Academy Mission Statement
The Academy's mission is to recognize scientific excellence and to foster knowledge and understanding in the microbiological sciences.
The American Academy of Microbiology (Academy) is an honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) that acts under its own set of bylaws. The Academy recognizes scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provides microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. The Academy is composed of scientists, known as Fellows, who are elected to Academy membership for having demonstrated scientific excellence, originality, and leadership, and for having achieved distinction and peer recognition in their areas of specialization
The Academy's ongoing activities include:
• Recognizing scientific merit by election to Fellowship.
• Administering awards of the highest quality and recognizing excellent in microbiology and professional service.
Information and Education
• Convening colloquia, panels, symposia, roundtables, meetings, and publishing newsletters.
• Developing colloquia reports that provide expert scientific opinion.
• Developing outreach programs to disseminate information about colloquia reports.
• Developing press releases on scientists elected to Fellowship, presented with awards, and certified through the American College of Microbiology.
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• Developing certification examinations recognized as the gold standard in the industry.
• Setting training standards that are of the highest quality to respond to the needs of the public health community.
Academy’s Current Posture
The Academy's current constituencies include the international community of microbiologists; the American Society for Microbiology (ASM); other scientific and professional societies that interact with microbiologists; Academy Fellows; government agencies in the U.S. and abroad; business, industry, and employers of microbiologists; students and the educational community; the media and science writers; other academies and organizations; and the general public.
During the past 10 years, the Academy has strengthened its membership by attracting scientific leaders from a range of microbiology disciplines. The Academy has begun to play a more proactive role as an advocate for microbiology and a definer of socially relevant scientific issues in microbiology, by expanding its colloquia subject areas.
The Academy and ASM have done a good job defining the Academy’s special niche within the Society. ASM's realm is journals, books, monographs, meetings, workshops, roundtables, setting general ethical standards, maintenance of open membership for all who are interested, and serving as a broad advocacy group for microbiology. The Academy's arena, on the other hand, includes colloquia; roundtables; awards; leadership by example in ethical standards; upholding high standards for its elected membership; and recognition of scientific and professional excellence. 3
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1. Continue to elevate knowledge about and prestige of the Academy.
Objective 1.1. Develop a flyer or other outreach program specifically for postdoctoral Fellows to learn about the Academy and to aspire to being elected.
Objective 1.2. Enhance recognition of newly-elected Fellows by adding photos to the board of names at the ASM General Meeting.
Objective 1.3. Investigate website redesign to add photos of Fellows and statements of their scientific interests.
Objective 1.4. Develop News and Views as a web-based newsletter, with broader appeal and accessibility. Post on web in both PDF and text-only formats.
Objective 1.5. Continue to enhance the content of News and Views to serve Academy Fellows and others interested in the Academy.
Goal 2. Enhance the colloquia program to become more proactive in the science.
Objective 2.1. Develop a Committee on Colloquia with responsibility for defining criteria for selecting topics, vetting suggested topics, and recommending topics to the Board of Governors.
Objective 2.2. Develop criteria for new, smaller panels to deliberate on cutting edge scientific topics.
Objective 2.3. Reach out to ASM division chairs on an annual basis for suggestions for colloquia topics.
Objective 2.4. Solicit contacts at federal agencies for ideas for future colloquia.
Objective 2.5. Develop and enhance partnerships with foundations.
Objective 2.6. Ensure more AAM Fellows participate in colloquia program.
Objective 2.7. Develop web-based form for suggesting topics for colloquia.
Objective 2.8. Develop more robust program to collect data on how colloquia reports are used, as well as web trends. Follow up on outreach efforts, and present data annually to board. 4
Objective 2.9. Develop more supplementary information on website relating to colloquia reports, e.g., additional resources for more information on topic, study questions for students
Goal 3. Develop mechanisms for increasing the membership of the Academy.
Objective 3.1. Focus efforts on ensuring appropriate scientists are nominated to the Academy.
Objective 3.2. Charge the AAM Committee on Diversity with proactively seeking qualified underrepresented nominees, including minorities and women, for the Academy.
Objective 3.3. Revise AAM nominations database to collect data on male/female nominees, as well as underrepresented minority nominees. These data will be presented to the board at the annual business meeting.
Objective 3.4. Utilize News and Views to solicit nominations for the AAM.
Objective 3.5. Revise AAM nomination form to collect data on gender, underrepresented minorities, and a section on awards and service.
Goal 4. Develop new communications vehicles to Fellows and others interested in the Academy.
Objective 4.1. Develop opt-in mechanism for ASM members who are not Academy Fellows to receive announcements when new newsletters are published.
Objective 4.2. Develop several emails each year, rather than a series of shorter ones, to AAM Fellows on issues of importance, e.g., colloquia reports, award recipients, new Fellows.
Goal 5. Ensure that the awards program remains recognized as the most prestigious awards program in the microbiological sciences and is perceived as a catalyst and predictor of excellence.
Objective 5.1. Continue to proactively negotiate corporate sponsorship of awards.
Objective 5.2. Devise new mechanisms to increase the visibility of the awards program, including broader distribution of the call for nominations, 5
increased General Meeting publicity, and post-award publicity. Track success of these efforts.
Objective 5.3. Increase the number of nominations for awards.
Objective 5.4. Reassess the Academy taking responsibility for ensuring that appropriate microbiologists are nominated for national and international awards.