Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - June 2016

 

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities ASM Microbe Events
  • ASM Minority Travel Award Winners Announced
  • Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative Fellowships
  • Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: New Issue
  • ASM Courses on Scientific Writing and Publishing and Grant Writing
  • Turning Your Science into a Company
  • ABRCMS 2016:  Accepting Abstracts and Travel Award Submissions
  • ASM Microbe 2016
  • ASM Biothreats Conference:  Research, Response and Policy
  • 33rd Clinical Virology Symposium
  • Upcoming ASM Conferences
  • Shop, Save and Communicate With ASM Press at Microbe 2016
  • Impact of New Microbiology Technology on Patient Outcomes
  • IQCP Best Practices

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • A Community Research Resource of Microbiome-Derived Factors Modulating Host Physiology in Obesity, Digestive and Liver Diseases, and Nutrition (R24)
  • Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program
  • Biological Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (BA-DDRIG)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • Macalester College: Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology
  • Ph.D. position - Linking soil microbes and crop productivity
  • Microbial Ecology-Amphibian Microbiome postdoc position
  • Postdoc with Dr. Van Savage, UCLA
  • Postdoc Fellowship
  • Postdoc Position in Soil and Microbial Ecology in China
  • Postdoc Position in Microbial Interactions in the Plankton
  • Postdoc on Microbial biology and geochemical processes at ASU
  • Two Ph.D. Scholarships to study in Australia - wetland carbon sequestration

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Tenth Anniversary: The Minority Microbiology Mentor has been in circulation for 10 years

 


ASM ACTIVITIES

Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities ASM Microbe Events
The CMIIM will be sponsoring a number events at the ASM Microbe 2016 meeting in Boston Massachusetts.  The meeting will be held from June 16 – 20.  Look for these CMIIM sponsored events:

33rd Annual Minority Microbiologists Mixer
Saturday, June 18, 6:30 pm
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Atlantic Ballroom 1

Special Interest Symposium
Forty Years After the Double Bind
Sunday, June 19, 8:15 AM Room 259A
Description: It has been 40 years since the AAAS released its report ‘The Double Bind’, which highlighted the challenges facing women, and especially minority women in science. At the time, the report played an important role in identifying the obstacles and prejudice facing women and minority scientists at US Universities and Colleges. With 40 years of hindsight, has our recognition of these obstacles smoothed the path for women and minority scientists? Or have we become so enamored of the problem itself, we have failed to recognize the more subtle issues that limit real change? This special session will look at these issues, through the movement of female scientists through the academic pipeline, Federal funding, the issue of gender-bias, and solutions that can promote the success female and minority scientists.

Peer to Peer Learning
Career Success Strategies for Women and URM Microbiologists
Sunday, June 19, 12:15 PM, Exhibit Hall

ASM Minority Travel Award Winners Announced
Congratulations to the winners of the ASM Minority Travel Award.  Each winner will be award travel funds to attend the ASM Microbe Meeting in Boston.  The following will be honored at the 33rd Annual Minority Microbiologists Mixer:

Monica I. Alvarez, B.S., Duke University
Jorge L. Cervantes, M.D., Ph.D., Kagoshima University
Karla Esquilin-Lebron, B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jennifer R. Honda, Ph.D., Front Range Community College
Ivelisse Irizarry, M.S., Rutgers University
Phylicia A. Robins, M.S., University of California-Davis
Tasha M. Santiago-Rodríguez, Ph.D., California Polytechnic State University
Jianjun Sun, Ph.D, University of Texas at El Paso
Nathanial J. Torres, B.A., Oklahoma State University
Kiesha M Wilson, B.S., Clemson University

For more information about the travel award go to:  http://www.asm.org/index.php/component/content/article/128-meetings/travel-grants/travel-grants/4307-asm-minority-travel-award.

Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative Fellowships
Early-career (and future) undergraduate STEM educators are encouraged to apply for a 2016 ASM-NSF LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship. This nascent professional development resource trains STEM faculty to develop undergraduate research programs by initiating successful research partnerships. As part of the fellowship, LINK will provide travel subsidies of up to $2,000 to (i) increase participation of undergraduate STEM educators at eight 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 eight conferences. The deadline is July 18 to be considered for a UFRI fellowship for the ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes in Seattle, WA. To learn more, visit http://www.asmlink.org/ufri.

Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: New Issue
The May 2016 issue of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE), ASM’s premier publication for microbiology and biology education research, is now available. The new issue – volume 17, number 2 – is introduced by an editorial from JMBE editor-in-chief Samantha L. Elliott, Ph.D., that highlights research on gender equality in undergraduate biology, the disparity between men and women in the scientific workforce, and asks readers to think about how they can address these questions at the classroom level. Within the issue, readers can expect a novel program to engage elementary students, an investigation of the barriers teaching assistants face in inquiry-based teaching, an essay on the undergraduate research experience, assessments of ASM Education’s fellowship and professional development programs, and much more. The issue also includes the accepted poster abstracts for the upcoming ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), held July 21-24, 2016. Please visit: http://www.asmscience.org/jmbe for more information.

ASM Courses on Scientific Writing and Publishing and Grant Writing
As a follow-up to the spring online webinar series, the ASM Education Board is offering the Scientific Writing and Publishing Course and the Grant Writing Course – two face-to-face courses targeting graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists. Participants will receive personalized coaching and feedback on their own manuscript and NIH or NSF grant application. The courses will be held concurrently at ASM headquarters in Washington, DC on August 12-14. The application deadline for both courses is June 30th. Visit http://www.asmgap.org to learn more. 

Turning Your Science into a Company
This entrepreneurship course features practical tips, advice, and resources from principals of leading start-up and small companies as well as legal and regulatory experts and will take place at ASM headquarters in Washington, DC on October 6-8. Course is open to ASM members and non-members. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until August 20. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/tsc16nl.

ABRCMS 2016:  Accepting Abstracts and Travel Award Submissions
Abstract and travel award submissions are now open for the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), set for 9-12 November in Tampa, Florida. Attendees will benefit from a distinguished roster of speakers, along with numerous workshops, scientific presentations, professional development opportunities, networking events, and more.

Students (undergraduates and postbaccalaureates) are invited to submit abstracts and travel award applications for the conference. Deadline is August 26 for ABRCMS Student Travel Awards and September 9 for ABRCMS Student Abstract submissions.

Travel awards are also available to (i) postdoctoral scientists and faculty members who serve as ABRCMS on-site presentation judges and (ii) faculty who wish to establish research partnerships and advance undergraduate research programs (pending funding). Deadlines are July 12 for ABRCMS Judges' Travel Subsidies, and September 12 for the ASM LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowships.

ABRCMS also solicits volunteers to review abstracts online. Indicate your interest through the intent form.  To learn more visit http://bit.ly/abr16nl.

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
There is still time to register! Cannot make to the full meeting? Get your Day Pass today.

ASM Biothreats Conference:  Research, Response and Policy
February 6–8, 2017 | Washington, DC
A premier event that focuses on the collaborative efforts to manage biothreat agents, pathogens, and global surveillance.

33rd Clinical Virology Symposium
May 7–10, 2017 | Savannah, Georgia
This international symposium delves into the relationship between rapid viral diagnosis, clinical course of viral infections, and preventive and therapeutic modalities for viral infections.

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

ASM Conference on Streptococcal Genetics
July 31–August 3, 2016 | Washington, DC
Early bird registration deadline: June 23, 2016

2nd ASM Conference on Experimental Microbial Evolution 
August 4–7, 2016 | Washington, DC

Early bird registration deadline: June 23, 2016

5th ASM Conference on Salmonella
August 29–September 1, 2016 | Potsdam, Germany
Abstract submission deadline: June 24, 2016
Early bird registration deadline: July 21, 2016

6th ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes
September 9–12, 2016 | Seattle, WA
Abstract submission deadline: July 1, 2016
Early bird registration deadline: July 28, 2016

ASM Conference on Infection and Cancer
October 24–27, 2016 | Washington, DC
Abstract submission deadline: August 16, 2016
Early bird registration deadline: September 15, 2016

Save the dates for more 2016 ASM Conferences!

Shop, Save and Communicate With ASM Press at Microbe 2016
Not only will you be able to buy the latest ASM Press publications and enjoy up to 30% in savings at Microbe, but you can also meet ASM Press authors and editors and share your ideas for new books with ASM Press staff at the following events in the ASM Booth:

•           Book signing: Virulence Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogens, Fifth Edition (June, 17, 2016 | 10:45AM)
•           Book signing: In the Company of Microbes (June 19, 2016 | 10:15AM)
•           Book signing: Microbe, Second Edition (June 19, 2016 | 11:30AM)
•           Share topic ideas: Get Between the Sheets with ASM Press (June 19, 2016 | 11:30AM)

Browse the 2016 ASM Publications Catalog and build your shopping list in advance!

Impact of New Microbiology Technology on Patient Outcomes
The ASM intermediate course, titled “Impact of New Microbiology Technology on Patient Outcomes” is now available for unlimited, on-demand viewing through October 2017.

As diagnostic microbiology laboratories evolve from profit to cost centers in the era of declining reimbursements, the clinical microbiologist will need a better understanding of how technology can impact on the quality of patient care. In this course, the latest advances in technology for microbiology, some of the issues surrounding these methods, and the overall impact of these newer tests on patient care and health outcomes are explored.

Each presentation is approved for one (1) P.A.C.E.® credit. CE credits can only be claimed by the purchaser. All sessions are recognized by the California and Florida Departments of Health and qualify for California and Florida CE credit toward license renewal.

Learn more about course topics and register online by visiting the course website!

IQCP Best Practices
Don’t miss our June Hot Topic, “IQCP Best Practices”, presented by ASM President-Elect, Susan E. Sharp, Ph.D., D(ABMM), F(AAM)! Learn about the milestones of laboratory quality control, the three parts of IQCP, and tests that do not need an IQCP. The presentation is now available to ASM members on the Clinical Microbiology Portal!


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

A Community Research Resource of Microbiome-Derived Factors Modulating Host Physiology in Obesity, Digestive and Liver Diseases, and Nutrition (R24)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to invite applications from multidisciplinary research teams to create a community research resource of key members of the microbiota and factors they elaborate which modulate host physiology and pathophysiology related to obesity, nutrition, or liver, exocrine pancreatic, or digestive diseases, and to disseminate it broadly to the research community, in order to advance the development of microbiome-based interventions for prevention and treatment of these diseases.  The resource will include annotated genome sequences and cultures of the key microbes, chemical structures of the key compounds they elaborate, datasets used to identify key microbes and compounds, and software for novel analytic methods developed to enable their identification.  Letters of intent are due September 19, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-15-012.html.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program
The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details).  Closing date is August 31, 2016, and more information is available at https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program.

Biological Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (BA-DDRIG)
The Biological Anthropology Program supports multifaceted research which advances scientific knowledge of human biology and ecology, including understanding of our evolutionary history and mechanisms which have shaped human and nonhuman primate biological diversity. Areas of inquiry which promote understanding of the evolution, biology, and adaptability of our diverse species include, but are not limited to, human genetic and epigenetic variation and relationships to phenotype; human and nonhuman primate ecology, socioecology, functional anatomy and skeletal biology; human and nonhuman primate paleontology; and the anthropological science of forensics. This solicitation specifically addresses the preparation and evaluation of proposals for such Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) Grants. Dissertation research projects in all of the subareas of biological anthropology, whether conducted in specialized facilities or field settings, are eligible for support through these grants. These awards are intended to enhance and improve the conduct of dissertation research by doctoral students who are pursuing research in biological anthropology that enhances basic scientific knowledge.  Full proposals are due July 14, 2016, and more information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14561/nsf14561.htm.  


ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

Macalester College: Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology
Applications are invited for a tenure-track position in Microbiology in the Department of Biology at the level of assistant professor. Areas of specialty could include but are not limited to the human microbiome, metagenomics, and/or infectious diseases. We are especially interested in applicants with expertise in quantitative and computational biology. We seek applicants who are committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level and who are dedicated to developing an active research program that engages students in research. The successful candidate will teach at all levels of the biology curriculum, including the core Genetics course required of all biology majors. In addition, it is expected that the candidate will be able to contribute more broadly to the College curriculum by offering courses that support our First Year Seminar program and/or interdisciplinary programs and courses such as bioinformatics and/or community and global health, as well as contribute to pre-health career advising. The successful candidate is expected to begin the position June 2017.

The Biology Department has state of the art facilities and equipment and each faculty has their own research lab. Start-up funds are available. The most qualified candidates will have postdoctoral and teaching experience. To apply, send a letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research plans, and 3 letters of recommendation to: Dr. Mary Montgomery, Department of Biology, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 (email: montgomery@macalester.edu). Review of applications will begin October 1, 2016. Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately three million and is home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s diverse student body comprises approximately 2000 undergraduates from 49 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 nations. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in teaching and research within a liberal arts college community. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. For more details go to: http://www.asmcareerconnections.org/jobseeker/job/28805181/

Ph.D. position - Linking soil microbes and crop productivity
A fully funded PhD. position with Dr. Eric Lamb in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan is available examining the causal links between rhizosphere bacterial and fungal communities and the performance of crop cultivars. A Ph.D. student with a strong statistical ability is needed to work with in dynamic group including soil and plant ecologists, bioinformaticians, agronomists, and computer scientists. This project has an anticipated September 2016 start date. For more information: Eric Lamb: http://homepage.usask.ca/~egl388/  Global Institute for Food Security: http://gifs.ca/researcharea/root-soil-microbial-interactions/  A thesis based (research) MSc. degree (note an individual with a course based MSc. in statistics may be considered, but would be required to begin in an MSc. program with the option to transfer to a PhD. program after 1 year. Graduate level experience and training in one of the following fields: microbial ecology, bioinformatics, statistical ecology, or computer science. Application Procedure Apply via e-mail to Eric Lamb (eric.lamb@usask.ca) with a package including: 1. Cover letter describing your background and research experience 2. an up-to-date CV 3. unofficial transcript(s) 4. an example of your writing (e.g. a paper, extract from a thesis, or class project).  

Microbial Ecology-Amphibian Microbiome postdoc position
A one-year postdoc position is available studying the amphibian microbiome in the lab of Dr. Lisa Belden in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. TMinimum qualifications include a Ph.D. degree in biology, ecology, microbiology or a related field, with demonstrated experience in molecular microbial ecology or bioinformatics, demonstrated motivation and strong work habits, the ability to work independently as well as with a research group, and demonstrated ability to produce publications based on individual research. Prior work with amphibians, knowledge of disease ecology, and experience successfully mentoring undergraduate students in research are desired. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and statement of interest upon applying online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/66035, (jobs.vt.edu; Posting #SR0160060). Three letters of recommendation should also be submitted via the online system. If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the search chair, Dr. Lisa Belden at belden@vt.edu . Review of applications will begin May 20, 2016, with a start date prior to August 15, 2016. Belden lab website: http://www.belden.biol.vt.edu/.

Postdoc with Dr. Van Savage, UCLA
A two-year post-doctoral position is available (start date flexible, can start as early as July, 2016) in the group of Dr. Van Savage (http://faculty.biomath.ucla.edu/vsavage/, vsavage23@GMAIL.COM) in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. Savage combines mathematical models with analysis of large datasets to uncover insights into biological systems. The overall goal is to better understand higher-order interactions in biological systems that range from drug combinations that may slow antibiotic resistance to consumer-resource interactions in food webs. The ideal candidate would have a background in mathematical modeling, knowledge of either consumer-resource interactions or microbial systems, and experience with programming languages such as Matlab, R, Mathematica, C, and Python. Applicants with only a subset of these skills are encouraged to apply. Applications and any questions should be sent to vsavage@ucla.edu.  The application should include a Curriculum Vitae that details education, past research, and publications. Applicants should also submit a cover letter that describes their interest in the project and the names of three references.

Postdoc Fellowship
Position in the Ecology of the C Cycle at Iowa State A postdoc position is available to work on how plant species invasion and altered precipitation will impact C cycling in southern U.S. grassland systems. The objectives of the project are to assess how productivity above and belowground, microbial composition and functioning, nutrient mineralization, decomposition, mycorrhizal colonization, and soil C are impacted by conversion of native to exotic-dominated grasslands and altered precipitation. The responsibilities of the fellow will be to oversee the collection of data with team members, statistically analyze metagenomic data sets, and to write and submit manuscripts and reports. The fellow will work jointly in the labs of Brian Wilsey and Kirsten Hofmockel at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Ames has been voted as one of the nicest small cities in which to live in the U.S. Required qualifications are a Ph.D. in ecology or a related field, and interest in the objectives of the project and the ability/desire to learn new techniques. Preferred qualifications include a background in soil microbial metagenomics, molecular techniques, and/or statistics. To apply, please submit a CV, a cover letter expressing interest, and a pdf of at least one published manuscript to Brian Wilsey (bwilsey@iastate.edu) by August 1, 2016. The position is for one year with a possibility of renewal. ISU is an EO/AA employer. 

Postdoc Position in Soil and Microbial Ecology in China
A full time postdoc position is available to explore effects of plant activity on soil microbes and decomposition in forest and grassland ecosystems under climate change. It is a joint project between Fudan University (FU), China, and Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia. The successful candidate should be passionate about understanding ecosystem functions and using that knowledge to better understand our future environment. S/he will be responsible for preparing and conducting analyses of roots, soils, microbial carbon use efficiency, microbial communities and activities, soil respiration. This full time position is 2 years with a competitive salary plus benefits. Preference will be given to applicants with peer-reviewed publications related to ecosystem ecology, stable isotope ecology and/or soil microbiology. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology, microbiology, environmental biology or a related field. The following application materials should be emailed to both Drs. Ming Nie (mnie@fudan.edu.cn) and Elise Pendall (e.pendall@westernsydney.edu.au), with the email subject of “Postdoc Position Application”: (1) Cover letter describing general research interests, (2) CV, (3) One representative manuscript (preferably first authored and published), and (4) List of 3 references with contact information. Application materials received by June 30 will be given full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Postdoc Position in Microbial Interactions in the Plankton
The Rynearson lab at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography invites applications for a Postdoc. The research project, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, examines microscale interactions between marine diatoms and bacteria and is a collaboration with Professor D. Hunt, Duke University. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree by August 2016 in Oceanography, Biology, Computer Sciences or a related field. Applications must include (1) a statement of experience, career goals, research vision and interests; (2) curriculum vitae, (3) reprints of relevant publications and (4) names and addresses of three referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation. All materials should be emailed as a single pdf document to: rynearson@uri.edu with ‘Microbial Interactions PostDoc Application’ in the subject line. Candidates will be selected based on overall excellence, including academic qualifications, letters of recommendation, and prior skills, experience, and research goals that are compatible with the goals of the funded research. The position is compensated through a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Further information: Rynearson lab: http://www.gso.uri.edu/rynearson-lab/  URI Graduate School of Oceanography: http://www.gso.uri.edu/  Hunt Lab: http://oceanography.ml.duke.edu/hunt/.     

Postdoc on Microbial biology and geochemical processes at ASU
Postdoc on "Microbial biology and geochemical processes of contrasting ecosystems: from desert to tropics" at the School of Life Sciences (SOLS) and the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ A collaborative postdoc position on “microbial biology and geochemical processes in contrasting ecosystems" is available jointly at the School of Life Sciences (SOLS) and School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University (ASU). This position is under the supervision of Prof. Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz (carbon degradation and microbial biology, http://cadillo.lab.asu.edu) and Prof Hilairy Harnett (geochemistry of soils, isotopic biology and astrobiology, https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/646920 ). Applicants must have a PhD in relevant areas (Environmental Sciences, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geochemistry, and others). Candidates with strong expertise in biogeochemistry, microbial ecophysiology, -omics studies or a combination will be preferred. Competitive salary and benefits are available. Application should include: (i) a brief cover letter, (ii) Curriculum Vitae including three professional references, (iii) a brief description of past research accomplishments and future research goals. Send application to the following email: cadillo-lab-appl@asu.edu.  The early revision of applications starts on June 15th 2016; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed. Starting date is flexible but mid August 2016 is desirable.

Two Ph.D. Scholarships to study in Australia - wetland carbon sequestration
Scholarship available for bright PhD candidate Background: Inland wetlands are the earth’s largest terrestrial carbon store, but they are also the world’s largest source of methane – a potent greenhouse gas. Dynamic models based on case studies from the northern hemisphere suggest that methane emissions become irrelevant over time frames of 100+ years so long as wetlands are sequestering carbon, meaning that wetlands are substantial global carbon sinks. The group’s leader – Dr Peter Macreadie – serves on the Victorian Coastal Council Science Panel and the Australian Government’s National Greenhouse Gas Wetland Inventory Committee. Selection criteria: 1. A first class Honours or Masters degree in ecology, geology, geochemistry, spatial analysis, modelling, microbiology or related disciplines. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in measuring soil flux or with microbial ecology skills. 2. Experience in collecting field data and capacity to undertake independent fieldwork. 3. Capacity to implement research in collaboration with a range of stakeholders (government agencies, private landholders, conservation groups etc.). 4. Strong English written communication skills including the capacity to write research results 2 into scientific papers. Special requirements: Drivers licence To apply: Send a cover letter and your CV to peter.macreadie@deakin.edu.au. In your cover letter, please include: 1) a summary of your research experience, 2) your reasons for wanting to do a PhD, 3) information on how your skills will be relevant to the project, and 4) a statement about your undergraduate track record (i.e. your grade point average). 


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

Tenth Anniversary: The Minority Microbiology Mentor has been in circulation for 10 years
The summer of 2006 saw the birth of the brainchild of Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D., then NIEHS Director of Education and Biomedical Research Development and Professor Emerita of the University of the District of Columbia.  Dr. Johnson-Thompson, the chair of the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) at the time, envisioned a monthly email newsletter containing articles related to issues impacting minorities that were underrepresented in the sciences.  It was also designed to include information relevant to minority microbiologists and to spotlight the work of minority microbiologists.  The newsletter's creation was also supported by the frequent informal requests by program managers and journal editors asking the question, "Where are the minority microbiologists?"  Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., a postdoc at the University of Southern Mississippi at the time, accepted the challenge to serve as editor, and the newsletter has been in constant publication for 10 years. Since its inception, the newsletter has featured numerous articles, advisory pieces, job advertisements, interviews, and spotlights of the work of >150 minority microbiologists (Table 1), and will continue to do so in the future.  Feedback from subscribers has indicated that the newsletter has been helpful in providing information about grant announcements, professional meetings, mentoring activities, professional development activities, career advancement and other important notifications.  Additionally, many of the spotlighted microbiologists have moved forward in their professional careers and increased their involvement in ASM.  Therefore, the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities celebrates the 10th anniversary of The Minority Microbiology Mentor

Table 1.  Minority microbiologists featured in MMM

Year

Month

Minority microbiologists spotlighted

2006

July

Morehouse Scientists

2006

August

Craig E. Cameron

2006

September

Darren E. Higgins, Allison H. Williams, John F. Alderete

2006

October (Hispanic Heritage Month)

Eugene Cota-Robles, Arturo Casadeval

2006

November (American Indian Heritage Month)

Darrin Akins, Karen Miernyk

2006

December

Georgia Dunston, Yvette Edghill Spano

2007

January

Avery August, Jorge Benitez

2007

February (Black History Month)

Kimberly E. Walker, Charlene R. Jackson, Henry N. Williams, Carolyn Brooks

2007

March

Zachary Senwo

2007

April

Morehouse Scientists

2007

May

Lauren V. Wood, Yunuen Hernandez, Alejandro Delgado

2007

June

Karen E. Nelson, Leticia Marquez-Magana

2007

July

Chiatogu Onyewu, James W. Lillard

2007

August

Silvia Pineiro, Duane T. Smoot

2007

September

Donald J. Alcendor, Fernando Villalta

2007

October

Jorge C. Escalante-Semerena, Juan Salazar, Beatriz Quinones

2007

November

Carlos E. Catalano, Jorge E. Giron, Irene V. Wesley

2007

December

Roland Owens, Regina Mercado-Lubo

2008

January

Margaret Kanipes

2008

February

Quincy E. Moore, Paul E. Turner

2008

March

Miguela A. Caniza

2008

April

Judith Noble-Wang, Michelle Wright Valderas

2008

May

Carmelle Nordice, Melinda Pettigrew, C. Afonso

2008

June

Rhea Brooking, Carol Carter

2008

July

Carleitta Paige, Shanta Whitaker

2008

August

Crystal Johnson, Albert Moreno

2008

September

James (Jim) Frederick Evermann, Rosa A. Maldonado

2008

October

Omar A. Oyarzabal, Arturo Casdeval

2008

November

Susan A. Maroney

2008

December

Erle Robertson, Karine A. Gibbs

2009

January

Lizzie J. Harrell

2009

February

Howard M. Johnson

2009

March

Dale Lewis

2009

April

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Environmental Sciences Institute (ESI) scientists

2009

May

Marvin Whiteley

2009

June

Carlos E. Catalano, Wondwossen A. Gebreyes

2009

July

Manuel Francisco Varela

2009

August

Ángel A. Soler-García

2009

September

John Nkengasong

2009

October

Narjol Gonzalez-Escalona

2009

November

Gilbert H. John, Ph.D.

2009

December

Iruka Okeke, Ph.D.

2010

January

Clement Afolabi Meseda, Ph.D.

2010

February

Arthur WIlliams

2010

March

Ana M. Espino Hernandez

2010

April

Juanita L. Merchant

2010

May

Irene Bosch

2010

June

Leslie Ann Dauphin

2010

July

Carolina Reyes

2010

August

Manu O. Platt

2010

September

Alexandria Graves

2010

October

Gary A. Toranzos

2010

November

Darrin R. Akins

2010

December

Danielle L. Watt

2011

January

Lorelle L. Espinosa

2011

February

Reginald W. Bennett

2011

March

Cornelius Bondzi

2011

April

Crystal N. Johnson

2011

May

Donald H. Bouyer

2011

June

Shira Broschat

2011

July

George C. Hill

2011

August

Daryl L. Richie

2011

September

Lee W. Riley

2011

October

Gustavo Arrizabalaga

2011

November

Rosanna ‘Anolani Alegado

2011

December

Helena Solo-Gabriele

2012

January

Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz

2012

February

Welton I. Taylor

2012

March

Lydia V. Rump

2012

April

Kenneth V. Ralston

2012

May

Mary D. Ari

2012

June

Donald J. Alcendor

2012

July

Melinda M. Pettigrew

2012

August

Peter Kima

2012

September

John P. Nkengasong

2012

October

Eugene Cota-Robles

2012

November

Megan R. Kiedrowski

2012

December

Crystal N. Johnson

2013

January

De’Broski R. Herbert

2013

February

William G. Coleman

2013

March

Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos

2013

April

Luis R. Martinez

2013

May

Michele Nishiguchi

2013

June

Natasha DeLeon-Rodriguez

2013

July

José de la Fuente

2013

August

Astrid E. Cardona

2013

September

James W. Lillard

2013

October

Victor Torres

2013

November

Gilbert H. John

2013

December

Jake Bailey

2014

January

Rebecca Sosa

2014

February

Charles D. Howell

2014

March

Maria Carolina Ferreira

2014

April

Julian G. Hurdle

2014

May

Alfredo Torres

2014

June

Carlos Javier Orihuela

2014

July

Maria E. Cardenas

2014

August

Sabriya Stukes

2014

September

Floyd L. Wormley Jr

2014

October

Lorena Navarro

2014

November

Darrin R. Akins

2014

December

Tamika Payne

2015

January

n/a

2015

February

James E.K. Hildreth

2015

March

Jose Lopez-Ribot

2015

April

Kristine M. Garza

2015

May

Nadine Gordon

2015

June

Andrea M. Rocha

2015

July

Thessicar E. Antoine

2015

August

Karyna Rosario

2015

September

Magdia De Jesus

2015

October

Santo Domingo

2015

November

n/a

2015

December

Everett Cosio Salas

2016

January

Emmanuel Adukwu

2016

February

Sophonie Jean

2016

March

Denis Wafula

2016

April

Adrian Lopez Garcia de Lomana, Jacob Valenzuela, and Warren Carter

2016

May

Gustavo A. Ramírez


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://www.asm.org/index.php/subscriptions2, 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., associate 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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