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In 1935 the Society of American Bacteriologists (now the American Society for Microbiology or ASM) began publishing a newsletter, which was designed to convey to members information of interest about Society affairs.  Occasional feature items were also included in the early issues, but it was in 1972 that a decision was made to offer a non-member subscription rate and to make the (now monthly) publication more attractive to non-members by expanding both the feature and book review sections.  Since then, ASM News (renamed MICROBE in 2006) has included numerous articles of historical interest.

 

See below for links to recent history-related MICROBE articles.  To access older articles, contact the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) Archivist at jkarr@asmusa.org.

 

For convenience, articles are categorized as follows:

  

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MICROBE ARTICLES ABOUT CHOMA PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS: 

  

March 2014:

2013 History of Microbiology Research Travel Award

The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) is pleased to announce that the 2013 History of Microbiology Research Travel Award has been awarded to Sharon Bertsch McGrayne.

 

January 2014:

Milestones in Microbiology Site: Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station (University of Connecticut, Storrs)

The Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station, site of Herbert William Conn’s research laboratory at the Connecticut Agricultural College (later the University of Connecticut, Storrs) has been named a Milestones in Microbiology site by ASM.

 

January 2014:

UMBC Event Celebrates Renewal of Relationship with ASM

Since 1982, the historical collections that constitute the Center for the History of Microbiology/ ASM Archives (CHOMA) have been housed in the Albin O. Kuhn Library on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). On 30 September, an event was held in the Library to celebrate the renewal for a period of 10 years of the agreement governing this relationship between ASM and UMBC.

 

October 2013:

MBL Microbial Diversity Course Designated as “Milestones in Microbiology” Site

The Microbial Diversity Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, was offıcially named a Milestones in Microbiology site by the ASM on Saturday, 22 June 2013, in recognition of its many educational and research contributions to the science of microbiology.

 

May 2013:

Our Society One Hundred Years Ago—the Presidential Address by C.-E. Winslow  

Charles-Edward Amory Winslow, of Yale University and President of the Society of American Bacteriologists (SAB), presented his Presidential Lecture at the 1913 General Meeting in Montreal. The title of his talk was “The Characterization and Classifıcation of Bacterial Types.”

Author:  James A. Poupard (Committee Chair, Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives

 

March 2013:

The Earliest American Books on General Bacteriology: 1880 to 1892 

A growing interest in microbiology led to a distinctive surge in American books on general bacteriology published during the late 19th Century.

Authors:  James A. Poupard (Committee Chair) and Jeff Karr (Archivist), Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore

 

February 2013:

2012 History of Microbiology Research Travel Awards

The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) is pleased to announce the 2012 History of Microbiology Research Travel Award winners.

 

December 2012:

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Designated “Milestones in Microbiology” Site

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., has been named a Milestones in Microbiology site by ASM.

 

April 2012:

ASM Branches-Where We've Been, Where We're Going

Writing and collecting Branch Histories

Authors:  Michael Schmidt (Chair, Branch Organization Committee) and James A. Poupard (Chair, Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives)

 

December 2011:

Historical Use of Cover Slips for Staining Bacterial Specimens

Early American bacteriologists persisted in using a cumbersome method, reluctant to break ranks with their European counterparts

Authors:  James A. Poupard (Committee Chair) and Jeff Karr (Archivist), Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore 

 

August 2011:

New Milestones in Microbiology Site Named in New Orleans

The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has been designated as ASM's newest Milestone in Microbiology site.   

 

August 2010:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Designated as Milestone in Microbiology Site

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) was designated a "Milestones in Microbiology" site by ASM in a formal recognition ceremony Saturday, 22 May at Sumner Auditorium on the Scripps campus.   

 

August 2009:

ASM Designates New Milestones in Microbiology Site

The newest of ASM's Milestones in Microbiology,  the site of the former Laboratory of Hygiene  at the University of Pennsylvania, was  commemorated in a ceremony held before the ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia. The  building itself was a sophisticated design built in  1892 specifically for the study of bacteriology  and was the first of its kind in the United States.  It was home to many early bacteriologists, including ASM founder Alexander C. Abbott and David H. Bergey, who worked on his famous  Manual of Determinative Bacteriology here.  ASM placed a commemorative plaque on the  site, which now houses the modern Vagelos Laboratories. 

 

August 2004:

Hopkins Marine Station Honored as "Milestones in Microbiology" Site

Milestones in Microbiology Designation - Hopkins Marine Station 

 

June 2002:

Rutgers Celebrates Centenary of Soil Microbiology; Named First Microbiology Milestones Site

Milestones in Microbiology Designation - Rutgers

 

 

For additional information or resources, or to access articles not found on this site, contact the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) at jkarr@asmusa.org

 

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