Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - June 2014


  • ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Grants Awarded
  • ASM M(icro)OOCs: Space Available
  • ABRCMS 2014: Abstract and Travel Award Submission Sites Open
  • New ASM Workshop to Help Navigate Waters between Academia and Commerce
  • Recognize Excellence with ASM Awards
  • Cumitechs Now Available on the Clinical Microbiology Portal
  • The Emergence of Cryptococcus gattii in the US
  • ASM Meeting and Conferences Want your Ideas!
  • asmONLINE
  • ICAAC 2014 (54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy)
  • ASM Conferences
  • 5th ASM Conference on Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria


  • National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
  • Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program and Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (P30)
  • Sustained Release for Antiretroviral Treatment or Prevention (SRATP) of HIV Infection (UM1)
  • NIMHD Basic and Applied Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases
  • PhD position in Evolutionary Ecology
  • Postdoc in evolutionary ecology at Univ of Connecticut
  • Director, Division of Environmental Science & Assessment at EPA
  • Assistant Professor Ecology-Epidemiology of Plant-Associated Microbes, UW-Madison
  • Wildlife disease modeling postdoc with UW-Madison and USGS NWHC


  • Carlos Javier Orihuela, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX



ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Grants Awarded
During the asm2014 General Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts the awardees of the ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Grant were honored at a reception organized by the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM). The reception was attended by members of the committee and the leadership of ASM.

The ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Grant program offers travel grants to increase the participation of underrepresented minority (URM) groups in the ASM General Meeting. The following outstanding 2014 awardees were introduced at the ASM General Meeting:

Ángel M. Casanova-Torres, M.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison
Greetchen Díaz-Muñoz, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
Ashley N. Haines, Ph.D., Norfolk State University
Dawn Erica Lewis, Ph.D., Florida A&M University
Yusuf O. Omosun, Ph.D., Morehouse School of Medicine
Jennilee B. Robinson, Ph.D., University of the Virgin Islands
Candace Ford Rouchon, M.S., New York Medical College

The ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Grant program selects post-doctoral scholars and graduate students from underrepresented minority groups in the microbiological sciences or faculty from Minority Serving Institutions. Each grantee is offered funds to defray expenses associated with travel to the ASM General Meeting. The grants are supported by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. For more information about the grant program contact ASMGMTravelGrant@asmusa.org. The deadline for submission to apply for a grant to attend the asm2015 Meeting in New Orleans, LA is January 23, 2015.

If you have colleagues or post doctoral members of your department who you think are eligible for the award, please let them know about the program. The CMIIM would like to encourage as many applications as possible. For more information go to the ASM web page: http://www.asm.org/asmgmminoritytravelgrant.

ASM M(icro)OOCs: Space Available
The ASM Education Board launched a new webinar series, ASM M(icro)OOCs, in summer 2014. Based on the concept of “massive open online courses,” the ASM MOOCs will take place as professional development webinars on the following topics:

  • ASM Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories – Building a Culture of Biosafety (June)
  • Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement – Documenting Your Perspective on Teaching and Learning (July)
  • ASM Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology – Aligning Concepts, Learning Objectives and Assessments (August)

Registration is still available for the July and August MOOCs. (Deadlines are July 3 and 31, respectively.) Each course is designed for ASM members (or potential members) who are educators or are interested in teaching. Registration is free, and space will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can sign up for one or both offerings. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate of participation. To learn more, visit http://www.facultyprograms.org/index.php/micro-moocs.

ABRCMS 2014: Abstract and Travel Award Submission Sites Open
Exhibitor and attendee registration, abstract submissions, and travel award submissions are all open for the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), set for 12-15 November in San Antonio, Tex. At ABRCMS, a distinguished roster of speakers will share insights on topics ranging from protein design to astronomy, and attendees will benefit from workshops, scientific presentations, professional development opportunities, networking events, and more.

Students (undergraduate sophomore through postbaccalaureate and graduate levels) are invited to submit abstracts for the conference. Travel awards are also available to postdoctoral scientists, faculty members, and program directors who serve as first-time ABRCMS onsite presentation judges and to active researchers who wish to identify and connect with faculty instrumental in student learning in undergraduate biology. Deadlines are September 5 for abstract submissions and the ABRCMS Travel Award, September 26 for the ABRCMS Judges' Travel Subsidy, and October 3 for the FASEB MARC Program Travel Award and ABRCMS-LINK Travel Award. For submission criteria, conference registration information, or program and speaker updates, visit http://www.abrcms.org.

ABRCMS is managed by ASM and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (award number T36GM073777).

New ASM Workshop to Help Navigate Waters between Academia and Commerce
In fall 2014, ASM will debut “Turning Your Science into a Company,” a workshop about launching scientific businesses. Planned for September 26-27 (Friday and Saturday) in Washington, D.C., the workshop particularly targets advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists and will feature valuable insider secrets, along with practical tips, advice, and resources, from highly successful principals of leading start-up and small companies. Session leaders will use examples from the biotechnology industry to focus on the fundamentals of establishing a scientific business. Day 1 covers planning a start-up, and day 2 covers executing the plan.

Join the program to hear from experts such as Jeffrey F. Miller, Crystal R. Icenhour, and more. Miller is the immediate past president of ASM and a co-founder of AvidBiotics (San Francisco, Calif.), where he serves as a consultant and as chairman of the company’s scientific advisory board. Icenhour is CEO of NextGen Diagnostics (Ashburn, Va.) and was formerly president and chief science officer of Phthisis Diagnostics. She has been recognized with numerous industry awards for her achievements in scientific innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Turning Your Science into a Company” is sponsored by the ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. Workshop availability is by application only, and the deadline for applications is August 10. For more information, visit http://www.asmgap.org/index.php/tsc.

Recognize Excellence with ASM Awards
Your help is needed in identifying and nominating distinguished scientists for the asm2015 Awards. This is your chance to honor those who have greatly contributed to the field of microbiology. Two particular awards of interest are the EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award and the William A. Hinton Research Training Award.

The EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award honors a member of ASM for major contributions toward the full participation and advancement of women in microbiology.  This award was established by the ASM's Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology, and is given in memory of Alice C. Evans, the first woman to be elected ASM President in 1928.

The William A. Hinton Research Training Award honors those who have contributed to the research training of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or health professional students and whose efforts have led to the increased participation of underrepresented minorities in microbiology.  This award is given in memory of William A. Hinton, a physician-research scientist and one of the first African-Americans to join the American Society for Microbiology.

The nomination forms and more information regarding eligibility, the nomination process, and other ASM Awards can be found at http://bit.ly/1g83zNP.

Nominations are due July 1.

Cumitechs Now Available on the Clinical Microbiology Portal
You asked for them, they’re back! ASM’s Cumitechs (Cumulative Techniques and Procedures in Clinical Microbiology) are now freely accessible for members on the Clinical Microbiology Portal. Cumitechs were uniquely designed to assist microbiologists with an ever-increasing and complex array of regulatory compliance requirements. Cumitechs provide authoritative, brief, practical and eminently useful in the clinical laboratory setting.

Popular topics include:

  • Blood Cultures IV
  • Detection and Prevention of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory-Associated Errors
  • Laboratory Diagnosis of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Verification and Validation of Procedures in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

The Emergence of Cryptococcus gattii in the US
Don’t miss ASM’s June hot topic discussion “The Emergence of Cryptococcus gattii in the US”. The discussion will be presented by Shawn R. Lockhart, Ph.D., D(ABMM).  Dr. Lockhart’s presentation will be posted to https://clinmicro.asm.org/index.php/portal/hot-topics on June 2, 2014. Once the presentation is posted, you are encouraged to log in and submit questions. ASM members can visit https://clinmicro.asm.org/index.php/portal/hot-topics to be a part of June’s Hot Topic discussion!   

ASM Meeting and Conferences Want your Ideas!
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2014
Provide your topic recommendations for new areas of science to be presented at an upcoming ASM Conference or asm2015 in New Orleans.

Watch the asm2014 sessions you missed today!
Sign up to access full length presentations, slides, and MP3s from asm2014 via the web. asmONLINE allows you to select the sessions that are of most interest to you. Select all asm2014 sessions, the General program, or the Diagnostic Microbiology & Epidemiology Program.

Please Note: Participation of speakers for all programs is subject to their approval.

ICAAC 2014 (54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy)
September 5-9, 2014 | Washington, DC
Discounted Registration Deadline: July 24, 2014

For five days this September, experts from all over the world will learn how collaborative efforts can foster global change. Whether you’re a physician, clinical microbiologist, researcher, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional, this year’s conference will help you increase your knowledge and develop your abilities – all with the objective of improving infection control and prevention.


ASM Conferences
1st ASM Conference on Experimental Microbial Evolution
June 19–22, 2014 | Washington, DC

5th ASM Conference on Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria
October 18 – 21, 2014, San Antonio, Texas

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 4, 2014

Discounted Registration Deadline: September 10, 2014

Travel grants are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs. Travel grants are tied to abstract submission and applicants will be prompted during the online abstract submission process to apply.


National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program initially has one priority research theme - Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); in addition, proposals are encouraged on any other crosscutting, interdisciplinary theme. In either case, proposals should identify the alignment of project research themes with national research priorities and the need for innovative approaches to train graduate students in those areas. NRT projects should develop evidence-based, sustainable approaches and practices that substantially improve STEM graduate education for NRT trainees and for STEM graduate students broadly at an institution. NRT emphasizes the development of competencies for both research and research-related careers. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, museums, and academic partners that enhance research quality and impacts and that facilitate development of technical and transferrable professional skills are encouraged. Creation of sustainable programmatic capacity at institutions is an expected outcome. Proposals accordingly are expected to describe how institutions will support the continuation and institutional-level scaling of effective training elements after award closure. Full proposals are due June 24, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14548/nsf14548.htm.

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)
The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions (MSI) through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. HBCU-RISE awards specifically target HBCUs to support the expansion of institutional research capacity as well as the production of doctoral students, especially those from groups underrepresented in STEM, at those institutions. Letters of intent are due July 1, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14565/nsf14565.htm.

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program and Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees. Full proposals are due starting July 21, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14532/nsf14532.htm.

Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (P30)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (DDRCCs). The DDRCCs are part of an integrated program of digestive and liver diseases research support provided by the NIDDK. The purpose of this Centers program is to bring together basic and clinical investigators as a means to enhance communication, collaboration, and effectiveness of ongoing research related to digestive and/or liver diseases. DDRCCs are based on the core concept, whereby shared resources aimed at fostering productivity, synergy, and new research ideas among the funded investigators are supported in a cost-effective manner. Each proposed DDRCC must be organized around a central theme that reflects the focus of the digestive or liver diseases research of the Center members. Letters of intent are due October 19, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-14-012.html.

Sustained Release for Antiretroviral Treatment or Prevention (SRATP) of HIV Infection (UM1)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications from single institutions and consortia of institutions to participate in the Sustained Release for Antiretroviral Treatment or Prevention (SRATP) of HIV Infection program. Applications may propose development of either treatment or prevention products containing antiretroviral agents delivered using sustained release delivery platforms (oral, injection, implant, transdermal or direct delivery to HIV target mucosa) with the objective of Phase 1 testing before the end of the award. Up to three independent Sustained Release Strategies (SRSs) may be proposed in an application. Each SRS must focus on the development of a separate product. The application must also include one of each of the following Sections: Program Operation Section (POS), Clinical Trial Section (CTS), IND-Enabling Section (IND-ES) and Administrative Coordination Section. Additional Scientific Projects and Scientific Support Sections that will facilitate the achievement of the SRATP sustained release objectives may be included. At least one of the required Sections of the application must include participation by a private sector for-profit or not-for-profit company that will be expected to contribute in a positive and significant way to the overall scientific agenda of the SRATP. Letters of intent are due October 18, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-14-008.html.

NIMHD Basic and Applied Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to solicit innovative basic and applied research on fundamental biological mechanisms involved in disease conditions that disproportionately affect health disparity populations and therapies or interventions that can directly or demonstrably contribute to reducing or eliminating health disparities. Projects investigating disease/condition etiology, physiology, genetic risk factors, molecular pathways, gene-environment interactions, pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine in health disparity populations are particularly encouraged. Letters of intent are due July 28, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-14-005.html.


Postdoctoral Fellowship: Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Pathogenesis and Immunity of Human Fungal Infections

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD

A fully funded postdoctoral position is available to study immunological mechanisms related to the pathogenesis of fungal infections in human patients and using animal modeling. A particular focus of the position is the description of the role of a new TOR-dependent regulator of autophagy involved in microbial phagocytosis and inflammasome modulation. The laboratory research program is integrated within an active and diverse intramural and extramural clinical program where we characterize patients with disseminated fungal infections. The goal of the fellowship is to develop an independent, funded program for the graduating post doctorate fellow, and the program contains elements leading to robust preliminary data as well as experience in grant writing and career development.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a related area (immunology or fungal pathogenesis/molecular biology) and/or an M.D. or equivalent, awarded within the last five years. The applicant must also have a strong record that shows expertise and productivity related to the research focus of the laboratory.

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to

Peter R. Williamson, M.D./Ph.D.
Chief, Translational Mycology Unit
Building 10, Room 11N222, MSC 1888
10 Center Drive, NIH
Bethesda, MD 20892-1868


For more information, visit the Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers.

Ph.D. position in Evolutionary Ecology
The Ph.D. student will be funded by a Swiss National Science Foundation grant, entitled “The eco-evolutionary dynamics of community assembly in aquatic ecosystems”. The aim of the project is to understand how ecological and evolutionary processes jointly drive community assembly in aquatic ecosystems. The project involves a combination large-scale experiments that manipulate the ecological and evolutionary diversity of food webs under contrasting environmental conditions, as well as the analysis of existing long-term datasets of plankton biodiversity dynamics in freshwater lakes. The project is broadly focused on aquatic food webs, including microbial, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and fish communities. Ultimately, the research addresses fundamental links between the ecology and evolution of food webs and the physical environment and biogeochemistry of ecosystems. The starting date for the PhD student is flexible, but a starting date in 2014 is preferred. The PhD program at ETH-Zurich generally lasts three years. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vita, and three references. Copies of prior publications or theses will also be considered if made available via PDF. Applications must be submitted by 15 June 2014. We look forward to receiving your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the link below, this will take you directly to the application form. http://internet1.refline.ch/673277/0273/++publications++/1/index.html. For further information, consult: http://homepages.eawag.ch/~matthebl/Welcome.html
 or directly contact Dr. Blake Matthews: Tel: +41 58 765 2120, E-mail: blake.matthews@eawag.ch

Postdoc in Evolutionary Ecology at University of Connecticut
A postdoctoral research position in evolutionary ecology is available in Dr. Mark Urban’s laboratory at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The postdoc will join a McDonnell Foundation-funded project to explore how rapid evolution affects zooplankton interactions and community dynamics in the laboratory and in the field. The postdoc will participate in all aspects of the project, including laboratory-based artificial selection and competition experiments, field-based experiments and observations, analysis, and theoretical development. Additional responsibilities include written and oral communication of research results and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The successful applicant will have completed a PhD degree in ecology, evolutionary biology, or a related field prior to the start date. Preference will be given to scientists with experience in one or more of the following areas: evolutionary ecology, zooplankton experiments, and wild zooplankton identification. An excellent publication record, strong organizational and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to work independently are required. The intended start date for this position is August/September 2014. The duration is for 2 years. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. To apply, please send to me via email 1) a cover letter that explains your fit to the research position and your potential start date; 2) a complete CV with publications and grants; and 3) the names of two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact Mark Urban (mark.urban@uconn.edu).

Director, Division of Environmental Science & Assessment at EPA
The Director of the Division of Environmental Science and Assessment (DESA) is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and coordinating the implementation of Region 2’s environmental science and assessment programs specific to the requirements under the following statutes: Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act/Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (CERCLA/SARA). More information is available at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/370449700.

Assistant Professor Ecology-Epidemiology of Plant-Associated Microbes, UW-Madison
Qualifications: A strong foundation in the principles and concepts of plant pathology and relevant research experience; effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to use modern delivery technologies to reach diverse audiences; and a positive attitude for teamwork, including the demonstrated ability to lead and motivate others. Principal duties: The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching broadly at the assistant professor level for a researcher who studies the ecology or epidemiology of plant-associated microbes through the use of emerging and novel quantitative methods. Areas of focus could include, but are not limited to: role of plant pathogens in the ecology of agricultural or natural systems; ecology of plant-associated microbes; population genetics of plant pathogens; metapopulation and dispersal dynamics; or the influence of landscapes and the physical environment on host-pathogen dynamics. The position carries a 70% research / 30% teaching distribution of effort, and a 9-month appointment. Research Responsibilities: We expect the incumbent to develop a research program with both empirical and theoretical components that form a bridge between basic and applied research. Further, we expect the incumbent to collaborate with colleagues in other programs such as plant biology, microbiology, ecology, modeling and related disciplines. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous extramurally funded research program. Teaching Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include leading a graduate level course in ecology, epidemiology and control of plant diseases. The University of Wisconsin attracts excellent graduate students and offers high-quality research and teaching facilities. Many opportunities exist on the campus for collaboration across a broad array of disciplines. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. The position carries a commitment to the three functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach/service, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank. Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is a picturesque and progressive city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment. To apply, compile the following into a single pdf file: cover letter, statements of teaching and research interests, and curriculum vitae, and submit to: ecoepisearch@plantpath.wisc.edu. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Professor Murray Clayton, mkc@plantpath.wisc.edu.

Wildlife disease modeling postdoc with UW-Madison and USGS NWHC
Requirements: A post-doctoral position is available through the Department of Veterinary Sciences and in conjunction with the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center to address questions related to the effects of vaccination on the long-term dynamics of plague in wild mammal systems. Currently, large-scale field trials evaluating the efficacy of an oral plague vaccine are ongoing at sites across the intermountain west. Candidates will support the project by taking the lead in developing spatially-explicit models of plague dynamics that incorporate empirical data collected from this field study. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. with an emphasis on quantitative skills (probability and statistics, modeling, programming, etc.). Experience in disease modeling or wildlife population modeling is highly desirable. Funding for the position is for a minimum of 1 year and is subject to renewal for additional years given availability of funding. The successful candidate will be an employee of University of Wisconsin (stationed in Madison, WI), and work closely with quantitative ecologists/disease modelers at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center. Anticipated start date is Aug 1st 2014. Deadline for applications: June 15, 2014 Please send CV include contact information for 3 references to Robin Russell (rerussell@usgs.gov), Research Statistician, NWHC, Madison, WI



Carlos Javier Orihuela, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
The elderly experience chronic low-grade sterile inflammation, yet tissue-macrophages from older subjects fail to respond to bacteria with a robust cytokine response. This dysregulated inflammation is thought to enhance their susceptibility to infectious diseases. In the latest issue of Experimental Gerontology (Exp Gerontol. 2014 Jun;54:58-66), Dr. Carlos Orihuela’s research group tested the hypothesis that age-associated inflammation induces production of A20, a homeostatic suppressor of the NFκB and MAPK pro-inflammatory signaling pathways. In particular, they focused on the response of alveolar macrophages to Streptococcus pneumoniae, a Gram-positive bacteria and the leading cause of community-acquired pneumonia. Comparison of macrophages from young, mature, and aged mice indicated that A20 was strongly elevated in healthy aged mice. A20 production was inducible by overnight incubation with the cytokine TNFα, which is elevated during aging, but not IL-6 and macrophages from young mice exposed to TNFα had reduced responsiveness to S. pneumoniae. Diet supplementation of aged mice with anti-inflammatory fish oil lowered lung A20 levels and enhanced their resistance to pneumonia. Thus, elevated A20 due to increased TNFα during aging partially explains why the elderly are more susceptible to infection and this phenotype is potentially reversible.

Dr. Carlos Javier Orihuela, PhD pursued his doctoral studies in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Gaveston, TX. Following receipt of his Ph.D he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) in San Antonio, TX.   Dr. Orihuela is currently an Associate Professor with tenure and Admissions Director of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences at UTHSCSA. The research focus of Dr. Orihuela’s laboratory is the study of host-pathogen interactions responsible for the development of community-acquired pneumonia; in particular caused by the Gram-positive bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia. Most recently, this includes characterizing how chronic inflammation enhances susceptibility to pneumonia. Dr. Oriheala is affiliated with the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies as well as the Center for Airway Inflammation Research at UTHSCSA. Funding for Dr. Orihuela’s research has come from the American Heart Association, the Owens Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

In July 2006, the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) of the American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board developed a monthly e-newsletter which contains information pertinent to minority microbiologists. Currently, there are very few minority-based newsletters for scientists, and there are none for microbiologists.

This e-newsletter provides a central means of distributing pertinent information to underrepresented minorities in the field of microbiology. Some examples include career advice, networking tips, relevant news articles, unique funding and career opportunities, microbiological issues affecting minorities (e.g., HIV), minority issues affecting microbiologists (e.g., minority retention), and scientific articles published by minorities or by minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

The target populations are African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska natives, and Pacific Islanders; however, all ASM members are invited to sign up and to share this information with others who may find this e-newsletter beneficial.  

Signing up to receive The Minority Microbiology Mentor is very easy and is open to ASM members and non-members: simply go to http://asm.org/index.php/component/content/article/31-forms/forms/238-subscribe-to-listserv, enter your email address, and select "MinorityMicroMentor" then submit, and you will receive confirmation of your subscription by email. If you are an ASM member, you will be prompted to Log In before signing up.

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities is chaired by Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.  The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Floyd L. Wormley Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Associate Editor is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

If you are interested in placing an ad in the MMM, please send the copy to CMIIM@asmusa.org by the first of the month.

For more information about the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) go to the committee’s web page: http://www.asm.org/cmiim