Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - May 2015


  • CMIIM Special Interest Session at asm2015
  • Education Board asm2015 Events
  • Fellowship Opportunity for Undergraduate STEM Faculty
  • ASM Kadner Institute
  • Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
  • Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives at asm 2015
  • asm2015 Special Interest Symposium- Anatomy of an Evidence-based Medicine Guideline- Urine Transport
  • Impact of New Microbiology Technology on Patient Outcomes
  • ASM Microbe 2016: Call for Sessions, Courses, and Workshops Ends May 19
  • ICEID 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • ICAAC/ICC 2015
  • ASM Conferences


  • Integrated Food Safety System Online Collaboration Development (U18)
  • Food Protection Rapid Response Team (RRT) (U18)
  • AIDS Research Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (P30)
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
  • Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)


  • Seasonal Project Assistant - Soil Microbial Ecology Research
  • MS Research Opportunity in Coastal Plant-microbial Ecology at Tulane


  • Nadine Gordon, Ph.D., Biology Assistant Professor, Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, Florida



CMIIM Special Interest Session at asm2015
The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities is sponsoring a special interest session, “Immunology Issues and Infection in Hemoglobinopathy Populations with Health Disparities.” The session will be held on Sunday, May 31 at 4:45 – 6:30 PM in Meeting Room 346 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Hemoglobinopathies are genetic blood disorders caused by mutations in the hemoglobin gene which result in abnormal function and/or production of hemoglobin. Sickle cell disease (SCD) and thalassemia are the most commonly inherited blood disorders among populations in the United States.  Affected individuals other than African Americans have ethnic backgrounds rooted in Central and Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean countries, North Africa, the Middle East, and India.  Numerous sickle gene polymorphisms occur in populations with health disparities.  It is commonly thought that the sickle gene confers resistance to diseases such as malaria but this may not be entirely true. Populations affected with the sickle gene are exposed and susceptible to a range of pathogens in different geographical regions. At the end of this special interest session attendees will have an understanding of how host pathophysiological conditions of populations living with hemoglobinopathies are exposed to various infections. Insight on progress and policy issues to prevent infection and decrease morbidity in populations with health disparities will be discussed.


Dwayne Boucaud; Quinnipiac Univ., Hamden, CT
Bereneice M. Madison, CDC (Retired), Atlanta, GA

Speakers and Presentations

Epidemiology, Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Infection in Thalassemia Patients
Althea Grant; CDC, Atlanta, GA

Evening Genetics: Infection Management in Texas Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Program
Alex George; Texas Children’s Hosp., Houston, TX

The Intriguing Relationship Between Malaria and Sickle Cell Disease
Julie Gutman; CDC, Atlanta, GA

Immunological Issues and Infectious Disease in Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease
Frank Berkowitz; Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA

Clinical Trials, Policy Issues and Progress in Populations with Hemoglobinopathies
Alexis Thompson; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hosp. of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Education Board asm2015 Events
During the asm2015 General Meeting, which is being held May 30 – June 2, 2015 in New Orleans, LA, the Education Board will be holding career development workshops and a special interest session. Details about these events are below:

  • Career Development Workshop (WS05): Microbiology Career Choices: What’s Available and How to Succeed. Register today. This session emphasizes information about alternatives to careers in doctoral (and medical) education. It is targeted to undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in the microbiological sciences and especially to learn about opportunities that go beyond what they have seen or experienced in academic settings. Microbiologists from industry, clinical labs, government agencies and labs, nonprofits, undergraduate teaching institutions, and other non-traditional employment settings will lead discussion groups of 10 to 12 participants. This highly interactive session has been successful in the previous three years with over 400 students participating each year. Join us on Saturday, May 30 (1:00 pm – 4:30 pm), Meeting Room 343. Although this workshop is complimentary, registration is required. Click here to sign up.
  • Call for Career Advisers. Heading to New Orleans for asm2015? Microbiologists from public health, industry, government, nonprofits, community colleges, clinical and state labs, patent law, science policy and communications, etc., are needed to offer career advice on Saturday, May 30 (1:00 pm – 4:30 pm) at the session “Microbiology Career Choices: What's Available and How to Succeed.” Share insights about your work – responsibilities, expectations, colleagues, salary, getting started, and advancement – in interactive, roundtable discussions with 10 to 12 students. To serve as a career adviser, click on the following link: Intent to Participate form.        
  • Special Interest Session: Using an IDP to Plan a Successful Scientific Career. Whether you'll be a PI at a research university, a medical science liaison for a biotech company, or a policy adviser for a U.S. Senator, you want to find a career path that you'll enjoy and find rewarding. There are more than 50 career paths available to biomedical sciences PhDs. If you'd like to see a list of these paths, learn how to select the best option for you, and start your own individual development plan (IDP), which will help you achieve success along your path, then don't miss this thought-provoking interactive workshop! All are welcome to attend on Monday, June 1 (4:45 pm – 6:30 pm), Meeting Room 346. Click here to sign up.

Fellowship Opportunity for Undergraduate STEM Faculty
Early-career (and future) undergraduate STEM educators are encouraged to apply for a 2015 Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship, sponsored by the ASM Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) Program. This new professional development resource from ASM LINK trains STEM faculty to develop undergraduate research programs by initiating successful research partnerships. As part of the fellowship, LINK will provide travel subsidies of up to $2,000 to (1) increase participation of undergraduate STEM educators at seven eligible ASM-sponsored research conferences, (2) encourage networking and collaborations with potential research partners, and (3) access resources and mentoring to advance undergraduate research programs. Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each of the seven eligible ASM conferences. Apply by July 13 to be considered for UFRI’s Fellowship for the ASM Conference on Pseudomonas. To learn more, visit http://www.asmlink.org/ufri.

ASM Kadner Institute
Senior-level graduate students and early-career postdoctoral scientists are invited to apply for the 2015 ASM Kadner Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scientists in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology. Sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the institute will be held in July 24-27, 2015 in Washington, DC. Participants receive careful guidance and mentoring in key topics important for succeeding in the microbiological sciences: (i) career preparation and opportunities; (ii) preparation, review, and critique of research proposals; (iii) scientific presentations and communication; (iv) effective teaching methods; and (v) professional ethics development. Apply by May 31. To learn more, visit http://www.asmgap.org/kadner.

Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
The May 2015 issue of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE), ASM’spremier publication for microbiology and biology education research, is now available. The new issue – volume 16, number 1 – offers a variety of peer-reviewed, scholarly articles that further the journal’s aim to foster scholarly teaching and provide readily adoptable resources for undergraduate education.

The issue is introduced by an editorial from JMBE editor-in-chief Samantha L. Elliott, Ph.D. (St. Mary’s College of Maryland), who outlines upcoming journal initiatives including a March 2016 thematic issue on citizen science, which will be steered by a team of guest editors and reviewers led by Jack A. Gilbert, Ph.D. (Argonne National Laboratory). Authors wishing to contribute to the thematic issue should consult JMBE’s Author Guidelines for Themed Manuscripts, available on JMBE’s Announcements page. While JMBE editors review manuscripts on a rolling basis, to be considered for the citizen science issue, submissions must be received by August 3, 2015.

Also in the May 2015 issue, JMBE (i) provides readers with abstracts from the 2015 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) and (ii) unveils a new journal section, “Inside ASM Education,” which features data and outcomes from ASM Education programs and initiatives. The first article published in this section discusses findings from a survey aimed at determining how the ASM Curriculum Guidelines are being used in undergraduate science education.

Each issue of JMBE is freely available and internationally indexed. Read JMBE online at ASMscience.org. Download author guidelines, sign up for JMBE eTOC alerts, and learn about advertising opportunities at http://jmbe.asm.org/index.php/jmbe.  

Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives at asm 2015
The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) Committee is pleased to announce its schedule of asm2015 meeting events:

Poster Session on History of Microbiology:
The History of Microbiology Poster Session presents posters on a wide range of topics in the history of microbiology: scientists, microbes, and techniques.

Date:  Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: Posters on Display from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm;
Poster presentations are from 10:45 am – 12 Noon    
Location: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Poster Hall

CHOMA History Exhibit:
The CHOMA Exhibit, Endless Curiosity: The Discoveries and Legacy of Antony van Leeuwenhoek, will display materials from the ASM Archives, including a replica of a Leeuwenhoek microscope, a 1685 Latin edition of three of Leeuwenhoek's letters, and some original issues (1680s) of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, among other items. 

Date:   Sunday, May 31, 2015 – Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Time:  10:45 am – 4:00 pm (Sunday-Monday); 10:45 am – 2:45 pm (Tuesday)    
Location: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Exhibit Hall (in ASM Booth area)

History of Microbiology Lecture: 
The History of Microbiology Lecture, From Humor to Virus: The Microbiology of Yellow Fever in Historical Perspective, will bepresented by Mariola Espinosa, University of Iowa.

Date:   Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time:  4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Location: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Meeting Room 343

For additional information on these activities and to learn more about CHOMA, go to http://www.asm.org/choma

asm2015 Special Interest Symposium- Anatomy of an Evidence-based Medicine Guideline-Urine Transport
Convened by Alice Weissfeld, Ph.D., D(ABMM),  this session will describe the development of a urine transport guideline using the CDC’s Laboratory Medicine Best Practices A6-methodology. This methodology grades the applicable literature using a robust and transparent method that focuses on patient outcomes. The guideline discussed here is the result of one of these collaborations. The last speaker will conduct a short survey by cell phone to assess whether ASM members have altered or will alter their practices after reading this guideline. The session begins at 4:45 pm in room 340 of the convention center.

Impact of New Microbiology Technology on Patient Outcomes
ASM will launch a new course titled “Impact of New Microbiology Technology on Patient Outcomes” in June. As diagnostic microbiology laboratories evolve from profit to cost centers in the era of declining reimbursements, the clinical microbiologist will need a better understanding of how technology can impact on the quality of patient care. In this course, the latest advances in technology for microbiology, some of the issues surrounding these methods, and the overall impact of these newer tests on patient care and health outcomes will be explored.

The accredited topics will be presented as both a webinar and a webcast. Webinars are limited to members who reside in the U.S. and Canada. Webcasts will be available to all members!

Learn more about course topics and register online by visiting the course website!

ASM Microbe 2016: Call for Sessions, Courses, and Workshops Ends May 19
Time is running out to submit your ideas for sessions, courses, and workshops for the all-new ASM Microbe 2016 (June 16–20, Boston, MA) – an unmatched event that integrates ASM’s General Meeting and ICAAC.  Submit your session ideas for seven newly-established tracks that represent a new way of organizing the same science and topics you’ve always experienced at these two meetings.  This is a single call for sessions that will inform the work of both the General Meeting and ICAAC program committees. Featuring nearly 200 sessions and more than 5,000 posters, ASM Microbe 2016 showcases the best microbial sciences in the world and explores the complete spectrum of microbiology. To learn more, visit http://www.asmmicrobe.org.

ICEID 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
August 2426, 2015 | Atlanta, Georgia
The response to the Ebola outbreak has redirected much of our community’s work.  In order to deliver the strongest program possible, the conference has been rescheduled to August. The conference brings together public health professionals to encourage the exchange of scientific information on global emerging infectious disease issues in the United States and abroad.  

Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: July 31, 2015

September 1721, 2015 | San Diego, California
http://www.icaac.org/This year, ASM’s Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) joins with International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC)’s International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection (ICC) to bring you ICAAC/ICC 2015!

Abstract submission is now open, and a new topical category has been added!  See the Topical Category Descriptions page for more information.

Abstract Submission Closes: May 21, 2015
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: August 6, 2015

ASM Conferences
The ASM Conferences Committee is seeking topic proposals for the 2017 program that will reflect traditional topics along with the transcendent science that is changing the field.  The 2017 ASM Conference program will help attendees keep pace with progress and learn what the future of microbiology holds.

Visit the Conference Proposal page for more information: http://conferences.asm.org/index.php/2012-02-09-21-04-52/conference-proposal-information

5th ASM Conference on Prokaryotic Cell Biology and Development
June 1216, 2015 | Washington, DC

ASM Conference on Pseudomonas 2015
September 812, 2015 | Washington, DC      
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: July 1, 2015

1st ASM Conference on Rapid Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines for Enhanced Molecular Epidemiologic Investigation of Pathogens
September 2427, 2015 | Washington, DC    
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 20, 2015
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: July 13, 2015

4th ASM-ESCMID Conference on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in Animals: Veterinary and Public Health Implications
November 2-5, 2015 | Chicago, IL         
Abstract Submission and Registration Site Open: May 28, 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 17, 2015

7th ASM Conference on Biofilms
October 24–29, 2015 | Chicago, IL
Abstract Submission and Registration Site Open: May 20, 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 8, 2015



Integrated Food Safety System Online Collaboration Development (U18)
Food can become contaminated at many different points – on the farm, in processing or distribution facilities, during transit, at retail and food service establishments, and in the home.  In recent years, FDA, in cooperation with other food regulatory and public health agencies, has done a great deal to prevent both intentional and unintentional contamination of food at each of these points.  FDA has worked with other federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and foreign counterpart food safety regulatory and public health agencies, as well as with law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies, and with industry, consumer groups, and academia, to strengthen the nation’s food safety and food defense system across the entire distribution chain. The Office of Regulatory Affairs, in coordination with FDA’s Office of Foods, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and Center for Veterinary Medicine, is soliciting a cooperative grant proposal to expedite program development to support critical federal-state collaboration necessary to plan and implement an integrated food safety system. Full proposals are due July 15, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-15-024.html.

Food Protection Rapid Response Team (RRT) (U18)
The goal of these cooperative agreements is to facilitate long-term improvements to the national integrated food safety system by unifying and coordinating federal/state/local food/feed emergency response efforts including:

  1. Strengthening the link among epidemiology, lab and environmental health/regulatory components;
  2. Improving States' regulatory and surveillance food/feed protection programs to include using Incident Command System (ICS)/National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles and a Unified Command structure to conduct integrated responses to all-hazards food/feed emergencies, rapidly identifying and removing tainted food from commerce, and conducting root cause investigations to inform future prevention efforts; and
  3. Addressing supporting components, such as training, data sharing, data analysis, communications, continuous process improvement, and development of best practices and other resources to support national capacity/capability development.

This will be accomplished through the provision of funding to support multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) for program improvement and will require extensive cooperation and coordination with FDA District Offices and other FDA program offices.  Letters of intent are due May 15, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-15-020.html.

AIDS Research Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (P30)
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Division of AIDS Research (DAR) encourages applications for Center Core grants (P30) to support an HIV/AIDS Research Center (ARC). The ARC is intended to provide infrastructural support that facilitates the development of high impact science in HIV/AIDS and mental health that is relevant to the NIMH mission. This FOA intends to support innovative, interdisciplinary research in several areas, including basic, neurological (i.e., neuro-AIDS), behavioral and social, integrated biobehavioral, applied, clinical, translational, and implementation science.  Letters of intent are due August 14, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-197.html.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is a Presidential award established by the White House in 1995. The PAESMEM program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Each "Individual" or "Organizational" PAESMEM awardee will receive a $10,000 award and a commemorative Presidential certificate. Awardees are also invited to participate in an award recognition ceremony in Washington, DC which includes meetings with STEM educators, researchers and policy leaders. Up to 16 awards may be made from the nominations received on or before June 19, 2015.  PAESMEM awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the nation's human resources in STEM. To locate PAESMEM awardees in your state, please visit PAESMEM.net.  Submission Window Date(s) are March 6 - June 19, 2015, and nomination deadline is June 19, 2015.  More information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15551/nsf15551.htm.

Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)
The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure, improve, and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility of the collection to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer collection ownership responsibilities. The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, result in accessible digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management. Requests should demonstrate a clear and urgent need to secure the collection, and the proposed activities should address that need. Biological collections supported include established living stock/culture collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as preserved tissues and DNA libraries.  Full proposals are due July 15, 2015, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14564/nsf14564.htm.



Seasonal Project Assistant - Soil Microbial Ecology Research
The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is seeking a Seasonal Project Assistant to work full time hours from May 11th to August 21, 2015, possibly longer. The work will be performed primarily in Millbrook, NY, with one trip to Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire for one week in July. Duties include laboratory work associated with soil microbial ecology research (90%), including soil assays and Gas Chromatography. Field work at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest will include soil, water and gas sampling of field plots. Applicants must have the ability to carry a heavy backpack through rough terrain, and be willing to work in adverse weather conditions. Qualifications include coursework and/or experience in any area of environmental science. Coursework and/or experience in soil science desired. Experience in soil microbial laboratory techniques a plus. This is an hourly, non-benefitted position. Salary is commensurate with experience. The closing date to apply is May 1, 2015 or until position is filled. Visit our website at http://www.caryinstitute.org/who-we-are/jobs and complete our online job application. Please attach one document which includes a cover letter, resume and the names and full contact information (including e-mail address) for three professional references. Include job code 15009-I in your correspondence. The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

MS Research Opportunity in Coastal Plant-microbial Ecology at Tulane
The Van Bael laboratory in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University seeks applications from students who are interested in pursuing a one year master's degree (non-thesis) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, combined with a research experience on coastal plant ecology and microbial ecology. Selected master's students will work with Dr. Van Bael and a team of Ph.D. and undergraduate students to gain research experience in plant ecology studies, sterile culture work with bacteria and fungi, and molecular techniques. This research experience is a perfect opportunity for students deciding whether or not to pursue a Ph.D., or for students that need to strengthen their graduate school applications. Read more about our lab's research at: http://www.tulane.edu/~vanbael25/sunshine/Home.html  Tulane University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with 'preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.' Tulane is located in the historic Gulf Coast city of New Orleans, which is known for its culture, food and music. The program deadline is May 1 for starting in August. Please read more about the one year master's program at: http://tulane.edu/sse/eebio/academics/graduate/plus-onems.cfm  For information or questions about the research experience, email Dr. Sunshine Van Bael, at svanbael@tulane.edu. Please be sure you have read the information at the link above before inquiring. No financial aid is available for this program. For general information or questions about the one-year masters program, email Dr. Cori Richards- Zawacki, at cori@tulane.edu.



Nadine Gordon, Ph.D., Biology Assistant Professor, Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, Florida
A recent paper by Gordon-Bradley, N., N. Li, and H. N. Williams entitled Bacterial community structure in freshwater springs infested with the invasive plant species Hydrilla verticillata [Hydrobiologia 742.1 (2015): 221-232] investigated the impact of Hydrilla verticillata on freshwater bacterial communities. This paper represents a part of the dissertation submitted by Nadine Gordon-Bradley, a former student at Florida A&M University. Dr. Gordon-Bradley’s studies focused on studying the impact of Hydrilla verticillata on the bacterial community structure in freshwater springs.  Hydrilla infestation of freshwater is a major problem impacting various water bodies in Florida and other states in the USA. One infested body is the Wakulla Spring, one of the world’s deepest springs and a popular tourist destination in Wakulla County, Florida. During the summer months when Hydrilla is in full bloom, the plant overgrows the spring hindering boat rides and other water activities, which provides most of the revenue for the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Hydrilla has also displaced the native plant species eelgrass in the spring. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and other relevant State agencies have utilized various measures to remove this plant from the water bodies, however, these efforts have not been successful and the plant continues to return to full bloom each summer. Since Hydrilla has become a dominant specie in the spring, the goal of our research was to investigate if and how the plantmodified the ecology of the spring. Various molecular procedures were utilized to evaluate shifts in the phylogenetic composition and physiological profiles of the bacterial communities during the blooming and non-blooming stages of Hydrilla verticillata. The collective results from the study showed that the invasion of Hydrilla in an aquatic system can alter the bacterial community structure and metabolic activities in the water column possibly causing shifts in nutrient cycling and other bacterial environmental services.

Dr. Nadine Gordon, Biology Assistant Professor, Tallahassee Community College (TCC), earned a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science with a minor in Computer Information Systems at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri. She completed a M.S. in Plant Science and Ph.D. in Environmental Science with focus in Environmental Biotechnology at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Following her Ph.D. studies, she was offered a position as Assistant Professor of Biology at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) from August 2013 to present. In this tenure, she spends 40% of her time to coordinate the new environmental science program and the other 60% to teaching environmental science and biology courses. Prior to this tenure, Nadine served as an adjunct instructor at TCC where she taught various biology courses. She pictured her perfect job would be one in which she is able to teach, which she enjoy doing for 9 months, and work in a research lab during the summers. She enjoys traveling with her two beautiful children to Jamaica to spend time with her parents while also enjoying the beaches and good food.


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 Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., assistant professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and the Associate Editor is Andrea M. Rocha, Ph.D., ORAU postdoctoral research associate within the Biosciences division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.

The MMM can post employment ads only if they are first featured on the ASM’s Career Connections site:  http://www.asmcareerconnections.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=756. Career Connections is offering a discount for job postings that are featured in the MMM.  Please contact CMIIM@asmusa.org with your ad needs.

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