Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - October 2016

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • ABRCMS Preliminary Program Now Available
  • ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Online Course
  • ASM Grant Writing Online Course
  • Improve your microbiology students’ quantitative skills with ASM M(icro)OOCs!
  • Develop Your Science Teaching Skills with ASM’s Online Course – Apply Today!
  • 2017 ASM Biothreats: Research, Response and Policy
  • 33rd Clinical Virology Symposium
  • ASM Microbe 2017
  • ASM Microbe 2016 Session Recordings
  • Upcoming ASM Conferences
  • ASM Conference on Antibacterial Development
  • ASM Conference on Mechanisms on Interbacterial Cooperation and Competition
  • ASM Conference on Innovative Microbial Ecology for Mitigation of Antibiotic Resistance and Bacterial Diseases
  • Academy Fellowship: Call for Nominations

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • Partnerships for Development of Vaccines to Prevent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection and/or Tuberculosis Disease (R01)
  • Collaborative Consortia for the Study of HIV-Associated Cancers: U.S. and Low-and Middle-Income Country Partnerships (U54)
  • Model Continuums of Care Initiative (MCCI) for Women and Girls at Risk and Living With HIV/AIDS and Harmful Alcohol and Associated Comorbidities Planning Cooperative Agreement (U34)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)
  • Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • Assistant Professor of Immunology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Graduate study in microbial ecology at Baylor University
  • Ph.D. or M.S. in aquatic microbial biogeochemistry at the University of Kansas
  • PhD Position OSU Entomology, Urban Soil Ecology
  • PhD positions - Host-microbe interactions at Cornell University
  • PhD student opportunity in plant-microbe interactions
  • Postdoc in ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of carbon, water and energy in semi-arid
  • Recruiting 3 postdocs and a PhD student for PyOM, microbes, and soils project

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Stephanie Rosales, Ph.D.

ASM ACTIVITIES

ABRCMS Preliminary Program Now AvailableABRCMS
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) has recently released the 2016 Preliminary Program. Attendees will benefit from the special blend of scientific sessions, student presentations, professional development opportunities, and more. Take advantage of the $100 discount available to attendees who register prior to October 12. ABRCMS 2016 will explore “Diverse Voices, Diverse Science: A Future of Excellence in STEM Research” on November 9-12 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. See program and speaker updates. ABRCMS is sponsored by NIH award #T36GM073777.

ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Online Course
Learn writing and publishing strategies from ASM journals editors during the Scientific Writing and Publishing Online Course. Led by ASM members who have published widely, reviewed manuscripts, and served on the editorial boards of major journals, this online webinar series provides graduate students, postdoctoral and early to mid-career scientists with didactic training in the writing, publishing, and review process. The seven part series will take place January through April 2017. Registration is accepted on a first come, first serve basis until December 1. Learn more about the Scientific Writing and Publishing Online Course

ASM Grant Writing Online Course
Receive an overview of the NIH and NSF grant process during the 2017 ASM Grant Writing Online Course. This six-part series, taking place from January – March 2017, will cover the basics of the grant process including how to create a powerful biosketch, viewing your grant from the reviewer’s perspective, and tips for writing success grants. Registration is accepted on a first come, first serve basis until December 1. Discount registration is available to ASM members. Learn more about the Grant Writing Online Course

Improve your microbiology students’ quantitative skills with ASM M(icro)OOCs!
Developed by ASM, in partnership with the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project, this four-part webinar course is focused on increasing quantitative biology in undergraduate education. The course is coupled with an online mentoring network, where participants can share and develop curriculum. Each of the four 60-minute webinars will address common issues around teaching quantitative skills and reasoning, ranging from dilutions to graphing to data analysis. The program will run from September to December, 2016 and participants may join at any time with access to recorded sessions in the series. Register for the ASM M(icro)OOCs

Develop Your Science Teaching Skills with ASM’s Online Course – Apply Today!
The ASM Science Teaching Fellows Online Course prepares doctoral-trained individuals for science teaching positions at a variety of non-doctoral institutions. This 5-month, professional development course delivers the skills and knowledge required to succeed in positions with a significant teaching component. Participants will learn the best practices in curriculum development, student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement for scientific teaching. They will also be part of an online community with exclusive access to interactive webinars, readings and skill-building activities presented by experts in the field. The course runs from December 2016 to April 2017. The application deadline is November 2, 2016. Apply for the Science Teaching Fellows Online Course

2017 ASM Biothreats: Research, Response and Policy
February 6–8, 2017 | Washington, DC
This premier meeting discusses a wide-range of biological threats and emerging infectious diseases to stimulate knowledge-sharing amongst stakeholders in academia, industry and government; and to help the overlapping communities prepare for, mitigate, and prevent these global threats. Submit your abstract before October 27, 2016!

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. Abstract submission opens on October 19, 2016!  Don’t miss the opportunity to present your cutting-edge research and recent discoveries at this leading event.

ASM Microbe 2017
June 1–5, 2017 | New Orleans, Louisiana
This unmatched event showcases the best microbial sciences in the world, and provides a one-of-a-kind forum to explore the complete spectrum of microbiology from basic science to translation and application. Stay tuned!  Abstract submission opens on November 1, 2016.

ASM Microbe 2016 Session Recordings
Recordings from ASM Microbe 2016 sessions can still be accessed via ASM Events online. Select the tracks that are of most interest to you or purchase the full package. Purchase your session recordings here.

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

ASM Conference on Antibacterial Development
December 11–14, 2016 | Washington, DC
Early bird registration deadline: November 3, 2016

ASM Conference on Mechanisms on Interbacterial Cooperation and Competition
March 1–4, 2017 ǀ Washington, DC
Abstract submission opens: September 29, 2016
Online registration opens: September 29, 2016
Abstract submission deadline: December 5, 2016     

ASM Conference on Innovative Microbial Ecology for Mitigation of Antibiotic Resistance and Bacterial Diseases
March 22–25, 2017 | Crystal City, VA

Abstract submission opens: October 20, 2016
Online registration opens: October 20, 2016
Abstract submission deadline: January 12, 2017

Save the dates for more 2017 ASM Conferences!

Academy Fellowship: Call for Nominations
The American Academy of Microbiology annually elects Fellows in recognition of their scientific excellence, orig­inality, leadership, and high ethical standards, as well as scholarly and creative achievement. Nominations for the 2017 Election to Fellowship are now open.

Qualifications for Fellowship are:

  • An earned doctoral degree
  • Senior professional standing recognized at the national or international level
  • Outstanding and original contributions to the field of microbiology

For more information about Fellowship nomination, please visit: http://academy.asm.org/index.php/nomi­nation-and-election/instructions-for-nomination

Nominations are due: November 1st


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

Partnerships for Development of Vaccines to Prevent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection and/or Tuberculosis Disease (R01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit research applications for milestone-driven projects focused on establishing proof-of-concept for and/or preclinical development of lead candidate vaccines targeting infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and/or tuberculosis disease (TB).   The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) supports extramural research focused on understanding, controlling and preventing diseases caused by virtually all infectious agents. In response to the threat presented by increasing numbers of infections by multi-drug resistant (MDR) strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the NIAID Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) has established research programs to facilitate development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics targeting mycobacterial diseases. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit research applications for milestone-driven projects focused on establishing proof-of-concept for and/or preclinical development of candidate vaccines targeting infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and/or tuberculosis disease (TB).  Letters of intent are due February 2, 2017, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-16-079.html.

Collaborative Consortia for the Study of HIV-Associated Cancers: U.S. and Low-and Middle-Income Country Partnerships (U54)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund research on HIV-associated cancers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) through collaborative efforts between investigators in United States (U.S.) and investigators in LMICs. The FOA will also support the enhancement of research capacity of LMIC institutions for research in this area. The FOA solicits applications for Specialized Center Cooperative Agreements (U54) for research on HIV-associated cancers from research institutions in the U.S. and LMICs.  Each application is required to propose between two to three research projects that address high-priority questions relevant to both the LMIC and the NIH HIV/AIDS research agenda.  The proposed projects may range, as appropriate, from basic research to translational efforts as well as population and implementation studies. Clinical trials, however, will not be supported.  In addition, the proposed consortium must include two mandatory cores; an Administrative Core and a Career Enhancement Core.  Additional cores such as Shared Resource cores may be included as appropriate for the needs of the projects.  Letters of intent are due October 20, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-16-018.html.

Model Continuums of Care Initiative (MCCI) for Women and Girls at Risk and Living With HIV/AIDS and Harmful Alcohol and Associated Comorbidities Planning Cooperative Agreement (U34)
The purpose of the Model Continuums of Care Initiative (MCCI) for Women and Girls at Risk and Living with HIV/AIDS and Harmful Alcohol and Associated Comorbidities Initiative is to promote the development and evaluation of integrated multilevel interventions to reduce alcohol consumption as a key approach to preventing new infections and enhancing treatment adherence in communities in the U.S. where racial and ethnic minority women bear a disproportionate share of the HIV/AIDS disease burden. Using the U34 Planning Cooperative Agreement mechanism and a community-based participatory research approach, MCCI will support implementation and operations research to:  1) Improve screening and early engagement in care; 2) Enhance retention in care; 3) Improve medication adherence; and 4) Address the role of alcohol in the adoption of female-controlled HIV prevention strategies as they become available for implementation (i.e., microbicides, PrEP). Results of this research will provide the evidence base for the development of more effective systems of care for women and girls at risk and living with HIV, including pregnant mothers who engage in risky drinking and other substance use.  Letters of intent are due November 2, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AA-17-013.html.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.  Full proposals are due beginning October 23, 2016, and more information is available at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16588/nsf16588.htm.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)
The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site. For FY 2015 and beyond, these BIO programs are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology, (2) Research Using Biological Collections, and (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.These areas change periodically as new scientific and infrastructure opportunities present themselves. For this reason, this solicitation will be changed as necessary to reflect the areas being funded.  Full proposals are due November 1, 2016, and more information is available at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15501/nsf15501.htm.

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated Research Projects (MCB)

The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports quantitative, predictive, and theory-driven fundamental research and related activities designed to promote understanding of complex living systems at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels. MCB is soliciting proposals for hypothesis-driven and discovery research and related activities in four core clusters:

  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Cellular Dynamics and Function
  • Genetic Mechanisms
  • Systems and Synthetic Biology

MCB gives high priority to research projects that use theory, methods, and technologies from physical sciences, mathematics, computational sciences, and engineering to address major biological questions.  Research supported by MCB uses a range of experimental approaches--including in vivo, in vitro and in silico strategies--and a broad spectrum of model and non-model organisms, especially microbes and plants. Typical research supported by MCB integrates theory and experimentation.  Projects that address the emerging areas of multi-scale integration, molecular and cellular evolution, quantitative prediction of phenome from genomic information, and development of methods and resources are particularly welcome. Highest funding priority is given to applications that have outstanding intellectual merit and strong broader impacts. Proposals that include research motivated by relevance to human health or address the molecular basis of human diseases and treatment are not appropriate for the Division and will be returned without review.  Full proposals are due November 15, 2016, and more information is available at https://www.nsf.gov/mobile/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503626&org=NSF&from=home.


ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

Assistant Professor of Immunology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin–Madison is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of immunology.  The applicant will be expected to develop a strong research program addressing mechanisms of innate or adaptive immunity in health or diseases of animals/humans. Exceptional candidates for early-stage Associate Professor may also be considered. Minimum requirements include a PhD, 2 years of postdoctoral or equivalent experience in a relevant field, and evidence of potential for developing a nationally recognized research program. A DVM (or equivalent) is preferred, but not required.

There are excellent opportunities for the new faculty to complement the existing strengths in infectious disease, pathology, oncology, and translational research in the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Global Health Institute, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

In addition to developing a strong extramurally funded research program, the successful individual is expected to make significant contributions to our professional, undergraduate, and/or graduate teaching programs and provide opportunities for research training in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program. Participation in departmental and university service and commitment to fostering a diverse academic environment are expected. Salary and start-up packages will be commensurate with the rank and experience of the selected individual.

The Department is one of four within the School of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/) and consists of 24 faculty members with expertise in infectious diseases (immunology, parasitology, vector biology, bacteriology, virology, epidemiology, and public health) and comparative pathology (anatomical and clinical). Faculty within the School participate in training graduate students in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences and other campus graduate programs. They also serve as trainers on a variety of NIH training grants administered through the School or other units on campus. The UW-Madison has a long tradition of excellence in research and graduate training. Annual research expenditures totaled more than $1.0 billion ranking UW-Madison as third in the nation for volume of research. The campus culture of collaboration and collegiality and the pleasant lifestyle offered by Madison, WI provide an outstanding environment in which to embark on an academic career.

Interested applicants must apply for PVL #87703 via the university web site

http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/Weblisting/External/index.aspx. The application should include: 1) a cover letter, including a description of your vision for your research program at University of Wisconsin-Madison and your teaching interests, and 2) a complete Curriculum Vitae. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference emailed to pbs-admin@vetmed.wisc.edu. For full consideration, application materials

should be received by October 15, 2016. For more information, please visit the departmental website at: http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/departments/pathobiological-sciences/.

For specific questions regarding this position contact:

Dr. M. Suresh, Search Committee Chair
Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Tel: 608-265-9791
Email: sureshm@vetmed.wisc.edu

The University of Wisconsin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants, especially women and underrepresented minority candidates, are encouraged to apply.

Graduate study in microbial ecology at Baylor University
The Microbial Ecology Lab (http://blogs.baylor.edu/sanghoonkang/) at Baylor University is seeking applicants for one or two PhD graduate assistantships starting Fall 2017. Research in my lab focuses on the diversity and dynamics of microbiome along with the environmental gradients such as biogeochemical parameters, anthropogenic perturbation (climate change, antimicrobial agents etc) and spatial distribution. Research in my lab will involve field work (sampling and survey), lab work (genomic, transcriptomic and geochemical analyses) and computational work (multivariate statistics, geostatistics and statistical modeling). The student will have flexibility to explore questions that fall within the broad framework. The student is expected to have strong interests in ecology, microbiology, biogeochemistry and statistics. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other members of the lab. An MS degree in biology, ecology, microbiology, or related field is preferred, though applicants without an MS degree, but with relevant research experience, will be considered. We offer a very competitive stipend with health insurance coverage and a full tuition waiver. Baylor affords outstanding research and teaching facilities. The Aquatic Ecology Lab is housed in the 500,000 sq. ft Baylor Sciences Building and recently moved into new expansion space to accommodate growth of the lab. Student offices are situated adjacent to the lab and other aquatic teaching and research labs, most notably the Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research (http://www.baylor.edu/crasr), an analytical laboratory supporting a suite of water, soil, and tissue chemical analyses. A stable-isotope mass spectrometer lab is also down just down the hall, one of several multi-user shared facilities offering state-of-the-art instrumentation. Off campus, the 180-acre Lake Waco Wetlands (http://www.lakewacowetlands.com) supports our new Baylor Experimental Aquatic Research (BEAR) outdoor stream facility (http://www.baylor.edu/aquaticlab/index.php?id=869250), one of the largest and most realistic experimental stream facilities in North America. Please review additional departmental admission guidelines for more information (http://www.baylor.edu/biology/index.php?id=68418). If interested, please contact me with your research interests and CV at Sanghoon_Kang@baylor.edu.   

Ph.D. or M.S. in aquatic microbial biogeochemistry at the University of Kansas
The Burgin Lab at the University of Kansas is seeking applicants for M.S. and Ph.D. students (to start in Fall 2017) focused on exploring the intersection between aquatic biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. More details on current lab projects can be found at the lab website: https://burginlab.wordpress.com/ Successful applicants will describe previous research experience in aquatic or ecosystem ecology, field work or lab chemistry analyses. Applicants should also demonstrate previous writing and data analysis experience. Experience with managing undergraduate researchers, large datasets (e.g., generated by sensors) or working as part of a collaborative team are a plus. Students will apply through KU’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (https://eeb.ku.edu/prospective-students). Students will be funded on a combination of grants and teaching support; EEB provides 10 semesters (Ph.D.) or 4 semesters (M.S.) of support on admission to the department (https://eeb.ku.edu/financial-support). Tuition and travel support are also generally available to admitted EEB students. Answers to frequently asked questions about financial support, requirements and life in Lawrence can be found here: https://eeb.ku.edu/faq. Lawrence consistently ranks as a top college town due to the combination of great arts and entertainment options, eclectic small-town shopping and excellent dining. Prior to applying, please contact Amy Burgin (burginam@ku.edu) with your C.V. and a brief note on your interests in getting a graduate degree (more details here: https://burginlab.wordpress.com/prospectivestudents/). Details on how to apply to the department are here: https://eeb.ku.edu/how-apply. The completed application includes: the university form, C.V., Graduate Interest Statement, 3 Letters of Recommendation, GRE scores and proof of English proficiency (for non-native speakers). The deadline for applications is 1 December 2016.

Ph.D. Position OSU Entomology, Urban Soil Ecology
A graduate research opportunity is available to study how a legacy industrial urbanization has influenced soil capacity to provide ecosystem services, with a focus on those needed to sustain urban agriculture. The selected PhD student will conduct field and laboratory research to measure biological, chemical, and physical facets of soil quality. The project will compare soils from urban vacant lots, urban farms, parks, and rural organic farms. The student could select to evaluate soils from these habitats for microbial community structure, invertebrates, metabolites, mineral and heavy metal levels, as well as predation activity and promotion of plant health and resistance. Interested applicants should contact project PI's for more information about the project and The Ohio State University graduate student application process. Project PI’s: P. Larry Phelan (phelan.2@osu.edu) and Mary M. Gardiner (gardiner.29@osu.edu). Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University (http://entomology.osu.edu/) The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer.

Ph.D. positions - Host-microbe interactions at Cornell University
The Hendry lab at Cornell University is recruiting Ph.D. students to study host-microbe interactions. Specific research projects are flexible and dependent on the student’s interest. The Hendry lab uses comparative genomics, molecular evolutionary analysis, and ecological studies to understand bacteria-host interactions in a variety of systems. Much of the current work in the lab is focused on the interaction of the plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae and hemipteran insects such as aphids. P. syringae is a common plant-associated bacterium and is also frequently found in numerous other habitats such as in precipitation and lakes and rivers. In addition to occupying diverse environmental niches, these bacteria can infect and kill a number of hemipteran insects. We are interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying this interaction, as well as the evolutionary and ecological outcomes for both the bacteria and insects, and the ecological and population dynamics of these partners in complex interspecific interactions and across habitats. Other ongoing projects include understanding genome reduction and the evolution of obligate host dependence in the luminous symbionts of marine fish, and investigating transmission and function of insect microbiomes. For more information, see the lab website (https://micro.cornell.edu/people/tory-hendry). The lab is located in the Department of Microbiology and interacts with researchers across Cornell, particularly those working on symbiosis, insect-microbe interactions, and plant-pathogen interactions. Cornell has a vibrant and diverse community of researchers in the biological sciences, with particular strengths in microbiology, insect-microbe and insect-plant interactions, and host-microbe interactions more generally. Interested applicants can consider applying to the lab through the graduate fields of Microbiology (https://micro.cornell.edu/academics/graduate) or Entomology (https://entomology.cals.cornell.edu/graduate). Please email Dr. Hendry (th572@cornell.edu) for more information or to discuss research ideas!

Ph.D. student opportunity in plant-microbe interactions
The Farrer lab at Tulane University is recruiting Ph.D. students to study plant-microbe interactions, invasive species, and global change. Specific research projects are flexible and dependent on the student’s interest. The Farrer lab examines the interactions that structure plant and microbial communities in space and time, and how global change alters these interactions with consequences for biodiversity and ecosystem function. We work in wetlands, grasslands, and alpine ecosystems. Current work in the lab is focused on understanding how microbes are key intermediaries in how plants respond to climate change. Climate change alters microbial communities, shifting abundances of mutualistic and parasitic microbial taxa, which can influence plant composition and diversity. The lab is starting up work in coastal wetlands, investigating how saltwater intrusion and sea level rise will influence communities in the Gulf Coast. For more information, see the lab website: https://emilyfarrer.wordpress.com/ Support is available from a combination of Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships, and students are encouraged to apply for their own fellowships through NSF or other agencies. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has two fellowships available for students from underrepresented minorities and any such applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a proven capacity for writing and communication, excellent interpersonal skills, and strong quantitative skills (e.g. statistics, bioinformatics). A BS or MS degree in ecology, microbiology, or a related field is also preferred. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, GPA and GRE scores, and the names and contact info for three references to Dr. Emily Farrer (efarrer@tulane.edu) as well as apply to the degree program (http://tulane.edu/sse/eebio/academics/graduate/apply.cfm). **Applications are due January 15, 2017**

Postdoc in ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of carbon, water and energy in semi-arid ecosystems
We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join a collaborative team from UNM, conducting research on ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of carbon, water and energy in semi-arid ecosystems. Our group operates a network of nine eddy covariance flux towers sites distributed across a 1500 m elevation gradient in New Mexico that monitor ecosystem-atmosphere fluxes and associated plant physiological and microbial processes. We encourage individuals with a record of experience and research productivity in one or more of the following areas to apply: (i) EC flux tower or other land-surface flux datasets; (ii) physiological, ecosystem, ecohydrology and/or landscape ecology with an emphasis on analyzing large datasets; (iii) ecosystem modeling with emphasis on land surface models such as the Community Land Model. This position is available for one year initially, with potential to renew annually for 3 years based on performance. This position requires an interest in exploring how fluxes in these rapidly changing biomes are responding to disturbance and climate change, a Ph.D in plant physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, biometeorology, biogeochemistry, or related field, demonstrated programming expertise in Matlab and/or R, successful publication record and excellent written and oral communication skills. The University of New Mexico is an equal-opportunity employer and we encourage underrepresented applicants. The salary is highly competitive and health care benefits are excellent. Please send a cover letter with qualifications and research interests, CV, and contact information of three references by email to Dr. Marcy Litvak (mlitvak@unm.edu). Position is available beginning September 15, 2016 and is open until filled.

Recruiting 3 postdocs and a Ph.D. student for PyOM, microbes, and soils project
Recruiting: Three postdoctoral researchers and one Ph.D. student Project: Systems biology enabled research on the roles of microbial communities in carbon cycle processes – Determination of the roles of pyrophilous microbes in the breakdown and stabilization of pyrolyzed forms of soil organic matter Institutions: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dr. Thea Whitman), University of California- Berkeley (Dr. Matthew Traxler and Dr. Tom Bruns), and Joint Genome Institute (Dr. Igor Grigoriev) We are recruiting one Ph.D. student (UW-Madison) and three postdoctoral researchers (UWMadison, UC-Berkeley, and the JGI) to work on a DOE-funded multi-institutional project investigating the role of microbes in post-fire soil organic matter (SOM) dynamics. Post-fire soil systems have fundamental direct and indirect effects on global C storage. For example, fires result in the transformation of a large pool of C, which persists as dead and partially pyrolyzed material with long residence times and constitutes a significant C pool in fire-prone ecosystems. In addition, fire-induced hydrophobic soil layers, caused by condensation of pyrolyzed waxes and lipids, may increase post-fire erosion and lead to long-term productivity losses. Soil microbes are likely responsible for the cycling of all of these compounds, yet little is currently known about the organisms or metabolic processes involved. Successful candidates will join a dynamic team of researchers to use a systems biology approach, coupling small experimental “pyrocosms”, highly controlled production of 13C-labeled pyrolyzed substrates, fungal isolates, genomics, transcriptomics, stable isotope probing of nucleic acids, gas flux analyses, and mass spectrometry to dissect the effects of microbes on post-fire SOM dynamics. For one postdoctoral researcher position and the Ph.D. student (Whitman lab, UW-Madison), the ideal candidates will have expertise and interest in the following areas: microbiology and soil science, stable isotope probing of DNA, culturing, bioinformatics, microbial community ecology, soil carbon cycling or pyrogenic organic matter cycling, soil incubation studies, and gas flux tracing using stable isotopes. For the second postdoctoral researcher position (Traxler lab, UC-Berkeley), the ideal candidate will have expertise and interest in metabolomics, high-resolution mass spectrometry, and HPLC. 2 Applicants with experience analyzing soil or other high-complexity sample types will be given extra consideration. For the third postdoctoral researcher position (Grigoriev lab, JGI), the ideal candidate will have interest in fungal genomics and experience with bioinformatics algorithms, data mining, and genomics data analysis, programming experience and familiarity with database systems. Positions could start as soon as September, 2016. If you are interested in this project, please contact us at twhitman@wisc.edu, mtrax@berkeley.edu, or ivgrigoriev@lbl.gov, sending a statement of interest and your cv. We will be happy to meet with potential candidates at ISME in Montreal or MSA in Berkeley this August, or will invite applicants for in-person interviews.


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS - Stephanie Rosales, Ph.D.

Rosales OSU photo

Stephanie Rosales is a Ph.D. candidate and a National Science Foundation (NSF) fellow at Oregon State University (OSU), Department of Microbiology.  For her undergraduate, she began her studies at Miami- Dade college and later transferred to Florida International University (FIU).  In FIU she majored in marine biology and conducted research in a coral reef microbiology lab.  Here she learned to isolate and study predatory bacteria in coral reefs, that later led to a publication in ISMEJ, titled, “Bacterial predation in a marine host-associated microbiome.”  Working in this lab, she soon discovered her passion for conducting research to understand microbes in marine systems.  At FIU she won numerous awards including the SMART grant, an Academic Achievement Award, and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

In graduate school, she continued to work in marine systems and microbiology at OSU. She was interested in looking at pathogens and physiological diseases of marine mammals. In a recent study, Stephanie and her co-author, aimed to understand the cause of death of seven neonatal harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) that died from a brain disease with an unknown cause of death (UCD).  In addition, due to the inability to obtain conventional control samples, the authors compared UCD samples to four neonatal harbor seals with a known Phocine herpesvirus-1 (PhHV-1) brain infection.  In this study, they used high-throughput sequencing (HTS) technology and transcriptomics analysis to evaluate the gene expression of these two disease states.  The results showed that UCD harbor seals had a significant upregulation of fatty acid metabolic genes in their brain tissue and it is speculated that these young animals died from a fatty acid metabolic problem.  In addition, the authors demonstrate that PhHV-1 promotes similar host responses to a human herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) infection, however, there is still much variation between human and harbor seal responses to herpesvirus.  This study is available in PeerJ preprints, titled, “Brain transcriptomes of harbor seals demonstrate gene expression patterns of animals undergoing a metabolic disease and a viral infection” and provides new insights into marine mammal diseases that may aid in the health and protection of these animals.


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.

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