The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) is pleased to report that the History of Microbiology Poster Session at the American Society for Microbiology 2014 General Meeting (asm2014) was a great success - 22 posters on a wide range of topics were displayed; traffic was high and feedback on the individual posters and the whole session was excellent.
Plans are now underway for the 2015 History of Microbiology Poster Session:
2015 ASM General Meeting (asm2015)
May 30 – June 2, 2015
New Orleans, LA
Abstract Submission Opens on November 20, 2014. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: January 15, 2015.
Criteria for Judging Abstract Submissions:
The CHOMA Abstract Review Sub-Committee will use a score sheet that emphasizes:
- Consistency with the ASM poster guidelines (outlined on asm2015 General Meeting abstract submission website)
- Relevance of topic to history of microbiology
- Clarity and focus of topic
- Richness, complexity and depth of analysis
- Appropriateness of sources regarding interpretations
- Originality of idea
Guidelines for ASM History of Microbiology Abstracts and Posters (Division W):
History, like science, is neither a list nor a time-line. Instead, it is query-based analysis of a specific narrow event, discovery or technique. History of science is much the same as laboratory research: it is testable and subject to revision and reanalysis. A History of Microbiology poster should be critical and inform us how knowledge was created using scientists, locations, benefactors, microbes or methods as agents to narrate a question or argument.
An effective History of Microbiology poster can present proprietary advances (techniques, tools, pharmaceuticals) or fundamental scientific advances. The specific contributions to government, industry, or academia must be presented as a balanced critique and analysis. In each instance, scientists will find it most helpful to query an on-site historian or special collections archivist, who will be aware of the rich resources associated with corporate, academic, or government institutions.
For example, a study of a view of an historical advance in developing a new anti-microbial product would be contextualized around a question or argument. Such a study can focus on an individual, a product, or a technique while addressing alternative points-of-view and breaking new ground in our understanding of an event. History of microbiology, however, is not a summary of known events, a rehashing of accumulated information (e. g., the number of influenza cases in 2010 vs. 1960), or a dogmatic approach to discovery-based outcomes.
An effective history of microbiology research poster will attract and keep an audience's attention by being intriguing and straightforward with a mix of text and images.* For this, as is also the case for science posters, an effective history of science poster is**:
- Focused on a single message.
- Graphic: let the graphs and images tell the story, reduce the text as much as possible.
- Ordered: keep the sequence or narrative well-ordered and obvious.
An acceptable abstract for the History of Microbiology poster session will meet one of more of the following expectations:
- address a specific problem or correct a misconception
- have a stated hypothesis, appropriate historical data, and an original analysis
- present new biographical information with a fresh, compelling analysis
******Please note that literature reviews without specific analysis will NOT be accepted******
* Portions of the above text are from "Research Posters" from the University Writing Center at Texas A&M University (uwc.tamu.edu), with permission of Prof. Valerie Balester.
** These points emphasized by George Hess in his YouTube video and the associated web-site by Hess, Tosney, and Liegel (2014). This information can be accessed from the following links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4qUjUeRJy4&feature=share&list=PLQYPRVJgjEZZd9EAqwml53ziYOqIdQpJ3; and, the accompanying web site on creating effective poster presentations, http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/
- Click Here for an Example of a History of Microbiology Poster Presented at ASM2014: Moving Genes: Tobacco Mosaic Virus and Disease Resistance, 1930-1950
- A comprehensive resource for effective poster presentations, with templates, is available from Colin Purrington's web site: http://colinpurrington.com/tips/academic/posterdesign
- For a historical note on the novelty of poster sessions: Maugh II. TH. 1974. Poster sessions: A new look at scientific meetings. Science 184:1361. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/184/4144/1361.long
When submitting an abstract, you will be asked to indicate a general topic area – choose “Microbiology Education.” You will then be directed to a list of sub-topics – choose “History of Microbiology.”
General ASM guidelines on posters and abstract submission will be available on the asm2015 General Meeting site (site will be available soon).