History Articles in MICROBE

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In 1935 the Society of American Bacteriologists (now the American Society for Microbiology or ASM) began publishing a newsletter, which was designed to convey to members information of interest about Society affairs.  Occasional feature items were also included in the early issues, but it was in 1972 that a decision was made to offer a non-member subscription rate and to make the (now monthly) publication more attractive to non-members by expanding both the feature and book review sections.  Since then, ASM News (renamed MICROBE in 2006) has included numerous articles of historical interest. 

 

See below for links to recent history-related MICROBE articles.  To access older articles, contact the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) Archivist at jkarr@asmusa.org.

 

For convenience, articles are categorized as follows:

 

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GENERAL HISTORY-RELATED ARTICLES IN MICROBE (formerly ASM News): 

 

(Listed by Date of Publication) 

 

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2014

May 2014:

The Soviet Biological Warfare Program and Its Uncertain Legacy (by Raymond A. Zilinskas)

Past Soviet secrecy when linked with a promise by Putin raise nagging questions about Russian BW-related intentions.   

 

February 2014:

A Brief History of the Howard University Department of Microbiology (by Marian Johnson-Thompson and Sterling M. Lloyd, Jr.)

Bacteriology was taught at Howard Medical School beginning in 1892, given departmental status in 1910, and broadened to microbiology in 1958.   

 

2013

May 2013:

Our Society One Hundred Years Ago—the Presidential Address by C.-E. Winslow (by James A. Poupard)

Charles-Edward Amory Winslow, of Yale University and President of the Society of American Bacteriologists (SAB), presented his Presidential Lecture at the 1913 General Meeting in Montreal. The title of his talk was “The Characterization and Classifıcation of Bacterial Types.”   

 

March 2013:

The Earliest American Books on General Bacteriology: 1880 to 1892 (by James A. Poupard and Jeff Karr)

A growing interest in microbiology led to a distinctive surge in American books on general bacteriology published during the late 19th Century.   

 

2012

December 2012:

A Quarter-Century of Indo-U.S. Vaccine Research Collaboration (by Edward McSweegan)

Working through informal channels 25 years ago, officials built a bilateral vaccine program that continues to support solid research in this field.     

 

2011

December 2011:

Historical Use of Cover Slips for Staining Bacterial Specimens (by James A. Poupard and Jeff Karr)

Early American bacteriologists persisted in using a cumbersome method, reluctant to break ranks with their European counterparts.     

 

To access older articles, contact the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) at jkarr@asmusa.org

 

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