Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - February 2012


  • The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities salutes Dr. Welton I. Taylor for his many years of outstanding contributions to the field of microbiology


  • Registration Open for ASMCUE 2012
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • 10th ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
  • asm2012
  • ICAAC 2012
  • ASM Conferences
  • Global Laboratory Capacity Strengthening Program (LabCap)
  • ASM-UNESCO Visiting Resource Person (VRP) Program
  • ASM International Fellowships for Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean
  • ASM International Professorships for Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean
  • ASM-IUSSTF Indo-US Professorships for Microbiology


  • Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) NSF 12-533
  • Transforming STEM Learning (TSL, NSF 10-602)
  • New Technologies for Viral Hepatitis SBIR (R43/R44, PA-12-090)
  • HIV Vaccine Research and Design (HIVRAD) Program (P01, PAR-12-087)


  • In Memory of Dr. William C. Branche, Jr.
  • Job Opportunity: Department Chair Colorado College
  • AAAS Minority Writers Internship: Applications Deadline 1 March
  • Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference: Deadline for Applications Feb. 22
  • The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)
  • SACNAS 2012 Summer Leadership Institute
  • SACNAS Executive Director
  • Job Opportunity: Microbiologist, Northern Arizona University




The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities salutes Dr. Welton I. Taylor for his many years of outstanding contributions to the field of microbiology

For over 70 years, Welton I. Taylor, renowned clinical research microbiologist, academician, and inventor, made seminal contributions to the advancement of microbiology. He might well be the oldest living African-American microbiologist. Without a doubt, he is the living African American with the longest membership in ASM, having joined in 1947.  Dr. Taylor made significant contributions to ASM when it was unusual to see African-American participation in the Society.


Born in 1919 in Birmingham, AL, Taylor attended the segregated public schools of Chicago and in 1937 graduated from historic Dusable High School as valedictorian of his class. He entered the University of Illinois (UI) at Urbana-Champaign, participating in the Advanced Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and in 1941 earned a B.A. degree with a major in bacteriology and a minor in chemistry. Immediately following graduation, he entered into active military service as a second lieutenant and flew as a Liaison Pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen.  At the end of World War II, Taylor enrolled in the UI graduate microbiology program and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in microbiology in 1947 and 1948, respectively. 


Upon receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Taylor joined the faculty at the UI College of Medicine as an instructor; and left in 1954 as an assistant professor. He gained prominence through his research on the treatment of gas gangrene and tetanus—two infections that were prevalent during World War II. His discovery that both infections could be controlled by commonly used antibiotics changed the medical community's previous reliance on antitoxins to treat these infections. 


In 1954 an outbreak of salmonella poisoning in baby foods prompted food industry giant, Swift and Company, to turn to Dr. Taylor for his expertise.  In 1959, he joined the staff of Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago as Microbiologist-in-Chief and began to concentrate on the growing problem of patients who presented with nosocomial infections.


It was his many contributions to understanding Enterobacteriaceae, that led to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's naming of Enterobacter taylorae in honor of him and Joan Taylor of the Colindale laboratory.  Dr. Taylor developed media that facilitated the isolation and detection of both Shigella and Salmonella.  He also developed a device (one of his four patents) for use in the identification of microorganisms which was adopted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and similar bodies in Canada and Western Europe as the approved method to certify foods as bacteria-free.


From 1966-1975, he served as chair of the committee to publish an ASM journal of clinical microbiology. The idea for the journal became a reality under Taylor's chairmanship, and he subsequently served on the Journal of Clinical Microbiology’s first board of editors from 1975-1983. Dr. Taylor also served on the editorial board of Applied Microbiology. Dr. Taylor has convened many ASM sessions, organized many roundtables, and served on or chaired many others, including the President's Fellowship Awards and Archives Committees.  .  


In 1974, he was elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. Taylor is an emeritus member of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, and he has held faculty appointments at Northwestern University Medical School and several schools of medical technology in Illinois for a total of 39 years.


In 1996, Taylor was awarded the Pasteur Award by the Illinois Society for Microbiology and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2002, Dr. Taylor was featured in the ASM News "Faces of ASM" series [ASM News 68 (1), January 2002] and was presented with the Tanner/Shaughnessy Merit Award from the Illinois Society for Microbiology in March of 2007).  Recently, Dr. Taylor completed his autobiography with the help of his two daughters Karen and Shelley.  The book is entitled "Two Steps from Glory," and it is due out as an e-book in March 2012 on Amazon, which he states he will likely read on his Kindle Fire.  He remains active in the Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., continues to tour and share his story as a pilot, and he is an avid supporter of the recently released "Red Tails," a big screen account of the Tuskegee Airmen.


When asked what advice he has for today's microbiologists, he says that what is needed is a good microbiologist in the food and clinical microbiology fields, and "good microbiologists should let the molecular biologists do their thing, as none of it is immediately helping anyone in a medical bed."  He states that more attention should be paid to autogenous vaccines, which can cure individuals in a shorter period and more effectively than today's antibiotics, without concern for resistance; he emphasizes that autogenous vaccines can be and should be used for bed sores, acne, and other ailments.


Indeed, Dr. Welton I. Taylor remains an outstanding microbiologist who serves ASM with distinction and who served his country as a Tuskegee Airman with honor; he is an inspiration for all.





Registration Open for ASMCUE 2012

Register today to ensure your attendance at the 19th Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE)! Planned for June 14-17, 2012, in San Mateo, Calif., the conference is a rigorous event that blends cutting-edge science and the most effective ways of improving student learning in the biological sciences.


Exciting this year is a joint program between ASMCUE and asm2012 (the 2012 ASM General Meeting). Thanks to this collaboration, ASMCUE attendees can take advantage of two exciting benefits: a complimentary field trip to asm2012’s opening keynote session and reception on June 16 and a one-day registration pass for asm2012 sessions held on June 17. Moreover, ASMCUE offers plenary lectures by 2011 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awardee Spencer Benson (University of Maryland), virologist Melanie Ott (Gladstone Institute), genomicist Michael Snyder (Stanford University), and 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER Grant Awardee and 2011 Society for College Science Teachers Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Awardee Kimberly Tanner (San Francisco State University).


Don’t delay, register today. Registration before March 16 not only secures your attendance at the conference but also reduces your registration fees by $100. For conference deadlines, guidelines, or other information, please visit http://www.asmcue.org.


Professional Development Opportunities

ASM Education Board programs support student and faculty development through numerous fellowships, conferences, institutes, and workshops. Please share the following program opportunities with your students and colleagues in the microbiological sciences:




Biology Scholars Program Research Residency. The Research Residency of the 2012 Biology Scholars Program seeks biology educators who have been trained in effective teaching strategies and are asking questions about how and why students learn in their classrooms. Research Residency Scholars learn how to design research projects that investigate student learning; understand methods for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting surveys and data on student learning outcomes; and identify the best venues for publishing study results. The 2012 residency, supported by the National Science Foundation and managed by ASM, kicks off with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute on July 25-28 in Washington, D.C. Apply by March 1. Travel grants are available. Learn more at http://www.biologyscholars.org.


ASM/JGI Functional Genomics Institute. Undergraduate faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are encouraged to attend the 2012 ASM/JGI Functional Genomics Institute, which will be held June 24-29 at Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio. Through the use of problem-based learning techniques, individual and group work, and peer mentoring, the institute offers STEM faculty members with little or no training in the genomic sciences valuable professional development training, along with the tools and knowledge to creatively address unique classroom challenges. This is a great opportunity to learn and network with like-minded colleagues, so don’t wait, apply today! The institute is managed by ASM and sponsored by Hiram College and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. Apply by February 15. Learn more at http://www.facultyprograms.org.




ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship: Last Call! The ASM Committee on Undergraduate Education invites applications for its 2012 ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF). The URF program provides undergraduate students who wish to pursue Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. careers in microbiology with opportunities to conduct full-time research at their home institutions and present research results. Fellows spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer conducting research projects under the direction of ASM member faculty mentors. In addition, dependent on abstract submission and acceptance, the students are supported to present their research results at the following summer’s ASM General Meeting. Interested students should apply by February 1. Please note that this program requires a joint application from both the student and an ASM member faculty mentor willing to serve as the student's mentor for the duration of the research experience. Learn more at http://www.asm.org/urf.


10th ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting

February 26 - 29, 2012 | Omni Shoreham Hotel | Washington, DC
New Session Added!!!
Discussion of NSABB’s publication recommendations for the NIH-funded research on the transmissibility of H5N1
Moderated by the Chair of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), Paul Keim, Ph.D., this newly added session at the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting will include discussions of the NSABB’s recommendations for the publication of the controversial H5N1 research. This session will also provide an open forum for attendees to give their feedback on such policy issues as the appropriate mechanisms to allay public concerns about the safety of dual use research.


For more information on the meeting go to: http://www.asmbiodefense.org 


112th General Meeting | June 16-19, 2012 | San Francisco, CA
Late Breaker Diagnostic Microbiology and Epidemiology Site Opens: February 3, 2012
Late Breaker Diagnostic Microbiology and Epidemiology Site Closes: March 23, 2012

The Late Breaker Submission Site is only for the Diagnostic Microbiology and Epidemiology Track which includes the following divisions. 

  • Clinical Microbiology (Division C)
  • Medical Mycology (Division F)
  • Healthcare Epidemiology (Division L)
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology (Division V)
  • Public Health (Division Y)
  • Free-Living, Symbiotic, and Parasitic Protists (Division AA)


For more information on the meeting go to:  http://www.asm.org/asm2012 

ICAAC 2012
52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
September 9-12, 2012 | San Francisco, CA

Registration, Housing, and Website Open February 27, 2012

Abstract Submission Closes:  May 7, 2012
Late-Breaker Abstract Submission Opens: June 1, 2012
Travel Grant Application Submission Closes: June 29, 2012
Late-Breaker Abstract Submission Closes: July 30, 2012

ICAAC, the premier conference on antimicrobial agents and infectious diseases, showcases the latest-breaking science and lectures from top researchers from around the world.  With over 60% of its attendees living outside of the United States, ICAAC provides a rare opportunity to bring together the field’s foremost leaders to discuss the state of infection control and prevention on a global scale.  

Through oral and poster presentations, 10,000 physicians, clinical microbiologists, researchers, and pharmacists will come together to share their research, discover the latest breakthroughs, and work towards fostering global solutions to the problems of infectious diseases and antimicrobial agents.

Opening Keynote Session
Emerging New Issues in the Management of Hepatitis C Infection

Charles M. Rice, PhD - Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Professor; Head, Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease; The Rockefeller Univ., New York-Presbyterian Hosp., Weill Cornell Med. Coll., New York, NY.

The Impact of Emerging New Diagnostic Laboratory Techniques on Clinical Infectious Disease
Franklin R. Cockerill III, MD - Ann and Leo Markin Professor of Microbiology and Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine; Chair, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Prospects for New Antibiotics
Christopher T. Walsh, PhD - Hamilton Kuhn Professor; Harvard Med. Sch., Boston, MA.

ICAAC Lecture
Fungal Disease in the 21st Century

Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD - Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Medicine; Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Albert Einstein Coll. of Med., Bronx, NY.

For more information on the meeting go to:  http://www.icaac.org


ASM Conferences

11th ASM Conference on Candida and Candidiasis

March 29 – April 2, 2012 | San Francisco, CA

Discounted Preregistration Deadline: February 16, 2012
Last Day to Register Online: March 12, 2012

Hotel Reservation Deadline (subject to availability): March 14, 2012

Candida is the major cause of invasive fungal infections, affecting AIDS patients, hospitalized patients, premature infants, and many others. The 11th ASM Conference on Candida and Candidiasis will provide a forum for the Candida research community to present the most recent advances and ideas, covering a broad spectrum of subjects from clinical issues to molecular mechanisms, from growth of the fungus to response of the host. The conference will help chart the course of future research and facilitate the urgent need to understand, treat, and prevent candidiasis. 


4th ASM Conference on Prokaryotic Cell Biology and Development

May 6 - 10, 2012 | Montreal, Canada

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 22, 2012
Discounted Preregistration Deadline: March 23, 2012

Housing Deadline (subject to availability): April 16, 2012

Last Day to Register Online: April 19, 2012

The central goals of this conference are to bring together researchers using the most sophisticated approaches to address the most important questions in the field of prokaryotic cell and developmental biology, and provide a forum for them to share ideas. 


For more information on ASM conferences go to:  http://conferences.asm.org/


Global Laboratory Capacity Strengthening Program (LabCap)

ASM International Affairs maintains a comprehensive website for its Global Laboratory Capacity Strengthening Program (LabCap). The website provides detailed information on programmatic activities, partner organizations, and valuable laboratory resources and publications from ASM and other institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Potential LabCap volunteers may register within a secure database found on the site by entering their relevant personal and professional information.  Registration allows for ASM staff to recruit and identify future LabCap technical consultants.  To register for future consultant searches or for more information on the LabCap program, visit http://www.LabCap.org.


ASM-UNESCO Visiting Resource Person (VRP) Program

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Travelling to a resource-limited country? Spend an extra day with local colleagues!

Through this Program you have the opportunity to extend your trip to spend a day at a local institute where you will present a seminar and discuss ideas for scientific research, curriculum development and international cooperation with local faculty and students.  For more information and to access the application, please visit: http://www.asm.org/international/vrp


ASM International Fellowships for Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean

Deadline: April 15, 2012

Host an international scientist in your lab!  These grants offer early career scientists from resource limited nations the opportunity to visit a host scientist abroad to conduct a research project in microbiology.   For more information, please visit: http://www.asm.org/International/fellowship.


ASM International Professorships for Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean

Deadline: April 15, 2012

Take advantage of this opportunity to share your knowledge with young scientists around the world!  Through these programs ASM members teach a hands-on, highly interactive short course at institutions of higher learning in in resource-limited countries.  For more information, please visit http://www.asm.org/International/professorship.


ASM-IUSSTF Indo-US Professorships for Microbiology

Deadline: October 15, 2011

Collaborate with colleagues in India!  These professorships encourage partnerships between the United States and India by enabling:

  • Microbiologists to visit institutions in the partner country to teach interactive short courses (Teaching Professorship).
  • Microbiologists in India to conduct research projects in partnership with colleague in the U.S. (Research Professorship).

For more information, please visit http://www.asm.org/international/professorship/indo-us




Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) NSF 12-533

The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program makes resources available to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. HBCU-RISE awards specifically target HBCUs to support the expansion of institutional research capacity as well as an increase in the production of doctoral students, especially those from groups underrepresented in STEM, at those institutions.  Letters of intent are due February 24, 2012, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12533/nsf12533.htm.


Transforming STEM Learning (TSL, NSF 10-602)

TSL combines interests and resources of separate programs in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) to explore the opportunities and challenges implied by innovative visions of the future for STEM learning.  The TSL program invites interdisciplinary teams of STEM content specialists, experts in relevant technologies, STEM formal and informal education specialists, researchers with expertise in the learning sciences, and specialists in education research and evaluation methods to submit proposals for research projects that (1) Study efficacy of existing prototypes for innovations like virtual schools, special STEM schools, and educational programs that combine opportunities of formal and informal learning resources in their communities; or (2) Design and conduct exploratory development of new potentially transformative models for STEM learning environments.  The cross-cutting proposals will draw from work in the four primary DRL programs: Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12), Informal Science Education (ISE), Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE), and Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST).  However, proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must have a scope that extends well beyond any of those programs individually.  Deadline is March 09, 2012, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10602/nsf10602.htm.


New Technologies for Viral Hepatitis SBIR (R43/R44, PA-12-090)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to respond to the Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Viral Hepatitis Action Plan) which was released on May 12, 2011 (http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hepatitis/). SBCs are encouraged to propose SBIR grant applications to develop resources, research tools, instrumentations, biomarkers, devices, drugs or new and innovative approaches to diagnosis, monitoring, management, treatment and prevention of viral hepatitis and viral hepatitis associated liver disease.    Deadline is April 5, 2012, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-090.html.


HIV Vaccine Research and Design (HIVRAD) Program (P01, PAR-12-087)

Support of multi-component, multi-disciplinary projects that address important scientific questions relevant to AIDS prophylactic vaccine discovery research. Extensive modeling of vaccine concepts in non-human primates may be included.  Letters of intent are due May 13, 2012, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-087.html.




In Memory of Dr. William C. Branche, Jr.

Dr. William C. Branche Jr. passed on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Dr. Branche earned his Master’s degree in bacteriology from George Washington University, and then began his career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1958 as a virologist in the Department of Bacterial Diseases. While there, he earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Branche joined NIH in 1978 as a Scientific Review Administrator (SRA) at the inception of the Bacteriology and Mycology 2 (BM2) Study Section in the Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Integrated Review where he served until his retirement. He became involved in the Extramural Associates Program, encouraging the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in NIH funded research. Dr. Branche was an active member of the American Society for Microbiology, having served on many committees. A full obituary can be found in an upcoming edition of Microbe.

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Job Opportunity: Department Chair Colorado College
BIOLOGY, Department Chair. Term position, approximately four years, beginning August 2012 at Colorado College. Preference for late career or recently retired individual with previous chairing experience; other academic leadership experience highly desirable. Teaching and/or research opportunities negotiable. Colorado College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a unique one course-at-a-time curriculum. Applicant must understand the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college, especially the role of a teacher/scholar. Preference for a cell or molecular biologist with wide appreciation for pedagogy across subdisciplines, but other science disciplines considered. Applicant must have personal qualities that include skill in collaborative leadership and ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students in the department and across the institution. Colorado College is committed to increasing the diversity of its community and curriculum. Candidates are encouraged to identify the ways in which they can contribute to that goal. Application deadline is March 15, 2012, or until position is filled. Send letter of application describing interest in position, academic background and leadership experience, along with curriculum vitae, and names of four references to:

Search Committee
Department of Biology
Colorado College
14 E. Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Colorado College welcomes members of all groups and reaffirms its commitment not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or disability in its educational programs, activities, and employment practices.

College Web Site: http://www2.coloradocollege.edu/dept/BY/
Department Web Site: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/Biology
For more information: dsison@coloradocollege.edu


AAAS Minority Writers Internship: Applications Deadline 1 March
The journal Science invites minority undergraduate students with a serious interest in science writing and journalism as a career to apply for a 10-week paid summer internship, including travel to Washington, D.C. Under the guidance of the journal's award-winning staff of professional science writers and editors, interns experience the process of covering the scientific and technological issues that shape our global society, contributing bylined articles to the weekly news section in the print and electronic editions. Find out more and download the application at http://www.aaas.org/careercenter/internships/scienceminority/shtml.

Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference: Deadline for Applications Feb. 22

This conference is designed for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; college and community college students; post-baccalaureates; and high school seniors and juniors. There are two objectives of the Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference. The primary objective is to provide over 800 African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students with an opportunity to network with advisors/role models from the basic and clinical sciences, medicine, public health, academic administration and the private sector. These advisors/role models will encourage students to complete advanced studies, and provide concrete advice and information on available resources, professional opportunities and career paths in biomedical science fields. The second objective is to enable student participants to meet, inspire and network with one another. Student participants should be seriously interested in or currently studying in biomedical, biotechnology and science-related fields, such as medicine, chemistry, physics, biology, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, physical therapy, public health, allied health or environmental science. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE 2012 BSCP STUDENT CONFERENCE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 22, 2012 AND APPLICATIONS CAN BE REQUESTED AT LISE_KAYE@HMS.HARVARD.EDU


The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)

2012 Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP): In summer 2012, the NIH will again offer a special SIP program designed to recruit community college students to the NIH. Students in CCSEP can take advantage of all the opportunities available to other SIP interns. In addition, they will make a commitment to completing an enrichment curriculum. If you are a community college student and interested, please read about CCSEP. Eligibility: The Summer Internship Program is for students who are at least sixteen years of age or older at the time they begin the program and who are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university as undergraduate, graduate, or professional students. Students who have been accepted into a college or university program may also apply. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Stipend Information: The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on education completed prior to starting at the NIH. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page. For suggestions on how to increase your chances of being offered a position, please read the SIP Frequently Asked Questions. Candidates will be informed of their selection by the hiring Institute, generally by May 1. Successful candidates will be required to submit the following documentation to their Institute or Center prior to beginning their training: Official high school, college, or graduate school transcripts Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. U.S. citizens may submit a copy of their birth certificate or passport. Permanent residents will need to provide a copy of their alien registration card. Please go to https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip for further information.


SACNAS 2012 Summer Leadership Institute

The SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute offers unparalleled training for underrepresented minority (URM) scientists interested in advancing their leadership skills.

When: July 16-20, 2012

Where: Washington DC

Application Open Date: January 27, 2012

Application Deadline: March 22, 2012


Applicants must provide general contact information, answers to five supplemental questions, and your most current curriculum vitae (CV). Participant selection is a competitive process. All interested postdocs and faculty/professionals are encouraged to apply. For additional Information: info@sacnas.org


SACNAS Executive Director

The Board of Directors of SACNAS seeks a dynamic, resourceful, and visionary executive leader who will guide the organization in our mission to foster the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership. In partnership with the Board of Directors and staff, the successful candidate will carry forward and build upon the nearly 40-year legacy of innovation, high-quality programs and services, and successful outcomes achieved by SACNAS. The candidate will be skilled in articulating a vision for SACNAS that continues to draw financial resources, lucrative partnerships, and national visibility within science policy to the organization, allowing SACNAS to increase its reach and impact for our community members.


To assure full consideration, please provide a resume or CV and a cover letter highlighting experience, the candidate’s fit with SACNAS, and management experience. Application materials should be sent as a single document to:   SACNAS_Search@compasspoint.org

Reading of applications will begin on January 20, 2012; applications will be accepted until March 15, 2012.  However, the position will remain open until filled. For further information about this search, please contact Dr. J.D. Garcia, Chair, SACNAS Transition Committee, at: jdgarcia@email.arizona.edu


Job Opportunity: Microbiologist, Northern Arizona University

The Microbiology program within the Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Microbiology.  The applicant will be expected to teach courses in the Microbiology program including Introduction to Microbiology, an upper level course in the applicant’s area of specialty, as well as others of interest to the program.  Minimum qualifications are: an earned Doctoral degree in Microbiology or closely related field conferred prior to start date. Please see http://www.nau.edu/hr for full position announcement. 



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: 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 Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D., retired Director of Education and Biomedical Research Development at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, in Research Triangle Park, NC. The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT and the Associate Editor is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.