2002 Press Releases

Thinking Small: National Daily Radio Series to Explore Our MicrobeWorld
Washington, DC - December 10, 2002 -- Here's a riddle. It's something that you're born without, that enters your body soon after birth and sustains you the rest of your life. What is it? The answer is Microbes. In fact, microbes are the centerpiece of life - large and small - and are found all around you.

Redesigned Website Makes Microbiology Accessible to Public
WASHINGTON, DC-November 4, 2002 -- The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) announces the launch of its newly redesigned educational website, www.microbeworld.org. Designed for primarily for teenagers and adults, the website provides information about basic microbiology, issues involving microbiology, and many other resources and is intended to complement ASM's award-winning site for middle-school children, http://www.microbe.org.

American Society for Microbiology Cautions that Scientific Publication Restraints May Have Negative Impact on Public Health and Safety
Washington, D.C.-October 10, 2002--The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) recognizes the legitimacy of concerns about the publication and dissemination of scientific information that could be misused by bioterrorists but cautions that stringent restraints on scientific publication may ultimately have a negative impact on public health and safety, ASM President Ronald M. Atlas, Ph.D., testified before the House Science Committee hearing on "Conducting Research During the War on Terrorism: Balancing Openness and Security."

American Society for Microbiology Publications Policy Stipulates Methods Requirements, Materials Sharing
Washington, DC-August 12, 2002 - The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has amplified its journal publications policy to ensure that while manuscripts containing information that could be potentially misused be given careful scrutiny during the peer review process, research articles must also contain sufficient detail to permit the work to be repeated by others. Authors must also agree to make materials available to the scientific community for noncommercial purposes, adhering to all laws and regulations governing the shipment, transfer, possession, and use of biological materials.

ASM Applauds Senators Harkin and Specter for Doubling NIH Budget
WASHINGTON, DC -- July 17, 2002 --The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) commends Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Senator Arlen Specter (R - Pa.), and members of the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee for their dedication and commitment in achieving the bipartisan goal of doubling the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget over the last five years.

American Society for Microbiology Endorses Gerberding CDC Nomination
Washington, DC-July 3, 2002 --The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) enthusiastically supports the nomination of Dr. Julie Louise Gerberding as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The ASM had previously nominated her for the post in a letter to the Executive Office of the President.

Jonathan Knight Receives ASM Public Communications Award
Washington, DC-May 13, 2002--Jonathan Knight, a contributing correspondent for Nature, has been named the recipient of the 2002 American Society for Microbiology Public Communications Award. His winning entry, "Meet the Herod Bug," appeared in Nature on July 5, 2001.

ASM Conveys Support for NIH/CDC FY 2003 Appropriations
WASHINGTON, D.C.-April 23, 2002-The American Society for Microbiology has sent recommendations to Congress supporting the Bush Administration's proposed fiscal year (FY) 2003 budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coalition's recommendations for FY 2003 CDC funding.

ASM Commends the President's Budget Request for the National Institutes of Health
Washington-February 27, 2002--The American Society for Microbiology commends President Bush's proposal for a record $2.8 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY 2002, as promised in his presidential campaign. This proposed increase is a major step toward meeting the bipartisan goal set by Congress of doubling the NIH budget by FY 2003, enabling the Institutes to take greater advantage of the many recent significant discoveries affecting human health.

Senator Frist Receives Distinguished Public Leadership Award from ASM
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Feb. 8, 2002-In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to advancing science for the benefit of the nation's health and security, Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) will today receive the Distinguished Public Leadership Award of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).