2007 Press Releases

Scientists Seek to Assess the Microbial Risks in the Water We Drink
WASHINGTON, DC -- December 10, 2007 -- A new report from the American Academy of Microbiology examines the risks related to pathogens in the water supply and puts forth recommendations for areas of research, communication needs, and methods of microbial risk assessment.
Handbook helps parents deal with childhood infections
WASHINGTON, DC -- October 30, 2007 -- A new book designed for parents helps them better understand the diseases their children could face and the weapons to fight them, while offering practical advice for preventing infections in their kids without going overboard.
ASM Now Accepting Nominations for 2008 Public Communications Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- October 22, 2007 -- The American Society for Microbiology is now accepting nominations for the 2007 ASM Public Communications Award.  The award, now in its eleventh year, recognizes outstanding achievement by journalists in the communication of the microbiological sciences to the general public through the print and broadcast media.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- July 30, 2007 -- The American Society for Microbiology has received three honors, including the Platinum and Gold, for the 2007 Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition that honors the messengers and creators of traditional and emerging media.
WASHINGTON, DC -- April 26,2007 -- The latest edition of the gold-standard reference for clinical microbiology is now available from ASM Press.  The updated and expanded ninth edition of the Manual of Clinical Microbiology defines the standard for operating a state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory, including an optional CD-ROM of digital images.
MicrobeWorld Podcast Named to ASAE's 2007 Associations Advance America Honor Roll
WASHINGTON, DC -- March 27, 2007 -- The American Society for Microbiology’s MicrobeWorld Radio podcast has been named to the 2007 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national awards competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership in Washington, DC.
LA Times Reporters Receive Public Communications Award
WASHINGTON, DC -- March 26, 2007 -- Los Angeles Times reporters Kenneth R. Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling have been named recipients of the 2007 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Public Communications Award. Their 5-part series, "Altered Oceans," was a result of their 18-month investigation into human-caused microbiological changes that are creating a biological imbalance in the world’s oceans.
Genomics Throws Species Definition in Question for Microbes
WASHINGTON, DC -- March 26, 2007 -- Until a decade ago, scientists categorized microorganisms almost exclusively by their physical characteristics: how they looked, what they ate, and the by-products they produced.  With the advent of genomic sequencing and genetic analysis in the 1990s, our understanding of the relationships between different microorganisms fundamentally changed.  In light of this new knowledge, what exactly is the definition of a microbial species, and how should microbiologists be categorizing microorganisms?  These questions are the focus of a new report released by the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) entitled Reconciling Microbial Systematics and Genomics.
Re-examining Long-Held Beliefs about Food Safety
WASHINGTON, DC -- January 16, 2007 -- Old habits die hard.  In the case of food handling and food safety, this adage is true, as many long-held beliefs are no longer valid in the wake of new technologies and understanding of the microbiology of food safety, according to a new book from ASM Press.