Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - May 2012


CMIIM PUBLISHES FIRST EVER LIST OF MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS (CLMM)

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • asm2012
  • ICAAC 2012
  • ASM Conferences
  • ASM Approved to Provide P.A.C.E.® CEs
  • Recognize Excellence with ASM Awards
  • New From ASM Press

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • Pre-Application for the FY13 NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research (X02, PAR-12-164)
  • Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01, PAR-12-175)
  • FDA FERN Microbiological Cooperative Agreement Continuation Program (U18, RFA-FD-12-018)
  • FY13 NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research (DP1, RFA-DA-13-002)
  • Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB, NSF 11-545)
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia
  • Association on American Indian Affairs: Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Gordon Research Conference (GRC) - Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship
  • 13th RCMI International Symposium on Health Disparities, December 10 -13, 2012 – Call for Abstract, Deadline May 18, 20121

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Mary D. Ari Ph.D., Office of the Associate Director for Science, CDC

 

CIIMM PUBLISHES FIRST EVER LIST OF MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS (CLMM)!

CMIIM List of Minority Microbiologists (CLMM)
The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) List of Minority Microbiologists (CLMM) was developed as a by-product of profiles that were first published in The Minority Microbiology Mentor newsletter (http://www.asm.org/mmm), which was established in 2006 and as a result of the often-asked question, "Where are the minority microbiologists?" 

On multiple occasions a list of this nature has been requested by authorities representing the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, numerous journal editors, and other organizations who also seek to increase the diversity of reviewers, speakers, panelists, applicants, and editors.

This monthly e-newsletter has provided a central means of distributing pertinent information to underrepresented minorities and others 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 recruitment and retention), and scientific articles published by minorities or by minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

The first edition of the CLMM is now available at:  CMIIM List of Minority Microbiologists The aim of the CLMM is to spotlight minority microbiologists in a central and publicly accessible manner.  This represents an initial effort to develop an inclusive listing as possible, and the CLMM is by no means exhaustive.  It must therefore be noted that the CLMM only represents a subsample of the minority microbiologists of the past, present and future.  The next phase of the CLMM will include the grouping of scientists according to eras representing receipt of terminal degrees (e.g., pre-1950, 1950-1959, etc.).  The information herein has either been verified by the respective microbiologist or obtained from the Internet.

It is hoped that the CLMM will continue to grow in the future as the population of minority microbiologists grows.  The CMIIM invites submissions of additional minority microbiologists (complete bios and CV's must accompany all submissions).  Please send these submissions to cmiim@asmusa.org.  

ASM ACTIVITIES

asm2012
112th General Meeting | June 16-19, 2012 | San Francisco, CA

New Session Announced!

Attend asm2012 to participate in this new session that will explore the H5N1 avian influenza research controversy. The session will feature the following speakers who will discuss research, biosafety, biosecurity and USG policy issues related to dual use research of concern.

H5N1 Research Controversy and Dual Use Research Issues

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Developed by the Public and Scientific Affairs Board

Moderators:

Paul S. Keim; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Kenneth I. Berns; University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Speakers:

Nancy Cox; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Lynn W. Enquist; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Yoshi Kawaoka; University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

Dennis Dixon; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD

Michael T. Osterholm; University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN

Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)

For complete details, please visit http://www.asm.org/asm2012

ICAAC 2012
52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
September 9-12, 2012 | San Francisco, CA

Late-Breaker Abstract Submission Opens: June 1, 2012
Travel Grant Application Submission Closes: June 29, 2012
Late-Breaker Abstract Submission Closes: July 30, 2012

Recognized for its acclaimed contributors, attendees and content, ICAAC 2012 brings you late-breaking research and the highest-quality scientific presentations from renowned professionals in the fields of infectious diseases and antimicrobial agents.

Travel Grant Opportunities

ICAAC boasts several travel grant awards for infectious disease fellows and students including:

 

-       ICAAC Infectious Diseases Fellows Grant Program

-       ASM Infectious Disease (ID) Fellow Travel Grant

-       ASM Student and Post-Doctoral Fellow Travel Grant

For complete details, please visit http://www.icaac.org.

ASM Conferences

3rd ASM Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens in Animals, Humans and the Environment
June 26 – 29, 2012 | Aix-en-Provence, France

Discounted Pre-registration Deadline: May 15, 2012
Last Day to Register Online: June 8, 2012

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) remains a major public health concern despite significant progress in understanding the epidemiology of resistance, sources for selection, and the genetic mechanisms involved in both human and animal antimicrobial resistance. The 3rd ASM Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens offers scientists from both backgrounds a unique, integrated platform to discuss these issues. 

6th ASM Conference on Biofilms
September 29 – October 4, 2012 | Miami, Florida

Registration and Housing are Open!

Abstract Deadline: July 9, 2012

Discounted Pre-registration Deadline: August 21, 2012

Housing Deadline: September 8, 2012

Biofilms, or surface-associated microbial communities, have a tremendous impact on industrial, clinical, and natural environments.  The 6th ASM conference on Biofilms will discuss the latest research findings, covering topics that range from diagnosis and study of clinically-relevant biofilms to environmental biofilms.  Additional topics include new technological developments that allow the study of structured communities and contributions made by the fields of nanotechnology and materials science.  The conference will help foster the interdisciplinary discourse that has been the hallmark of this meeting, bringing together researchers from disparate disciplines interested in a common topic.

For more information on conferences go to:  http://conferences.asm.org/.

ASM Approved to Provide P.A.C.E.® CEs
P.A.C.E.®-approved continuing education (CEs) credits are now offered by ASM for its clinical laboratory professional development activities. P.A.C.E.® , professional acknowledgement for continuing education, was created in 1977. It is sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and was designed specifically for clinical laboratory professionals.

Beginning in March 2012, P.A.C.E.® credits were offered for ASM’s teleconferences and webinars and all of the ASM2012  Diagnostic Microbiology and Epidemiology sessions and workshops are P.A.C.E.®- accredited.  ASM will continue to offer continuing medical and pharmacy education credits (CMEs and CPEs) for ICAAC. P.A.C.E. CEs will be offered for clinical laboratory personnel who attend ICAAC. 

The process for claiming earned CEs remains unchanged.  Visit ASM’s CE portal for more information, https://ce.asm.org 

Recognize Excellence with ASM Awards
Your help is needed in identifying and nominating distinguished scientists for the 2013 ASM General Meeting Awards. This is your chance to honor those who have greatly contributed to the field of microbiology. These awards honor the most outstanding accomplishments in research, mentoring, education, leadership, and other practices of microbiology. Two particular awards of interest are the Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award and the William A. Hinton Research Training Award.

The Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award honors a member of ASM for major contributions toward the full participation and advancement of women in microbiology.  This award was established by the ASM's Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology, and is given in memory of Alice C. Evans, the first woman to be elected ASM President in 1928.

William A. Hinton Research Training Award honors those who have contributed to the research training of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or health professional students and whose efforts have led to the increased participation of underrepresented minorities in microbiology.  This award is given in memory of William A. Hinton, a physician-research scientist and one of the first African-Americans to join the American Society for Microbiology.

The nomination forms and more information regarding eligibility, the nomination process, and other ASM Awards can be found at http://bit.ly/xeahIH . A complete nomination typically consists of a nominating form, the nominee’s CV, and two supporting forms. These forms are all very brief (250 words).  Nominations are due July 1.

New From ASM Press

The Fecal Bacteria

Editors: Michael J. Sadowsky, Richard L. Whitman

Hardcover: 978-1-55581-608-7

E-Book: 978-1-55581-686-5

List Price: $159.95

Member Price: $149.95

A unique, holistic approach to understanding fecal bacteria.

  • Offers a balanced, integrated discussion of fecal bacteria and their presence and ecology in the intestinal tract of mammals, in the environment, and in the food supply.
  • Covers the use of fecal bacteria to examine and assess water quality to offer protection from illnesses related to swimming in or ingesting contaminated water, in addition to discussing their use in engineering considerations of water quality, modeling, monitoring, and regulations.
  • Includes perspectives from an internationally recognized group of experts that integrates medicine, public health, environmental, and microbiological topics.

For more information related to The Fecal Bacteria please visit:  http://estore.asm.org/viewItemDetails.asp?ItemID=964

Magic Bullets to Conquer Malaria: from Quinine to Qinghaosu

Author: Irwin W. Sherman

Hardcover: 978-1-55581-543-1

E-Book: 978-1-55581-688-9

List and ASM Member Price: $39.95

A clear, concise discourse of 300 years of malarial drug research.

  • Presents a historical overview of antimalarial medicines and examines future challenges in the discovery and development of effective treatments and control strategies.
  • Provides new perspectives on the creative process of drug discovery and the challenges of overcoming drug resistance.
  • Discusses the use of larvicides, bednets, and DDT as well as recombinant DNA and monoclonal antibodies to block malaria transmission from mosquitoes to humans.

For more information related to Magic Bullets to Conquer Malaria please visit: http://estore.asm.org/viewItemDetails.asp?ItemID=922

Molecular Microbiology: Diagnostic Principles and Practice, Second Edition

Editor in Chief: David Pershing

Volume Editors: Fred C. Tenover, Yi-Wei Tang, Frederick S. Nolte, Randall T. Hayden, Alex van Belkum

Hardcover: 978-1-55581-497-7

E-Book: 978-1-55581-683-4

List Price: $189.95

Member Price: $169.95

The latest molecular diagnostic techniques encapsulated in one comprehensive volume.

  • Offers a broad range of practical advice such as determining the appropriate type and quantity of a specimen, releasing and concentrating the targets, and eliminating inhibitors.
  • Examines techniques to detect individual pathogens and the growing trend toward a systems approach for diagnosing infectious diseases, with chapters covering gastrointestinal infections, sepsis, meningitis, and encephalitis.
  • Features updated information on molecular tests, laboratory operations, molecular typing, and new technologies for nucleic acid detection; plus, the latest information on quality control, quality assurance, and laboratory design to help ensure a safe, efficient molecular laboratory. 

For more information related to Molecular Microbiology, Second Edition please visit: http://estore.asm.org/viewItemDetails.asp?ItemID=971

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

Pre-Application for the FY13 NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research (X02, PAR-12-164)    
The NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers.  The term “avant-garde” is used to describe highly innovative approaches that have the potential to be transformative.  The proposed research should reflect approaches and ideas that are substantially different from those already being pursued by the investigator or others. The research proposed must be in an area described in the Trans – NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research http://www.oar.nih.gov/strategicplan/.  Applications are due October 3, 2012.  More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-164.html.

Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01, PAR-12-175)
This FOA invites applications proposing to study HIV infection, HIV-associated conditions, HIV treatment, and/or biobehavioral or social factors associated with HIV/AIDS in the context of aging and/or in older adults. Research approaches of interest include clinical translational, observational, and intervention studies in domestic and international settings.  Applications are due August 7, 2012.  More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-175.html.

FDA FERN Microbiological Cooperative Agreement Continuation Program (U18, RFA-FD-12-018)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications from institutions/ organizations for inclusion into FDA's FERN Microbiology Cooperative Agreement Program. The FERN cooperative agreements are intended to target state, local, and tribal FERN labs to provide increased sample analyses in the event of food outbreaks or other large-scale food emergency events requiring surge capacity testing of implicated food samples.  These samples could involve foods and/or environmental samples related to foods, and will be collected by Federal, State, or local agencies. Selected labs with existing sample collection capabilities may be tasked with sample collection activities in support of this program. Numbers of samples and scheduling of samples will be done by the FERN National Program Office (NPO) in coordination with State/Local lab authorities.  Federal or State surveillance assignments will also be a source of samples for lab analysis. The FDA estimates that the analysis of 500 samples per year would be optimal.  Applications are due July 1, 2012.  More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-12-018.html.

FY13 NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research (DP1, RFA-DA-13-002)
The NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers.  The term “avant-garde” is used to describe highly innovative approaches that have the potential to be transformative.  The proposed research should reflect approaches and ideas that are substantially different from those already being pursued by the investigator or others. The research proposed must be in an area described in the Trans – NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research http://www.oar.nih.gov/strategicplan/.  Applications are due January 17, 2013.  More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-13-002.html.

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB, NSF 11-545)
The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports fundamental research and related activities designed to promote understanding of complex living systems at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels. The Division is soliciting proposals for hypothesis-driven and discovery research and related activities in four core clusters:

•           Biomolecular dynamics, structure, and function

•           Cellular processes

•           Genetic mechanisms

•           Networks and regulation

The Division supports research using 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 in areas supported by MCB integrates theory and experimentation. The Division gives high priority to research projects that use theory, methods, and technologies from physical sciences, mathematics, computational sciences, and engineering to address basic biological questions.  Applications are due September 06, 2011.  More information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11545/nsf11545.htm.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) Program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation and retention of individuals (including persons with disabilities, women and minorities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the nation's human resources in STEM.  Applications are due October 05, 2011.  More information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11563/nsf11563.htm.


 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia
While progress has recently been made to increase the representation of women in science, engineering and medicine disciplines in academia, the success observed among Caucasian women is often not extended to underrepresented minority women faculty. To maximize the pool of talent that exists in the United States, it is imperative to critically examine the current data, facilitate discussions about the barriers and examine promising programs that successfully increase the representation of women of color in academia. Through these discussions among key stakeholders and policymakers, strategies for institutional transformation can be formed and implemented to ensure that women of all races and ethnicities are equally represented in the academic workforce.

In response to a request from the National Science Foundation, an ad hoc Committee on Advancing Institutional Transformation for Women of Color in Academia has been formed to organize and conduct a public conference to review the existing research on the academic career patterns for minority women in science, engineering, and medicine. The conference will focus on model practices and programs that recruit, retain, and advance women of color with a recognition that not all programs may work effectively for different ethnic and racial groups. The conference will be held on June 7-8, 2012 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.  Selection will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Additional information is available at http://sites.nas.edu/wocconference/conference-description/.

Association on American Indian Affairs: Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a degree in public health or science. Students are eligible to apply on a yearly basis.

All required documentation must be included. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline: Monday, Jun 4, 2012

Website: http://www.indian-affairs.org/scholarships/elizabeth_asche.htm

Gordon Research Conference (GRC) - Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship
The Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship provides an opportunity for URM graduate students, post docs, faculty and scientists to receive funding assistance to attend their first GRC.

To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Graduate student, post doc, faculty or research scientist
  • Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident with a "Green Card"
  • Currently working at a U.S. institution
  • Is attending a GRC for the first time

To apply for the CSURM Fellowship, an applicant must first submit an online application (http://www.grc.org/application.aspx) to the GRC you wish to attend. Once the conference application is received, an acknowledgement will be sent that contains a link to the CSURM Fellowship application. Support is given on a first com first serve basis and is limited. For more information please contact Diana McLaughlin (dmclaughlin@grc.org). Deadline for application is Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012.

13th RCMI International Symposium on Health Disparities, December 10 -13, 2012 – Call for Abstract, Deadline May 18, 2012
In keeping with the theme of the symposium "Translating Science to Better Health: The Power of Diversity and Multicultural Engagement," the scientific program will highlight the excellence in basic, translational, and clinical research from the institutions supported by the RCMI Program. The Symposium has been designed to offer opportunities for sharing research information in areas related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, cancer, women's health, mental health, infectious disease, stroke, and behavioral and community health with special emphasis on health disparities. Groups engaged in clinical, translational, basic science, education, and policy research in health disparities are invited to attend.

We are soliciting abstracts for oral and poster presentation. Abstracts from all fields of biomedical research are encouraged. Selected abstracts may be presented during Concurrent Scientific Sessions or during poster sessions. Abstract authors will be provided an opportunity to submit an article for possible publication in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

All abstracts must be received by the Secretariat (via email to abstracts@rcmibiennial.org or online with registration) no later than 5:00 PM Eastern, May 18, 2012. No corrections will be allowed and there will be no extensions for this deadline. For more information please go to http://www.rcmibiennial.org/.


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGY SCIENTISTS

Mary D. Ari Ph.D., Office of the Associate Director for Science, CDC
A recent paper by Mary D. Ari Ph.D. and colleagues from CDC, Kenya Ministry of health, and NARUM (Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 85(5), 2011, pp. 909–912) describes challenges of establishing the correct diagnosis of outbreaks of acute febrile illnesses in Africa using outbreak among nomadic pastoralists in Northeast Kenya, from March-July 2005 that was later confirmed as brucellosis as a case scenario. The study highlights several factors that affect disease diagnosis in developing countries. Several infectious diseases are endemic in the same environment and the markers that form the basis for diagnostic tests have inherent problems when used in this environment. Cross reactions may occur between etiologic agents especially with serology based assays. Additionally, antibodies may persist making it difficult to differentiate current infection from previous exposures, and clinical symptoms may overlap. Imagine a scenario where a person’s diagnostic test turns out multiple positive results; how do you determine the actual cause of ongoing illness? The picture becomes even more complex in the setting of an outbreak when multiple people are affected. There have been suggestions that diagnosis in Africa could be improved with point of care assays. Generally, patients do not present to health clinics or hospitals early enough in the course of disease hence specimens may not be optimal for diagnosis. Some of the observations from this study point to the fact that availability of point of care assay, especially using existing test formats may not completely solve the problem and the cost of testing for multiple disease agents may be prohibitive and unsustainable. There is need to explore more options that may ensure differentiation of one ailment from the other.

Dr. Mary Ari is a microbiologist with broad expertise in zoonotic diseases. She currently serves as a senior scientist in the office of the Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control and prevention, Atlanta Georgia. Prior to this she served as a Research Microbiologist for the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne and Enteric Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she was the principle investigator and lead for the Leptospirosis Reference Laboratory. She also served as the subject matter expert on Brucella serology for the bioterrorism laboratory response network (LRN). She spent 19 of her 27years career at the CDC and has worked with variety of zoonotic pathogens including anthrax and hemorrhagic viruses (biosafety level 4 viruses), involved in field and laboratory investigations of several outbreaks here in the United States and internationally.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, and Master and Doctor of Science in Virology from the University of Ibadan Nigeria.


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: Subscribe to Listserv 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 Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D., retired Director of Education and Biomedical Research Development at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, in Research Triangle Park, NC. The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT and the Associate Editor is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

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