ASM Undergraduate Educators Conference Scheduled for June at Emory

Contact: Kelly Gull

Washington, DC – May 12, 2005 – The 12th annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) will be held June 3-5, 2005 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  The conference features outstanding plenary speakers and concurrent sessions designed to have attendees learn and share the latest information in microbiology and education research.

The program includes two themes of concurrent sessions.  One is focused on innovative teaching approaches, and the other on the latest microbiological advances in virology, immunology, environmental microbiology, bioterrorism and others.  View the program online at:


ASMCUE 2005 Plenary Sessions:


Friday, June 3 at 1:00 pm - Dr. Norman Pace, University of Colorado, Boulder, will open the conference at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, with a presentation entitled, “Emerging Themes in Microbial Evolution and Diversity.”  This session will present how phylogenetic trees have changed our understanding of the ‘Tree of Life’ and early evolutionary events. 


Friday June 3 at 7:00 pm - Hazel Barton, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, will deliver a lecture entitled “Amazing Caves: Amazing Microbes.”  Barton, recently featured in the “Maverick” section of Forbes magazine, (April 11, 2005, pp. 64-66) was inspired while working in Dr. Pace’s laboratory. Pace, also a renowned cave explorer, suggested that Dr. Barton actively combine her knowledge of caves with microbiology.  Attendees will hear how many subsurface processes, previously considered inorganic, are in fact mediated by microbial activity.  Barton will show the IMAX movie Journey into Amazing Caves in which she is featured. 


Saturday, June 4 at 8:30 am - Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control will discuss the latest research in malaria pathogenesis.


Sunday, June 5 at 9:00 am - Harvey Holmes, Chief, Laboratory Response Branch, Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Team, Centers for Disease Control, will present an overview of smallpox from its origin to eradication.


The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 42,000 scientists and health professionals.  Its mission is to promote research and research training in the microbiological sciences and to assist communication between scientists, policy makers, and the public to improve health, the environment, and economic well-being.