MICROBE Articles - Biography and History

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Biographies and History-Related Articles in MICROBE (formerly ASM News

 

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

 

 

For additional resources or information, Contact the ASM Archivist, Jeff Karr, at jkarr@asmusa.org

 

 

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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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Sessions and Exhibit Sponsored by the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives at the 2014 ASM General Meeting

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Annual History of Microbiology Lecture:   Presented in Honor of Martin Dworkin (1927-2014)

 

Title:         Three Heroes of Environmental Microbiology – Robert Koch, Sergei Winogradsky and Arthur T. Henrici

 

Lecturer:   Lawrence J. Shimkets,

                  Professor, Department of Microbiology

                  University of Georgia

 

Date:  Sunday, May 18, 2014

Time:  4:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 258A

 

Convener: 

James A. Poupard

Pharma Inst. of Philadelphia, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Chair, Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives

 

Description:  

An important element of bacteriology’s early struggle to establish itself as a distinct biological science rather than an adjunct of pathology was the exploration of the distribution and role of microbes in the natural environment.  This lecture, the annual Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) Lecture, will focus on early developments in what later came to be known as environmental microbiology or microbial ecology.   It will discuss three early contributors: Robert Koch, whose demonstration of the relationship between an environmental variable (polluted water) and an infectious disease (cholera) was an early example of microbial epidemiology; Sergei Winogradsky, whose use of enrichment cultures and pioneering work on sulfur oxidizing and nitrifying bacteria helped illuminate the vast and dynamic role of bacteria in nature; and Arthur T. Henrici, who first understood that in natural aquatic communities bacteria flourish on surfaces as well as freely in water, thus laying the groundwork for later biofilm studies.

 

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History of Microbiology Exhibit:

 

 

Early Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, Cradle of ASM Presidents

 

Date:  Sunday, May 18, 2014 - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Time:  10:45 am - 4:00 pm (Sunday-Monday); 10:45 am - 2:45 pm (Tuesday)      

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Exhibit Hall (in ASM Booth area)

 

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Poster Session on History of Microbiology: 

  

The History of Microbiology Poster Session presents 20+ posters on a wide range of topics in the history of microbiology: scientists, microbes, techniques and flaming marsh gas.

 

Date:  Monday, May 19, 2014

Time:  10:45 am - 12 Noon      

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Poster Hall, Poster Board Numbers 1429-1450

 

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Workshop - "Writing History for Scientists" 

 

For:       Microbiologists Interested in Writing about the History of the Field or their Personal Experiences

Learn:    Methods, Standards, and Conventions of Historical Research, Writing and Publication

 

Presentations:

◾ Historical Research as a Professional Activity  (David S. Jones, Harvard Medical School)

◾ Archives and Research in Primary Sources (Jeff Karr, Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives)

◾ Academic Publishers and the Processes Involved in Getting your Work in Print (Audra Wolfe, The Outside Reader, Inc.)

◾ Q&A with Panel of Scientist-Historians

 

Plus:   Discuss Your Own Projects with Workshop Faculty

 

Conveners:     

  • William C. Summers, Yale University 
  • Karen-Beth Scholthof, Texas A&M University (Workshop Convener) 

 

Date:  Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time:  8:30 am - 12 Noon      

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 156C 

 

Note – This workshop is a part of the asm2014 General Meeting program. Workshop participants are NOT required to register for the entire asm2014 Meeting.

Register for the workshop through the General Meeting Registration page which is available at this link:   http://gm.asm.org/index.php/registration/attendee-registration

To learn more about the workshop and workshop rates before registering, go to the Workshop Information page:  http://gm.asm.org/index.php/scientific-program/workshops   (From the Workshop Information page, you can click on the "View Workshop Rates" link which will then bring you to the registration page)

 

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2013 History of Microbiology Research Travel Award Winners

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The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013 History of Microbiology Research Travel Award: 

 

Sharon Bertsch McGrayne 

McGrayne, a free-lance writer and editor in Seattle, Washington, will use the award to conduct research at CHOMA for her book, Woman in Science (working title). The research will focus on Dr. Rita Colwell, and her extensive service to ASM.

 

The History of Microbiology Research Travel Awards are given to support historical research of the awardees' choosing, in areas that can be supported by materials in the CHOMA collections.  The CHOMA collections, located at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, include 9,000 volumes on microbiology and related topics, photographs, biographical materials, topical files on various aspects of microbiology, records of the Society from its founding in 1899 to the present, and several collections of personal papers. 

 

APPLY NOW FOR HISTORY OF MICROBIOLOGY TRAVEL AWARDS –

For more information on the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives, and to learn how to apply for a History of Microbiology Research Travel Award, visit the website at www.asm.org/choma  

 

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History of Microbiology at the asm2014 General Meeting

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2014 General Meeting Activities Sponsored by the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives Committee

 

114th ASM General Meeting

Boston, MA

May 17-20, 2014

 

The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) Committee is pleased to announce its schedule of asm2014 meeting events:

 

 

For more information , contact ASM Archivist at jkarr@asmusa.org

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