Education Board

Kadner Institute Reminder: Applications Must Be Submitted for Eligibility  

To be eligible to attend The ASM Kadner Institute applications must be completed and submitted by 15 June 2007. The Institute will be held 21–25 July 2007 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Formerly known as the Graduate and Postdoctoral Summer Institute in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology, this oneweek program provides intensive, hands-on training in grantsmanship, scientific presentations, and teaching. This is a unique opportunity to prepare participants for various careers in microbiology, to help their professional development as microbiologists, and network with both peers and senior microbiologists from around the country.  

Since its inception in 2000, more than 100 students in over 30 U.S. territories, including the United Kingdom, have participated in the program. Over half of the participants have moved on to permanent employment or entered into postdoctoral positions. Space is limited to 36 participants. The application deadline is Friday, 15 June 2007. For applications and eligibility requirements, please visit

Now Available in the MicrobeLibrary—JMBE, Volume 8  

“Rooted in microbiology and branching out to all of biology.” From our new logo to our new name the previous sentence says it all when it comes to the changes seen in the journal this year. The name has changed from Microbiology Education to the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE), and with it the scope has broadened to reflect what microbiology educators teach. While one might expect the educators in ASM to just teach microbiology, their actual classroom teaching duties extend to most of the subdisciplines of biology. We on the Committee on Undergraduate Education strive to provide a publication outlet for all members of ASM who are performing novel education scholarship in each of their subdisciplines. In addition, we aim to welcome other biology educators to publish their scholarly research in JMBE, thus providing additional examples of good scholarship and novel teaching methods for our members.

To carry this new theme of biology into this eighth volume is a paper by Peteroy- Kelly examining discussion groups in a large lecture-format biology course. Though this research was accomplished in a biology course, the methods are directly applicable to large lecture-format microbiology courses. To entice those interested in the broad topic of genomics, there are papers on microarray analysis (Kushner) and bioinformatics (Obom and Cummings). Finally, for those interested in “rock solid” microbiology there is a paper by Rios-Velazquez et al. on the use of microbial mats in learning geomicrobiology.

As always, JMBE stands ready to publish your scholarly research in the microbial and biological sciences.

Jeffrey J. Byrd
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Chair, Editorial Board,
Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education

Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
, Volume 8, May 2007


DNA Microarrays in the Undergraduate Microbiology Lab: Experimentation and Handling Large Datasets in as Few as Six Weeks
David Kushner

A Discussion Group Program Enhances the Conceptual Reasoning Skills of Students Enrolled in a Large Lecture-Format Introductory Biology Course Marcy Peteroy-Kelly

Comparison of Online and Onsite Bioinformatics Instruction for a Fully Online Bioinformatics Master’s Program Kristina Obom, and Patrick Cummings

Learning Geomicrobiology as a Team Using Microbial Mats, a Multidisciplinary Approach
C. Rios-Velazquez, L. Casillas-Martinez, and P. T. Visscher  

ASM Releases New MicrobeLibrary Atlas CD-ROM

ASM is pleased to announce the release of the new MicrobeLibrary Atlas CD-ROM, First Edition. The Atlas is a collection of over 300 images that portray results from the use of standard microbiology protocols and media such as Blood Agar, CAMP Test, ELISA, Gram Stain, LB and LA Media, MacConkey Agar, and more. The Atlas is the image database of the Atlas- Protocol Collection that is available in MicrobeLibrary (
www.MicrobeLibrary .org). As with all visual resources in the library, the Atlas is available without subscription.

MicrobeLibrary is the premier online, searchable collection of more than 1,600 peer-reviewed teaching resources for undergraduate microbiology and biology education. The library provides 24-hour access to a variety of collections containing visual resources, classroom and laboratory activities, and articles related to cognitive research at the forefront of microbiology education.

The Atlas-Protocol Collection was first envisioned at the 2004 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators Conference (ASMCUE). In addition to the Atlas image data base the collection includes Protocols with historical information, recipes, interpretations, and useful references all designed for use in microbiology education. These add to the subscription aspect of MicrobeLibrary.

Ann C. Smith, University of Maryland at College Park, volunteers as the editorin- chief of the Atlas-Protocol Collection. “We saw a need in the education community for quick and easy access to a series of images related to standard microbiology protocols. As usual, leaders in the community responded to those needs and the first five projects in the Collection debuted at ASMCUE 2005 and reviewed by the attendees. Six more Atlas-Protocol projects were added in 2006 and we will ask ASMCUE 2007 attendees to reviewer seven additional new Atlas-Protocols. Each collection is envisioned to be dynamic as we are always seeking additional images to add to existing and new projects. Presently, we are on track to surpass our own goal of having 20 Atlas-Protocols completed by 2008.”

Once the Atlas-Protocol collection was added to the library, educators expressed a desire to have the images be more portable. “Let’s face it,” says Smith, “as educators, many times we are preparing for labs or classes in odd places with no Internet connectivity. It would be great to be offline and yet have access to stellar images necessary for teaching.”  

“I have even printed images, taped them to the bottom of Petri dish and had students identify the culture when I don’t have access or time to implement the full procedure,” says Becky Buxton, University of Utah, and project manager of the Blood Agar Atlas-Protocol.  

The CD-ROM contains all of the images of the Atlas database with live links to the Protocols and other sections of Microbe- Library. Images are organized by category, and include enlarged views for onscreen viewing and importing images into a variety of programs.  

The new MicrobeLibrary Atlas CDROM, First Edition, is available for $18.00 plus shipping and handling. Orders may be placed online in the ASM Press section of the ASM eStore ( For more details about assisting with the Atlas-Protocol Collection, visit www.MicrobeLibrary. org. Orders for the Atlas CD will also be accepted during ASMCUE 2007 in Buffalo, N.Y. (18–20 May) and during the 107th General Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (21–25 May).