infrastructure program, with benchmarks, for training students and developing a cadre of clinical, biomedical and behavioral research scientists who possess the skills, knowledge and abilities to engage in leading edge research and innovative research training that ultimately will contribute to reducing and eliminating health disparities in the United States. 
  • Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the P20 grant mechanism. 
  • Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. The total amount to be awarded under this funding opportunity is approximately $4 million (total costs) per year for an estimated four to five new and renewal applications. 
  • Budget and Project Period. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed five years. Direct costs are limited to $420,000 annually for two-year institutions, and $650,000 annually for institutions that offer baccalaureate and masters degrees. However, new applicants may apply for a one-time cost expenditure for renovations and alterations, up to $150,000 for four year institutions and up to $125,000 for two-year institutions. Renewal applicants may apply for a one-time cost expenditure for renovation and alterations up to $75,000 for four-year institutions and up to $50,000 for two year institutions. 
  • Eligible Institutions/Organizations. Institutions/organizations listed in Section III, 1.A. are eligible to apply. 
  • Eligible Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs). Eligible Principal Investigators must be a senior administrative official such as the President, Chancellor or Academic Vice President of the applicant institution. 
  • Number of Applications. An applicant institution may not submit more than one application. 
  • Resubmissions. Resubmission applications are not permitted in response to this FOA. Unfunded applications previously submitted to RFA MD-08-002 must resubmit an application that is fundamentally revised to qualify as new 
  • Renewals. Previous RIMI (P20) awardees that have received a renewal may apply for this FOA.

 

 

NINR Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for Underrepresented or Disadvantaged Investigators (K01, NIH)

Request For Applications (RFA) Number: PAR-09-074

Submission Dates:

Release/Posted Date: January 7, 2009
Opening Date: January12, 2009 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to http://www.grants.gov/)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): Not applicable
NOTE: On-time submission requires that applications be successfully submitted to http://www.grants.gov/ no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization).
Application Due Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm
AIDS Application Due Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm#AIDS.
Peer Review Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm#reviewandaward
Council Review Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm#reviewandaward
Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm#reviewandaward
Additional Information To Be Available Date (URL Activation Date): Not Applicable.
Expiration Date: January 8, 2012.

 

Executive Summary

  • Purpose: The overall goal of NIH-supported career development programs is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists are available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. The purpose of the NINR Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for Underrepresented or Disadvantaged Investigators (K01) is to provide support and “protected time” (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence.
  • Mechanism of Support: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will utilize the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) mechanism.
  • Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: The total amount to be awarded by the participating ICs and the number of awards will depend upon the quality and merit of applications received and the availability of funds.
  • Budget and Project Period: Because the nature and scope of the proposed career award program will vary from application to application and the amounts provided by the participating ICs are not uniform, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Although the financial plans of the ICs provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
  • PHS 398 Career Development Award Supplemental Form Component Sections: Items 2-5 (Candidate Information) and 10-13 (Research Plan) are limited to a total of 25 pages.
  • Eligible Institutions/Organizations: Institutions/organizations listed in Section IIIare eligible to apply.
  • Eligible Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI): Also referred to as the Applicant or Candidate, individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research and career development activities are invited to work with their mentor and sponsoring institution to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents, who hold a research or health-professional doctoral degree and can commit a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort conducting research and relevant career development activities specified in the application. See Section III.
  • Number of PDs/PIs: Only one PD/PI may be designated on the application.
  • Number of Applications: Applicants may only have one individual Career Development Award application pending peer review at any time.
  • Resubmissions. Applicants may submit a resubmission application, but such application must include an Introduction addressing the previous peer review critique (Summary Statement). See new NIH policy on resubmission (amended) applications (NOT-OD-09-003, NOT-OD-09-016).
  • Renewals: K01 awards are not renewable and are not transferable from one PD/PI to another.
  • Application Materials: See Section IVfor application materials.
  • General Information: For general information on SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission, see these Web sites:
  • Hearing Impaired. Telecommunications for the hearing impaired are available at: TTY 301-451-5936.

 


 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

 

CMIIM Wikipedia page

 

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) has created a Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMIIM2008). The page introduces the members, activities, and mission of CMIIM, and a near future goal of the page is to serve as a foundation for a Wikipedia-based online community of minority microbiologists. Wikipedia subpages will be dedicated to featuring these scientists similar to the current format used in The Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter, except that greater detail, active links to home institutions, photos, and links to CVs will be included. Microbiologists previously spotlighted in The Minority Microbiology Mentor have been invited to participate in the project. However, all outstanding microbiologists are invited to submit CVs or short biosketches to Crystal N. Johnson, Research Assistant Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi and The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief (crystal.nurjhan.johnson@gmail.com).

 

Hugh Edmondson Research Internship

 

The Hugh Edmondson Summer Research Internship Program provides a unique research opportunity for motivated college students who have demonstrated a strong interest in research in the health sciences. The internship program offers research opportunities under the supervision and mentorship of pathology faculty in various pathology laboratories located at the UC Davis campus or at the medical center/health sciences campus in Sacramento. In addition to research activities, the program offers weekly lectures and problem-based-learning exercises that promote investigative and critical thinking.

The missions of the Edmondson Summer Research Internship Program are to:

  • Provide interns with knowledge and skills in a research environment to instill love for science and foster lifelong leaning experiences
  • Promote new scientific research technologies that aid in patient diagnosis
  • Promote professionalism, honesty, integrity, compassion, leadership, and respect for academic excellence and community services

The 2009 Edmondson Summer Internship Program will start on Monday, June 15 and end on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 The deadline for application is March 1, 2009. For additional internship information and application procedure, please visit Web site at: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/pathology/education/edmondson_research_fellowship/.

 

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Environmental Microbiology at University of Nevada Las Vegas

 

Applicants must provide a statement that clearly describes their research interests. Two letters of recommendation from science instructors are required. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted and may be received by mail or electronic mail. Students graduating in May/June 2009 are not eligible. Prior research experience is neither required nor expected. Travel subsidy available for the 2009 ABRCMS meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Ten week summer research experience: June 1 - Aug 7, 2009

Projects include: - Adaptation of Pseudomonas to Diverse Soils - Biology of Shigella flexneri - Characterization of Polar Microorganisms - Ecology of Boiling and Near-boiling Springs - Endolithic, Desert and Geomicrobiology - Impact of Anthropogenic Nitrogen Loading - Magnetotaxis of Bacteria - Microbial Diversity of Deep Subsurface Aquifers - Mutagenesis in Nutrient Limiting Conditions - Sporulation of Bacillus anthracis

Participants receive the following: - $4,500 stipend - $600 food allowance - Complimentary campus housing - Round trip airfare - Opportunity to author a scientific publication. Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in either a two- or four-year college with an undergraduate major in the biological sciences or related field. More information is available at http://sols.unlv.edu/reu_main.html.

Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program for College Students

The Harvard Catalyst* Program for Faculty Development and Diversity in the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School is pleased to announce the launch of a new summer program: the Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program for college students created to enhance the development and recruitment of a robust, diverse clinical/translational workforce pipeline.

The Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) is a ten-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich the pipeline of college students’ understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase under-represented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical/ translational research. 

Program participants are provided with housing, a stipend and financial assistance of up to $500 toward their travel expenses to and from Boston. Students are assigned a Clinical / Translational faculty advisor, and are offered the opportunity to network with Harvard faculty and take part in career development seminars and networking dinners.

We would greatly appreciate your assistance in disseminating information about this program. The program description and application are enclosed. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please feel free to contact me or Vera Yanovsky, Program Coordinator, at 617.432-1892 or vera_yanovsky@hms.harvard.edu.

Procter & Gamble Research and Technical Careers in Industry Conference

Applicants are invited to apply to participate in a three-day conference on Research and Technical Careers in Industry. Through participation in this technology conference developed for Ph.D. scientists/engineers, participants will have the unique opportunity to see the technical challenges and career options that exist in industry today.

This conference has been designed to give Ph.D. scientists a broad overview of research in industry and to provide opportunities to:

  • Network with a group of successful minority scientist/engineers and other professionals whose leadership in science and technology is well established;
  • Interact with P&G managers at all levels to gain a broader perspective on the management of technology and the innovation process;
  • Engage in technical discussions with industrial scientists and engineers in your discipline;
  • Learn what companies are looking for in new employees and how to interview for industry;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the realities of cultural and workforce diversities;
  • Talk with past conference participants who are now employees of the company.

The RTCI Conference will be held in Cincinnati on June 6-9, 2009. Applications are due February 20, 2009, and more information is available at http://www.pg.com/science/research_tech.shtml.

Miami University Bioinformaticist Position

Miami University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin in August 2009. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Microbiology or closely related discipline with an emphasis in Bioinformatics or Computational Biology, and postdoctoral research experience that applied computer sciences to biology. Teaching responsibilities include introductory and advanced level courses in microbial genomics and bioinformatics, and directing M.S. and Ph.D. students. The successful applicant will establish and maintain an externally funded, hypothesis-driven research program based on the development and application of tools and algorithms used in bioinformatics, structural biology, and/or the analysis of microbial genomic and/or metagenomic databases and biological networks, and provide service to the University. More information about the Department of Microbiology and Miami University is available at http://www.cas.muohio.edu/micro/. Submit a curriculum vitae, up to three reprints, statements of teaching philosophy and research goals, and have three letters of reference sent to: Dr. Gary R. Janssen, Department of Microbiology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 45056 (or send PDF of materials to janssegr@muohio.edu). Screening of applicants begins December 1, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Miami University is an EOE/AA employer with smoke-free campuses. Campus Crime and Safety Report – http://www.muohio.edu/righttoknow. Hard copy upon request.


 

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGY SCIENTISTS

 

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities Celebrates Black History Month (2/1/09 - 2/28/09)

 

For many generations, African-Americans have made significant cultural, political, economic, scientific, and other contributions to this country's advancement. Therefore, as is being done throughout February in various sectors, the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities would like to take this time to honor all contributions made by African-Americans to the field of microbiology in recognition of Black History Month (2/1/09 - 2/28/09). In celebration, this month's featured microbiologist is Howard M. Johnson, Ph.D., of The University of Florida.

Poxviruses, such as the Variola virus, the causative agent of smallpox, monkeypox virus or the vaccinia virus, are large complex DNA viruses that take advantage of host factors such as the tyrosine kinase enzymes JAK2 and EGF receptor for viral growth and replication. Dr. Howard M. Johnson and colleagues at The University of Florida Department of Microbiology and Cell Science constructed small molecule mimetics of a cellular regulatory protein called SOCS-1 that inhibit these enzymes [J. Virol. 2009 Feb; 83(3)]. The SOCS-1 mimetics protected mice against lethal vaccinia virus infection. Thus, Dr. Johnson and colleagues demonstrated that an endogenous cellular regulator of poxviruses has potential for treatment of viral diseases such as that caused by the smallpox virus.

Dr. Johnson earned his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in microbiology at The Ohio State University in 1958, 1959, and 1962, respectively, and he is currently a Graduate Research Professor in The University of Florida Department of Microbiology and Cell Science. He has served on numerous review panels and editorial boards, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Heart Association. Science, and The Journal of Immunology, to name a few. He has authored numerous publications on immunological signaling pathways, and he is currently funded by NIH. In 1993, he authored an essay entitled "The Life of a Black Scientist" in Scientific American. He has been a member of Sigma Xi, the NIAID National Advisory Council, the American Academy of Microbiology, and ASM.

 

 


 

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 http://www.asm.org/subscribe.asp, 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., recently 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 Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS, and the Associate Editor is Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.

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