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FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES
ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES
SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGY SCIENTISTS
ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Grant
Funding Available for the 2009 ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will offer travel grants to increase the participation of underrepresented minority (URM) groups in the ASM General Meeting. The ASM will select post-doctoral scholars from URM groups in the microbiological sciences or faculty from Minority Serving Institutions. Each grantee will be offered up to $1500 to defray expenses associated with travel to the ASM General Meeting. The grants are supported by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. For more information about the grant program go to index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=38173. The application for the 2009 grant has been posted and the deadline for submission is January 30, 2009.
ASM Congressional Science Fellowship
The ASM Congressional Science Fellowship selects a postdoctoral to mid-career microbiologist to spend one year on the staff of an individual congressman, congressional committee or with some other appropriate organizational unit of Congress. The award will include a $60,000 stipend plus health care supported by the Martin Frobisher Fund. For more information about the fellowship and guidelines for applying go to the ASM web page: index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12335. The fellowship runs from September 1, 2009 – August 31, 2009. The deadline for applying is February 20, 2009.
7th ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
The 7th ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting will be held on February 22-25, 2009 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The hotel is steps from the Inner Harbor, which includes specialty shops, delightful restaurants, the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, and USS Constellation. Transportation services such as BWI Airport and Amtrak are conveniently accessible.
Invited scientists and policymakers will be in attendance to share with meeting participants the latest scientific developments, policy issues, legislation, and gaps related to biodefense. The Keynote Session will be given at 6:30 pm on Sunday, February 22 by Dr. Stuart Levy from Tufts University. A PDF of the Invited Speaker Program is posted online. The full program and up-to-date details can be found on the Program Viewer.
Visit http://www.asmbiodefense.org to learn further about this meeting and register for it.The Discounted Registration deadline is this month - January 23. The Hotel Reservation deadline is January 30.
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If you wish to purchase the library of PowerPoint and audio sessions from the meeting, visit: http://www.siattend.com/Conference.aspx?cid=273&aid=66. If you were unable to attend this year’s meeting with record-breaking attendance at nearly 16,000, this is definitely a good way to learn about what went on at the Joint Meeting.
ASMCUE Registration Open
The 2009 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Education will be held from May 28 to 31 at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo. Don’t miss this year’s plenary talks, including “Bacteria for Bioenergy: Hydrogen Gas Production,” given by Caroline Harwood of the University of Washington; “Biofilms Opposites: Pathogenesis and Drug Discovery from Uncultured Species,” presented by Kim Lewis of Northeastern University; “Tuberculosis: Why Now Is a Good Time to Leave the Planet,” offered by Ian Orme of Colorado State University; “Do We Need to Know...? Those Who Have the Courage to Teach Must Never Cease to Learn,” presented by Carski Award winner Jeffrey Pommerville of Glendale Community College; and the “Microbial Basis for Life on Earth,” given by Thomas Schmidt of Michigan State University. Save $100 by registering for the conference by March 20. Abstracts submissions are due February 20, and travel grant applications are due March 20, and Micro Brew submissions are due March 30. For details, see http://www.asmcue.org.
ASM Undergraduate Fellowships
ASM is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) and the Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF). These research fellowships support undergraduate students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D.) in microbiology.
URF fellows spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer conducting microbiology-related research with an ASM member faculty mentor at the fellows’ home institutions. Fellows present their research results at the next year’s ASM General Meeting. A joint application (index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4319) from both the student and faculty mentor is required for consideration into the program. The application deadline is February 1, 2009.
The MURF is a 10-week summer program that supports participation by historically excluded and underrepresented students in research projects at sponsoring U.S. institutions. Fellows present their research results at the next year’s ASM General Meeting. Apply by February 1, 2009, at index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4322.
Summer Bioinformatics Institute
The 2009 Summer Bioinformatics Institute will be held at from June 14 to 17. At the Institute, science, technology, engineering, and math faculty participants will learn to interpret and use molecular sequence information to solve problems, providing a framework for developing classroom activities and research projects for undergraduate students. The application deadline is February 15, 2009. For details, visit http://www.facultyprograms.org/page03a.shtml.
2009-2010 Biology Scholars Research Residency
Wonder if your students actually learn what you teach? Find out by joining the Biology Scholars Program Research Residency, a program created for biologists who are asking questions about the effectiveness of their teaching approaches. The Residency will teach you to design classroom experiments that assess learning. It all starts with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute planned for July 15-18 in Washington, DC. Applications to the program are due March 1, 2009, and can be downloaded from http://www.biologyscholars.org/page02a.shtml.
ASM Presentation Institute for Graduate Students
Graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level are encouraged to apply for the 2009 ASM Presentation Institute to be held on May 16 and 17 in Philadelphia, Pa. (immediately prior to the ASM General Meeting). With an emphasis on 3- and 10-minute oral presentations, this two-day workshop helps participants develop the skills needed to make successful presentations at scientific meetings and interact professionally with colleagues. Apply by March 15, 2009. For details, see http://www.asmgap.org.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES
Integrated Preclinical/Clinical Program for HIV Topical Microbicides (IPCP-HTM) (U19), NIH
Request For Applications (RFA) Number: RFA-AI-08-057
Release Date: November 28, 2008
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: February 13, 2009
Application Receipt Date: March 13, 2009
Peer Review Date: June 2009
Council Review Date: August 2009
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: December, 2009
Additional Information To Be Available Date (Url Activation Date): http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/budget/qa/
Expiration Date: March 14, 2009
· Purpose. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invite applications from single institutions and consortia of institutions to participate in this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Integrated Preclinical/Clinical Program for HIV Topical Microbicides (IPCP-HTM). The purpose of this FOA is to support integrated and iterative multi-project, multi-disciplinary preclinical and exploratory clinical studies with the goal of advancing safe, novel topical microbicides and microbicide combination strategies for the prevention of sexual transmission of HIV. A minimum of two research projects and an Administrative Core must be proposed. At least one component (research project or scientific core) must be a private sector profit or not-for-profit small, domestic or foreign, pharmaceutical, chemical, bioengineering or biotechnological company. A Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) for each award under this FOA will be constituted post award but no later than 12 months after award.
· Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the multi-project Cooperative Agreement (U19) grant mechanism.
· Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. NIAID and NIMH anticipate awarding a total of $5.0 million in FY 2010. NIMH and NIAID will contribute $0.5 million and $4.5 million to the IPCP-HTM respectively. Two to three new awards are anticipated in response to this RFA.
· Budget and Project Period. An applicant may request a project period of up to 4 years for an application that does not include a pre-Phase 1 clinical trial, and up to 5 years for an application that includes a pre-Phase 1 clinical trial. Budget requests may not exceed the stated upper limits for each of the categories listed. The total annual direct costs for current IPCP–HTM awards with the following activities range from: (1) $0.5 million to $0.9 million for basic and preclinical research; (2) $0.9 million to $1.2 million for basic and preclinical research that involves non-human primate studies designed to assess the efficacy or safety of a microbicide candidate or strategy; and (3) $1.2 million to $1.6 million for awards involving exploratory pre-Phase 1 clinical trials.
· Eligible Institutions/Organizations. Institutions/organizations listed in Section III, 1.A. are eligible to apply.
· Eligible Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs). Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research are invited to work with their institution/ organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
· Number of Applications. An investigator can be a PI on only one application, but may serve as a Project Leader and/or Scientific Core Leader on one or more other applications, provided there is no scientific overlap with the application submitted by the PI.
· Resubmissions. Resubmissions (formerly “revisions/amendments") of a previously reviewed IPCP-HTM grant application are permitted in response to this FOA. Resubmission applications must include an Introduction addressing the previous peer review critiques (Summary Statement).
· Renewal. Renewal applications are not permitted in response to the FOA.
· Special Date(s). This FOA uses non-standard due dates. See Receipt, Review and Anticipated Start Dates.
· Application Materials. See Section IV.1 for application materials.
· Hearing Impaired. Telecommunications for the hearing impaired are available at: TTY 301-451-5936.
Microbial Genome Sequencing Program FY 2009 (NSF-USDA)
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-CSREES-AFRI-001967
National Science Foundation
Directorate for Biological Sciences
March 2, 2009 (due by 5 p.m. Eastern time)
NOTE: FY09 is the last year of this interagency activity. This new Program Announcement replaces NSF 08-511.
As a collaborative, interagency effort the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation (NSF) invite research proposals (i) to support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms (including plasmids, viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, oomycetes, protists, microeukaryotes and agriculturally important nematodes) and the metagenomes of mixed microbial communities and (ii) to develop and implement strategies, tools and technologies to make currently available and novel genome sequences more valuable to the user community.
The availability of genome sequences provides the foundation for understanding how microorganisms function and live, and how they interact with their environments and with other organisms. The sequences are expected to be available to and used by a community of investigators to address issues of scientific and societal importance including:
* novel aspects of microbial biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, development and cellular biology;
* the diversity and the roles microorganisms play in complex ecosystems and in global geochemical cycles;
* the impact that microorganisms have on the productivity and sustainability of agriculture and natural resources (e.g., forestry, soil and water), and on the safety and quality of the nation's food supply; and;
* the organization and evolution of microbial genomes, and the mechanisms of transmission, exchange and reshuffling of genetic information.
A Microbial Genomics Workshop will be held; all awardees in this interagency program are expected to attend.
NINR Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for Underrepresented or Disadvantaged Investigators (K01) NIH
Program Announcement (PA) Number: PAR-09-074
Release/Posted Date: January 7, 2009
Opening Date: January 12, 2009 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to Grants.gov)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): Not applicable
NOTE: On-time submission requires that applications be successfully submitted to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization).
Application Due Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm
AIDS Application Due Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm#AIDS.
Peer Review Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm#reviewandaward
Council Review Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm#reviewandaward
Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): Standard dates apply, please see http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm#reviewandaward
Additional Information To Be Available Date (URL Activation Date): Not Applicable.
Expiration Date: January 8, 2012.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES
The Role of HBCUs as Baccalaureate Origin Institutions for Science and Engineering Doctorates
A recent survey by the National Science Foundation (http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf08319/nsf08319.pdf) shows that historically black colleges and universities play an important role in producing black science and engineering (S&E) doctorate recipients. This study looked at the different types of schools that black S&E doctorates received their baccalaureate degree. Findings of the study show that one third of surveyed doctorate recipients received their baccalaureate from HBCUs. This was equivalent to the number of black doctorates who received their baccalaureate from non-HBCU research universities. Between the years 1997 -2006 the top five baccalaureate origin institutions were Howard University, Spelman College, Hampton University, Florida A&M University and Morehouse College. Of the top 50 institutions 20 were HBCUs. When looking at institutional yields (the number of S&E doctorates in a given year per thousand bachelor’s degrees awarded in all fields prior to that year) Spelman College stays in the top 20, alongside other institutions such as MIT, Swarthmore College, and Princeton University.
The Minority Microbiology Mentor: Thirty Issues Later
The Minority Microbiology Mentor was announced in July 2006, and the number of subscribers has grown to over 700 recipients. The newsletter has spotlighted over 60 African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska native, and Pacific Islander microbiologists and their peer-reviewed research, scientists who would otherwise remain less visible. The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) has received much positive feedback about this newsletter but recognize that there is always room for improvement. Therefore, CMIIM invites recipients to send suggestions for improvement, comments, or new ideas that recipients would like addressed to email@example.com. Please be sure to include "The Minority Microbiology Mentor" in the subject line.
SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGY SCIENTISTS
Lizzie J. Harrell, Ph.D., D(ABMM), F(AAM), Duke University
Urinary tract infections are common in college-age women and most are caused by Escherichia coli. These infections are often treated empirically with antibiotics such as trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX), ciprofloxacin or nitrofurantoin and a culture is not taken. However, antibiotic resistance is increasing. Therefore, a recent retrospective study by Dr. Lizzie J. Harrell and colleagues at Duke University determined the antibiotic resistance pattern of 176 E. coli isolates from college women over a three year period. Of the 176 isolates, 30% had resistance to TMP-SMX, 7% had resistance to ciprofloxacin, and 0% had resistance to nitrofurantoin. This retrospective study suggests that nitrofurantoin should be considered for empiric therapy of urinary tract infections at this institution. A prospective study is in progress to determine if this trend continues.
Lizzie J. Harrell, Ph.D. earned her B. S. in Biology at North Carolina Central University, her M. S. in Bacteriology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph. D. in Microbiology at North Carolina State University. She is Research Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Research Professor of Pathology at Duke University Medical Center where she teaches in the medical school. She is also Associate Director of the Duke Clinical Microbiology Laboratory where her research interests include emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria and detecting infectious diseases by molecular methods. She is certified as a Specialist in Public Health and Medical Microbiology, and she is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. She is an active member of ASM and currently serves on several ASM committees, including the Underrepresented Members Committee.
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 http://www.asm.org/subscribe.asp, 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., recently 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 Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS, and the Associate Editor is Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.