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Eastern Pennsylvania Branch Special Meeting to Honor Long-Time Members Sept 2016

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Eastern Pennsylvania Branch Special Meeting to Honor Long-Time Members Sept 2016

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Eastern Pennsylvania Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) – Special Meeting to Honor Long-Time Members

Eastern PA - Sept 2016 Mtg - Long Time Members

(L-R) Long-time Eastern PA Branch Members: James Poupard-45*, Barbara McHale-49, Olarae Giger-40, Victor Iacocca-64, James Smith-65, Louis Fare-59, Toby K. Eisenstein-49, ASM Past President, Richard Crowell-56 (*=Years of ASM Membership)     

 

The 749th Monthly Meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Branch of ASM, held on September 19, 2016 at Thomas Jefferson University, was a special meeting to honor Branch Emeritus members, as well as current Branch members who have belonged to National ASM for 40 years or more.  The Branch currently has 23 members in the “40-year plus” category, including two 65-year members, James Smith and Victor Iacocca, both of whom attended the meeting.

 

The meeting, “Branch Genomics: Mixing the Old and New Branch Generations,” focused on how Microbiology and the Branch have evolved over the last 60 years, and included some thoughts on future directions from the current Student Chapter (future Branch leaders!).  Presentations included:    

  • “The Branch and Microbiology 1950-1976 (James Poupard, Pharma Institute of Philadelphia)
  • “Changes in Microbiology at Temple University – Then & Now” (Toby K. Eisenstein, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University)
  • “Clinical Laboratories Microbiology – Then & Now” (Olarae Giger, Main Line Health Laboratories)
  • “Microbiology Education – Then & Now” (Barbara McHale, Office of the President, Gwynedd Mercy University)
  • “The Branch Student Chapter – The Future” (Simon Knight, Branch President; Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; and Neil Sullivan, Student Chapter President; Drexel University)     Eastern PA - Sept 2016 Mtg - Student Chapter Pres
Photo:  Neil Sullivan, Eastern PA Student Chapter President

 

Meeting attendees included students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and scientists working in laboratories in industry, government and medical schools – a diverse range of “old and new” members.  Photos and a “mix the generations” dessert session was held after the formal meeting.  

 

Reflecting on her involvement in the Eastern Pennsylvania Branch, Eisenstein commented, “The Branch has served a central role in communicating the depth and breadth of microbiology and connecting microbiologists working in different spheres of the science; the friends and colleagues I have met here over the years have had a major impact on my life and career.” 

 

Established in 1920, the Eastern Pennsylvania Branch of the ASM serves professional microbiologists across Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and South/Central New Jersey through several annual events as well as regular monthly meetings.   The Branch also sponsors an active regional Student Chapter.  For information on upcoming Branch activities:  https://www.epaasm.org/

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South Carolina Branch ASM 2016 Spring Meeting

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Date:  April 9, 2016

 

Location:  Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston SC (in the Basic Science Building)

 

ASM Distinguished Lecturer: 

Dr. Jill R. Stewart

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Additional Speakers:  

  • Dr. Isaure De Buron, Department of Biology, College of Charleston, Charleston
  • Dr. Natalie Sutkowski, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, MUSC, Charleston
  • Dr. Mark Wiencek, Milliken & Company, Spartanburg
  • Dr. Natasha Sharp, Guild BioSciences, Charleston

 

Poster Session:  Poster Presentations from Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

 

Abstracts and Registration:  DEADLINE is March 28

 

More Information and to Register: http://www.asmbranches.org/brscar/html/spring-_2016.html

 

Meeting / Branch Contacts: 

Claudia L. Rocha, PhD

President, ASM South Carolina Branch

Assistant Professor, The Citadel

Claudia.Rocha@citadel.edu

 

Curtrice Zeigler

Secretary-Treasurer, ASM South Carolina Branch

Validation Specialist - SME- Sterilization/Microbiolgy

BD Diagnostics - Preanalytical Systems

Curtrice_Zeigler@bd.com

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Puerto Rico Branch ASM 59th Annual Meeting

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Puerto Rico Society of Microbiologists

(Puerto Rico Branch of the American Society for Microbiology) 

59th Annual Meeting

 

Industrial Microbiology – From the Lab Bench to the

Production Line and Beyond

DATE:            May 26-27, 2016

 

PLACE:         Verdanza Hotel

                        8020 Tartak Street, Isla Verde

                        Carolina, Puerto Rico

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS: 

 

ASM Distinguished Lecturer – Steven C. Ricke, Ph.D.     

Wray Food Safety Endowed Chair and

Director of the Center for Food Safety, IFSE

Food Science Department, Division of Agriculture

University of Arkansas

Topics:

  • “Stacking the Deck in the Gut – Current Status and Future Prospects of Prebiotics”
  • "Current Research Perspectives for Controlling Foodborne Salmonella in Food Production System Environments”

 

Joseph M Campos, Ph.D., D(ABMM), F(AAM)

Secretary, American Society for Microbiology

Director, Microbiology Lab, Molecular Diagnostics Lab and Lab Informatics

Children’s National Medical Center

Washington, DC

Topic:  “Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance”

 

Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Chief Executive Officer, American Society for Microbiology

Topic:  “Future of ASM and of the Microbial Sciences”

 

MANY MORE SPEAKERS, PRESENTATIONS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES ARE SCHEDULED – CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE MEETING PROGRAM

 

REGISTRATION:   

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER: Students members have the opportunity to attend PRSM-2016.  You can become a member and take advantage of this offer.  REGISTER at www.micropr.org, using code or coupon 59SM17, for $25.00 / day (two days for $50.00), in order to have access ONLY to lectures and Thursday May, 26’s reception.  SPACE IS LIMITED and you must be registered in order to attend.  This offer DOES NOT INCLUDE: breakfast, breaks or lunch.   

 

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER: Non-member students and regular members can also attend, but they must REGISTER at www.micropr.org using code or coupon SM59 in order to attend AFTER 3:00 PM on May 26-27.  SPACE IS LIMITED and you must be registered in order to attend.  This offer DOES NOT INCLUDE: breakfast, breaks or lunch.  

 

BRANCH/MEETING WEBSITE:  http://www.micropr.org/

 

MEETING CONTACTS:

Robur Otero

President, Puerto Rico Society of Microbiologists (Puerto Rico Branch ASM)

787-380-2679

otero.smpr@gmail.com

smpr50@gmail.com

 

Maria Negron

Officer, Puerto Rico Society of Microbiologists (Puerto Rico Branch ASM)

mariatnegron@yahoo.com

smpr50@gmail.com

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Western New York Branch ASM 2016 Spring Symposium

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Date:  April 20, 2016

 

Location:  University at Buffalo Center for Tomorrow; Buffalo, NY

 

Featured Speakers/Topics: 

Jill C. Fennell, MD

Pediatric Resident,

University at Buffalo-SUNY

Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

“Respiratory Syncytial Virus at Women and Children’s Hospital”

 

Cara Clementi, PhD, MLS (ASCP)

Technical Director,

Clinical Microbiology

Kaleida Heath, Buffalo, NY

“Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis of Respiratory Syncytial Virus”

 

Kari E. Burzlaff, MPH

Emerging Infections Program (EIP) Surveillance Officer,

New York State Department of Health

Buffalo Office, Buffalo, NY

“Emerging Infections Program Presents: Everything Old Becomes New Again and other Lessons Learned from Microbes”

 

Registration Deadline:  April 11 - Click Here for Meeting and Registration Information 

 

Meeting / Branch Contacts: 

Lynn Connors

Secretary-Treasurer, Western New York Branch ASM

kevlynn9@yahoo.com

connorsl@buffalo.edu

 

Peter Trabold

President, Western New York Branch ASM

ZeptoMetrix Corporation

ptrabold@yahoo.com

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Eastern Pennsylvania Branch 746th Monthly Meeting April 2016

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Date:  April 25, 2016

 

Time:  

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Reception

6:00 - 7:00 pm - Seminar

 

Location: 

Thomas Jefferson University

Bluemle Life Sciences Building (BLSB)

233 S. 10th Street (10th and Locust Street) 

Philadelphia, PA

Reception will be held in 1st Floor Lounge Area; Seminar will be held in Room 101 (1st Floor)

 

Parking: Discounted Parking at the garage on 11th and Locust (Entrance on 11th Street under the Hamilton Bluilding)

 

ASM Distinguished Lecturer:

Ferric Fang, MD

Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Microbiology and Medicine

University of Washington, Seattle

"Nitric Oxide in Host-Bacterial Interactions"

 

Meeting Flyer:  Click Here for Meeting Flyer

 

Registration:  No Registration Required!

 

Branch Website:  http://www.epaasm.org/

 

Branch / Meeting Contacts: 

Simon Knight

President, Eastern Pennsylvania Branch ASM   

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA  19104-6160

sknight@mail.med.upenn.edu

 

Pina Fratamico

Secretary, Eastern Pennsylvania Branch ASM

Eastern Regional Research Center

USDA, ARS

Wyndmoor, PA  19038

pina.fratamico@ars.usda.gov

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Arizona-Southern Nevada Branch ASM 2016 Annual Meeting

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Date:  April 16, 2016

 

Location:  Arizona State University

 

ASM Distinguished Lecturer Program Speakers:

Pamela Marshall, Ph.D.

Arizona State University

“Rexinoids in Eukaryotic Communication”

 

Michael J. Federle, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Chicago

“Quorum Sensing in Bacteria” 

 

Breakout Session Topics:  Medical Bacteriology, Microbial Diversity & Ecology, Biofuels & Bioengineering, Immunology & Virology

 

Registration Deadline:  Registration deadline extended until Friday, April 1st

 

For More Information and to Register:  http://asm.unlv.edu/meetings.html                   

 

Meeting / Branch Contact: 

Joseph Blattman

President-elect, Arizona/Southern Nevada Branch ASM

Arizona State University

Joseph.blattman@asu.edu

ASM.AZ-NV@asu.edu

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Maryland Branch 2016 Annual Student Oral and Poster Presentation and Meeting

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American Society for Microbiology, Maryland Branch

 

ANNUAL POSTER SESSION &

STUDENT ORAL PRESENTATIONS

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

University of Maryland

UM BioPark Life Sciences Conference Center

801 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

 

Deadline for Abstracts:  5 PM Wednesday June 8, 2016

 

Deadline for RSVP to Dinner: Friday, June 10, 2016

 

AGENDA

 

5:30-6:00:

Registration and Poster Set-up

6:00-7:15:

Pizza and poster session

7:15-7:30:

Business Meeting and Election of Officers:

Nominate someone for President-elect, Secretary or Treasurer; get their permission first and yes, you may nominate yourself.

Email nominee names to Paulette Hammond at phamm001@earthlink.net

7:30-8:00:

Undergraduate Oral Presentation

8:00-8:30:

Graduate Oral Presentation

More Information and To Register:  CLICK HERE FOR MEETING FLYER

 

PLEASE RSVP (E-mail) BEFORE Friday, June 10, 2016

 

Location:  

University of Maryland, UM BioPark Life Sciences Conference Center;

801 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//University+of+Maryland+BioPark,+801+West+Baltimore+Street,+Baltimore,+MD+21201/

 

Parking: http://www.umbiopark.com/properties/biopark-life-sciences-conference-center

 

BRANCH WEBSITE:  http://www.asmbranches.org/brMd/

 

CONTACT: 

Paulette Hammond

Secretary, Maryland Branch ASM

443-418-5479 (cell)

phamm001@earthlink.net

 

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New York City Branch ASM 2016 Spring Meeting

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Date:  Friday, May 6, 2016

 

RSVP:  RSVP by April 28, 2016

 

Location:

THE HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA
401 7TH Avenue (between 32nd & 33rd Streets) 18th Floor
New York, NY
(800) 780-5733
(Near Subway Lines 1, 2, 3, A, & C; Directly across the street from Penn Station)

 

Meeting Speakers: 

Joseph Campos, PhD, Secretary, American Society for Microbiology
Interim Chief, Division of Laboratory Medicine
Director, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics & Laboratory Informatics
Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
“Challenging Case Presentations”

 

Maria Karlsson, PhD
Surveillance Activity Lead,
Clinical & Environmental Microbiology Branch Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Atlanta, GA
“Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae: Superbugs of the Century”

 

Michael A. Pfaller, MD
Chief Medical Officer,
T2 Biosystems, Lexington, MA
Professor Emeritus Depts, Pathology & Epidemiology
University of Iowa College of Medicine & Public Health
“Nosocomial Candidiasis: Antifungal Stewardship & Rapid Diagnosis”

 

Anthony Tran, Dr PH
Director of Policy & Operations
NYC Bureau of the Public Health Laboratory
New York, NY
“NYC DOHMH PHL Response to What Plagues the Big Apple”

 

Richard J. Wallace, Jr, MD
Chairman, Department Microbiology
University of Texas Health Center, Tyler, TX
“Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Clinical Impact & Lab Diagnosis”

 

OTHER MEETING FEATURES:  Trivia Contest!    Exhibits!    Refreshments!

 

P.A.C.E.® CREDITS:  NYCASM is an approved provider of continuing education by the ASCLS P.A.C.E ® ; Program to provide 4.0 CE credits

 

Meeting RSVP:  RSVP by April 28, 2016 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND TO REGISTERClick Here for Meeting Flyer and Registration Form

 

Branch Website:  http://www.nycasm.org/

 

Contacts:

Audrey N. Schuetz
President, New York City Branch ASM
schuetz.audrey@mayo.edu

 

Maria Aguero-Rosenfeld
President-elect, New York City Branch ASM
New York University Langone Medical Center
maria.aguero-rosenfeld@nyumc.org

 

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Northeast Branch ASM 2016 Meeting Co-Sponsored Meeting with American Association for Clinical Laboratory Science of Central New England

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Microbial Metabolism and Antibiotic Efficacy

 

Date:  April 20, 2016

 

Location:  Rachel’s Lakeside, State Road, Dartmouth, MA

 

Speaker: Peter Belenky, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Brown University Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

 

Registration Deadline:  April 12, 2016

 

Meeting and Registration Details:  http://www.northeastbranchasm.org/neb/meetings-and-photos/

 

Contact:

Frank Scarano

Councilor, Northeast Branch ASM

NEBranch-ASM@comcast.net

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Hawaii Branch ASM 2016 Spring Meeting

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Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016

Location:  

Sullivan Conference Room 
UH Cancer Center
John A. Burns Medical School
651 Ilalo Street
Honolulu, HI


Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Sarah Park
“Dengue: A Constant Threat to Paradise”

 

PACE CREDITS:  Approval for 1.0 PACE contact hours for this presentation is pending

 

FOR MEETING BROCHURE AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  CLICK HERE

RSVP:  Please RSVP by April 11, 2016

Contact:

Michael Lieberman, Ph.D.
Treasurer, Hawaii Branch ASM
mlieberman1@hawaiiantel.net 

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Connecticut Valley Branch ASM 2016 Spring Meeting

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Date:  April 11, 2016

 

Time:  6:30-8:30 pm 

 

Location:  Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT (GPA Community Commons)

 

ASM Distinguished Lecturer:

Dr. Steven C. Ricke

Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas

"Foodborne Salmonella in Food Production Systems: How Do They Get There and How to Keep Them Out"

 

Meeting Flyer:  Click Here for Meeting Flyer

 

Contacts:

Jon Morris

Manchester Community College

jmorris@manchestercc.edu

 

Kathleen A. Feldman, Ph.D.

President, Connecticut Valley Branch ASM

University of Connecticut

kafeldman@comcast.net

Kathleen.feldman@uconn.edu

 

Paula Philbrick, Ph.D.

Secretary, Connecticut Valley Branch ASM

University of Connecticut – Waterbury

Paula.philbrick@uconn.edu

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Illinois Branch ASM (IL Society For Microbiology) 2016 Spring Meeting

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The Illinois Branch of ASM (Illinois Society For Microbiology (ISM)) 2016 Spring meeting will be held:

 

Date:  May 10–11, 2016

 

Location: 

White Eagle Golf Club
3400 Country Club Drive, Naperville, IL 60564
whiteeaglegc.com

Please note: White Eagle Golf Club Dress Code- No Jeans Please!

 

Speakers:

May 10

Deanna Sutton, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center
Molecular Identification and the Changing Taxonomy of Filamentous Fungi. How Do We Keep Up?

Niaz Banaei, M.D. (ASM Distinguished Lecturer)
Stanford University
Quality Assured Diagnosis of Clostridium difficle Infection: Can We Diagnose More Disease and Less Colonization?

Pete Iwen, M.S., PhD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Real Life Experiences in Responding to the Ebola Epidemic: Are Laboratorians Prepared for the Next Event?

Paul Schreckenberger, PhD
The Loyola University Medical Center
The Gut Microbiome and Intestinal Dysbiosis

May 11

Kamaljit Singh, M.D.
Rush University Medical Center
Arboviruses Including Zika Virus

Tom Kirn, M.D., PhD
Rutgers University: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Understanding and Addressing Discrepancies Between Bacterial Genotypic Antimicrobial Susceptibility Prediction and Phenotypic Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Results

Linda Bruno, M.A., MT(ASCP)
ACL Laboratories
IQCP- Where Are We Now?

Ferric Fang, M.D. (ASM Distinguished Lecturer)
University of Washington School of Medicine
Clinical Microbiology in Jeopardy!

 

P.A.C.E.® Credits:

ISM has applied to be a provide of Continuing Education for this program in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences through the ASCLS P.A.C.E® Program.  Completion of one day of the program will provide 4.0 CE contact hours of continuing education and both days will provide 8.0 CE contact hours of continuing education.  The instructional level of this program is intermediate.

 

Registration:

  • Advance registration is required.  Deadline: April 26, 2016.
  • Please complete the form on the ISM website at: http://ism-il.org/meetings/
  • Registration fee includes lectures, breaks, lunches and exhibits.

 

Contacts: 

Donna Carter, President, ISM (Illinois Branch ASM)
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
dcarter@luriechildrens.org

 

Violeta J Rekasius, Secretary, ISM (Illinois Branch ASM)
Loyola University Medical Center
vrekasi@lumc.edu

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Southern California Branch ASM Spring Symposium - April 9

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Date:  Saturday, April 9, 2016

Location:

HOLOGIC
10210 Genetic Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Program Schedule: 

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction

8:05 – 9:00 a.m.
Diagnostic Mycobacteriology in a Clinical Lab, from the past and into the future
Kamran N. Azad, PhD

9:00 – 9:55 a.m.
Coincidence or Cluster: Collaboration between clinical microbiology & public health laboratories impacting population health
Karissa Culbreath, PhD, D(ABMM)

9:55 – 10:15 a.m.
Break

10:15 – 11:05 a.m.
Retail and Self-Testing in Infectious Diseases: Are we at the tipping point?
Cathy Petti, MD

11:05 – Noon
MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry & Clinical Microbiology: Old hat or new hat?
Susan Butler-Wu, PhD, D(ABMM)

 

MEETING CONVENER:  Rosemary She, MD

 

SPEAKERS:

Kamran N. Azad, PhD
Associate Scientific Director
Quest Diagnostics, Nichols Institute

Susan Butler-Wu, PhD, D(ABMM)
Director of Microbiology
LAC+USC Medical Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology
Keck School; of Medicine of USC

Karissa Culbreath, PhD, D(ABMM)
Scientific Director – Infectious Disease
TriCore Reference Laboratories
Assistant Professor of Pathology
University of New Mexico Health & Science Center

Cathy Petti, MD
Chief Health Officer, Ancestry.com
President & CEO, HealthSpring Global, Inc.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS:  4 Hours of Continuing Education Credit Available

 

Registration and Additional Meeting Information:  https://www.scasm.org/2016-scasm-annual-spring-symposium-san-diego

 

Branch Contacts:

Mark Dubar

President, Southern California Branch ASM

Mark_Dubar@bd.com

 

Nicole M. Green, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

Secretary, Southern California Branch ASM

nicgreen@ph.lacounty.gov

 

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Michigan Branch ASM 2016 Spring Meeting

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Frontiers in Microbiology Education

 

Date: April 22-23, 2016

 

Location:  Davenport University, Grand Rapids

 

This year's spring meeting of MI-ASM is going to be unlike other Branch meetings in that the focus will be on Microbiology Education.  There will be three Saturday talks regarding undergraduate Microbiology education, and a Friday night event focusing on STEM education in K-12.  

 

For More Details:   

 

Contact:  

Anne Spain

President, Michigan Branch ASM

Ferris State University

annespain@ferris.edu

 

 

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Rocky Mountain Branch ASM Spring Meeting

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Date:  April 9, 2016

 

Location:  Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO

 

Featured Speaker:  Meeting will include a special guest lecturer who will speak about changes in publishing practices and scientific discourse as a result of the revolution of on-line publishing   

 

Meeting / Branch Contact: 

Grant Bowman

President, Rocky Mountain Branch ASM

Department of Molecular Biology

University of Wyoming

grant.bowman@uwyo.edu

 

Adela Cota-Gomez

Secretary-Treasurer, Rocky Mountain Branch ASM

University of Colorado, Denver

Adela.Cota-Gomez@ucdenver.edu

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