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Committee on Divisions Retreat

The Committee on Divisions (COD) of the Membership Board met at ASM Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on the weekend of 4 November 2000 to prepare a course of action for upcoming years and resolve issues facing the COD. The Retreat was attended by three of the four Divisional Group Representatives who serve on the COD, and two Committee appointees. Also in attendance were Marie Pezzlo, chair, Membership Board, Nancy Hall, chair, Committee on Divisions, and key ASM staff.

The first order of business was to address issues raised by Division Officers at the 2000 Division Officers' Forum in Los Angeles, CA. Many officers felt they had not been adequately prepared for the responsibilities associated with service and that more thorough training was necessary. The COD discussed various ways of achieving this, including extending the term length of each office, as suggested by Division leadership at the forum. Each Division Chair currently serves a three-year term: the first year as chair-elect, the second year as chair, and the third year as past chair. The COD considered the impact of a six-year commitment on potential officers and determined it was too great. Instead, a proposal was passed to strengthen the role of the past chair, better enabling that office to assist the current chair. The name of the office currently known as "Past Chair" will be changed to "Division Advisor" in order to emphasize the Division chair's continuing role once his or her term is over. In addition, the responsibilities of this office will be enhanced to include an annual review of the Division's website and other communication tools. Since the Division Advisor has firsthand knowledge of Division activities and communications, this office should prove to be an invaluable resource to the incoming chair.

It was also determined that many responsibilities, such as Officer Training Sessions at the General Meeting, would be more effectively handled if the training was coordinated with the General Meeting Program Committee (GMPC). The COD resolved to approach the GMPC about combining the separate division forums into one comprehensive session at the 2001 General Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

In addition, a concise document outlining the responsibilities of each divisional office has been developed. The document will enable ASM members to make an informed decision about the scope of the commitment, before running for office in their Division.

The COD reviewed the 2000 Membership Board Strategic Plan, focusing on partnership and communication opportunities within which Divisions could participate. The COD explored the idea of approaching smaller scientific organizations to encourage them to develop new Divisions within ASM that would represent their unique areas of microbiology. ASM Branches were identified as another source of scientific groups which might be attracted to ASM membership. The COD agreed to contact a group of smaller scientific organizations by letter to stress the mutual benefits of partnering with ASM.

To enrich communication between Divisions and other constituencies, the COD decided to ask ASM staff to set up basic websites for those Divisions not currently online. These sites will contain basic information such as officer contacts and newsletters. The COD will stress the importance of contributing updated information to these sites during Officer Training Sessions. The benefits of listservs will also be emphasized.

The COD discussed increasing membership in smaller divisions. There are currently three Divisions that have fewer than the required 150 full members to remain as a Division "in good standing," per the Constitution and Bylaws. A letter was sent to Judy Daly, Secretary, ASM, apprising her of the situation and inquiring how to proceed.

The final partnering issue involved activities with other Committees of the Membership Board and the Society. The COD proposed holding Leadership Training Sessions at the General Meeting to be developed in conjunction with the Underrepresented Members Committee, Student Committee, the Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology, and other Committees of ASM. The COD will survey General Meeting attendees to determine whether there is an interest in such sessions and to determine the benefit to members. George Counts, chair, Underrepresented Members Committee, will attend the COD meeting at the upcoming General Meeting to initiate collaborative efforts between the two Committees.

The COD ended the retreat having created a list of action items for 2001. "This retreat was much needed and very productive," commented Committee Chair Nancy Hall at the conclusion of the weekend. "Many issues had been brought to our attention at previous Officer Forums, and new mandates have been established in the Membership Board Strategic Plan. The COD can now move forward and assist not only our own officers, but also enrich membership in ASM for all members."

Marie Pezzlo concurred, stating, "The Committee on Divisions has tremendous opportunities to reach out to the many constituencies within ASM. I know the partnerships the COD develops in upcoming years will benefit all members."

Please contact ASM Headquarters at (202) 942-9289 or via e-mail at  for more information about the Committee on Divisions Retreat or Division activities.

Education and Training

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The ASM and the National Association for Biology Teachers cohosted 25 high school biology teachers at a breakfast gathering in honor of the 2000 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in Washington, D.C., on 9 March. PAEMST, the nation's highest teacher awards, recognizes science and math teachers who excel in their profession both intellectually and actively within their communities. Over 200 elementary and secondary school teachers received the award in 2000. Award winners received a Presidential citation, and their schools received a $7,500 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Summer Institute for the Preparation of Careers in Microbiology

The ASM Committee on Graduate Education solicits application for the First Summer Institute in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology. The Institute is for (i) graduate students who have passed their qualifying exams and advanced to candidacy status (or are involved in dissertation research), and (ii) postdoctoral researchers. It will be held on 4-10 August 2001 at the Friedrick Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goals of the Institute are to provide intensive and closely guided experience in five key topics important for choosing and succeeding in a career in microbiology. These topics are opportunities and preparation for diverse careers in microbiology, preparation and critique of research grants, scientific presentation and communication, effective teaching methods, and development of professional standards in microbiology. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses and some meals. ASM will provide speakers, hands-on training experiences, some meals, and most handouts. Successful applicants must prepare a two-page preliminary proposal for funding their research as well as an electronic presentation (e.g., PowerPoint file) of their research work. This preparation is required as it provides a solid foundation for enhancing one's training and benefiting from the Institute. Participants are asked to bring their own laptop computers to the Institute for preparing and sharing their work. The Institute is supported by ASM and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Education Board Participates in Convocation on Postdoctoral Education

The National Academies

Robert Kadner of the University of Virginia Medical School and chair of the Committee on Graduate on Education and Irene Hulede, ASM manager of student programs, attended the Convocation on Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience For Scientists and Engineers at the National Academy of Sciences on 2 March 2001 in Washington, D.C. Approximately 300 individuals attended the convocation. The convocation focused on issues, such as employment versus training conditions, compensation, benefits, and recognition, raised by the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy in the publication Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers.


ASM Salutes Its 50-Year Members

ASM proudly recognizes those members of the Society for whom 2001 marks the 50th year of their membership. The participation and achievements of the following members have helped make ASM one of the most prominent and prestigious scientific societies in the world. The Society thanks its 50-year members and is pleased to acknowledge their significant contributions to ASM and to modern science.

Libero Ajello
Arthur Barbiers
James Barrett
Jack Battisto
Giuseppe Bertani
L. Binn
Theodore Carski
Chester Cavallito
Frank Chorpenning
Seymour Cohen
Robert Deibel
Henry Ehrlich
Robert Elliott
Hilmer Frank
William Frazier
Bob Freeman
Joseph Gainer
John Gerke
Morris Gordon
Allan Granoff
Harlyn Halvorson
Mostafa Hamdy
Nancy Reid Harvie
George Hermann
Gueh-Djen Hsiung
Elliot Juni
Austin Kreutz
Harrison Kurtz
Allen Laskin
John Lemp
John Litchfield
Boris Magasanik
Leroy Maki
G. Manire
Philip Marcus
Elmer Marth
Willard McCullough
Edward Meyers
Kelsey Milner
Charles Molander
Louis Muschel
Eugene Nester
Jane Nishio
George Paik
Philip Paterson
Richard Raymond
K. Stanley Read
Sanford Rosenman
Priscilla Roslansky
Melvin Santer
Alvin Sarachek
Anthony Sbarra
Lee Schuchardt
Bernard Schwab
Elwood Shirling
Irving Shklair
Samuel Singer
James Smith
Charles Smyser
Rex Spendlove
Keith Steinkraus
Jack Tessler
E. Van Engel
Robert Weaver
Maurice White
Norman Willett
Anna Maria Williams
Henry Wisniewski
Meyer Wolin
Helen Zaborowski
Norton Zinder


The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) has named two microbiologists, Spencer Benson of the University of Maryland, College Park and Alix Darden of the Citadel, Charleston, S.C., as Pew National Fellowship Program Carnegie Scholars for the 2001 class. The 2001 class is the fourth class in a five-year national program to enhance scholarship in undergraduate education. The program is open to faculty from all sectors of higher education. The program supports outstanding faculty (Carnegie Fellows) who foster significant, long-lasting learning for all students, enhance the practice and profession of teaching, and bring to teaching the recognition and reward afforded to other forms of scholarship

The Pew National Fellowship Carnegie Scholars Program brings together outstanding faculty from a variety of academic fields to work together on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Currently there are more than 100 Carnegie Fellows. In 2001, Benson and Darden will join 27 other Carnegie Fellows selected from other disciplines such as physics, engineering, economics, and law to work together, creating and sharing new models for teaching and learning. Benson and Darden will join five other biologists selected in 2000 and 2001, making the biology team seven.

Benson and Darden are committed to investigating and documenting significant issues in microbiology teaching and learning. Benson's project will focus on adapting the 1999 ASM video series Unseen Life on Earth: An Introduction to Microbiology as a teaching platform for a nonmajors microbiology course. These students will major in the health sciences as well as elementary and middle school science. Both have been active in the ASM community of undergraduate educators. Benson served as chair of the ASM Committee on Undergraduate Education between 1997 and 2000 (ASM News, March 1998, p. 156-158) and is a current member of the ASM Committee on Undergraduate Education.

ASM News April 2001

Benson and Darden's awards are timely. The ASM Committee on Undergraduate Education has concluded that over the next three years the Committee will focus on recognizing scholarship of microbiology education and promoting the importance of microbiology as a discipline throughout undergraduate education (see ASM News, April 2001, p. 212). This builds on another project sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2000 that supported a dialogue among the ASM community on recognizing and advancing scholarship in undergraduate microbiology education.

Deceased Members


Helen R. Buckley, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Temple University Hospital and School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., died on 28 February 2001 (Ash Wednesday) following esophageal cancer. She was 65. After receipt of her B.S. in Biology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Buckley served as a Research Assistant at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University (1956-61). She then was a Calouste Gulbenkian Fellow in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Lisbon, Portugal (1961-64). Buckley then received a Diploma in Immunology from the University of London, and a Ph.D. in Medical Mycology from the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1968). She served as a Senior Research Scientist at the New York State Department of Health in Albany (1968-70) and as a Senior Research Scientist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1970-72). She was a Research Associate (1972-73), then an Assistant Professor of Medical Mycology at the Harvard School of Public Health (1973-77). At that time she moved to Philadelphia to become an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology (and Dermatology) at Temple University School of Medicine, and Director of the Mycology Laboratory at Temple University Hospital. In 1984 she rose to the rank of Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Temple. During the time Buckley was in Philadelphia she also served as Adjunct Associate Professor, and then Adjunct Professor of Microbiology at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine.

Buckley was a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, a Program Director of NIH Medical Mycology and Immunology Training Grants, chairperson of the Microbiology Test Committee of the National Board of Podiatry Examiners, and President of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas. She also served on many Research Advisory Committees of the NIH.

She was a member, and frequent chair, of numerous committees of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, and Temple University. Her contributions were invaluable and her presence always advanced the topic under discussion.

Probably best known and loved as a teacher and mentor of medical and basic science mycology and microbiology students, Buckley was an advisor to 7 Master's degree graduate students, 13 Ph.D. candidates, and 6 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have moved on to important and influential positions in microbiology, public health, and medicine. Buckley has been recognized for her insightful, encouraging, and supportive teaching roles, and was the recipient of the George A. Sowell Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching, and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distingushed Teaching. She has been very active and influential in the teaching of human fungal disease to medical students, graduate students, allied health students, residents, dermatologists, and others. Buckley was actively involved with the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program which provides summer research opportunities for interested high school students from underrepresented minority groups. This program, and Buckley particularly, offered both inspiration and training for the pursuit of further education in the medical sciences for many young students. As a research mentor to African-American and Hispanic high school students from Philadelphia and elsewhere, Buckley often chose the youngest students in the program in the hopes of working with them over several years. She was a very kind and patient mentor, and she was often very successful in conveying the passion she felt for her work to her students, particularly by emphasizing how their research work would directly affect and benefit sick people. It is not surprising to those who knew her that the first student mentored by her in this program has graduated from college with honors and has entered a joint M.D./Ph.D. program. As an acknowledgment of her activities in the mentoring of minority students, Buckley was to receive the 2001 William A. Hinton Research Training Award from the ASM. The award is presented by ASM in honor of William A. Hinton, a physician-research scientist whose work advanced the field of diagnostic microbiology and one of the first African-Americans to become a member of ASM.

Buckley's contributions to basic research in the discipline of medical mycology are noteworthy and are recognized throughout the world, as evidenced by her many friends and colleagues at many hospitals and universities worldwide. She had a particular interest in the pathogenesis of Candida albicans and other Candida species, but published widely (over 75 peer-reviewed articles) in the entire field of medical mycology and immunology. In addition to Candida, her papers included studies of Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus species, Histoplasma capsulatum, Paecilomyces species, Nocardia species, Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, Malassezia furfur, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and other less common microbes. She was also coawarded a patent for some of her work on C. albicans related to the identification and characterization of serodiagnostically important antigens and the production of monoclonal antibodies against these. Findings from her studies have been used by other investigators in the development of diagnostic tests for C. albicans-related diseases.

Buckley is survived by her brothers Joseph and Kevin and sisters Connie Funke, Teresa Primrose, and Elizabeth Katavolos. Helen will be sorely missed not only by her immediate family but by countless friends, colleagues, and former students who loved her so much. She gave so much of herself to so many others, and her memory will live on and flourish in those who learned from her.

Allan L. Truant|
Temple University Hospital and School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pa.

Leland Velicer, internationally known for his research and teaching in the area of veterinary virology, died on 27 December 2000. He spent his entire faculty career as a member of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University (MSU), having first joined the department in 1969. Velicer received the D.V.M. degree from Iowa State University in 1964. He then went on to do postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded his Ph.D. degree in 1969. Velicer's research focused on the molecular mechanisms through which cancer-causing animal viruses proliferate with the goal of generating new vaccines and other practical antiviral therapies. He was best known for his research on leukemia virus in cats, Marek's disease virus of chickens, and the respiratory syncytial virus of cattle. Velicer published nearly 150 journal articles and abstracts, he held four patents, and he trained numerous undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral associates. Velicer taught both undergraduates and veterinary students, and he was particularly active in curriculum development initiatives for the MSU College Veterinary Medicine. He was also very active in professional societies, especially the American Society for Virology, and Sigma Xi. In 1996, he cochaired and cohosted the 5th International Symposium on Marek's Disease in East Lansing. Velicer's generous and enthusiastic spirit, his thoughtful advice, and his sincere concern for people will be sorely missed by his many students and colleagues throughout the world.

Jerry Dodgson
Michigan State University
Lansing, Mich.

It is with sadness, and yet with a spirit of celebration for a life lived well and with great influence over many in all levels of society, that we report the death of Lorraine Friedman from disseminated adenocarcinoma on 12 February 2001. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Arkansas in 1940, then earned a M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1948, and a Ph.D. from Duke University in 1951. She retired as a Professor from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1981 but remained active as a mentor and friend to many of her students and colleagues until her death.

Friedman's career was in no way typical for a woman coming of age in the 1940s. Immediately after earning her baccalaureate degree in 1940, she enlisted in the Navy and served on active duty in the Medical Services Corps until 1946. She remained in the Naval Reserves after leaving active duty and retired with the rank of commander in the 1970s.

After earning the Ph.D. at Duke under the tutelage of Norman Conant, she was appointed Chief of the Mycology Division of the Naval Biological Laboratory, School of Public Health, University of California-Berkeley. This was a dream job for Lorraine because she had the opportunity to work with the late Charles E. Smith, "Mr. Coccidioidomycosis." She and Smith carried out some of the seminal studies in experimental coccidioidomycosis. She had such a great experience there that she stayed four years instead of the two intended, and was then recruited to Tulane Medical School by Morris Shaffer, chair of the Department of Microbiology. Her role in the department was to establish a center for medical mycology at Tulane, and establish it she did! The appointment, of course, came with no funds other than salary, but Lorraine soon heard of the new training grant program being initiated by NIH and she applied for, and received (in 1957), a training grant in medical mycology. Its number was AI-00003, the third such award made. Although that specific program was phased out and a new program was developed, for which her application was successful as well, a training grant in medical mycology was still in place when Lorraine retired from Tulane in 1981.

After coming to Tulane, Lorraine had to give up her studies with Coccidioides immitis since appropriate containment facilities were not available. She, in collaboration with Vincent Derbes, chair of the Department of Dermatology, however, carried out critical experiments in the early 1960s that were instrumental in answering basic questions regarding communicability, prevention, and control of tinea capitis. Derbes and she established a "Ringworm Clinic" at Tulane that was a rich source of research material and a phenomenal educational environment for mycology trainees. Much of Lorraine's research activity following the publication of the dermatophytoses studies was realized through her students. Having said that, however, Lorraine was a gifted scientist in her own right, as evidenced by the fact that she was the Principal Investigator on an "R01" at the time of her retirement in 1981.

By the early 1960s she had established a reputation outside of Tulane, and she was one of the first women to serve on a study section at NIH. From 1963-1968 she served on the NIH Training Grant Committee (NIAID), and from 1966-1970 was member of the Bacteriology and Mycology Study Section. She was the chairman of the Mycology Division of ASM (1963-64), President of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (1974-75), served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Bacteriology and Infection and Immunity, and was the founding mycology editor of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, continuing in that capacity until her retirement. She was a member of the committee that initiated the concept for ASM Conferences, and was also appointed to the committee charged with restructuring ASM. The latter committee recommended the divisional structure as we know it today. In recognition to her contributions in multiple areas of microbiology, the Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology chose Lorraine to receive the Alice Evans Award in 1993.

The most important legacy that Lorraine leaves behind, of course, is those of us who were fortunate enough to have had her as a mentor. It was not easy to be a "mentee" under Lorraine. Her military administrative style, unrelenting work ethic to which each of us had to adhere, passion for perfection in research and writing, compassion for those less fortunate, and determination that each of us should succeed in the field, no matter the personal sacrifices she had to make to ensure our success, were legendary. As a consequence, those who finished under Lorraine's tutelage in the medical mycology training program were equipped to handle most anything in our careers, and we have gone on to lead satisfying and productive scientific lives in the United States, Central and South America, and the Middle East. She will be sorely missed.

(Note: This obituary is being published simultaneously in the journal Mycopathologia.)

Judith E. Domer
Appalachian State University
Boone, N.C.

George S. Kobayashi
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Mo.

International Activities

The UNESCO-ASM Visiting Resource Person Program

The UNESCO-ASM Visiting Resource Person Program-launched in 1999 through a cooperative agreement between ASM and UNESCO-provides the opportunity for ASM members visiting developing nations on academic or other business to spend a day at a University or Research Institute for the purpose of presenting a seminar to faculty and students.

Over the past two years, the program has enabled ASM members to interact with faculty and students in developing countries all over the world. This year, ASM members travelling on sabbatical or vacation to such countries as Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, India, Egypt, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa have volunteered to visit local institutions to give seminars and meet with faculty and students. Details of these and other planned trips can be found on the Visiting Resource Person Program website.

ASM members planning to travel to a developing country are urged to take advantage of this program. Contact ASM at  and let us know your travel dates, your area of interest, and one or two suggested titles for a seminar, and we will post your information on the Visiting Resource Person Program web page. An e-mail message is sent to all ASM members in the target country, informing them of the upcoming visit and encouraging them to contact the traveling member to arrange for that member to visit their facility.


ASM Branches on the Web

The following ASM Branches have established sites on the World Wide Web:




Connecticut Valley

Eastern New York

Eastern Pennsylvania 









New Jersey (Theobald Smith Society)

New York City 

North Central 

North Carolina 

Northern California 



Puerto Rico 

Rocky Mountain 

South Carolina 

South Central 


Southern California 



Washington, D.C. 


ASM Divisions on the Web

The following ASM Divisions have established sites on the World Wide Web:

Division A, Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Division B, Microbial Pathogenesis

Division C, Clinical Microbiology

Division D, General Medical Microbiology

Division E, Immunology

Division F, Medical Mycology

Division G, Mycoplasmology 

Division I, General Microbiology

Division K, Microbial Physiology and Metabolism 

Division M, Bacteriophage 

Division N, Microbial Ecology 

Division O, Fermentation and Biotechnology 

Division P, Food Microbiology 

Division Q, Environmental and General Applied Microbiology

Division R, Systematic & Evolutionary Microbiology 

Division T, RNA Viruses 

Division U, Mycobacteriology 

Division W, Microbiology Education

Division X, Molecular, Cellular and General Microbiology of Eukaryotes

Division Y, Public Health 

Division Z, Animal Health Microbiology 

Members are encouraged to visit these Web pages, which are also accessible through the Membership section of the ASM Web site.