2006 Press Releases

ASM’s MicrobeWorld Website Embraces Social Media for Science
WASHINGTON, DC -- November 28, 2006 -- The American Society for Microbiology announces a new and improved version of its MicrobeWorld website (www.microbeworld.org) for the Web 2.0 generation. Designed for science enthusiasts, students, teachers, parents and the general public, the updated site embraces new media from audio and video podcasts to RSS feeds and mobile “phonecasts.”

Microorganisms One Part of the Solution to Energy Problem Says Report
WASHINGTON, DC -- November 16, 2006 -- The answer to one of the world’s largest problems – the need for clean, renewable sources of energy – might just come from some of the world’s smallest inhabitants – bacteria – according to a new report, Microbial Energy Conversion, released by the American Academy of Microbiology

New Text Focuses on Microbes in the Mouth
WASHINGTON, DC -- October 30, 2006 -- A new microbiology textbook from ASM Press pays more than just lip service to microbes in the mouth.  Oral Microbiology and Immunology focuses primarily on the knowledge and understanding of the oral ecosystem and its unique role in human health and disease.

ASM Now Accepting Nominations for 2007 Public Communications Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- October 20, 2006 -- 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.

New Titles Focus on Food Safety: Fresh Produce and Tracking Contamination
WASHINGTON, DC -- October 17, 2006 -- ASM Press announces the first two titles in a new series of books devoted to emerging issues in food safety. Microbiology of Fresh Produce is now available for purchase and Microbial Source Tracking, which prints in December 2006, is now available for pre-order.

New Textbook Uses Real Disease Outbreaks to Teach Undergraduate Microbiology
WASHINGTON, DC – August 7, 2006 – A new textbook uses real-world case studies to teach basic foundations of microbiology to students while simultaneously demonstrating how microbiology affects their lives. Outbreak: Cases in Real-World Microbiology, from ASM Press uses 96 classroom-tested case studies that cover the core topics of microbiology and integrate recent outbreaks that have been featured in the news.

Report Focuses on the Role Good Microbes Play in Future Medicine
Washington, DC – June 7, 2006 – Not all bacteria are bad. In fact, beneficial microbes could represent the future of medicine, with the potential to treat a variety of diseases in humans and animals from diarrhea and eczema to gum disease and autoimmune disorders, according to a report released by the American Academy of Microbiology, Probiotic Microbes: The Scientific Basis.

Clifford W. Houston, Ph.D. Chosen as American Society for Microbiology President-Elect
WASHINGTON, DC - April 10, 2006 -- Clifford W. Houston, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and holder of the Herman Barnett Distinguished Professorship in Microbiology and Immunology, has been elected President-elect of the American Society for Microbiology effective July 1, 2006. Houston will be the first African American to head the 42,000 member scientific organization.

Public Communications Award Recognizes Malaria Series
WASHINGTON, DC - March 27, 2006--Four correspondents for Public Radio International's "The World," a 1-hour radio program devoted to international news and culture, have been named recipients of the 2006 ASM Public Communications Award. Their 4-part series, "The Forgotten Plague: Malaria," examined malaria's grip on the world's poorest regions and aired October 24-27, 2005.

Microbiology Text Tells Stories, Offers Online Resources
WASHINGTON, DC – January 25, 2006 -- A new general microbiology textbook aimed at undergraduate students comes with not one, but two online resources. Written by eminent scientists with practical teaching, textbook writing and research experience, Microbe, , will engage students in the learning process with its clear, reader-friendly style and a unique perspective of the field.

ASM Launches Video Podcast of “Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth”
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- January 24, 2006 -- Starting Tuesday, January 31, the American Society for Microbiology will launch a series of 15-25 minute video podcasts entitled Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth. The weekly video podcast excerpted from a PBS television series will explore the microbial world and how life has evolved over Earth’s 3.8 billion-year history.