ASM Now Accepting Nominations for 2008 Public Communications Award

Garth Hogan

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- October 22, 2007 -- The American Society for Microbiology is now accepting nominations for the 2008 ASM Public Communications Award.  The award, now in its twelfth year, recognizes outstanding achievement by journalists in the communication of the microbiological sciences to the general public through the print and broadcast media.

The recipient will recieve $2,500, a plaque and travel expenses to the 2008 ASM General Meeting (June 1-5, Boston) for presentation of the award.

Stories (both individual and in a series) concerning microbiological sciences appearing in print or broadcast media available to the general public are eligible for nomination.  Books, websites, and institutionally sponsored publications are not eligible.  International entries are accepted but must be translated into English prior to submission.  All entries must have been published or aired in the 2007 calendar year.  Authors as well as colleagues and editors may submit materials and winners will be selected by a panel of their peers.

To nominate a piece, please submit a completed nomination cover page; a letter stating how the work submitted contributes to public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the science of microbiology; a statement of when and where the work appeared; and six copies, either published or taped, of the submitted work.  All materials in support of a nomination must be assembled and copied prior to submission.  Incomplete nominations will be returned to sender.  The deadline for the 2008 award is January 31, 2008.  For more information please visit our website at index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2676 or contact Garth Hogan at


The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 42,000 scientists and health professionals.   ASM’s mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.