Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - August 2015

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • ASM Workshop on Scientific Entrepreneurship
  • ASM M(icro)OOCs: Integrating Teaching & Research
  • Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship
  • ABRCMS 2015:  Accepting Abstracts and Travel Award Submissions
  • ASM Microbe 2016
  • ICEID 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • ICAAC/ICC 2015
  • 2016 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
  • Upcoming ASM Conferences
  • Culture your artistic side with ASM’s first #AgarArt contest!
  • ASM Website Needs Usability Test Volunteers

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education (BCC-EHR)
  • Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)
  • Innovative Development/Use of Technology to Increase HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Efforts in Adolescent Populations (R43/R44)
  • Research to Advance Vaccine Safety (R01)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • Director, Division of Intramural Research
  • PhD in Australia and UK - Soil Ecology
  • Postdoc in Microbial Ecology-Biogeochemistry
  • Postdoc on Global Grassland Phytobiome in the Nutrient Network
  • Postdoc at Duke University

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Karyna Rosario, Ph.D., University of South Florida

 

ASM ACTIVITIES

ASM Workshop on Scientific Entrepreneurship
To guide beginning investigators in combining their research interests with entrepreneurial ventures, ASM will offer the workshop “Turning Your Science into a Company” on October 1-3, 2015, in Washington, D.C. This is the second annual occurrence of the event, which covers the fundamentals of establishing a scientific business and specifically targets advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists. Join the program today to learn valuable tips, advice, and resources from successful principals of leading start-up and small scientific companies. Workshop content will feature examples from the biotechnology industry. Turning Your Science into a Company is sponsored by the ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. ASM members are encouraged to apply. The participation fee is $650, and the application deadline is August 20. For more information, visit http://www.asmgap.org/tsc.

ASM M(icro)OOCs: Integrating Teaching & Research
ASM M(icro)OOCs, a popular webinar series based on the concept of “massive open online courses,” is back with new offerings for science educators. With four webinars focused on “Integrating Teaching & Research,” this third installment of the series will take place in August through November of 2015. There is a nominal fee to participate in the program, and prospective participants can register for each webinar separately (members, $25; nonmembers, $45) or purchase the entire series at once (members, $85; nonmembers, $165). All webinars will take place at 3:00 pm ET according to the following schedule:

  • August 26: Students as Research Collaborators (register by August 24)
  • September 23: How to Instruct & Assess Scientific Thinking (register by September 21)
  • October 21: Conducting Authentic & Inquiry-Based Research (register by October 19)
  • November 18: Publishing: Ethics in Responsible Conduct of Research (register by November 16)

For more information or to register, please visit http://www.facultyprograms.org/index.php/asm-microooc-series.

Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship
Early-career (and future) undergraduate STEM educators are encouraged to apply for a 2015 ASM-LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship. This new professional development resource trains STEM faculty to develop undergraduate research programs by initiating successful research partnerships. As part of the fellowship, ASM LINK will provide travel subsidies of up to $2,000 to (i) increase participation of undergraduate STEM educators at seven eligible ASM-sponsored research conferences, (ii) encourage networking and collaborations with potential research partners, and (iii) access resources and mentoring to advance undergraduate research programs. Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each of the seven eligible ASM conferences. Deadlines are August 24 and 31, respectively, to be considered for UFRI’s Fellowships for the 2015 ASM Conference on Biofilms and the 2015 ASM-ESCMID Conference. To learn more, visit http://www.asmlink.org/ufri.

ABRCMS 2015:  Accepting Abstracts and Travel Award Submissions
The 15th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) will take place 11-14 November 2015 in Seattle, Wash. Sign up before October 19 to receive $100 off the onsite registration fee. ABRCMS 2015 attendees will benefit from a distinguished roster of speakers, along with numerous workshops, scientific presentations, professional development opportunities, networking events, and more. Undergraduates planning to attend are invited to submit applications for the FASEB MARC Program Travel Awards. In addition, ABRCMS Judges' Travel Subsidies are available to postdoctoral scientists and faculty members who serve as ABRCMS onsite presentation judges. The application deadline is September 25 for both opportunities. For submission criteria, registration information, or program and speaker updates, visit http://www.abrcms.org.

ABRCMS is managed by ASM and supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number T36GM073777.

ASM Microbe 2016
June 16–20, 2016 | Boston, Massachusetts
http://www.asm.org/microbe2016
Did you know that in addition to offering the high quality scientific programming traditionally covered at the ASM General Meeting and ICAAC, the inaugural ASM Microbe 2016 will also feature a brand new track, the Profession of Microbiology (POM)? Entirely dedicated to your professional development, this new track will feature workshops and sessions relevant to all disciplines of the microbial sciences, such as: communications, scientific writing, social media, research funding opportunities, and career choices from across the field of microbial science. To learn more about the POM track and the other tracks at this unique meeting, click here.

ICEID 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
August 2426, 2015 | Atlanta, Georgia
http://www.iceid.org/
This meeting unites public health professionals to encourage the exchange of scientific information on global emerging infectious disease issues in the United States and abroad.  Its rich scientific program, made up of a variety of educational formats including plenary sessions, panel sessions, poster sessions with tours, and oral presentations, is now accessible online. Check it out today  to search or browse sessions and presentations, view speakers and moderators, and plan your itinerary.

ICAAC/ICC 2015
September 1721, 2015 | San Diego, California
http://www.icaac.org/icaac-icc
Register now for the joint ICAAC/ICC 2015 meeting, and you could win a free copy of the recently published Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 11th Edition – a $299 value! To participate in the drawing, register for the full meeting and enter the promotion code (ICAACICC) into the hard copy registration form or the Profile page of your online registration form.  Click here for details

Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: August 6, 2015

2016 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
February 8–10, 2016 | Arlington, Virginia
http://www.asm.org/biodefense2016
Abstract submission will open next month for the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting! Submit your abstract for a chance to present your research in front of nearly 1,000 scientists, public health researchers, and policymakers!  Don’t miss the opportunity to debut your research at this premier event focused on the collaborative efforts to manage biothreat agents, pathogens, and global surveillance.

Abstract Submission Opens: September 8, 2015

Upcoming ASM Conferences
http://www.asm.org/conferences

Pseudomonas 2015 – The 15th International Conference on Pseudomonas
September 812, 2015 | Washington, DC

1st ASM Conference on Rapid Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines for Enhanced Molecular Epidemiologic Investigation of Pathogens
September 2427, 2015 | Washington, DC
Discounted Pre-Registration Deadline: August 14, 2015

7th ASM Conference on Biofilms
October 24–29, 2015 | Chicago, IL
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 10, 2015
Discounted Pre-Registration Deadline: September 11, 2015

4th ASM-ESCMID Conference on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in Animals: Veterinary and Public Health Implications
November 2–5, 2015 | Chicago, IL
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 17, 2015
Discounted Pre-Registration Deadline: September 25, 2015

Save the date for these 2016 ASM Conferences!

Culture your artistic side with ASM’s first #AgarArt contest!
Show us your creative and skillful agar artwork for a chance to win an ASM book and more. All ASM members are eligible to submit an image by September 3, 2015. Top submissions will be featured at a special Microbes After Hours event this fall.  For more information, visit http://www.microbeworld.org/art.  

ASM Website Needs Usability Test Volunteers
ASM is in the process of redesigning its website and we need your help. We are recruiting volunteers from our priority user groups and hope that you can participate in a usability interview in the next week. We are seeking people who identify as:

Academic researchers
Clinical microbiologists
Students
Policymakers

The interview will take about 30 minutes and will be conducted by Web conference so you will require an internet and phone connection. We will schedule the call between August 3 - 14. If you can volunteer for this important task, please complete this brief profile form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HR5FC2R

In preparation for this test, feel free to take our web user survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/asmweb

Thank you for considering this opportunity to help ASM be the best we can be on the web. It would be ideal to hear from you by August 15. Once you respond, we’ll be in touch to arrange a time for your test.

 


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education (BCC-EHR)
As part of NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research for EHR areas of research. Successful proposals will outline activities that will have significant impacts across multiple fields by enabling new types of data-intensive research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes—but is not necessarily limited to—EHR areas of research.  Full proposals are due September 1, 2015, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15563/nsf15563.htm.

Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)
The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency for promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This competition is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support existing ones.  Full proposals are due September 15, 2015, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13570/nsf13570.htm.

Innovative Development/Use of Technology to Increase HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Efforts in Adolescent Populations (R43/R44)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites SBIR applications from small business concerns (SBCs) to propose research focused on the development of innovative methods through the use of technology to promote and provide access to HIV testing for adolescents. Innovative methods to encourage, promote, normalize, and routinize HIV testing among adolescents with subsequent linkage to adolescent-friendly care facilities for those who test positive or subsequent linkage to appropriate prevention education efforts and services for those who test negative are needed.  Letters of intent are due August 21, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-16-029.html.

Research to Advance Vaccine Safety (R01)
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support research that will contribute to the overall understanding of vaccine safety. This research opportunity encourages studies that address scientific areas potentially relevant to vaccine safety such as 1) physiological and immunological responses to vaccines and vaccine components, 2) how genetic variations affect immune/physiological responses that may impact vaccine safety, 3) identification of risk factors and biological markers that may be used to assess whether there is a relationship between certain diseases or disorders and licensed vaccines, 4) creation/evaluation of statistical methodologies for analyzing data on vaccine safety, including data available from existing data sources such as passive reporting systems or healthcare databases, or 5) the application of genomic/molecular technologies and systems biology approaches to evaluate vaccine safety. This FOA aligns with the research goals and objectives outlined in the U.S. National Vaccine Plan). Full proposals are due October 5, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm.


 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

Job Opportunity:  Director, Division of Intramural Research
Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader for the position of director of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR). NIAID supports and conducts basic, translational, and clinical research to better understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

NIAID DIR conducts research covering a wide range of biomedical disciplines related to infectious diseases, immunology, and allergy. The ultimate goal of the division’s research is to contribute to the development of new and improved therapies, diagnostics, and vaccines to improve human health. Toward this goal, DIR works to expand knowledge of normal immune system components and functions, define mechanisms responsible for abnormal immune function, understand the biology of infectious agents and the host response to infection, and develop strategies to prevent and treat related diseases. Research aimed at developing countermeasures against bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases, including high- and maximum-containment (BSL-2 to BSL-4) pathogens, has become an increasingly important part of the DIR agenda. DIR’s strong clinical research component is integral to allowing key lab discoveries to be translated rapidly into methods to prevent, diagnose, or treat disease. DIR researchers have more than 150 clinical trials ongoing at the NIH Clinical Center and at collaborating U.S. and international sites. DIR includes 18 laboratories conducting peer-reviewed research, three supporting branches, and a staff of approximately 1,400 engaged in basic, translational, and clinical research. Visit the DIR website for more information about this exciting division.

The DIR director reports to the NIAID director and provides overall executive direction and scientific leadership to this large and complex intramural research program. The DIR director serves as a principal advisor to the NIAID director on biomedical scientific affairs involving Institute research programs. The DIR director also serves as an expert consultant, advisor, and spokesperson both nationally and internationally on NIAID intramural research activities. 

DIR seeks exceptional candidates for the director position.

Key responsibilities of the DIR director position include developing, directing, and coordinating DIR’s new and existing basic, translational, and clinical research programs; overseeing program operations, including technology transfer and licensing, program planning and evaluation, and financial and administrative management; determining the effectiveness of current DIR research; recommending or developing new programs to meet national needs; developing and recommending policies for the execution of multidisciplinary research; and representing NIAID intramural interests at the NIH Board of Scientific Directors meetings and on other NIH committees.

Resources will be available to the successful candidate, if appropriate, to conduct an independent research program that supports the mission of DIR. NIH approval of tenure would be required.

Qualifications

Applicants must have an earned M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, be a U.S. citizen, and exhibit exceptional leadership ability managing complex basic, translational, and clinical research programs. Applicants must have experience leading research programs encompassing the frontiers of fields such as immunology; the biology of infectious agents; the development of strategies to prevent and treat immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases; and the development of novel tools and technologies to advance basic and clinical research efforts. The successful candidate will possess the training and experience to lead complex, multidisciplinary, and collaborative activities required to deliver scientific discoveries that will illuminate our understanding of human health and disease.

Candidates must have a detailed understanding of areas of research such as the pathogenesis of and immune response to infectious diseases, the immune-mediated mechanisms of allergic disease, principles and strategies of vaccine and drug development, and management of clinical research studies.

Application

Salary is commensurate with experience, and a full package of benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent). The selected candidate must obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance based on a special background investigation with eligibility for sensitive compartmented information (SCI). Submit your curriculum vitae and bibliography to NIAID-DIRDirector-Apply. Electronic applications are preferred; however, you may submit paper applications to NIAID-DIRDirector-Apply, NIAID Office of Workforce Effectiveness and Resources, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 2G69 Bethesda, MD 20892-9817. 

Contact NIAID-DIRDirector-Apply with questions or for more information about the position.

Review of applications will begin on or about August 8, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized NIAID officials.

Visit Careers at NIAID to learn more about NIAID and how you can play a role in this exciting and dynamic research organization.

NIH is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community in its training and employment programs. HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers.

Ph.D. Position in Australia and UK - Soil Ecology
An exciting opportunity to undertake a Ph.D. in soil ecology, jointly between the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham, is available for a suitably qualified applicant. Further details about the program can be found at https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/newdevelopments/hdr-programs/ and details on the project can be found at https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/newdevelopments/hdr-programs/docs/project-5-manipulating-the-soil-microbiome-for-improvedplant-response-to-nitrogen-and-drought-stress.pdf.

Postdoc in Microbial Ecology-Biogeochemistry
A postdoc position in biogeochemistry/microbial ecology with interests in aquatic ecology, ecosystems ecology, or related fields is available. The position is renewable annually based on performance for up to four years. The position pays $40,000 year plus full benefits and preferably will be filled by an individual that can start within the next three months. The postdoc will conduct research on denitrification in ephemeral aquatic environments using stable isotopes (MIMS) while examining the bacterial community using molecular methods and also develop their own research projects on topics of mutual interest. General research topics in this laboratory include-bacterial-fungal interactions, C and N cycling, algal-bacterial interactions, biofilms, urban ecology, and human impacts on streams.  Assistance will be provided in development of professional skills in areas such as grantsmanship, mentoring, presentations, communication with private and public stakeholders, etc. The postdoc will have access to a variety of instruments, university owned field sites, collaborations with private and public partners, and a network of university researchers from a variety of disciplines who study topics related to ecology, water, urban design, etc. If you are interested, please send an e mail (lleff@kent.edu) describing your research interests and experiences along with your CV plus the names and contact information for at least 3 references.

Postdoc on Global Grassland Phytobiome in the Nutrient Network
A University of Minnesota research group seeks to hire a postdoc in the ecology and evolution of plant-associated microbes. The successful applicant will work on an experimental project with global reach (The Nutrient Network nutnet.org) as part of a team of ecologists and evolutionary biologists in the University of Minnesota's departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and Plant Pathology. The appointment is for one year renewable position, to begin as soon as possible. The scientific goal of this position is to examine the abiotic and biotic predictors and functional significance of fungal, bacterial, and viral symbionts of plant hosts, and determine plant microbiome effects on disease transmission. Experiments will encompass scales ranging from individual hosts and local host communities to regional and global bioclimatic and soil gradients. Projects will include quantification of bacterial, fungal, and viral communities within hosts using high-throughput sequencing and manipulative experiments in both the field and lab to examine the effects of the plant-associated microbial community on host fecundity and pathogen resistance, and on microbial fitness and transmission. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with mathematical modelers to use empirically-derived parameter values and test predictive models. The group is particularly interested in applicants with metagenomics or organismal expertise in microbial biology and training in community ecology or evolutionary biology. Successful applicants will have experience and ability in laboratory techniques necessary for high-throughput sequencing and quantitative skills for manipulating and analyzing metagenomic ecological or evolutionary datasets. In addition to metagenomic lab and data skills, the group seeks applicants with the capacity to work well with our research team of postdocs, graduate students, and PIs collaborating on elements of the project. A conceptual overview of the larger project is described in Borer et al. 2013 (found at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2013.08.009). Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Linda Kinkel, kinkel@umn.edu. Review of applications will begin ASAP. Apply for this position (Requisition #302399) via the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html.

Postdoc at Duke University
Spatio-temporal biodiversity modeling for NEON A collaborative group of ecologists and statisticians is accepting applications for a postdoc position in modeling biodiversity data, including NEON, the USFS FIA, and additional large inventory data sets. Taxa include plants, ground beetles, small mammals, and microbes. Goals include quantifying interactions and dynamic changes in distribution and abundance. A PhD degree in statistics is preferred, but ecology and earth sciences will also be considered. Experience with hierarchical modeling required. Up to two years, starting as early as Sept 2015. Salary competitive and negotiable. PIs on the project are Jim Clark (Duke), Rob Dunn (NCSU), Alan Gelfand (Duke), Roland Kays (NCSU), Wenhong Li (Duke), and Diana Nemergut (Duke). Applications, to include a CV, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references, should be emailed to Jim Clark, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, jimclark@duke.edu.

 


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

Karyna Rosario, Ph.D., University of South Florida
Dr. Karyna Rosario earned her B.S. in Industrial Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus and her M.S. in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona. Dr. Rosario then completed her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography with an emphasis on environmental virology at the University of South Florida (USF).  Dr. Rosario continues to do research as research associate at the Genomics Laboratory at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science where she completed her Ph.D. and postdoc.  Throughout her career Dr. Rosario has employed metagenomic approaches to describe viral diversity in different environments and organisms.  Notable work includes the incorporation of viral metagenomics into virus surveillance efforts (both clinical and water quality control programs) to enhance traditional virus detection methods, the identification of a novel bioindicator (Pepper mild mottle virus) that may improve health risk assessments associated with viral pathogens in different environments impacted by wastewater contamination, the discovery of circular single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) viruses in invertebrates, the use of top insect predators to investigate the diversity of ssDNA viruses circulating in insect populations, and the use of insect vectors to expand the known diversity and biogeographical range of plant viral pathogens.  Her current research focuses on investigating novel ssDNA viruses in insects and fungi and their evolutionary relationships to vertebrate and plant ssDNA viruses.  In addition to her own research, Dr. Rosario oversees undergraduate and graduate student projects in the lab and enjoys participating in outreach activities to teach the general public and K-12 students about environmental microbiology.

Bulk analyses of viral genomes (i.e., viral metagenomics) present in different environmental samples have revealed the ubiquitous and diverse nature of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) viruses that encode a conserved replication initiator protein (Rep) in the marine environment. However, few studies have isolated ssDNA viruses directly from organisms.  Although eukaryotic circular Rep-encoding ssDNA (CRESS-DNA) viruses include animal and plant pathogens of economic importance, this type of viruses has only been recently detected in invertebrates.  The present study [Front. Microbiol. 6:696. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00696 (2015)]contributes to efforts exploring the diversity of eukaryotic circular Rep-encoding ssDNA (CRESS-DNA) in the marine environment by surveying CRESS-DNA viruses in various marine invertebrate species.  Twenty-seven novel and highly divergent CRESS-DNA genomes were recovered from 21 invertebrate species, including species for which viruses have not been previously reported.  Approximately one third of the marine invertebrate associated viruses identified here formed a distinct clade of CRESS-DNA viruses that may represent a novel family.  In addition, putative structural proteins encoded within CRESS-DNA viral genomes where investigated for the presence of predicted intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs).  The IDR analysis revealed conserved patterns of disorder that may be used to complement similarity-based searches to identify divergent structural proteins within novel genomes.  Overall, this study expands our knowledge of CRESS-DNA viruses associated with invertebrates and explores a new tool to evaluate divergent structural proteins encoded by these viruses.


In July 2006, the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) of the American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board developed a monthly e-newsletter which contains information pertinent to minority microbiologists.  Currently, there are very few minority-based newsletters for scientists, and there are none for microbiologists. 

This e-newsletter provides a central means of distributing pertinent information to underrepresented minorities in the field of microbiology.  Some examples include career advice, networking tips, relevant news articles, unique funding and career opportunities, microbiological issues affecting minorities (e.g., HIV), minority issues affecting microbiologists (e.g., minority retention), and scientific articles published by minorities or by minority-serving institutions (MSIs). 

The target populations are African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska natives, and Pacific Islanders; however, all ASM members are invited to sign up and to share this information with others who may find this e-newsletter beneficial.  

Signing up to receive The Minority Microbiology Mentor is very easy and is open to ASM members and non-members:  simply go to http://asm.org/index.php/component/content/article/31-forms/forms/238-subscribe-to-listserv, enter your email address, and select "MinorityMicroMentor" then submit, and you will receive confirmation of your subscription by email.  If you are an ASM member, you will be prompted to Log In before signing up.

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities is chaired by Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.  The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., assistant professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and the Associate Editor is Andrea M. Rocha, Ph.D., ORAU postdoctoral research associate within the Biosciences division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.

The MMM can post employment ads only if they are first featured on the ASM’s Career Connections site:  http://www.asmcareerconnections.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=756. Career Connections is offering a discount for job postings that are featured in the MMM.  Please contact CMIIM@asmusa.org with your ad needs.

For more information about the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) go to the committee’s web page:  http://www.asm.org/cmiim

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