Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - January 2016


  • ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone
  • ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Biology Scholars Program
  • ASMCUE 2016
  • Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship
  • ASM Kadner Grant Writing Institute and Online Series
  • ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2016 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
  • 32nd Clinical Virology Symposium
  • ASM Microbe 2016
  • Upcoming ASM Conferences


  • Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
  • Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
  • Division of Ocean Sciences, Biological Oceanography
  • Exploring Epigenomic or Non-Coding RNA Regulation in HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (R01)
  • Systems Biology Approaches in HIV/AIDS and Substance Use (R01)
  • Advancing Understanding, Prevention, and Management of Infections Transmitted from Women to their Infants (R21)


  • Gordon Conference
  • Graduate student opportunities in soil microbial ecology at WVU
  • Masters Student opportunity - airborne microbial ecology
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in South Texas grassland community ecology
  • Three PhD positions to study Sirex woodwasp – University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Three Postdoc positions in a Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning Experiment
  • UIUC postdoctoral position on modeling plant soil feedbacks


  • Emmanuel Adukwu Ph.D.


President Obama released a proclamation announcing that January is National Mentoring Month.  "At the heart of America's promise is the belief that we all do better when everyone has a fair shot at reaching for their dreams. Throughout our Nation's history, Americans of every background have worked to uphold this ideal, joining together in common purpose to serve as mentors and lift up our country's youth. During National Mentoring Month, we honor all those who continuously strive to provide young people with the resources and support they need and deserve, and we recommit to building a society in which all mentors and mentees can thrive in mutual learning relationships," President Obama said.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-mentoring-month

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or being mentored the National Research Mentoring Network is a great place to start:  https://nrmnet.net/


ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone
Targeted to undergraduates and postbaccalaureates from underrepresented minority groups in the sciences, the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program helps to enhance students’ professional development after their summer research experiences and boost their competitiveness for graduate or professional training by providing opportunities to present microbiological sciences research. Awardees are supported to attend the annual ASM Microbe Meeting and ASM Research Capstone Institute, with the meeting providing a national venue to practice presentation, networking, and other skills learned at the institute. The application deadline is January 20. Note: Applicants must be an ASM member to apply. Capstone awards are contingent upon abstract acceptance to the ASM Microbe Meeting; thus, applicants must also submit abstracts for participation in the meeting. Learn more at http://www.asm.org/urc.

ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship program provides undergraduates interested in graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology with opportunities to conduct full-time research at their home institutions and present research results. Fellows spend at least 10 weeks in the summer conducting research under the direction of ASM member faculty mentors. In addition, dependent on abstract submission and acceptance, fellows are supported to present their research results at the following summer’s ASM Microbe Meeting and participate in the ASM Research Capstone Institute. The application deadline is February 1. Note: Applicants must be an ASM Member to apply. This program requires a joint application from the student and an ASM member willing to serve as the faculty mentor for the duration of the fellowship. Learn more at http://www.asm.org/urf.

Biology Scholars Program
To help advance and sustain science education reform at the undergraduate level, the ASM Biology Scholars Program offers biologists training via three intensive and independent, yet intertwined institutes. The Assessment Institute helps participants to measure learning outcomes and implement, integrate, and align assessment strategies with course learning outcomes. The Research Institute guides participants in conducting evidence-based research on student learning in biology and identifying interdisciplinary collaborators. The Transitions Institute helps participants learn to write up their research on teaching and learning in biology and identify appropriate science education journals for publication. Key components of all three institutes are online pre-institute assignments, a face-to-face meeting, specialized peer mentoring, and post-institute follow-up. The program is open to national and international biology educators from various types of institutions, such as community colleges, undergraduate institutions, and doctoral-granting universities. The three institutes will run concurrently from July 19-21, 2016, in North Bethesda, MD — just before the start of the annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) taking place at the same location. The application deadline is February 1. Learn more at http://www.biologyscholars.org.

Registration is now open for the 23rd Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE). Set for July 21-24 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (Bethesda, MD), ASMCUE 2016 will offer intensive professional development sessions and inspiring talks by four leaders at the forefront of science and teaching:

  • Eric Brown, Director, Division of Microbiology in the Office of Regulatory Science, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Arturo Casadevall, Editor in Chief, mBio, and Chair, W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jay Labov, Senior Advisor for Education and Communications, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences
  • Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, 2016 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awardee, and Chair, Biological Sciences Department, Kingsborough Community College

The lectures will complement concurrent sessions on classroom-tested resources for advancing in pedagogy, scholarship, research design, methodology, and assessment, along with poster and oral “microbrew” sessions on best practices in microbiology and biology education. There will also be opportunities to network with colleagues, visit with higher education vendors, and take part in discussions of lab safety guidelines, teaching tools, student learning, and more. Conference registration is available online at a discounted rate until May 16, and the abstract submission deadlines are February 1 for poster presentations and February 29 for microbrew presentations. For full program details, visit http://www.asmcue.org.

Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship
Early-career (and future) undergraduate STEM educators are encouraged to apply for a 2016 ASM LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship. This new professional development resource trains STEM faculty to develop undergraduate research programs by initiating successful research partnerships. As part of the fellowship, ASM LINK will provide travel subsidies of up to $2,000 to (i) increase participation of undergraduate STEM educators at eight eligible ASM-sponsored research conferences, (ii) encourage networking and collaborations with potential research partners, and (iii) access resources and mentoring to advance undergraduate research programs. Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each of the eight conferences. The deadline is February 8 to be considered for a UFRI fellowship for the ASM Conference on Candida and Candidiasis (Seattle, WA). To learn more, visit http://www.asmlink.org/ufri.

ASM Kadner Grant Writing Institute and Online Series
To address the need for more scientists prepared to communicate their research effectively, ASM offers the Kadner Grant Writing Institute and Online Series, a two-part initiative that emphasizes excellence in grantsmanship. Part one, Kadner Grant Writing Institute Online, will take place as webinars focused on didactic training in grant writing and scientific communication. Part two, the Kadner Grant Writing Institute, will offer in-person mentoring, real-time constructive feedback, and best practices for composing an effective grant proposal. The institute, set for August 12-14, 2016 (apply by June 30) in Washington, DC, complements the online series, which will take place in March-May 2016 (apply by February 10). ASM offers the Kadner Grant Writing Institute with partial support from the ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) Program and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. For additional program details, such as costs and eligibility criteria, please visit http://www.asmgap.org.

ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship
Senior-level graduate students are invited to apply for a 2016 ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship. With an aim to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who complete doctoral degrees in the microbial sciences, the Watkins fellowship provides students with support to complete and present their microbiology research. Fellows attend the ASM Grant Writing Institute (http://www.asmgap.org/grantwriting) or the ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (http://www.asmgap.org/swpi) and – dependent on abstract submission and acceptance – are supported to present their research at the ASM Microbe Meeting. Apply by May 1. To learn more, visit http://www.asm.org/watkins.

2016 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
February 8–10, 2016 | Arlington, Virginia
Don’t miss the last chance to save on registration!  Attend this premier event to get an in-depth update on actionable biothreats and potential pandemics.  Early bird registration deadline: January 14, 2016

32nd Clinical Virology Symposium
May 19–22, 2016 | Daytona Beach, Florida
Submit your abstract today for this esteemed event. Join your peers at this meeting to learn the latest breakthroughs in clinical and diagnostic virology.
Abstract submission deadline: March 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Early bird registration deadline: April 7, 2016

ASM Microbe 2016
June 16–20, 2016 | Boston, Massachusetts
Last chance to submit your abstract and apply for travel awards! Make sure your research is presented at the inaugural ASM Microbe 2016 (asm2016/ICAAC 2016).
Abstract submission deadline: January 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Travel awards application deadline: January 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Early bird registration deadline: May 5, 2016

Upcoming ASM Conferences

@ASM Conference on The Individual Microbe: Single-cell Analysis and Agent-based Modeling
March 18–20, 2016 | Washington, DC
A highly interactive, exclusive conference held at the ASM headquarters in Washington, DC.

13th ASM Conference on Candida and Candidiasis
April 13–17, 2016 | Seattle, Washington
Abstract submission closes: February 4, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CT
Early bird registration deadline: March 3, 2016

ASM Conference on Streptococcal Genetics
July 31–August 3, 2016 | Washington, DC
Abstract submission opens: February 29, 2016
Abstract submission closes: May 23, 2016
Early bird registration deadline: June 23, 2016

Save the dates for more 2016 ASM Conferences!


Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.  Preliminary proposals are due January 25, 2016, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15609/nsf15609.htm.

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.  The Program intends to support decadal projects. Funding for an initial, 5-year period requires submission of a preliminary proposal and, if invited, submission of a full proposal that includes a 15-page project description. Proposals for the second five years of support (renewal proposals) are limited to an eight-page project description and do not require a preliminary proposal.  Continuation of an LTREB project beyond an initial ten year award will require submission of a new preliminary proposal that presents a new decadal research plan.  Preliminary proposals are due January 25, 2016, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16500/nsf16500.htm.

Division of Ocean Sciences, Biological Oceanography
The Biological Oceanography Program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined: relationships among aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environments of the oceans or Great Lakes. Projects submitted to the program for consideration are often interdisciplinary efforts that may include participation by other OCE Programs.  (See information provided under Related URLs below).  Full proposals are due February 16, 2016, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11696&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund.

Exploring Epigenomic or Non-Coding RNA Regulation in HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (R01)
The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate innovative hypothesis-driven research to enhance our understanding of the role of epigenomic or non-coding RNA regulatory mechanisms in HIV/AIDS infection or disease trajectory in combination with substance use or abuse.  We are particularly interested in understanding regulatory mechanisms that influence selection and regulation of HIV sites of integration in the host genome.  A deeper understanding of these mechanisms could lead to novel approaches for monitoring latent HIV in cellular reservoirs, especially in the central nervous system.  Ultimately, research in this area could enable the identification of molecular targets that could be manipulated either to eliminate or permanently repress HIV in cellular reservoirs.  Letters of intent are due February 2, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-16-012.html.

Systems Biology Approaches in HIV/AIDS and Substance Use (R01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support systems biology research projects that address critical questions in HIV/AIDS research in the context of drugs of abuse.  Substance use and abuse present unique challenges for HIV prevention, treatment, disease progression, medical consequences, potential cure, and responses to vaccines or therapeutics.  Understanding the complex biological intersection of HIV/AIDS and substance use and abuse is the central theme of this FOA.  Letters of intent are due March 4, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-16-013.html.

Advancing Understanding, Prevention, and Management of Infections Transmitted from Women to their Infants (R21)
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to stimulate investigations including translational, epidemiologic and clinical studies and trials that improve the understanding, prevention and clinical outcomes of non-HIV infections transmitted from women to their offspring during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and breastfeeding. NICHD is committed to supporting research that will increase scientific understanding of and treatments for high-priority perinatal infections.  Full applications are due February 16, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-031.html.


Gordon Conference
The 2016 Gordon conference - Unifying Ecology across Scales will be held July 24-29, 2016 in Biddeford, Maine. This conference provides a discussion forum for those wanting to make links between physiological, behavioral, population, community and ecosystems ecology. Speakers include Brian Enquist, Mary O’Connor, Gabriel Yvon-Durocher, Roger Nisbet Steve Railsback and Volker Grimm. More details and online application are available at: http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=13261.  Associated Gordon Research Seminar for postgrads: https://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=15150.  Organizers are Richard Sibly, Chair, and Mary O’Connor, Vice Chair.

Graduate student opportunities in soil microbial ecology at WVU
The Morrissey lab at West Virginia University is seeking motivated graduate students interested in researching environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, and biogeochemistry. Applications for both M.S. and Ph.D. students are encouraged. The Morrissey lab focuses on understanding how microbial community dynamics underlie soil biogeochemical process in the context of climate change and/or agriculture. Students with experience in molecular biology, stable isotope probing, bioinformatics, biogeochemistry, and/or soil ecology are particularly encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Ember Morrissey (embermorrissey@gmail.com) and provide a brief description of your research interests and career goals as well as a resume/CV highlighting any relevant coursework and experience. Options include M.S. in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (http://microbiology.wvu.edu/) or a Ph.D. in either Agricultural Sciences or Genetics and Developmental Biology with a focus on Environmental Microbiology (http://grad.davis.wvu.edu/davis-doctoral-programs).

Masters Student opportunity - airborne microbial ecology
Dr. Kathryn Docherty, Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University, Department of Biological Sciences in Kalamazoo, Michigan is seeking one Master’s student to conduct research exploring microbial communities in the atmosphere. The main goals of this research are to examine how urban/rural land use, ecosystem type and atmospheric altitude influence airborne microbial communities. The candidate must have a B.S. degree in biology, environmental science, ecology, microbiology, or a closely related field, and previous research experience prior to start of the position. The project will require expertise in DNA extraction, use of bioinformatics pipelines to analyze microbial sequence data and use of multivariate statistics. To Apply: Send a 1) letter of interest, including statement of goals and research interests, 2) a resume or curriculum vitae and 3) contact information for three references to kathryn.docherty@wmich.edu. Please attach all materials as a single PDF file.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in South Texas grassland community ecology
Invasive Species Research Program Brackenridge Field Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to research South Texas grassland ecology in systems that have been disrupted by woody plant removal and introduction of exotic grasses (e.g. buffel grass and guinea grass). The position is supported by grant funding, and is renewable on an annual basis for up to three years, depending on progress and performance. All standard UT Austin conditions of hiring and employment apply to this position. Application packages should include detailed resume, a cover letter describing applicant's interests, and names and contact details of 3 references. Application reviews will begin after January 10, 2016 and the successful candidate is expected to begin by March 2016. Please send application materials or queries to Dr Larry Gilbert lgilbert@austin.utexas.edu and/or Dr Rob Plowes rob.plowes@austin.utexas.edu.  

Three PhD positions to study Sirex woodwasp – University of Pretoria, South Africa
Three PhD positions are available to study the molecular, chemical and behavioral ecology of Sirex woodwasp – Amylostereum fungus – Deladenus nematode symbioses. These positions will be based at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria, South Africa as the home institution, but will involve extensive collaborative work with the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) and the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. For more information please visit www.fabinet.up.ac.za.  Please provide an updated CV, a full academic record and two letters of reference, ideally from academic mentors or supervisors that can comment on your potential as a future research leader. If you are interested in any of these positions or require additional information please contact Smeetha Singh (smeetha.singh@up.ac.za) with "Sirex PhD position" in the subject line.  

Three Postdoc positions in a Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning Experiment
Three two-year postdoctoral positions are available within the Jena Experiment Research Unit (www.the-jenaexperiment.de) subject to funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The Jena Experiment is a grassland field experiment focused on understanding relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BEF), one of the most vibrant research areas in ecology. To apply for a position, please follow the instructions given in the job descriptions below. 1. Postdoc in Plant Ecology/Biodiversity (Leipzig University) Responsibilities Research within the DFG project The Jena Experiment (http://www.the-jena-experiment.de/) focusing on resource complementarity in plant communities with different species richness levels. Please send complete application by January 31st 2016 to PD. Dr. Alexandra Weigelt, Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity, Institute of Biology, University of Leipzig, Johannisallee 21, 04103 Leipzig, mentioning “COMPLEMENTARITY”. Applicants should send their CV, copies of certificates, a statement on motivation and 2 names (with email address) of two references by email – in one single pdf file – to the following two email addresses: alexandra.weigelt@uni-leipzig.de and liesje.mommer@wur.nl

UIUC postdoctoral position on modeling plant soil feedbacks
A postdoctoral position in modeling plant-soil feedbacks is available in the lab of PI James O’Dwyer. The project will also involve collaboration with other faculty members and postdoctoral researchers associated with the University of Illinois Institute for Sustainability, Energy and the Environment. A more detailed description of this overarching project is linked here: http://sustainability.illinois.edu/research/climate-solutions/plants-in-silico-project/ We welcome candidates with training in ecological modeling, microbial ecology, and also in other quantitative fields. Start date is flexible, and the position will involve multiple opportunities for career development. We are closely affiliated with the UIUC Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation and the Institute for Genomic Biology. To apply, send a CV, a one page statement of research interests, a representative paper, and contact information for three references to James O'Dwyer at jodwyer@illinois.edu.  Applications will be considered as they arrive, and informal inquiries are welcome. For further information also check out our lab site: http://publish.illinois.edu/odwyerlab/ 


Emmanuel Adukwu Ph.D.
Emmanuel Adukwu is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Microbiology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Northampton. Prior to embarking on a career in academia, Dr Adukwu also worked at ICON plc a global provider of outsourced development services to the biopharma and medical device sector where he coordinated several clinical trial projects for global pharmaceutical organisations. He previously served as the Chair of the Early Career Scientist (ECS) and as an Observer on the main executive committee with the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM). He is also an active member of professional societies including the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Africa Initiative Group (AIG), a sub-group of the ASM. Emmanuel’s research interests include conventional and natural antimicrobial agents, antibiotic usage and compliance issues and medical transport devices.

Dr Emmanuel Adukwu and co-microbiologist, Dr Amara Anyogu both microbiologists from minority and underrepresented groups in 2015 created the Aspiring Professionals Hub (APH). The APH was created after observing a general lack of clear support for career development, particularly for early career scientists (ECS). Following our extensive involvement in organising and executing personal and professional development enhancing events for STEM ECS as well as social mobility work aimed at improving representation of minority groups in education, we created APH to ‘bridge’ knowledge and skills gaps that act as obstacles between other aspiring professionals and their career goals. The APH is a resource hub which provides tools for aspirational professionals through our blog, workshops and conference events and our goal is to provide a forum where our readers and delegates at our events; can openly discuss their professional experiences, engage on different ways to navigate through University life especially doctoral studies, develop skills for successful professional careers and to showcase entrepreneurial success.

The APH blog is widely read globally with readership in about 130 countries worldwide and regular contributions from aspiring and established professionals from diverse professions in different parts of the globe. We have also received contributions from ASM members and we look forward to receiving articles from other members who are interested in sharing articles about their experiences and successes to motivate and inspire other early career and aspiring professionals. For more information, visit www.aspiringprofessionlshub.com, or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.  

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., associate 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