Education Board

National Postdoctoral Association Meeting


ASM Education Board staff member Irene Hulede presented a poster, “Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scientists,” during the annual conference of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) on 11-12 March in San Diego, California. ASM was one of three professional societies among 160 postdoctoral scientists and administrators who attended the two-day conference. During the conference, information from a 2-year study on 7,600 postdocs conducted by Sigma Xi was released. The NPA is a member-driven organization; its mission is to advance the U.S. research enterprise by maximizing the effectiveness of the research community and enhancing the quality of the postdoctoral experience for all participants. Information about the survey and NPA can be found at



ASM Represented at Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society (BKX)


ASM members Marian Johnson-Thompson of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, N.C., Clifford Houston of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Margaret Kanipes of North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, and Karita Ambrose of Wyeth gave presentations in an ASM-sponsored session entitled “The Impact of Infectious Diseases on the African-American Community: Research Needs and Opportunities” at the 62nd Joint Annual Meeting of the National Institute of Science (NIS) and Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society (BKX), which was held on 16-20 March 2005 in Richmond, Va. The meeting was hosted by Virginia State University, Petersburg, and sponsored by NIS.

            The goal of the BKX Society is to encourage and advance scientific education through original investigation, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the stimulation of high scholarship in pure and applied science. Membership to the Society is open to undergraduate students who have completed 17 credit hours in major courses, have an overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA), and a 3.0 GPA in the sciences. Approximately 200 undergraduate students from 31 BKX institutions attended the meeting and made poster and oral presentations.

            ASM Education Board staff participated in the exhibits program showcasing information on ASM programs including fellowships, conferences and institutes. For information, visit