Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - October


The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities recognizes Lorena Navarro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California-Davis, Davis


  • CMIIM Provided Input on NIGMS Strategic Plan
  • ASM-NSF LINK Mentoring Mondays
  • ABRCMS 2014: Register Today!
  • Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
  • MicrobeLibrary
  • ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute
  • ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone
  • Joint ICAAC/ICC 2015 Meeting
  • 2015 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
  • 31st Annual Clinical Virology Symposium
  • Introducing the all new application-based @ASM Conference format!
  • History of Microbiology Research Travel Grants


  • Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12)
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Broadening Participation in STEM Education Research Proposals
  • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
  • Innovative Research in HIV in Kidney, Urology and Hematology (R01)
  • Gut-Microbiome-Brain Interactions and Mental Health (R21/R


  • Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Molecular Virology at Virginia Tech
  • Faculty positions in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School
  • Stanford University postdoc position available
  • Vector Biology (Entomology) Assistant Professor/Assistant Entomologist Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside
  • Department of Biology - Tenure-Track Position in Microbiology Illinois College
  • Position Announcement: Instructor (Variable-Time), Department of Microbiology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale



Lorena Navarro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
The genus Yersinia includes important human pathogens causing diseases ranging from bubonic plague to acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders. Yersinia employ a sophisticated translocation apparatus, termed the type III secretion system, to deliver bacterial effector proteins directly into the host cytosol where they interface with eukaryotic signaling pathways and allow the pathogen to evade the host innate immune system, thus favoring survival of the bacteria. In The Journal of Biological Chemistry (J Biol Chem. 2014 Sep 19;289(38):26167-77) Dr. Navarro’s research group focused on the Yersinia protein kinase A (YpkA), an essential virulence protein with homology to eukaryotic serine/threonine kinases. Despite the known importance to virulence, our understanding of the N-terminal domain of the protein, although known to have serine/threonine kinase activity, has remained enigmatic in terms of function. In this study, they report for the first time the identification of a novel substrate-binding domain comprising amino acids 40-49 of YpkA which lie within the previously identified membrane localization domain on YpkA. This region is critical, but not sufficient, for efficient substrate binding, phosphorylation and inhibition. Upon translocation into the host cell, YpkA binds actin and autophosphorylates, resulting in increased kinase activity and substrate phosphorylation. The Navarro laboratory determined that YpkA kinase activity was regulated by multisite autophosphorylation within its N-terminal domain (amino acids 1 to 400). Thus, multisite phosphorylation could introduce the potential for sophisticated control over the dephosphorylation and inactivation of YpkA by host phosphatases and influence the strength and duration of YpkA kinase activity within the target cell.

Dr. Lorena Navarro, PhD pursued her doctoral studies in Biology at the University of California-San Diego, in La Jolla, CA. Following receipt of her PhD she completed a postdoctoral position at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine prior to joining the faculty at the University of California-Davis in Davis, CA.   Dr. Navarro is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. The research focus of Dr. Navarro’s laboratory is the study of the molecular events occurring at the host-pathogen interface; in particular defining bacterial virulence mechanisms with a specific emphasis on elucidating the biochemical and cellular function of bacterial effector proteins. Her laboratory uses the Gram-negative bacteria Yersinia and the obligate intracellular pathogen Chlamydia as model systems. This information will enable the development of therapeutic strategies aimed at effectively combating human infectious disease. Funding for Dr. Navarro’s research was provided in part by the Hellman Fellows Program and the UC Davis Proteomics Pilot Award Program.



CMIIM Provided Input on NIGMS Strategic Plan
The ASM, with input from the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) provided comments to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences on their 2015 Strategic Plan. The comments encouraged the NIGMS to support training programs to support the development of a diverse and highly trained workforce. The Public and Scientific Affairs Board Committee on Biomedical Research also helped develop the statement. The comments are available at: http://www.asm.org/index.php/publicpolicy-2/statements-testimony/137-policy/documents/statements-and-testimony/93180-nigms-sp-9-14.

ASM-NSF LINK Mentoring Mondays
The Mentoring Mondays initiative of the ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) Program has space available for its 2014 mentoring webinars planned for October 13 and 27. Created as a blended professional development series, Mentoring Mondays combine webinars, discussion forums, and workshops for all-encompassing mentor training. The program is specifically designed for research investigators and educators interested in incorporating mentoring into their research programs. At the culmination of the webinars, select participants who desire advanced mentoring partnerships will be invited to a two-day, onsite-facilitated workshop held in conjunction with the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Registration for Mentoring Mondays is free, and space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can sign up for one or all offerings. Learn more at http://www.asmlink.org/mentoringmondays.

ABRCMS 2014: Register Today!
Register today for the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), set for November 12-15 in San Antonio, Tex. The advance registration discount is available through October 21, offering $100 off the conference registration fee. ABRCMS has provided opportunities for undergraduates to pursue advanced training in STEM, for more than a decade. While an ABRCMS focus is supporting undergraduate research, all attendees – including graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and faculty and administrators – value the event’s strong lineup of information-rich workshops, scientific presentations, professional development opportunities, and networking events. ABRCMS is managed by ASM and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (award number T36GM073777). For program and speaker updates, visit http://www.abrcms.org.

Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
The ASM Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) welcomes submissions of articles that foster scholarly teaching in the biological sciences. Available in PubMed Central, JMBE features peer-reviewed, practical tips for teaching, education research and perspectives, innovations in science, and reviews. The journal is a freely available, open-access publication, and there are no page charges for authors. Manuscript submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and editors provide hands-on guidance throughout the review process. To view the journal’s media kit, articles, or submission instructions, visit http://jmbe.asm.org.

Students and faculty are encouraged to visit and contribute to MicrobeLibrary, a peer-reviewed, digital media center of more than 1,700 free resources developed by and for educators. Library content is available through four searchable collections: Visual Media Briefs, the Gallery, Laboratory Protocols, and the new Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database (SLAMD). Library editors are now accepting submissions for the Briefs, Gallery, and Protocol Collections. Submission deadlines are December 1 for publication in May 2015 and July 1 for publication in December 2015. Learn more at http://www.microbelibrary.org/.

ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute
The ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education invites senior-level graduate students and early-career postdoctoral scientists to apply to attend the 2015 ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute. Sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the institute will be held March 19-22 at ASM’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Under close guidance from established journal editors and reviewers, institute participants learn strategies for writing and submitting manuscripts, writing abstracts and titles, selecting journals for submission, responding to reviewer comments, being a good reviewer, and addressing ethical issues in research and publishing. Apply by December 1. Learn more at http://www.asmgap.org/swpi.

ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone
Targeted to undergraduates from underrepresented minority groups in the sciences, the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program enhances students’ professional development after their summer research experiences and boosts their competitiveness for graduate or professional training by providing opportunities to present microbiological sciences research. Awardees are supported to attend the ASM General Meeting and the ASM Capstone Research Institute, with the meeting providing a national venue to practice presentation, networking, and other skills learned at the institute. Apply by December 1. Note: Capstone awards are contingent upon abstract acceptance to the ASM General Meeting; thus, applicants must also submit abstracts for participation in the meeting. Learn more at http://www.asm.org/urc.


Watch ICAAC 2014 presentations and earn CE today!
Don’t miss your chance to stay up-to-date with the latest discoveries in infection control and prevention by accessing full-length presentations, downloading session slides, and earning continuing education credits through ICAAC Online.

*Please Note: Participation of speakers is subject to their approval.

Joint ICAAC/ICC 2015 Meeting
September 17-21, 2015 | San Diego, California

Submit your 2015 session suggestions before October 15th!
In a few weeks, ICAAC and the International Congress of Chemotherapy (ICC) will meet to discuss the scientific program for the Joint ICAAC/ICC 2015 Meeting. Submit your suggestions to ensure the conference continues to meet the needs of all health care professionals focused on infectious diseases.

2015 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
February 9-11, 2015 | Washington DC
Abstract Submission Closes: October 20, 2014

New Workshop! Alternate Careers in Biodefense: Expanding the Horizons
This all new workshop will feature presentations and discussions with a number of scientifically trained individuals who have selected alternate careers to utilize their training, skills and interests. The participants will describe their training, post-graduate experiences, and how they ultimately transitioned into non-traditional career paths.

31st Annual Clinical Virology Symposium

April 26-29, 2015 | Daytona Beach, Florida
Registration Opens for ASM Premium Members: October 16, 2014
Abstract Submission Opens: October 16, 2014
Registration Opens to All: October 23, 2014

Introducing the all new application-based @ASM Conference format!
Apply Today
Held at the American Society for Microbiology headquarters in Washington, DC, @ASM Conferences offer 50 selected applicants a chance to participate and collaborate on an exclusive topic.

The inaugural @ASM Conference will discuss the following topic:

@ASM Conference on Mechanisms of Interbacterial Cooperation and Competition
March 13-16, 2015 | Washington, DC

History of Microbiology Research Travel Grants
The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) is seeking applicants for its History of Microbiology Research Travel Award program. Grants support travel to the CHOMA collections for research of awardees’ choosing in areas related to the history of microbiology. Up to two cash awards of $1500 each will be awarded per year, and awardees may be invited to present their research at the ASM Annual Meeting and/or prepare an article for Microbe. Program information and application procedures are available at


Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12)
The Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of innovative resources, models and tools (RMTs). Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills. Full proposals are due October 16, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13601/nsf13601.htm.

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Broadening Participation in STEM Education Research Proposals
The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative recruitment and retention strategies and experiences in support of groups historically under-represented in STEM discipline: African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiian s, and Native Pacific Islanders. The knowledge generation portfolio of LSAMP supported activities contributes to the body of literature on successful practices in student recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees, especially for the previously mentioned populations underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

The Broadening Participation Research (BPR) in STEM Education track provides support for knowledge generation research projects that seek to create and study new theory-driven models and innovations related to the participation and success of diverse groups in STEM undergraduate education. BPR projects add new research-based strategies and models to broadening participation in STEM and increase the capacity of scholars to conduct this type of research. Full proposals are due October 17, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12564/nsf12564.htm.

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR)
A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying instruction and curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing the number and diversity of STEM students, preparing students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and improving students' STEM learning outcomes. Full proposals for the Engaged Student Learning: Exploration program are due October 22, 2014, and full proposals for the Institutional and Community Transformation: Exploration program are due October 24, 2014. More information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14588/nsf14588.htm.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Applications are due October 29, 2014 through November 4, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14590/nsf14590.htm.

Innovative Research in HIV in Kidney, Urology and Hematology (R01)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites Research Project Grant (R01) applications for innovative research projects examining the basic and clinical aspects of HIV infection, treatment, and long-term sequelae as they relate to the mission of the Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases within NIDDK (KUH/NIDDK). More than 30 years have elapsed since the beginning of the HIV epidemic in the US.   The discovery of the viral etiology of AIDS, the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), and public health initiatives targeted to preventing transmission, have changed HIV infection from a disease characterized by limited survival to a chronic illness. From the early days of the HIV epidemic, it was evident that HIV infection was a multisystem disease, affecting other organ systems in addition to the immune system. Organ system disease might result from exposure to the virus and/or viral peptides, from sequelae of superinfections, from host/viral interactions (including genetic susceptibility to discrete complications), or as has been demonstrated recently, from the metabolic dysfunction that often accompanies HAART. As people infected with HIV live longer, the chronic health consequences of the viral infection and its treatment have become paramount concerns for personal and public health. Letters of intent are due March 9, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-14-020.html#sthash.pFXwEJKL.dpuf.

Gut-Microbiome-Brain Interactions and Mental Health (R21/R33)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations to investigate mechanisms by which the gut microbiome modulates the development and function of brain circuits that subserve behavioral functions of direct relevance to the mission of the NIMH. Because initial colonization of the gut by microbiota occurs early in life and may influence the subsequent development and modifiability of the central nervous system, developmental studies are of interest. Applicants may propose to use wild-type, gnotobiotic, and/or specific pathogen-free model organisms. With this FOA, the NIMH encourages investigator teams to initiate hypothesis-driven research in this cross-cutting research area and to identify promising mechanistic leads for future basic and translational research that will advance the mission of the NIMH. Letters of intent are due October 25, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-15-850.html#sthash.VfmY5Usg.dpuf.



LSU Tenure Track Position Available, Molecular Microbiologist, Department of Biological Sciences
This is a tenure-track faculty position and the successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous, extramurally funded research program in the area of molecular microbiology at LSU. The successful candidate will also contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Biological Sciences is a large and dynamic department, with research ranging across all areas of biology. While candidates with strong research credentials in areas of microbiology relating to human health are preferred, all areas of molecular microbiology will be considered. In addition to the Department of Biological Sciences, microbiological research is conducted on campus at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, The School of the Coast and the Environment, and the College of Agriculture, allowing for many opportunities for collaboration. Researchers with a computational component are also encouraged to apply as LSU has strong and growing resources in this area.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Biological Science or related field and a successful track record of independent research. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Position is open until filled. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is November 18, 2014, or until a candidate is selected.

BENEFITS: LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; sick leave; paid holidays; wellness benefits; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more! LSU IS COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY AND IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER. For more information please copy and paste the following into your browser: lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58303.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Molecular Virology at Virginia Tech
The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology in the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has an open 9-month faculty position in Molecular Virology at the rank of tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor level (https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/45864). The primary responsibility will be to establish and maintain a high- quality extramurally funded research program (~75% FTE). There will be opportunities to teach/co-teach in professional (DVM) and graduate courses, and perform service on committees of the department/college/university (~25% FTE). Instructional participation at the graduate level can be tailored to the candidates’ interests and expertise. The department and college have a strong vibrant nationally and internationally recognized virology program. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a strong record of research accomplishments in virology that will complement the expertise of our existing robust virology program. Candidates with a documented record of research accomplishments (publications and/or extramural grant support) especially in the areas of animal models of viral diseases, vaccine development, viral pathogenesis and host-virus interactions, and translational medicine are strongly encouraged to apply. Appointment to the Associate Professor rank will require a demonstrated record of accomplishment including extramural funding. We are seeking candidates with research interests that fit into one or more of our three main research focus areas of the department: (i) Infectious Diseases and Immunity, (ii) chronic Inflammatory Disorders, and (iii) Regenerative Medicine. The candidate will be joining a progressive department that has recently recruited thirteen new faculty in the above areas. Research at the interface of these focus areas is desired. Opportunities to develop independent and interdisciplinary collaborative research programs exist both within the college and with other life sciences-oriented departments, colleges, and institutes on campus. Excellent opportunities also exist to mentor and train Ph.D. students. For more information about the college, please visit http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/; for departmental information including other areas of expertise please visit http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/org/dbsp/index.asp. Candidate requirements for this position include a Ph.D. in virology or related biomedical science and a strong record of research funding and publications. Candidates with DVM and Ph.D. are particularly encouraged to apply. Full consideration is assured to applications received by December 31, 2014. Interested individuals should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, letter of intent outlining academic record, teaching philosophy and career goals, and names and addresses of three professional references electronically to the Virginia Tech Personnel website https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/45864. Should you need more information, please contact Dr. X.J. Meng, Chair of Virology Search Committee, University Distinguished Professor, Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, VMRCVM. Phone: (540) 231-6912, xjmeng@vt.edu.

Faculty Positions in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position at all ranks. The Department has a long-standing record of excellence in research and training relating to microbial pathogenesis and basic immunology. We are currently seeking outstanding scholars with exceptional research potential in any area of molecular and cellular immunology. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent research program addressing fundamental questions in immunology and to participate in departmental teaching and training activities. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, references for three key publications, a statement of research plans, and a statement of teaching interests. Applications should be sent electronically as a single PDF file to Sheryl Smith (sherylhs@umich.edu), and the cover letter should be addressed to Malini Raghavan, PhD, Chair, Immunology Search Committee, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School, 1150 W. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent electronically to Sheryl Smith (sherylhs@umich.edu). Applications must be received by October 17, 2014. The University of Michigan is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Stanford University Postdoc Position Available
A two year postdoctoral position in ecology is available in the research lab of Erin Mordecai at Stanford University, with a flexible 2015 start date. In collaboration with Mordecai, the successful candidate will develop a project combining empirical and theoretical approaches to explore questions in plant disease ecology. The research focus is flexible and those with plant, non-plant, and theoretical backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Research in the Mordecai lab focuses on three general questions in disease ecology: (1) how do pathogens impact their host populations and communities? (2) how is pathogen diversity maintained, and what are its consequences for host-pathogen dynamics? and (3) how do host – pathogen interactions respond to global change? The pathogen impacts on plant communities projects focus on how generalist pathogens impact the outcome of competition between host species. The maintenance of pathogen diversity projects focus on identifying niche and fitness differences that regulate pathogen coexistence. The pathogen responses to global change projects focus on how climate and species invasions affect pathogen abundance, and in turn their impacts on hosts. Ongoing work involves a variety of plant and non-plant disease systems, and we are currently developing a grass fungal pathogen system in California. All projects combine empirical approaches with mathematical models to achieve their aims. The postdoc will have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in California and elsewhere. Stanford University offers opportunities to interact with numerous ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and conservation biologists within the Biology Department and beyond. To apply, please send a research statement including one to two paragraphs describing the type of projects of interest, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three references to Erin Mordecai at emordecai@gmail.com. Please combine all components of the application into a single file, and include “Postdoc position” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Vector Biology (Entomology) Assistant Professor/Assistant Entomologist Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside
Position Announcement: Vector Biology (Entomology) Assistant Professor/Assistant Entomologist Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, California, http://www.entomology.ucr.edu POSITION: Vector Biology. The Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position, 9-month appointment, available July 1, 2015. The position has 25% Instruction and Research and 75% Organized Research in the Agricultural Experiment Station http://cnas.ucr.edu/about/anr/. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Entomology or a related discipline; postdoctoral experience is preferred. The focus of this position will be on studying the behavior, ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology and/or physiology of insect vectors that transmit pathogens to animals, humans, and/or plants. Areas of research emphasis may include, but are not limited to, the ecology, epidemiology, evolutionary and comparative genomics, or innate immunity of vectors. RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop an extramurally funded research program to conduct basic and applied research in the area of insect vector biology. Teaching responsibilities include supervision of graduate students, participation in undergraduate life science instruction in introductory biology, entomology, ecology, evolution, molecular biology, and/or physiology, as well as a graduate course taught in an area of interest. Teaching interactions with interdepartmental programs in Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics; Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology; and/or Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology are encouraged. APPLICATION: Applications should include a curriculum vitae (4 pages maximum), statements of research interests (2 pages maximum), teaching interests and philosophy (1 page maximum), and four references (confidential letters of recommendation will be requested by email only for candidates passing first round of selection). All application materials should be sent to: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00225. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Alec Gerry, Chair of the Vector Biology Search Committee at alec.gerry@ucr.edu APPLICATION DEADLINE: Evaluation of applications will begin November 15, 2014, but the position will remain open until filled. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Department of Biology - Tenure-Track Position in Microbiology Illinois College
Illinois College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of biology with a specialization in microbiology to begin in fall 2015. Candidates whose research incorporates genomics or bioinformatics to explore issues related to microbial ecology are especially encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory biology (biological inquiry and analysis), microbiology, and advanced courses in the applicant’s area of expertise, as well as participation in the department’s senior seminar program. Preference given to applicants with an interest in teaching parasitology. The successful candidate will also develop an active research program involving undergraduate students, for which internal support is available. The ideal candidate will have completed a Ph.D. in microbiology or a closely related field, and will be committed to undergraduate biology instruction in a liberal arts setting including the use of innovative teaching methods to engage students in the classroom. Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 70 miles northeast of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois State Capital. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population, currently comprised of 26 percent underrepresented students. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a C.V., evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching philosophy, syllabi, course evaluations), undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of research philosophy, and three letters of reference to the Office of Academic Affairs, Attn: Laura Corey, Chair of the Biology Search Committee, Illinois College, 1101 W. College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650. Electronic submissions are encouraged; please send materials in PDF format to deansearch@mail.ic.edu. Review of applications begins October 1, 2014. Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer, encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women, and offers benefits to same- sex domestic partners.

Position Announcement: Instructor (Variable-Time), Department of Microbiology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
The Department of Microbiology is seeking qualified applicants for one variable-time Instructor position starting January 1, 2015.

Appointment: One semester term appointment, renewable at discretion of University.
Responsibilities: Deliver lectures and oversee laboratories and teaching assistants relevant to the course MICR 201, Elementary Microbiology.
Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree required in microbiology or a related field; teaching experience in the field of microbiology.
Application Deadline: November 17, 2014, or until the position is filled.
Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching background, a copy of all university-level course transcripts, and contact information for at least three references. Preferably, all materials should be submitted electronically as a PDF document to the Microbiology Search Committee Chair via e-mail to microbiology@micro.siu.edu or by regular mail to:

Department of Microbiology
Mail Code 6508
1125 Lincoln Drive
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

For more information about the Department of Microbiology, visit our web site at http://www.micro.siu.edu/.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.


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., 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