November/December 2007

November/December 2007
Dear ASM Member -

ASM wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!

General Meeting ‘Member-Only’ Discount
If you register for the 2008 General Meeting in Boston, MA between November 15th and December 11th you can reserve housing in some of the unique neighborhoods of Boston at a special savings. Your ASM membership must be renewed for 2008 at the time of registration. For more information, please visit the General Meeting website at

But, don’t just stop with the General Meeting
The ASM Education Board offers two other opportunities scheduled in Boston just prior to the 2008 General Meeting.
  • ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators
    Most postdoctoral experiences provide abundant opportunities to develop as a researcher, but limited training in effective teaching and mentoring. To address this need the ASM sponsors the annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE). Strategically scheduled just prior to the ASM General Meeting on a college campus in a location near the General Meeting, the ASMCUE brings nearly 300 undergraduate faculty, teaching postdoctoral scientists and graduate students together for 3 days of scientific updates, effective teaching strategies, genuine assessment, and networking. The conference includes plenary and concurrent sessions, posters on teaching, and exhibits with publishers. Concurrent sessions come in two formats, "Learn Something New" focuses on scientific updates and "Try Something New" focuses on pedagogy. (For more information visit
  • ASM Presentation Institute for Graduate Students in Microbiology (ASMGAP)
    (Please pass this information on to any qualified students you may know since ASMGAP is only open to Graduate Students.)
    As you are no doubt aware, one important skill regardless of the career pathway one chooses in the microbiological sciences is the ability to provide a clear and effective presentation of scientific research. This training will develop skills needed to make successful scientific presentations:
    • Elevator talk ideas
    • Oral and poster presentation
    • Abstract preparation, titles, and ethics
Here’s the ASM Conference information that 83% of you requested!
ASM Conferences seek to identify emerging or underrepresented topics of broad scientific significance. With conference attendance from 100 to 700 registrants, ASM fosters interdisciplinary and international exchange and collaboration with other scientific organizations.

Upcoming conferences:

Manipulation of Nuclear Processes by DNA Viruses
March 2 - 5, 2008, Charleston, South Carolina

9th ASM Conference on Candida and Candidiasis
March 24 - 28, 2008, overlooking New York City

Emerging Technologies of Medical Importance for the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases and the Detection of Pathogenic Microbes
April 6 - 10, 2008, Beijing, China

ASM Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens
June 15 - 18, 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark

2nd ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes: Beneficial Host-Microbial Interactions
October 12 - 16, 2008, San Diego, California
Survey Results
As promised, we are publishing the results of the recent survey you received (click here). Thank you for all of your responses – they will be extremely helpful in determining what information will serve you best in future newsletters! If you have any further questions, or would like to suggest a topic, please contact Membership Services at

To Remind…
For those of you that have not yet renewed for 2008, we want to remind you of a special online early renewal offer for Full Members -- Full Members that renew for 2008 online before midnight December 31, 2007 EST, are eligible to receive a $10 discount on the books listed here index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53564

The $10 discount applies only to the books listed above and will be applied to each book purchased and to each book purchased as part of a multiple copy order. All purchases must be completed on or before January 31, 2008 to receive the $10 discount.

To take advantage of this offer, once you have completed your renewal transaction, login to the The eligible books will reflect their discounted price. If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Member & Customer Service Unit at (202) 942-9319 or email us at

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