The Zika ThreatASM Acts to Counter Zika Virus Outbreak.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES
ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES
SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS
Apply for the ASMCUE-LINK Travel Award!
To active researchers seeking new collaborators to integrate science and education, the ASMCUE-LINK Travel Award provides support to attend the 2014 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE; http://www.asmcue.org) on May 15-18 in Danvers, Mass. With a network of over 350 biology educators, ASMCUE is a great venue to identify and connect with early-career scientists and faculty instrumental in undergraduate student learning. Researchers who desire to build interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submission is April 7. For more information, please visit the ASMCUE-LINK Travel Award page at http://www.asmlink.org.
Call for Comments: Microbiology Learning Objectives
If you are involved in undergraduate microbiology education, a few moments of your time can help shape the future of the discipline. You may remember that in 2010 ASM published a collection of curriculum guidelines for introductory microbiology courses (http://www.asm.org/index.php/guidelines/curriculum-guidelines). To improve and expand the collection, ASM is asking for your thoughts on a sampling of learning objectives mapped to core themes and fundamental statements identified in the guidelines. Please share your comments (or your favorite learning objectives) by downloading ASM General Microbiology Learning Objectives: a Working Document from the link above and completing the feedback form before May 1.
Volunteer Career Advisers Needed at asm2014
Heading to Boston for asm2014? Microbiologists from public health, industry, government, nonprofits, community colleges, clinical and state labs, patent law, science policy and communications, etc., are needed to offer career advice on Saturday, May 17, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Share insights about your work – responsibilities, expectations, colleagues, salary, getting started, and advancement – in interactive, roundtable discussions with 10 to 12 students. To be an adviser, please complete the participation form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YvNBHdsyI8p-8t2Xvc9KsXFLHeRfSVymm8ZG37wdnzU/viewform.
ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship
Senior-level graduate students are invited to apply for a 2014 ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship. With an aim to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who complete doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences, the Watkins fellowship provides students with support to complete and present their microbiology research. Fellows attend the ASM Kadner Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scientists in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology (see below) or the ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (http://www.asmgap.org/swpi) and, dependent on abstract submission and acceptance, are supported to present their research at the ASM General Meeting. Apply by May 1. To learn more, visit http://www.asm.org/watkins.
ASM Kadner Institute
Senior-level graduate students and early-career postdoctoral scientists are invited to apply for the 2014 ASM Kadner Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scientists in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology. Sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the institute will be held in San Jose, Calif., on July 19-23. Participants receive careful guidance and mentoring in key topics important for succeeding in the microbiological sciences: (i) career preparation and opportunities; (ii) preparation, review, and critique of research proposals; (iii) scientific presentations and communication; (iv) effective teaching methods; and (v) professional ethics development. Apply by May 30. To learn more, visit http://www.asmgap.org/kadner.
30th Annual Clinical Virology Symposium
April 27-30, 2014 | Daytona Beach, Florida
asm2014: 114th General Meeting
May 17-20, 2014 | Boston, Massachusetts
1st ASM Conference on Experimental Microbial Evolution
June 19–22, 2014 | Washington, DC
ICAAC 2014 (54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy)
September 5-9, 2014 | Washington, DC
American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) Certification
ABMM certification confirms you have the knowledge and skills necessary to direct a laboratory engaged in the microbiological diagnosis of human disease. It also provides a competitive advantage when applying for jobs and the other candidates have similar education and professional experience. The ABMM is recognized by federal and state governmental agencies as a significant component toward meeting licensure requirements for high complexity laboratory directors and is recognized under the final rule of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).
ABMM certification is achieved by meeting rigorous educational and experiential eligibility requirements and passing an online multiple-choice exam that is offered daily in the month of June at testing centers worldwide.
Visit http://www.asm.org/abmm to learn more and apply online.
Deadline: April 1, 2014
Last Chance to Nominate for the 2014 ICAAC Awards
The Cubist-ICAAC Award honors outstanding accomplishment in antimicrobial research. Nominees must be actively engaged in research involving development of new agents, investigation of antimicrobial action or resistance to antimicrobial agents, and/or the pharmacology, toxicology or clinical use of those agents. The nominee must not have served on the ICAAC Program Committee within the past two years.
The ICAAC Young Investigator Awards recognize and reward early career scientists for research excellence and potential in microbiology and infectious disease. Nominees must be no more than three years beyond completion of postdoctoral research training in microbiology or infectious diseases at the time of the nomination deadline. Up to five awards may be presented each year. One of the awards is earmarked for a researcher working in the area of HIV who resides and works in North America.
Award website: http://bit.ly/11NSSFH
Deadline: April 1, 2014
ASM Press: New and Forthcoming Titles
One Health– NEW!
Editors: Ronald M. Atlas, University of Louisville; Stanley Maloy, San Diego State University
Predicting the outbreak of disease before it happens
One Health is a global strategy that represents a paradigm shift in how we must respond to the threat of infectious diseases. Rather than identifying and treating infections in isolation, One Health focuses on a collaborative, holistic surveillance of the environment, animals, and humans to predict an outbreak of disease before it happens. This approach accelerates biomedical advances by integrating environmental, veterinary, and human medical science in understanding the development and transmission of infectious diseases.
Recommended for physicians, veterinarians, environmental scientists, microbiologists, public health workers and policy makers, and others who want to understand the interdependence of human, animal, and ecosystem health.
List Price: $90.00
ASM Member Price: $72.00
March 2014. Paperback, 330 pages, full-color throughout.
Print ISBN: 978-1-55581-842-5
eISBN: 978-1-55581-843-2 (Coming Soon!)
To purchase this title and more visit http://www.asmscience.org.
When you buy books directly through ASM Press, you support the society that supports the science of microbiology.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES
STEM-C Partnerships: MSP (STEM-CP: MSP)
The STEM-C (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, including Computing) Partnerships program is a major research and development effort of two NSF Directorates, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, which supports innovative partnerships to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. STEM-C Partnerships combines and advances the efforts of both the former Math and Science Partnership (MSP) and the former Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) programs. It is critical that our nation maintain a competent, competitive and creative STEM workforce, including teachers. Therefore, NSF aims to inspire and motivate the next generation of that workforce, while ensuring that it has the skills, competencies, and preparation to be successful. As we transition to a global, knowledge-based economy that is often driven by information technology and innovation, it is increasingly important that STEM workforce preparation includes a strong foundation in computing. Thus, the STEM-C Partnerships program addresses both the need for advances in K-12 STEM education generally, as well as the need to elevate the inclusion of computer science education. Full proposals are due on March 18, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14522/nsf14522.htm.
Dimensions of Biodiversity
Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet's biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of the unknown diversity on Earth is especially troubling given the rapid and permanent loss of biodiversity across the globe. With this loss, humanity is losing links in the web of life that provide ecosystem services, forfeiting an understanding of the history and future of the living world, and losing opportunities for future beneficial discoveries in the domains of food, fiber, fuel, pharmaceuticals, and bio-inspired innovation. The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth. The campaign promotes novel, integrated approaches to identify and understand the evolutionary and ecological significance of biodiversity amidst the changing environment of the present day and in the geologic past. This campaign seeks to characterize biodiversity on Earth by using integrative, innovative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and currently focuses on the integration of genetic, taxonomic/phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals should integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core NSF programs, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in innovative or novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes. Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2014 again includes partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil. NASA will not partner with the Dimensions of Biodiversity in FY2014. Investigators wishing to inquire about the suitability of potential projects for Dimensions of Biodiversity are encouraged to email a brief summary and contact information to Dimensions@nsf.gov. Full proposals are due April 03, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14525/nsf14525.htm.
Hydrologic Sciences (NSF)
The Hydrologic Sciences Program focuses on the fluxes of water in the environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle in the environment. The Program supports studying processes from rainfall to runoff to infiltration and streamflow; evaporation and transpiration; as well as the flow of water in soils and aquifers and the transport of suspended, dissolved and colloidal components. Water is seen as the mode of coupling among various components of the environment and emphasis is placed on how the coupling is enabled by the water cycle and how it functions as a process. The Hydrologic Sciences Program retains a strong focus on linking the fluxes of water and the components carried by water across the boundaries between various interacting components of the terrestrial system and the mechanisms by which these fluxes co-organize over a variety of timescales and/or alter the fundamentals of the interacting components. The Program is also interested in how water interacts with the solid phase, the landscape and the ecosystem as well as how such interactions and couplings are altered by land use and climate change. Studies may address aqueous geochemistry and solid phase interactions as well as physical, chemical, and biological processes as coupled to water transport. These studies commonly involve expertise from basic sciences and mathematics, and proposals may require joint review with related programs. The Hydrologic Sciences Program will also consider some synthesis activities. Full proposals are due June 03, 2013, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13531/nsf13531.htm.
Genomes to Natural Products (U01)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications that utilize the wealth of genomic and metagenomic sequencing data available, and recent advances in synthetic biology for the purpose of developing new high-throughput and broadly applicable approaches to natural products discovery. Well-integrated, collaborative research teams possessing synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and natural products expertise are encouraged to apply. Applicants responding to this FOA must also plan for participation in trans-network activities, including collaborative projects with other network participants. Full proposals are due June 10, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-15-001.html.
Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery (R01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications from institutions/organizations proposing innovative, high risk, high impact research to identify novel vaccine concepts and targets that will aid in the design and development of an effective immunogen that may provide long-term protection from either acquisition of or ongoing infection by HIV. The emphasis of this FOA is early discovery research that incorporates new ideas leading to the development of newly engineered conventional or entirely novel approaches for vaccines that may have significant impact on the design of immunogens or immunization strategies for an effective HIV vaccine. The program is open to established and new investigators and does not require research expertise in HIV prevention as a prerequisite for submitting an application. Letters of intent are due June 15, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-14-006.html.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES
Assistant/Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases: University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking candidates for an Assistant Professor or early-stage Associate Professor tenure-track faculty position in the field of infectious diseases, with a research focus in bacteriology. Potential areas of research include, but are not limited to, bacterial pathogenesis, epidemiology, emerging and zoonotic bacterial diseases, food safety, and the genomics and metagenomics of bacterial disease in animals and people. Minimum requirements include a PhD, at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience in a relevant field, and evidence of potential for developing a nationally recognized research program. A DVM (or equivalent) is preferred, but not required. The selected candidate will be expected to develop an independent extramurally funded research program, participate in graduate student training, and teach in the veterinary microbiology courses, or other courses in the Department. In addition, participation in departmental and university service and commitment to fostering a diverse academic environment are expected. Salary and start-up packages will be commensurate with the rank and experience of the selected individual.
The Department is one of four within the School of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/) and consists of 27 faculty members with expertise in infectious diseases (immunology, parasitology, bacteriology, virology, epidemiology, and public health) and comparative pathology (anatomical and clinical). Faculty within the Department and School participate in training graduate students in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences and other campus graduate programs. They also serve as trainers on a variety of NIH training grants administered through the School or other units on campus. The UW-Madison has a long tradition of excellence in research and graduate training. It accepted over $1.1 billion in research awards in 2013 and ranks third among public universities in annual research expenditures. The campus culture of collaboration and collegiality and the pleasant lifestyle offered by Madison, WI provide an outstanding environment in which to embark on an academic career.
Interested applicants should email the following in a single PDF file to Ms. Christina Henige (email@example.com): 1) a cover letter with a brief description of your primary research area and experience in the field, 2) a complete curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and current contact information for three references. For full consideration, the application should be received by April 1, 2014. For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/departments/pathobiological-sciences/.
The University of Wisconsin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants, especially women and underrepresented minority candidates, are encouraged to apply.
For specific questions regarding this position contact:
Dr. Timothy Yoshino
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Pathobiological Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2115 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Assistant Professor of Biology (Tenure-track) Louisiana Tech University
Multiple positions available. Tenure-track, 9-month, Assistant Professor positions in the School of Biological Sciences, Louisiana Tech University; positions available to begin September 1, 2014. Our School is a dynamic, collegial unit with 21 faculty and approximately 475 undergraduate and 60 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.). The University is located in Ruston, a small town (22,000 residents) in North Louisiana. The successful applicants will teach courses in support of our degree programs (including undergraduate courses in plant biology, or ecology, or environmental law, and upper level and graduate courses in the candidates' area of expertise), and are expected to establish and maintain an externally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants whose research interests include environmental biology, ecology, or developmental biology are encouraged to apply. Positions require Ph.D. in biology or closely related field; prior teaching and postdoctoral experience a plus. To apply, email application letter, curriculum vitae, separate statements of research interests/plans and teaching interest/philosophy, and names and contact information including email addresses for three references, to William Campbell, Chair of Search Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications begins3/28/14 and continues until positions filled. Louisiana Tech University is a member of the University of Louisiana System, AA/EOE.
Summer REU opportunity - ecosystem consequences of plant-microbe interactions (Indiana University)
The Phillips lab at Indiana University (http://sites.bio.indiana.edu/%7Ephillipslab/index.html) invites applicants for a summer REU student to investigate the role of plant-microbe interactions in forests. The overarching goal of this NSF-funded research is to develop a predictive framework for examining how trees and their microbial associates influence carbon and nutrient cycling across environmental gradients. This project is being conducted in the mixed hardwood forests of south-central Indiana where we have established plots along a "nutrient economy" gradient, with plots dominated by tree species that associate with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, plots dominated by trees associating with ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi, and mixed plots (dominated by both AM and ECM trees). The successful REU student will conduct an independent research project on a question related to how soil fungi alter nutrient availability, with guidance from scientific mentors in the Phillips lab. In addition to conducting research, the student will gain experience in science communication by presenting their results at the end of the summer in written form (manuscript style research paper) and as an oral presentation. The student will have the opportunity to assist with other projects in the Phillips lab, and will gain experience in state-of-the-art soil biogeochemical methods, as well as general lab and field skills. The REU student must be able to work with minimal supervision and as part of a research team. A willingness to conduct moderate physical activity in the field under adverse conditions is essential. The student may be required to work long hours, and will be expected to endure field conditions that include rain, heat, humidity, insects, etc. The student must be comfortable being alone in the woods, and must be able to carry soil samples (up to 30 lbs.) in a backpack through moderately rugged terrain. The REU student will receive a $5,000 stipend, free room and board, and funds to support transportation to and from Bloomington. Start/end dates are somewhat flexible, but the student must be able to work for at least 12 weeks - from mid-May to early August or mid-June to late August (if on the quarter system). Students must have relevant course experience (i.e., one or more courses in environmental science, ecology, plant science, soil science or microbiology) and be undergraduates (preferably starting their junior or senior year in fall, 2014). Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this NSF funded program. To apply: Please send an email to both Drs. Richard Phillips and Tanya Cheeke which includes 1) a one page cover letter describing your research/educational background and specific interest in the position, 2) a resume that includes a list of pertinent courses (with grades) and any previous research experience, and 3) the names, email and phone numbers of two references. Applications are due March 21, 2014. Applications should be emailed directly to both Rich Phillips email@example.com and Tanya Cheeke firstname.lastname@example.org **Please make sure to reply to both Tanya and Rich, and include "Summer REU" in the title of your email.
Central Caribbean Marine Institute, Coral Reef Research Post-Doctoral Position
A Post-Doctoral position in tropical marine ecology at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute is available at our Little Cayman Research Centre facility in the Cayman Islands. The primary goal of the research is to assess and more fully understand factors that influence coral reef resilience. Consistent with that goal, we expect that the successful candidate will focus his or her research efforts on a relevant area of marine science. The research, however, should be of broad ecological interest. We are particularly interested in attracting innovative, early career scientists with demonstrated field and laboratory experience and strong publication potential. This position will suit a well-rounded research scientist who is comfortable in the field and in the laboratory and who has strong analytical skills as well as good personal skills. We seek a scientist who will: (1) make an original contribution in the understanding of mechanisms underlying coral reef resilience, (2) integrate the work into a longer-term research strategy for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, and (3) make substantial and effective use of Little Cayman Research Centre facilities. The ability to work independently and in teams on interdisciplinary problems is essential. The successful applicant will work closely with Dr. Carrie Manfrino and Dr. Tom Frazer. Applicants must have a PhD in marine biology, ecology, oceanography or related discipline. The appointment is a full-time one year position with the possibility of extending to two years, contingent on available funding and successful evaluation of performance. Please see full description on our Jobs Webpage: http://reefresearch.org/jobs/
SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS
Maria Carolina Ferreira, Ph.D., Research and Development Coordinator, Helixxa Genomics, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC), a disease caused by the fungal organism Candida albicans, frequently occurs in immune compromised individuals such as AIDS patients and patients undergoing chemotherapy. The pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-17 was found to be important in inducing resistance to OPC. Experiments with mice lacking the IL-17 receptor showed that those animals are highly susceptible to OPC. IL-17 appears to act by inducing the expression and production of chemokines and antimicrobial peptides molecules that are important for protective immunity against C. albicans. One of the target genes activated upon for IL-17 signaling and response is called lipocalin-2, 24p3 or NGAL. Lipocalin-2 has been demonstrated to impair bacteria from acquiring iron using a molecular system named siderophores. Since IL-17 is important for the immune response to OPC and induces Lipocalin-2 expression Ferreira et. al. conducted studies now published in the journal Infection & Immunity (click here to access article) that were designed to determine if lipocalin-2 impairs C. albicans growth by blocking iron acquisition through siderophores. The results showed that mice lacking lipocalin-2 gene were not more susceptible to OPC (as expected) but were completely resistant to OPC. Lipocalin-2 appeared to not impair iron acquisition by C. albicans but acted as an immunoregulatory protein, helping to control the immune response and preventing the host from a pathogenic immune response. In this scenario lipocalin-2 would protect the individual during OPC by controlling the immune response rather than impairing iron acquisition.
Maria Carolina Ferreira is an immunologist currently working at the research and development department at the first Brazilian Genomic Corporation – Helixxa Genomics in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Ferreira received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Campinas State University (UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She then joined the Cellular and Molecular Immunology Laboratory at UNICAMP where she earned her Master of Science and doctoral degrees. While working on her MS degree, Dr. Ferreira studied the function of regulatory T cells in patients with paracoccidiodomycosis. These studies were published in Infection and Immunity and garnered the best contribution award in Immunology at the Xth International Congress on Paracoccidioidomycosis. Her doctoral studies involved studying the role of IL-17 and T helper 17 cells during paracoccidioidomycosis. Dr. Ferreira’s received scholarship from the Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil while still in graduate school and accepted an opportunity to work in the laboratory of Dr. Sarah Gaffen at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Under Dr. Gaffen supervision she studied the interaction between Lipocalin-2 and candidiasis. After her internship in Pittsburgh she returned to Brazil to finish her doctoral studies before accepting her current position as a Research and Development coordinator at Helixxa Genomics in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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://asm.org/index.php/component/content/article/31-forms/forms/238-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 Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT. The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Floyd L. Wormley Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Associate Editor is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
If you are interested in placing an ad in the MMM, please send the copy to CMIIM@asmusa.org by the first of the month.