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FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES
ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES
SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS
ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Grant
In an effort to increase the participation of underrepresented minority (URM) groups in microbiology related fields, ASM will offer American General Meeting Minority Travel Grants to help defray expenses associated with travel to asm2013. Postdoctoral scholars, faculty from URM groups, and faculty from Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges who have demonstrated their interest in mentoring URM trainees in the microbiological sciences will be eligible to receive up to $2,000. Funding for this program is pending. For complete details on eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and to download the application form, please visit http:www.asm.org/asmgmminoritytravelgrant.
ASM PRESS: New and Forthcoming Titles
Regulation of Bacterial Virulence
Editors: Michael L. Vasil, University of Colorado; Andrew Darwin, New York University
List Price: $199.95
Member Price: $159.95
A comprehensive compendium of scholarly contributions relating to bacterial virulence gene regulation.
For more information related to Regulation of Bacterial Virulence please visit: http://estore.asm.org/viewItemDetails.asp?ItemID=1068.
Molecular Genetics of Bacteria, Fourth Edition
Authors: Larry Snyder, Michigan State University; Joseph E. Peters, Cornell University; Tina M. Henkin, Ohio State University; Wendy Champness, Michigan State University
List & ASM Member Price: $129.95
The classic comprehensive and authoritative textbook on bacterial molecular genetics.
For more information related to Molecular Genetics of Bacteria, 4e please visit:
Food Microbiology: Fundamentals and Frontiers, Fourth Edition
Editors: Michael P. Doyle, University of Georgia; Robert L. Buchanan, University of Maryland
List Price: $199.95
Member Price: $159.95
This essential reference emphasizes the molecular and mechanistic aspects of food microbiology in one comprehensive volume.
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When you buy books directly through the ASM Press, you support the society that supports the science of microbiology.
Find all of these titles and more at estore.asm.org/press.
2013 Education Planning Calendar
The 2013 Education Planning Calendar is now available at http://www.asm.org/images/Education/2013education_calendar.pdf. The calendar features deadlines, descriptions, and other information about ASM faculty and student programs, all designed to help members enhance the knowledge and skills that lead to successful careers in the microbiological sciences. Take a look and mark pertinent deadlines on your calendar so that you or your students can take advantage of ASM’s many skills-sharpening opportunities. Upcoming application deadlines include January 15 for the ASM-CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (http://www.asm.org/cdcfellowship) and February 1 for the Biology Scholars Program residencies (http://www.biologyscholars.org) and the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (http://www.asm.org/urf).
MicrobeLibrary – New Lab Protocols and Visual Media Briefs
Seven new resources are available in the ASM MicrobeLibrary, an online, searchable, and peer-reviewed digital media center for undergraduate microbiology. Three additions are in the library’s Laboratory Protocol Collection, and four are in its Visual Media Briefs Collection. The Laboratory Protocol Collection provides educators with information briefs about standard microbiological laboratory tests. Each brief includes procedural steps as well as the purpose, theory, history, and safety considerations for the protocol, along with tips, comments, and references. The collection offers briefs for 41 commonly used protocols; its newest briefs are for gelatin hydrolysis test, carbohydrate fermentation, and starch agar protocols. The Visual Media Briefs Collection consists of high-quality, short communications with digital images, animations, and videos about the microbial world. The collection’s newest resources are “Roles of Natural Killer Cells in Body Defense,” “Diagnostic Methods for the Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli Infection,” “Ascaris lumbricoides Development,” and “Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis the Chytrid Fungus Frog Pathogen.” Learn more at http://www.microbelibrary.org.
Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women
The ASM Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women Committee is currently accepting applications for its 2013 grant program. Three grants ($1200 each) are given annually to advance the careers of postdoctoral women with outstanding scientific accomplishments and potential for significant research in the area of microbiology. The fields covered by the award are any of those represented by the scientific divisions of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). The grants support the career development of the winning candidates by providing funds to attend a meeting (other than the ASM General Meeting or ICAAC), to visit another laboratory, to take a course in a geographically distant place, or for other travel to advance the candidate's career.
To be eligible for this program, a woman scientist must hold a doctoral degree and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of her most recent doctoral degree. Candidates must currently be performing postdoctoral work in microbiology, at an institution in the United States. The candidate must be a member of ASM. A letter of support must be provided by a nominator, who should be the candidate’s research project director, Department Chair, or Center Director. The nominator must be a member of ASM and may only support one candidate for this award per year.
For more information on the program and the application process, go to http://www.asm.org/index.php/career-development-grants-for-postdoctoral-women on the Membership section of the ASM website.
Deadline for applications is February 1, 2013.
2013 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
February 25-27, 2013 | Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel | Washington, DC
December 3, 2012: Abstract Submission Deadline
December 6, 2012: Website Opens
December 6, 2012: Registration & Housing Open
January 25, 2013: Advance Registration Closes
Join leading scientists, public health researchers, and policy makers to learn about the latest advancements in the biodefense and emerging disease fields.
For more information go to: http://www.asmbiodefense.org
asm2013 | 113th General Meeting
May 18-21, 2013 | Denver, Colorado
January 15, 2013: Abstract Submission Deadline
April 1, 2013: Advance Registration Closes
asm2013 will showcase the central role of microbes in the biosphere by reporting today’s best science in the diverse areas influenced by microbes. The breadth of this meeting provides participants with the chance to immerse themselves in their field of specialization and take forays into different disciplines.
For more information go to: http://www.asm.org/asm2013
Save the date!
3rd ASMET - The ASM Emerging Technologies Conference
June 25 – 28, 2013 | Izmir, Turkey
4th ASM Conference on Salmonella: The Bacterium, the Host and the Environment
October 5-9, 2013 | Boston, Massachusetts
3rd ASM-ESCMID Conference on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in Animals: Veterinary and Public Health Implications
November 4 – 7, 2013 | Copenhagen, Denmark
For more information go to: http://www.asm.org/conferences
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES
Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD, NSF 12-502)
The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) has formed a partnership with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for the detection of chemical agents, biological threats, and threats inferred from geospatial information.
This program solicits proposals from the mathematical sciences community in two main thrust areas: mathematical and statistical techniques for genomics, and mathematical and statistical techniques for the analysis of data from sensor systems. Proposals are due January 10, 2013, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12502/nsf12502.htm.
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB, NSF 12-501)
Through the LTREB program, the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) encourage the submission of proposals that generate extended time series of biological and environmental data to address ecological and evolutionary processes and resolve important issues in organismal and environmental biology. Researchers must have collected at least six years of previous data to qualify for funding, and these data must motivate the proposed research. The proposal also must present a cohesive conceptual rationale or framework for ten years of research. Questions or hypotheses outlined in this conceptual framework must guide an initial 5-year proposal as well as a subsequent, abbreviated renewal. Together, these will constitute a decadal research plan appropriate to begin to address critical and novel long-term questions in organismal and environmental biology. As part of the requirements for funding, projects must show how collected data will be shared broadly with the scientific community and the interested public. Preliminary proposals are due January 10, 2013, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12501/nsf12501.htm.
Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OCE-PRF)
The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the ocean sciences. Awards are intended to support the individual fellows' research and increase the diversity of the U.S. ocean sciences research community. In this solicitation, the term under-represented groups will refer to and include the following: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not organizations, and are administered by the fellows. Proposals are due January 14, 2013, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13504/nsf13504.htm.
Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants (OCE-RIG, NSF 13-505), Broadening Participation
The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers Research Initiation Grants in an effort to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the ocean sciences. Research Initiation Grants provide start up funding for researchers who have been recently appointed to tenure track (or equivalent) positions, with the twin goals of enhancing the development of their research careers and broadening the participation of under-represented groups in ocean sciences. In this solicitation, the term under-represented groups will refer to and include the following: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders. Proposals are due January 14, 2013, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13505/nsf13505.htm.
SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG, NSF 11-547)
The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question. Proposal deadlines vary, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11547/nsf11547.htm.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES
Stanford University School of Medicine, Department Of Microbiology and Immunology: Tenure-track Faculty Position
The Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. We are looking for highly interactive candidates with outstanding records of research achievement in the area of innate or acquired immunity, virology, bacteriology or parasitology or susceptibility genetics, with a potential emphasis on quantitative analysis or the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and symbiosis. The predominant criteria for appointment in the University Tenure Line are major commitments to research and teaching.
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology (http://microimmuno.stanford.edu) is a collegial, interactive and interdisciplinary environment. Current faculty use classical, contemporary and cutting-edge approaches, enlivened by the entire Stanford research community. Applicants are expected to establish a vigorous and innovative research program that complements and extends the current research of the department and the university. Responsibilities will also include teaching graduate, undergraduate or medical students.
Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research objectives and a statement of teaching preferences. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to:
David Schneider, Ph.D. and Karla Kirkegaard, Ph.D.
c/o Mayumi Beppu (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Fairchild Science Building
299 Campus Drive, D338d
Stanford, CA 94305-5124
Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2012. Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research, teaching and clinical missions.
Brown University, Environmental Change Initiative, Voss Postdoctoral Research Associate 2013
Brown University’s Environmental Change Initiative (http://brown.edu/Research/ECI/index.html) seeks candidates for two distinguished postdoctoral positions in interdisciplinary environmental science. Established in 2004, Brown University’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) catalyzes collaborative research among 15 affiliated academic units and over 50 individual researchers. Particular strengths include coastal and marine ecology, biogeochemistry, earth systems history, population studies, environmental sociology, remote sensing and spatial analysis, evolutionary genetics, ecosystem‐based management, biogeography, and climate change adaptation. Emerging areas of emphasis include sustainable energy and the intersection of climate change with health and well‐being. Brown University also maintains a cooperative research program with the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, including the Ecosystems Center (http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/) and the Josephine Bay Paul Center (http://www.mbl.edu/research/resident/lab_baypaul.html) in Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution. Prospective applicants must contact their proposed mentors to discuss their project ideas before applying. Positions will be two-year appointments in the Environmental Change Initiative. Associates receive a salary of $50,000, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $5,000/year in addition to any research funds that may be directed to the project by mentors required project proposal (1500 words maximum, excluding references): The proposal should describe how the project builds on the applicant’s current work and how it relates to the research interests of the proposed mentors. Proposals will be judged on scientific merit, potential for building cross-disciplinary bridges, and an achievable research plan, given time and budgetary constraints. The project proposal is an essential component of the application package and applications without proposals will not be reviewed. To apply, please submit the following items at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/20660 Cover letter, current CV, project proposal (less than 1500 words), 3 letters of reference from advisors or colleagues who know the applicant’s work well (letters should describe prior research experience and evidence of applicant’s interest, capability, and potential in interdisciplinary environmental research), and 2 letters of support from proposed mentors, describing the mentor’s interest in the applicant and the proposed project and evaluating the preparation of this applicant to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment. For additional information, please contact Marty Downs, Associate Director of ECI (email@example.com). Applications received by February 3, 2013 will receive full consideration. Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology, Kansas State University
The Division of Biology at Kansas State University invites applications for a tenure‐track faculty position in Microbial Ecology at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning in the 2013‐2014 academic year. We seek candidates addressing cutting‐edge questions in microbial ecology using modern methods (molecular and otherwise) with a focus on the effects of Bacteria and/or Archaea on ecological processes. Potential areas of study include, but are not limited to, microbial community structure and function, controls of biogeochemical processes, microbial food web interactions, and/or microbial responses to environmental change. Candidates should complement existing strengths in the Division of Biology (http://www.ksu.edu/biology), and be able to contribute to collaborative initiatives such as the Long‐Term Ecological Research (LTER) program at Konza Prairie (http://www.konza.ksu.edu) and the Ecological Genomics Institute (http://www.ecogen.ksu.edu). Application materials and letters of reference should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, following instructions online at http://www.ksu.edu/biology/employment.html. Inquiries only may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. John Blair (email@example.com). Review of applications will begin December 3, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. KSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees. A background check is required.
Assistant Professor of Life Sciences Education, The University of Texas at San Antonio
The Department of Biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Life Sciences Education at the Assistant Professor level starting Fall 2013, pending budget approval. Required qualifications include a doctoral degree in Biology or Life Sciences education or a related field, and academic achievement in Life Science education. Successful applicants for this position should have experience in teaching and research in Life Sciences education, preferably in a large classroom environment. The applicant will be expected to develop, implement and seek funding for a successful research program in undergraduate science education. Part of this program may include teaching and curriculum development and course redesign of lecture and laboratory curricula for introductory and other courses central to the biology degree, outreach activities in the educational community and development of a science teacher training program. The Department offers the Ph.D., M.S., and B.S., degrees in biology. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must submit an original signed letter of application stating position applied for, current dated vita, description of experience in Life Sciences education and the names and addresses of three professional references. These materials should be sent to: Chair, Educator Search Committee, Department of Biology, The University of Texas at San Antonio, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249-0662, or email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants who are selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they are eligible and qualified to work in the United States by time of hire. The University of Texas at San Antonio is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job Posting: Wildlife Disease Ecologist
Lincoln Park Zoo is offering a scientific research position in Wildlife Disease Ecology as part of the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology and the Urban Wildlife Institute. The primary focus is on applied research that investigates disease ecology and the impact of disease on wildlife conservation. Tasks include participating in all aspects of the scientific method including designing studies, preparing protocols, collecting data and samples, analyzing data, writing grants, writing manuscripts for publication and preparing oral or poster presentations for staff and scientific conferences. This position will support our current national and international wildlife disease research projects and design and implement new wildlife disease research projects at the local, national and international level. Research also will complement our zoological surveillance program and collaborate with the Davee Center Endocrinologist and Epidemiologist, the Urban Wildlife Institute, and other centers within the Conservation and Science Department at Lincoln Park Zoo. This position is for 2 years, subject to extension after review, and will be filled as soon as possible. Salary will be commensurate with experience. PhD in ecology, epidemiology, statistics or a related discipline is required. A medical degree (MD/DVM) plus MS (MPh) and/or field research experience may be considered. Some Post-doctoral and field research experience is preferred, particularly experience handling wild animals for sample collection. Send resume, copies of college transcripts and letter of interest to: Human Resources Department Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614 Direct specific questions about the position to Dr. Rachel Santymire (RSantymire@lpzoo.org) or Dr. Seth Magle (SMagle@lpzoo.org).
Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Microbiology
The University of Iowa Department of Microbiology invites qualified undergraduate students in microbiology and other biological sciences to apply to our Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Microbiology. We anticipate offering fellowships to 8-10 applicants who wish to participate in ten weeks of microbiology research and are interested in pursuing graduate school and a career in biological research. Participants will conduct research on a project they select under the supervision of a faculty member. The program will begin on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, and end on Friday, August 2, 2013. Students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and who will have, by June 2013, completed their sophomore or junior year toward a bachelor's degree in a biological science are eligible to apply. This program seeks to improve diversity in the biological sciences. Disabled students, underrepresented minority students, and disadvantaged students (economically or first in family to attend college) are especially encouraged to apply. Each student will receive a $5,000 stipend plus a food allowance. The program also pays for housing in the Mayflower dormitory. Funds are also available for travel to and from Iowa City and for 2 semester hours of academic credit. Please visit our website at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/microbiology/summer/ for more information or contact us at:
Summer REU in Microbiology at Iowa
Department of Microbiology
The University of Iowa
3-403 Bowen Science Bldg.
Iowa City, IA 52242-1109
Telephone: (319) 335-7980
Fax: (319) 335-9006
The application deadline (including all supporting materials) is February 15, 2013.
SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS
Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Vibrios are Gram-negative bacteria that occur naturally in marine, estuarine, and freshwater environments. The three main human pathogens are Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Vibrio cholerae, and Vibrio vulnificus. Within environmental populations, only a small minority of these possess virulence factors associated with human illness. It is well-known that these organisms are intimately related to temperature and other environmental factors, but the exact combinations of these other factors and how much they influence vibrio abundance remain uncertain. These environmental factors were examined in a recent work by Dr. Crystal N. Johnson and colleagues at Louisiana State University, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, The University of Southern Mississippi, the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, The University of Maryland, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health [Johnson, et al., Appl Environ Microbiol, 2012, 78(20):7249–7257]. Predictably, sea surface temperature was a strong predictor of vibrio abundance in the sampling locations and niches; however, salinity, suspended particulate matter, chlorophyll levels, and dissolved organic carbon were also significantly correlated in various combinations.
Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Louisiana State University. She earned her Ph.D. in microbiology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2004 and did postdoctoral work at both UAB and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has published in The Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, and Microbial Ecology, and her research interests have focused on molecular epidemiology, bacterial pathogenesis, marine microbiology, and type III secretion systems. She has served on NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP), Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID), and Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) review panels. She serves as a reviewer for Microbial Ecology and has served as Associate Editor for Current Microbiology. Dr. Johnson has also won several awards, including the American Society for Microbiology's President's Award for Best Graduate Student Talk, the Minority Access National Role Model Award, and an ASM student travel grant. She has been featured on Microbe World, "Life on a Half Shell," where she discussed her research on Vibrio parahaemolyticus. She serves on the ASM Communications Committee and the ASM Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM), and she is also the Associate Editor of CMIIM's The Minority Microbiology Mentor.
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.