Division G Newsletter

November, 1997

Table of Contents


1998 General Meeting

Division G Funding

Council Meeting

Mycoplasma Workshop

We are all deeply saddened by Itzhak's untimely passing. The following is reproduced from the IOM Newsletter with Dennis Pollack' permission.

It is with deepest regret that I announce to the membership that our Secretary-General Professor Itzhak Kahane passed away on July 23 in Jerusalem, Israel. Itzhak had been ill for some time with a disease of the lungs that had gotten progressively worse. He was air-evacuated to Israel shortly after the ASM meetings in Miami and was hospitalized at the time of his death.

The personal shock at hearing the news is still difficult for me to accept. Itzhak was one of the most committed members of the IOM I have ever met. He was deeply concerned with our organization and never failed to champion its mission to teach, and study the Mollicutes, a subject to which he had devoted his entire professional life.

We knew each other since 1966, when I was a post-doc in Israel. The character of his professional and personal life as I knew him might be summed up in a few words: he was sincere, he was earnest, he was loyal, he was industrious, and he was self sacrificing. He was a man of sympathy, learning and integrity.

His many friends, and the community of the IOM, will miss him. His passing grieves us. We extend our profoundest condolences to his bereaved family.

J. Dennis Pollack

Chair, IOM


ABSTRACT DEADLINES: December 19, 1997 Paper submissions

December 31, 1997 Electronic submissions

Science and Southern Hospitality!! I hope all are making plans to attend the 1998 ASM General Meeting in Atlanta, May 17-21. Division G will sponsor two symposia, although dates and times have not been established. Joel Baseman and I will convene a symposium on "Mycoplasma Virulence Determinants". Joel Renaudin, who will deliver the Divisional Lecture in this session, and other scheduled speakers include Joel Baseman, Makda Fisseha from my lab, Le Roy Voelker, now with Kevin Dybvig, and Qijing Zhang, from Kim Wise's lab. I have made a point in this session to schedule more postdoctoral speakers than usual to give them some exposure in the Division. Our second symposium, entitled "Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and Resistance in Mycoplasmas" will be convened by Ken Waites and Sharon Levisohn. Scheduled to speak in this session are Ken Waites, Kevin Dybvig, Carl Craft from Abbott Laboratories, Dennis Crouse, and Sharon Levisohn. I look forward to seeing you there.

-Duncan Krause, Division G Chair

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Thanks to the efforts of Deborah Talkington, REMEL Microbiology Products has generously committed $1,000 to support Division G activities at the Atlanta General Meeting. I encourage you to visit their booth at ASM or introduce yourself to their representatives at the Division G mixer and thank them for their support.

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ASM Council Meeting May, 1997

1. ASM Council passed a resolution that Divisional Group Representative can be selected from among the members of the Divisions. This no longer restricts the Group Representative to recent Division Chairs.

2. A report from ASM Publications indicated that all official ASM journals are expected to be "on-line" sometime in 1998 (text and graphics). Details of access and subscription should become available on the ASM website. Note that this does NOT necessarily apply to the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, which is an IUMS journal that is merely published by the ASM (at an annual deficit). Whether or not the ASM News (separate from ASM journals) will be on-line was not discussed.

3. For ASM-sponsored meetings (OTHER THAN THE GENERAL MEETING) additional funds were allocated for support of student travel to those events (see website).

4. New ASM Division Y: Public Health

5. The venues for upcoming ASM meetings are:

1998 Atlanta 1999 Chicago 2000 Los Angeles

6. Watch for an educational series "`Intimate Strangers': Unseen Life on Earth" to appear in 1998 on PBS. It is a part of the ASM's activity in the Microbial Literacy Collaborative, whose partners include Baker and Simon (executive producer of the PBS initiative), Oregon Public Broadcasting, and the National Association of Biology Teachers. The theme is the pervasiveness of microbes on earth with good and exploitable features, in addition to the more publicized negative attributes of pathogens.

- Kim Wise, Division G Councilor

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About Division G:

These figures were presented at the Division Officers' Leadership Forum in Miami Beach. Membership: Full / Primary 139

Secondary 28

Student/ Primary 22

Secondary 1

Emeritus/ Primary 8



Final abstracts will be due 13 February, 1998. This will be the single, final and only abstract!


1998 Summer Workshop In Microbial Physiology (SWMP '98)

June 14 - July 9, 1998 The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Sponsored by The NSF Research Training Group in Prokaryotic Diversity

A case method approach with two diverse microorganisms as model systems. All participants will work with both model microorganisms, and visiting experts will present both didactic lectures and state-of-the-art research seminars on the model and related microorganisms. The workshop is designed for working scientists from industry, government, academia, small college faculty, and advanced graduate students. The goal of the workshop is to provide participants with information and skills which they can generalize to the study of other microbes of specific interest to them in their own work.

Model Microbial Systems & Tentative Faculty: SWMP '98

1. Molecular approaches to the study of Mycoplasma biology

Mycoplasma gallisepticum will serve as a model for laboratory exercises involving transformation-based studies, antigenic variation, molecular- based diagnosis, and genome analysis. Labs tentatively planned:

Cultivation of mycoplasmas
Computer-based genomic analysis
Transposon mutagenesis / analysis of insertion sites
Molecular diagnostics
Antigenic variation: colony & western blotting
Faculty: Duncan Krause, University of Georgia, Lead Instructor
Chris Minion, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
David Yogev, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Stan Kleven, University of Georgia
Jean-Francois Tomb, TIGR

2. Manipulation and analysis of Salmonella

Labs tentatively planned:

Identification of Salmonella in clinical samples
Transposon mutagenesis
Invasion and replication in host cells
PCR detection of virulence genes
Isolation of invasion mutants
Virulence in tissue culture and chick embryos
Faculty: Margie Lee, Univ. of Georgia, Lead Instructor
Visiting faculty to be announced

Application forms are available on-line or may be obtained from the program administrator

Phone: 706-542-2045 FAX: 706-542-2674

Email: mibrtg@uga.cc.uga.edu

website: http://www.exr.com/microbio

Participation limited to 20 persons.

Deadline for receipt of application: April 15, 1998

Notification of acceptance: April 30, 1998

Registration: $ 400- academic and government participants

$1000- participants from industry

Please do not send the registration fee at this time. Financial assistance for travel is available in case of need.

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