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“Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives” offers an intriguing, anecdotal assessment of food and waterborne illnesses “from farm to fork.” It examines how modern technology and traditional views about food safety and food handling can affect consumer safety and it concludes that the responsibility of a safe food supply lies with a variety of people, including regulators, food producers, food handlers, and consumers. Readers will become familiar with the history and causes behind many well-known outbreaks from cholera to E. coli O157:H7 to mad cow disease.

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“New Processing Method May Inactivate Norovirus in Foods”
D.H. Kingsley, D.R. Holliman, K.R. Calci, H. Chen, G.J. Flick. 2007. Inactivation of a norovirus by high-pressure processing. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73. 2: 581-585
 
“New Method May Help Identify Bacteria that Causes Severe Dental Decay in Early Childhood”
Y. Li, Y. Ge, D. Saxena, P.W. Caufield. 2006. Genetic profiling of the oral microbiota associated with severe early-childhood caries. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 45. 1: 81-87
 
“Respiratory Infection May be Contracted Through the Eye”
V. Bitko, A. Musiyenko, S. Barik. 2006. Viral infection of the lungs through the eye. Journal of Virology, 81. 2: 783-790
 
International Fellowship and Professorship Programs for Asia and Africa
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The ASM International Fellowship and Professorship Programs encourage research and training collaborations in the microbiological sciences internationally. The fellowship program enables a promising young investigator from Asia or Africa who is within five years of obtaining, or in the process of obtaining, his/her Masters, Ph.D., or other equivalent academic degree, working in any of the microbiology disciplines, to visit a host scientist in the US or Canada. The professorship program enables an ASM member who is scientifically recognized for his/her area to teach a hands-on, highly interactive short course on a single topic in the microbiological sciences. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2007.

The American College of Microbiology’s Strategic Plan, 2006-2009

The American College of Microbiology’s Strategic Plan for 2006-2009 was recently released. The plan details the mission, vision for the future, goals, and objectives for the College.

 

ASM Scholars in Residence Program
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The 2006-07 ASM Scholars in Residence Program is a year-long program, beginning July 18-21, for advancing scholarly teaching in microbiology. Scholars will be chosen through a competitive evaluation and selection process. The application deadline is February 1, 2007. 

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