Announcing the 2013 ASM Ambassador of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Nagi AL-Haj of Sana’a University, Yemen, the 2013 ASM Ambassador of the Year. Each year, as the Ambassador Program grows in size and impact, the review committee’s task of selecting one individual for this prestigious award becomes increasingly difficult. However, AL-Haj’s contributions to his country, ASM and the global scientific community in general have been truly remarkable.  

In 2011, ASM had zero members in Yemen. All of this changed, with the appointment of Dr. AL-Haj as ASM Ambassador to Yemen. Within 6 months, through a series of innovative outreach activities, AL-Haj had developed Yemen’s first practical network of microbiology-related scientists by recruiting 200+ ASM members from all provinces in the country; some of the most isolated and remote scientists in the world. In addition, as a result of AL-Haj’s in-country leadership, ASM has secured multi-year funding to provide professional development workshops and establish ASM BioResource Centers in Yemen. Perhaps more than any other ASM member, AL-Haj demonstrates the power and potential of science diplomacy, as well as the sustainable impact scientific societies like ASM can have.  

Dr. AL-Haj was recognized as the 2013 ASM Ambassador of the Year during the International Reception at the ASM General Meeting, Denver, CO. 

Global Video Challenge: Technical Specifications

Recommended Video Formats:

  • .wmv, .avi, .mov, and .mpg file formats.  Most digital cameras, camcorders, and cell phones film in these formats.
  • When you are shooting, try to keep your screen size at its highest: 1920x1080 or 1280x720.
  • Keep graphics and your main content/subject on the center of the screen.
  • Save an original master copy of your video on a data DVD - if you're a winner, we'll need this original file from you.





Global Video Challenge Submission Form

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Global Challenge! Tips and Resources

FREE Video-Making Resources

Need suggestions on how to make a video? Check out these "how-to" resources from YouTube, and WikiHow,


  • MovieMaker – PC
    Windows Live Movie Maker (for Windows 7) gives you the tools to create, edit and share home movies. Learn more
  • iMovie – Mac 
    iMovie is a video editing software application which allows Mac users to edit their own home movies. Learn more


If you use music, it must be original, royalty-free or you must have written permission for use. 

  • Creative Commons: Search engines through which you can look for work that is licensed for re-use.  Learn More
  • Wikipedia compiled list of royalty free music sources, Learn More
  • Audacity® is a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Learn more
  • Free Sound Effects – Learning Space dedicated to the art of film sound design
    Learn more


  • Free Images at
    You can search for royalty-free images on (check the box that says "Creative Commons" in the advanced search and the results will give you photos that are freely shared by photographers).  Learn more


Global Video Challenge



Calling All Scientists! Show Us Your Science!


How is your microbiology improving the world?  Show us in a short video and you could win big! 

The winner will receive a cash prize and present his or her video at ASM's General Meeting.


ASM is asking our members to create a 30-90 second video that illustrates the impact of their science on the world.  Members both in the U.S. and around the world can participate!  Explore the theme "How is my microbiology making the world a better place" from any perspective - personally, professionally, in your country, in the global community.  


So grab your camera (or cell phone) and go! 


Extended Deadline: January 27, 2014

Length: 30-90 seconds

Subject: Illustrate the impact of your science on the world


ASM 2014 General Meeting registration and cash award

  • First place: $500
  • Second place: $250
  • Third place: $100


Your video will be judged on:

  • How well you use the key theme of the contest to explore the diverse and exciting field of microbiology
  • How well you use creativity to grab attention and make a point
  • Quality of the video (the audio and visuals are clear)


How to submit:

  • Create your video and upload to your personal YouTube account.
  • Submit your video to MicrobeWorld and tag it with "GVC" (Instructional video below)

    (If you don't have a MicrobeWorld account, register by clicking "Join" in the top left. Once you are registered click "submit" to add your video. Don't forget to use the tag "GVC" )

  • Fill out the application form (link below)
  • Submission must be received by January 27, 2014.

  • *Alternatively, you may also mail a DVD or USB Stick with your video file to: 

American Society for Microbiology
Attn: Global Video Challenge
1752 N St, NW, Washington DC 20036

Have questions? Email







[1] Please note that ASM is not responsible for any expenses associated with sending any contest materials by mail.