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bioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology
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ASM’s Committee on Awards is currently accepting nominations for the 2009 bioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award. This award honors a distinguished microbiologist for the promotion of innovation in clinical laboratory science, dedication to ASM, and the advancement of clinical microbiology as a profession. Nominations are due by October 1.

Academy Publishes News and Views
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The August issue of News and Views, the newsletter of the American Academy of Microbiology, is now available online.

New Academy Report
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The American Academy of Microbiology recently released a new report entitled, “Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis: Infrequent Human Pathogen or Public Health Threat?” The report points out that the cause of Crohn's Disease is unknown, and the possible role of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), which could conceivably be passed up the food chain to people, has received too little attention from the research community.

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General Registration for the joint meeting of the ASM and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is open through September 15, 2008. The ASM/IDSA annual meeting will take place in Washington, DC, October 25-28, 2008.
ASM Partners with FIND to Strengthen Infectious Disease Diagnosis in Resource Poor and Transitional Nations
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The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding confirming an agreement to work in partnership for projects aimed at strengthening infectious disease diagnosis and service integration in resource-poor and transitional countries.

ASM in the News
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ASM’s Communications Department is regularly scanning online news for coverage of the Society as well as any of its products including meetings, journals, books, award or reports.

Journal Articles of Interest
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New Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer May Minimize Viral Transmission, Including Norovirus
Applied and Environmental Microbiology, August 2008
New Oral Vaccine May Protect Against Bubonic Plague
Infection and Immunity, August 2008
Oral Administration of Lactobacillus from Breast Milk May Treat Common Infection in Lactating Mothers
Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, August 2008