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Eastern Pennsylvania Branch Special Meeting to Honor Long-Time Members Sept 2016
Eastern Pennsylvania Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) – Special Meeting to Honor Long-Time Members
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)
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/
Puerto Rico Branch ASM 59th Annual Meeting
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
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
- “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
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”
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/
President, Puerto Rico Society of Microbiologists (Puerto Rico Branch ASM)
Officer, Puerto Rico Society of Microbiologists (Puerto Rico Branch ASM)