Important Dates

Session Proposal Submissions Close:
January 10, 2019

Poster Abstracts Open:
January 3, 2019

Microbrew Submissions Open: 
January 3, 2019 

Travel Award Applications Open: 
February 1, 2019

Registration Open: 
March 15, 2019

Program Committee Chair
Jaclyn Madden, MS

Program Committee Vice-Chair
Nancy Boury, Ph.D.

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Plenary Sessions

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Carski Plenary: Teaching Students to See Through Microbial Eyes

Mark O. Martin, University of Puget Sound

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Members of the microbial world—often called “germs” by the public—receive relentlessly negative publicity in the media, and are associated with disease and corruption in the minds of many non-microbiologists. Mark O. Martin, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Puget Sound, is a self-admitted “microbial whisperer” and "microbial centrist" outside and inside of the classroom. This concept of microbial centrism will be shown to be true not simply in our biological relationships with what Dr. Martin calls “The Small Masters,” but to be a powerful paradigm throughout the biosphere. To borrow from Pliny the Elder, “Nature is to be found in her entirety nowhere more than in Her smallest creatures.” Dr. Martin will share his enthusiasm with the audience as he presents evidence that ours is a truly Microbial Planet, from deep in Earth’s crust, to high in the stratosphere, from the surface of our skin, to deep within our gut. Microbial Centricity is for everyone!


Friday Plenary: A New Way to Characterize and Evaluate Your Teaching

Carl E. Wieman, Stanford University and Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative Nobel Prize in Physics (2001)

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A major impediment to the adoption of effective research-based instructional methods has been the lack of good ways to evaluate teaching. I will discuss the basic design criteria for a good evaluation system, including the need for: fairness; sensitivity to methods that result in improved learning outcomes; provides guidance as to how to improve teaching and clearly measures when improvement has been made; and is practical to use on a routine basis. The predominant method in use today, student course evaluations, fails to meet most of these criteria. I will describe the Teaching Practices Inventory, a new tool which offers a better addition or alternative to existing evaluation methods, and which can be used by both individuals or departments and institutions to evaluate and improve their teaching. 


Saturday Plenary: Cell and Gene Therapy in Reproductive Medicine

Hong Ma, Oregon Health & Science University, Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy

Ma Hong

In vitro fertilization (IVF) represents a successful therapeutic approach for the treatment of infertility. Moreover, IVF, in conjunction with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and embryo selection, is increasingly being used to prevent transmission of heritable human diseases. We are actively investigating novel germline gene therapeutic approaches that would allow gene defect correction in mutant gametes or early preimplantation embryos, as opposed to selecting normal embryos for transfer while discarding carrier embryos as occurs with PGD. Our investigation is focused on important safety and efficacy questions regarding techniques that could one day be useful in preventing inherited genetic disorders that affect millions of people worldwide. This presentation will describe recent advances in gene editing strategies involving CRISPR/Cas9 in the correction of nuclear gene mutations and mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) for the prevention of mitochondrial gene mutations.


Sunday Plenary: 25 years of ASMCUE: Education and Beyond

Spencer Benson, Education Innovations International Consulting

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This plenary session will look at Microbiology/Biology educational developments, changes, and accomplishments that have occurred in the last 25 years and what the future might look like. It will focus on the roles that ASM and ASMCUE played in; changing the STEM educational landscape, the paradigm shifts from teacher-centered to learner-centered education, and promoting: active learning, curriculum guidelines, concept inventories, laboratory safety and SoTL. Participants will share what they think are the most important education developments.



Sunday Workshop: Charting the Future of Microbiology/Biology Education at ASM

Facilitated by Spencer Benson

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This hands-on, minds-on session will be interactive. Participants will identify current and future Microbiology/biology teaching and learning issues and the STEM priorities for the coming decade. Participants will brainstorm how ASM and ASMCUE might address the priorities and how ASM can best support present and future Microbiology/Biology education. The session will provide a structured opportunity for individuals to exchange ideas, perspectives and help chart future direction and priorities for ASM’s leadership in Microbiology/Biology education and STEM education in general.