International Educators, Apply Today for the ASMCUE Leadership Grant!

The Leadership Grant for International Educators enables a select group of microbiology/biology/health science undergraduate educators from resource-limited countries to attend the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) as well as a pre-conference workshop.  Grantees receive training in the latest developments in microbiology education in order to improve microbiology and STEM education in their home countries. Apply today! Application deadline: November 15, 2016. For more info, please visit: http://bit.ly/intled17remndrwn

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Grantees have hosted teaching events for peers in the Philippines, Argentina, Indonesia, Pakistan, among others. Apply to become an international leader in science education!

Teaching Math in Lab? Join our Next ASM M(icro)OOCs Webinar Session!

How can teachers get students to master math in the lab without losing the microbiology concepts covered? Let’s explore this question together on October 12 at 3:00 PM ET in this second session of the ASM M(icro)OOCs four-part webinar series, titled “Basic Quantitative Skills: Teaching Math in Lab (#TMIL) – the next #TBT” presented by Dr. Brian M. Forster, from Saint Joseph's University.

By registering for the ASM M(icro)OOCs, participants receive access to the live webinar session, past session recordings in the series, an interactive online community, presentation slides, and all supplemental materials. ASM Members receive discounted pricing. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/moocweb2wn

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The deadline for the ASM workshop “Turning Your Science into a Company” is one week away. Apply by 8/20.

ASM Turning Your Science into a Company

October 1 – 3, 2015 
ASM Headquarters | Washington, DC 
Deadline: August 20, 2015

The ASM Turning Your Science into a Company workshop provides graduates, postdoctoral and early career scientists the unique opportunity to receive practical tips, advice, and resources from successful leaders of start-ups and small businesses.

Workshop topics cover:

  • Steps for structuring start-up businesses including research, product development, and commercialization
  • Resources for conducting market research analysis
  • Alternatives for financing a business
  • When, why, and how to exit a business

Workshop registration fee:

  • ASM members: $650

For more information, please visit the Turning Your Science into a Company webpage.

Are you a Graduate Student or Postdoc with teaching responsibilities? ASM can help you with curriculum design and student engagement!

The Science Teaching Fellows Program prepares doctoral-trained individuals for science teaching positions at a variety of non-doctoral institutions. This 5-month, online professional development program delivers the skills and knowledge required to succeed in positions with a significant teaching component.

  • Learn the best practices in curriculum development, student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement for scientific teaching
  • Be part of an online community of fellows, mentors and facilitators with exclusive access to interactive webinars, readings and skill-building activities presented by experts in the field
  • Enjoy professional development opportunities in course design and assessment, active learning strategies and teaching philosophy development
  • Expand you scientific network by working directly with peers and scientists

Applications are now open, space is limited. Application Deadline: November 2, 2016

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Register by August 24 for the ASM M(icro)OOCs Integrating Teaching & Research Series Bundle and Save!

ASM has organized a four-part webinar series designed to help faculty answer these questions:

  • How does a faculty member integrate their teaching and research responsibilities in an undergraduate setting? 
  • How can gains in student understanding and productivity be measured?  
  • How can you ensure students behave ethically in conducting and writing about their research? 

Attendees can sign up for webinars individually or purchase admission to the entire series. ASM Members receive discounted pricing. Sign up now for the ASM M(icro)OOC: Integrating Teaching & Research.   

Click here to learn more about the offerings highlighted and how to register.

Need help setting up a research program or improving students’ quantitative skills?

This fall, ASM offers two online professional development opportunities for educators:

1) The ASM M(icro)OOCs is a four-part webinar series focused on increasing quantitative biology in undergraduate education. This course is offered in partnership with the QUBES project, and is coupled with a virtual learning community. Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/M16rmdrwn.

2) The Building Research Programs series is a three-part webinar series where participants will learn how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. Register today: http://bit.ly/M16brmndrwn.

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ASM SWPI: Program Impacts and Expansion

To support beginning scientists in advancing academically and professionally in the microbial sciences, the Society has offered its ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (SWPI) since 2010. Sponsored by the ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, the SWPI is led by ASM members who have published widely, reviewed manuscripts, and served on the editorial boards of major journals. In 2015, the Committee conducted a comprehensive survey to measure the effectiveness, strengths, and weaknesses of the institute; gather information on the achievements of its alumni; and highlight opportunities to strengthen the program. 

  • Read the full report here.
  • Read the article discussing the program's impacts and expansion here.
  • Learn more about SWPI here.

 

Educators, Improve your Microbiology Students’ Quantitative Skills!

ASM, in partnership with the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project, has organized a new four-part webinar series focused on increasing quantitative biology in undergraduate education. The course will address common issues around teaching quantitative skills and reasoning, ranging from dilutions to graphing to data analysis, and it will be coupled with a virtual learning community.

The course will run from September 28 until December 14, 2016. Registration deadline is September 21. ASM Members receive discounted pricing. Learn more and register! http://bit.ly/MoocsF16awn

 

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JMBE: Seeking Manuscripts Related to Citizen Science

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The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is now accepting manuscripts for a second thematic issue centered on scientific citizenship. Submit your best ideas on teaching citizen science, engaging and educating a lay audience, and other topics relating to citizen science.  To learn more about guidelines for submission, and other important information, go to: http://bit.ly/jmbetheme2016wn

Let JMBE help you with your back-to-school planning!

Utilize our free, open-access content for peer-reviewed, assessed activities and tools that can increase student engagement, improve retention, and convey difficult science concepts.

The latest themed JMBE issue focuses on the interdisciplinary topic of scientific citizenship and contains fun activities and information on turning microbial data in to music, tracking Lyme disease, smelling armpit microbiota, using community labs for “DIY Biology” and much more!

Visit http://bit.ly/jmbebtschoolwn to read more.

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Content Now Available for ASM Spring M(icro)OOCs Series

Content Now Available for ASM Spring M(icro)OOCs Series   

moocs cover 1Did you miss the spring ASM M(icro)OOC series? In case you missed it, ASM has made all recordings and materials for the 2015 spring M(icro)OOC series available to the public.

Click here to learn more: http://bit.ly/spring2015mooccontentwn

Last Chance to Register for ASMCUE- Deadline June 13

June 13 is the final registration day for ASM’s Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE). Join over 350 Biology Educators at the Conference where science and education intersect! Attendees come from a diverse array of institutions and career levels. You are sure to find people like you and others that complement your teaching philosophy! ASM graduate students and postdocs receive special registration rate.

Please visit our website to register: http://bit.ly/finalregrem16wn

JMBE May Issue Now Available

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May Issue Now Available

Volume 16, Issue 1 of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) has been published. Be sure to read the Letter from the Editor in which Dr. Samantha L. Elliott, JMBE’s Editor-in-Chief, discusses new and ongoing initiatives for 2015. Also published in this issue are the abstracts for the 22nd Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE).

For the complete Table of Contents, visit: http://bit.ly/eTOCv16i1wn

There’s still time to present a poster at ASMCUE! Late-breaking deadline - June 1

Due to the great response for abstract submissions for the 2016 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), the Abstract Review Committee decided to include a late-breaking session! Please consider submitting an abstract for the conference poster session.  The requisites and rubrics remain the same. Work described in the abstract must have been tested on students and assessment of the activity’s outcomes should be described.  All late-breaking authors will be notified of their dispositions prior to the Conference’s final registration deadline on June 13.
 
To learn more about this opportunity, including the ASMCUE Abstract Review Rubric, please visit:
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JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester: Episode 3 Now Available

jmbeprofiles3JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester is an interview series that highlights the volunteers that comprise the JMBE Editorial Board, the authors who contribute their work, and the education innovations that bring them together. In the third episode of the series, Kari sits down with ASM's Publishing Ethics Manager, Erika Davies, to discuss the importance of scientific ethics, responsible conduct of research, trends in research misconduct, and resources to help educate ASM members and non-members alike about the importance of scientific integrity.

Click here to watch episode three: http://bit.ly/jmbeprofiles3wn

JMBE’s May Issue Now Available!

The annual May issue (Volume 17, Issue 2) of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education has published. The 29-article issue includes a novel program to engage elementary students, an investigation of the barriers teaching assistants face in inquiry-based teaching, an essay on the undergraduate research experience, assessments of ASM Education’s fellowship and professional development programs, and much more. The issue also includes the accepted poster abstracts for the upcoming ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), held July 21-24, 2016.
 
For the complete Table of Contents, visit:  http://bit.ly/jmbemayiss16wn 

Only Three Days Left to Register for ASMCUE 2015

registrationpageRegister today and take advantage of new programs at this year’s conference, including: Anchor Plenary Session: Where is Higher Education Going and How Will We Get There?; the Dissemination Station Resource Fair; and Directors Choice: HHMI Night at the Movies. Your registration fee covers all registration materials and all conference meals except for Saturday evening. Advance your teaching career and register for the premier conference for biology educators. There is no on-site registration so be sure to register before the April 20 deadline!

Click here to learn more about registration rates and information. http://bit.ly/asmcue2015finalregwn

Only 4 days left to save! Register for ASMCUE before May 16

Don’t miss your last chance to save on your 2016 ASMCUE registration! Take advantage of the early registration prices before May 16 and receive discounted rates to attend the Conference, including special registration rate for graduate students and postdocs.

Register here: http://bit.ly/earlyregrmdr16wn

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ASMCUE 2015 Rate for Grad Students and Postdocs

ASM Graduate Student and Postdoc Members Interested in Teaching? Take advantage of special discounted registration rate for ASMCUE 2015 before the April 20 deadline.

gradpostYou’ve just been assigned to teach an Introductory Microbiology class for the first time...now what? The ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) is THE place to get you through moments like these. Learn about the latest scientific content for the classroom and effective ways to teach it. Network with educators who have been there before and find your professional support group. First-timers make up nearly half of the conference attendees every year so you won’t be the only “fresh face!” Register now to take advantage of a new discounted rate for ASM Students and Postdocs before it’s too late!

Click here to learn more: http://bit.ly/asmcue2015studentpostdocwn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receive one-on-one coaching during ASM’s Scientific Writing and Publishing Course.

Receive personalized feedback on your manuscript at the Scientific Writing and Publishing Course in Washington, DC on August 12-14. 

After completing the course, you will have:

  • a detailed plan for improving their draft manuscript, 
  • hands-on experience in critiquing abstracts and manuscripts, 
  • a network of peers and mentors to share critiques and advice, and 
  • tools and resources for developing future manuscripts and abstracts.

Additional details can be found here: http://bit.ly/swpc16wn. The deadline to apply is June 30.

Develop a clearer vision on the outlook of higher ed at ASMCUE

Develop a clearer vision on the outlook of higher ed at ASMCUE

mikeyheaderNew for 2015: Anchor Plenary Session. Don’t miss your opportunity to discuss the future of higher ed with educational thought leaders such as Carl Wieman at the ASMCUE anchor plenary, “Where is Higher Education Going and How Will We Get There?” The deadline to register is April 20, so be sure to take advantage of this event and many more professional development opportunities and register for ASMCUE today!

Click here to learn more: http://bit.ly/cue2015programw

Apply by May 1st for the ASM Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship


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"Receiving the ASM Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship has had a tremendous impact on my graduate career. I've had the opportunity to meet amazing scientists at all career levels. I've made lasting connections with both my peers and prospective employers alike. I've learned about scientific career opportunities I would have never known about otherwise. Having the Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship on my CV helps designate me from my peers when applying for competitive awards and has helped me obtain several other prestigious research and career development opportunities. This award is about so much more than the financial support, its about reaching your true potential as a research scientist by connecting with and learning from the brightest minds in Microbiology." -J. Alan Goggins '14-'17

The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. Eligible candidates must be from groups that have been determined by the applicant's institution to be underrepresented in the microbiological sciences. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/watkins16wn

ASM Fellowship Opportunity for Early-Career and Future Faculty

 

 

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New ASM Fellowship Opportunity for Post-docs and Early-career STEM Faculty

 

The ASM-LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship is offering support to STEM educators currently training or desire to train undergraduate researchers. The UFRI fellowship empowers STEM faculty to design research programs for undergraduates by creating research networks and initiating successful research partnerships. Fellows gain effective strategies to engage research collaborators in an online training workshop and receive continuous mentoring and guidance in an exclusive online learning group. As an additional benefit, ASM-LINK provides 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.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for all ASM conferences. The next deadline is April 10 to be considered for the UFRI fellowship to the ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, LA (May 30-June 2).

To learn more about the program, including important dates, eligibility, and application information, please visit http://www.ASMlink.org/ufri.

Register for ASMCUE by May 16 and Save $100!

Stop what you're doing right now and take advantage of our Early Registration prices!  Receive discounted rates to attend ASMCUE, including special registration rate for Grad Students and Postdocs. While registering, attendees have the option to support a colleague’s attendance to the conference by making a donation to the ASMCUE travel grant fund. Fees will increase after May 16.

Register here: http://bit.ly/asmcueearlyregwn

Only Three Days Left to Save $100 on ASMCUE Registration

registrationpageAct now and receive discounted registration to attend ASMCUE, the premier conference for biology educators. This fee covers all registration materials and all conference meals except for Saturday evening. Take advantage of the early bird rate and register today!

To learn more an register, visit: http://bit.ly/cue2015earlyregwn

Improve your Grant Writing Skills by Attending the 2016 ASM Grant Writing Course

Improve your grant writing skills by attending the ASM Grant Writing Course. Open to graduate students and postdoctoral and early career scientists who are interested in receiving personalized guidance in grant preparation and review, this hands-on workshop will enhance skills and provide valuable information in grant writing. The course will be held from August 12-14 in Washington, DC.

The deadline to apply is June 30. 

Click here to learn more. 

 

ASM Education Fellowship Opportunities

ASM provides funds to students, postdoctoral fellows, and early and mid-career scientists to conduct research and participate in activities that encourage professional growth in a new area. Funds may be available for stipends, housing, travel, and membership in ASM. Please visit the Student Careers page to see a complete list of all funding opportunities. 

Fellowship Opportunities:

ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program: Deadline – January 15
ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program: Deadline – January 20
ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program: Deadline – February 1
ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Deadline – May 1

 

Dr. Cornelissen Provides Advice to Those Working on Grant Applications

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Receive feedback on your NIH or NSF grant proposal from experienced ASM leaders at the ASM Grant Writing Course. Chair of the Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, Cynthia Cornelissen, explains the importance of grant writing and what participants can expect from attending this course.

Why is grant writing so important?
Grant writing has become a crucial skill that all trainees need to master to be successful scientists. Competition for limited grant funding is fierce, so it is imperative that trainees learn the skill and master the techniques required to develop a successful application. The new course offers training and more importantly one-on-one mentoring and feedback on many parts of both NIH and NSF grants, including a range of funding mechanisms.

Who should apply to the ASM Grant Writing Course?
We have recently opened up the application process to include junior faculty as well as graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Anyone who wants to learn how to formulate an impactful grant application or even to improve their grant-writing skills would benefit from this course.

What should attendees expect from participating in this course?
Attendees should expect to get some didactic training in grantsmanship, but more importantly to participate in peer review of other attendees’ grant applications and to have their grant materials critiqued by experts in the field. Furthermore, this is an outstanding networking opportunity to interact with research leaders, junior faculty and other trainees from around the world. Attendees will enter a community of practice by participation in this or any course offered by ASM.

Open to graduate students and postdoctoral and early career scientists who are interested in receiving personalized guidance in grant preparation and review, this hands-on workshop will enhance skills and provide valuable information in grant writing. The course will be held from August 12-14 in Washington, DC.

The deadline to apply is June 30. 

Click here to learn more. 

 

JMBE: Seeking Manuscripts Related to Citizen Science

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The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is pleased to announce a Call for Manuscripts for a second thematic issue centered on scientific citizenship. Submit your best ideas on teaching citizen science, engaging and educating a lay audience, and other topics relating to citizen science.

To learn more about guidelines for submission, and other important information, go to: http://bit.ly/jmbetheme2016wn

Join a new Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) and help your students improve their quantitative skills!

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ASM's Biology Scholars Program and Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) have partnered to improve student understanding of quantitative skills in the microbiological sciences. Future and early-career faculty members are encouraged to apply for one of two intensive in-person and online training opportunities specifically developed to enhance teaching methods.

Join a robust learning and mentoring community! Learn more here: http://bit.ly/bspqubesappwn

 

Register for ASMCUE by March 9 and save $100

registrationpageAct now and receive discounted registration to attend ASMCUE, the premier conference for biology educators. This fee covers all registration materials and all conference meals except for Saturday evening. Take advantage of the early bird rate and register today!

Click here to learn more about registration rates and information: http://bit.ly/cue2015earlyregwn.

New Themed Issue on Scientific Citizenship Now Available!

JMBE, ASM’s premier, open-access science education publication has a new themed issue on Scientific Citizenship! Readers can expect essays on the current state of citizen science, lessons on how to engage and train citizen scientists, how-to articles on authentic research experiences and public outreach activities, curricular and nontraditional approaches to engaging citizens in science, detailed outcomes of popular citizen science activities, and reviews of citizen science resources.
 
For the complete Table of Contents, visit: http://bit.ly/jmbethemedis2016wn 

ASM Graduate Student or Postdoc Member Interested in Teaching? ASMCUE offers discounted rates!

gradpostYou’ve just been assigned to teach an Introductory Microbiology class for the first time...now what? The ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) is THE place to get you through moments like these. Learn about the latest scientific content for the classroom and effective ways to teach it. Network with educators who have been there before and find your professional support group. First-timers make up nearly half of the conference attendees every year so you won’t be the only “fresh face!”

Register now to take advantage of a new discounted rate for ASM Students and Postdocs: http://bit.ly/asmcue2015studentpostdocwn

Only One Week Remains to Apply for the ASM Grant Writing Institute Online. Deadline: 2/10.

ASM Grant Writing Institute Online

The program goal is to familiarize participants with the process of applying for NIH and NSF grants and provide the skills set needed to successfully obtain grants.

Topics include broad discussions of:

  • Writing NIH/NSF grants
  • Viewing grants from the reviewer's perspective

Participants will leave the program with:

  • An overview of the grant making enterprise and over funding landscape
  • Tips for successfully writing an NIH and NSF grant
  • Strategies on how to engage effectively with your audience

Cost

The cost for the Grant Writing Online webinar series is $150 for ASM members and $200 for non-members. Please note, no refunds will be given. Instead, all selected applicants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings.

Deadline: February 10

Learn more here: http://bit.ly/gwo16wn

ASMCUE Travel Award Deadline: February 16

travelawardsASM offers travel awards to increase participation by prospective and early-career educators at ASMCUE.  Funding opportunities are available for conference attendees at varying levels of their careers and who teach at a diverse range of institutions.

Anyone interested in learning more about specific travel awards they may be eligible for are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/asmcuetravel2015wn

In Case You Missed It! JMBE December Issue Now Available

The December issue (Volume 16, Issue 2) has been published. The 40-article issue includes research on how course climate may affect student persistence, instructions for an inquiry-based laboratory activity for brewing beer, tips for modeling the microbiome, and much more!
 

ASMCUE 2015: One week left to submit a Microbrew!

ASM14 5230Participate in our session, “Microbrew: Mixing Ideas for Successful Teaching Strategies in Microbiology and Biology.” Submit your ideas and thoughts on best practices to be presented at this year's conference. If accepted, authors are given a 15-minute time slot to deliver an oral presentation about their work and solicit feedback from their colleagues.  

Read more about specifications, view samples of accepted abstracts, and learn other ways to participate at ASMCUE by clicking here.

Undergrads Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Receive Summer Research Funding.

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A recent survey showed that 99% of past ASM Undergraduate Research Fellows (URF) rated their experience as good or excellent. Since the completion of their fellowship, the survey respondents have given over 1,900 poster/oral presentations and published over 1,200 scientific publications. URF participants evaulated the program so highly because of the large gains made in the following areas:

  • understanding the research process,
  • expanding academic or professional contacts,
  • interacting with others with similar research interests, and 
  • learning to act professionally in a research setting

Apply for the 2016 URF Program

The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. Students will have the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at ASM Microbe the following year.

Students will:

  • Conduct a research project for a minimum of 10 weeks beginning in the summer of 2016
  • Work with faculty mentors who are ASM members and who are employed at the students home institutions, and
  • Submit a research abstract for presentation at the 2017 Microbe Meeting.
The Fellowship provides:
  • Up to $4000 for student stipend, and
  • Up to $1000 in travel support for students to present the results of the research project at the 2017 Microbe Meeting. Travel funds are contingent upon acceptance of an abstract for ASM Microbe. 

Deadline: February 1

Additional detaials can be found here.

ASMCUE 2015: Submit your best practices by February 2!

howdypardnerThere are only four days left to submit a poster abstract for ASMCUE! Last year, over 80% of conferences presentations were submitted by conference attendees. Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your scholarly work in teaching microbiology or biology by submitting a poster abstract for ASMCUE.

Learn more about abstract specifications, tips on preparing your abstract and other ways to participate at ASMCUE by clicking here.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Apply for the ASM/CDC Postdoc Fellowship Program by January 15.

For over 20 years ASM and the CDC have partnered together to provide resources for up to ten fellows to participate in the ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. All fellows receive an annual stipend, health benefits, and professional development opportunities as they perform research at a CDC location and study infectious diseases that cause significant public health problems.

For more details, visit: http://bit.ly/asmcdc16wn.

Deadline: January 15, 2016

ASMCUE 2015: Registration Open and Abstract Deadlines Approaching

mikeyheaderRegistration for ASMCUE 2015 is now open! ASMCUE gathers nearly 400 microbiology and biology educators for an interactive four-day conference. Register by March 9 and save $100. We do hope you will join us at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas for the 22nd anniversary of this exciting scientific and pedagogically significant event!

To learn more about the conference, including information on workshops and upcoming deadlines, click here. 

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educations 2016 Preliminary Program Announced

Information on plenary speakers and sessions at ASMCUE 2016 are now available on the Preliminary Program page. Be sure to check back frequently for conference updates. We do hope you will join us at the Bethesda North Marriott in North Bethesda, Maryland for the 23rd anniversary of this exciting scientific and pedagogically significant event!

Save the Dates: ASM Webinar Series on Teaching for Spring 2015

moocs cover 1To broaden the reach of ASM’s webinar-based training programs, the Education Board introduced ASM M(icro)OOCs in the summer of 2014. Based on the concept of “massive open online courses,” the second installment of the program will be offered again in spring 2015. Each M(icro)OOC is designed for ASM members (or potential members) who are currently educators or are interested in teaching. Registration is free, and space will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can sign up for one or all three offerings.

Click here to learn more about spring M(icro)OOCs.

JMBE December Issue Now Available

The December issue (Volume 16, Issue 2) has been published. The 40-article issue includes research on how course climate may affect student persistence, instructions for an inquiry-based laboratory activity for brewing beer, tips for modeling the microbiome, and much more!

For the complete Table of Contents, visit: http://bit.ly/eTOCv16i2wn

JMBE December Issue and Special Section on Scientific Ethics Now Available

JMBE Logo shortHiResThe December Issue of JMBE has been published in tandem with “Scientific Ethics,” JMBE’s first ever special section. Volume 15, Issue 2 includes a discussion of genomics placement in biology education, a laboratory module on hormones and antibiotics in nature, and 17 activities designed to engage STEM undergraduates in the classroom and the laboratory.  “Scientific Ethics” includes an impressive 45 articles from authors like Dr. Clyde F. Herreid, Dr. Janet D. Stemwedel, and Dr. Ivan Oransky, providing a comprehensive look at ethics in science, including the responsible conduct of research, ethics in science education, scientific publishing and authorship, and ways to incorporate ethics into STEM education. The Editors invite you to read the Guest Editors' letter "Introductory Comments for the Scientific Ethics Theme" for background on the theme and a roadmap for navigating the section.

Click here to read more.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Explore the Scientific Writing and Publishing Process with ASM Journals Editors. Deadline: 12/1.

The ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (SWPI) Online is a three-month, six-part professional development webinar series designed to provide graduate students and postdoctoral and early-career scientists with the skills set needed to successfully publish in scientific journals.

Cost: $150

Deadline: December 1

Click here to learn more.

Participants are encouraged to take what they learn in this workshop, prepare a draft manuscript using their newfound skills, and apply for the SWPI face-to-face workshop where they will be coached in small groups with individualized feedback from ASM journals editors. Additional details can be found here


 Tips for Writing Compelling Titles

  • Grab the readers’ attention

Try to catch both the specialist and the generalist. For example, the title “Dissection of the Burkholderia intracellular life cycle using a photothermal nanoblade” will catch the interest of scientists studying Burkholderia, scientists studying bacteria that cause infection by living inside eukaryotic cells, and a broader range of scientists who want to know what a photothermal nanoblade is.

  • Make a strong, declarative statement

The title should convey the main thesis of your work and give insight into the major findings. Use definitive statements. For example, use “The RegA protein represses geneA transcription by competing with RNA polymerase at the -35 region of the promoter” instead of “Characterization of RegA-mediated control of geneA transcription.”

  • Indicate what is novel, innovative and/or broadly relevant about your work

If your study is the first to show a particular phenomenon or mechanism, use a general statement to indicate the novelty of the finding. Examples include “TypeVI secretion delivers bacteriolytic effectors to target cells”, “Caspase-11 protects against bacteria that escape the vacuole”, and “Reconstitution of a bacterial autotransporter assembly using purified components”.

-Peggy Cotter, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Learn more from Dr. Cotter and other ASM journals editors at the ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (SWPI) Online

 

Adopt the Vision and BE the Change! Two weeks left to apply to be a 2015-2016 Biology Scholar.

BSP14Are you experimenting with different methods of instruction in the classroom or laboratory?  Would you like to learn more about effectively measuring student learning?  Apply now for one of these ASM/NSF-
sponsored professional development training opportunities. Over 250 biology educators from diverse institutions have been trained and are now leading science education reform efforts. Apply now to become a Biology Scholar. Don’t miss the opportunity to help transform biology education, apply now!


Application Deadline: February 1. Click here to apply.

Register for the last webinar in the ASM M(icro)OOCs Series - Publishing: Ethics in RCR

Join us for the last installment of the ASM M(icro)OOCs: Integrating Teaching & Research Series. During our final webinar: “Publishing: Ethics in RCR”, participants will learn how to justify the need for student RCR training. Also, the webinar will cover tools and techniques for planning engaging learning experiences that promote student learning of ethics in RCR with a focus on responsible conduct. Deadline to register is November 16th. Visit ASMscience to register now:  http://bit.ly/2015itrmoocwebinarwn

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators 2015 Preliminary Program Announced

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Information on plenary speakers and sessions at ASMCUE 2015 are now available on the
Preliminary Program page. Be sure to check back frequently for conference updates. We do hope you will join us at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas for the 22nd anniversary of this exciting scientific and pedagogically significant event!

Join our 2015-2016 ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program – Last chance to apply!

The application deadline is now approaching for the 2016 ASM Science Teaching Fellows (STF) Program. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join this 5-month, online professional development program that prepares doctoral-trained individuals for science teaching positions at various non-doctoral institutions. Our fellows work with facilitators, mentors and professionals in the field to learn the best practices in curriculum development, student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement for scientific teaching.

Application Deadline: November 2, 2015. Apply Now!

New JMBE Profiles Episode Debuts: Writing for Science Education Journals

JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester is an interview series that highlights the volunteers that comprise the JMBE Editorial Board, the authors who contribute their work, and the education innovations that bring them together. In this second episode of the series, Kari sits down with three science educators - Marcy Kelly of Pace University, Cynthia Miller of University of Louisville, and John Geiser of Western Michigan University - to learn about their writing process, the challenges they face during that writing process, and the support they seek throughout their publishing journey.

2016 ASMCUE Leadership Grant for International Educators-Apply Today!

The Leadership Grant for International Educators enables a select group of microbiology/biology/health science undergraduate educators from resource-limited countries to attend the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) as well as a pre-conference workshop. This program connects international leaders in STEM education with the resources to develop and pilot innovative pedagogy and learning modules to support student engagement in the microbiology/biology/health sciences.

Application Deadline: November 9, 2015

Please visit our website to learn more about ASMCUE and the eligibility requirements for this award.

Save the Dates! 2015 ASM Faculty Programs Calendar Now Available

Educators – Build your career with ASM Faculty Programs! Learn more about ASM’s Conference for Undergraduate Educators, online professional development opportunities and publications at: http://bit.ly/fpcalendar2015wn

Join our 2015-2016 ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program - Application Now Open

Applications are now open for the 2016 ASM Science Teaching Fellows (STF) Program. This 5-month, online professional development program prepares doctoral-trained individuals for science teaching positions at a variety of non-doctoral institutions. Our fellows work with facilitators, mentors and professionals on the field to learn the best practices in curriculum development, student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement for scientific teaching.

Applications are now open, space is limited. Apply Now! Application Deadline: November 2, 2015

Save the Date! ASMCUE 2015 Heads to Austin, Texas

ASMCUE 2015 will be held May 28-31 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. We are also pleased to announce that José Bowen, President of Goucher College and author of the award-winning book, Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning, will present the opening lecture at ASMCUE 2015. The deadline to submit a session proposal is October 15, 2014 and the abstract deadline is February 2, 2015. Keep an eye on the www.asmcue.org website for additional updates.

ASMCUE Session Proposal Due October 15

If you have an idea for a session and would like to present, submit a session proposal. The Planning Committee will review proposals and issue invitations to accept presenters beginning in December. 

Click here
 to learn more about proposal requirements.

ASM M(icro)OOCs: Free professional development webinars for educators now available!

To broaden participation in ASM’s popular online-based professional development programs for educators, the ASM Education Board launched a new webinar series, ASM M(icro)OOCs in summer 2014. Due to high demand for this inaugural offering, ASM has made all recordings and materials for the summer series available online to the public. More information on the topics covered can be found here: http://bit.ly/moocs2014wn

Only two webinars left in ASM M(icro)OOC series on Integrating Teaching & Research – Register Now!

In this ASM webinar series, Members have been learning about student involvement in authentic research experiences and ways to assess scientific thinking. The next two webinars will showcase interesting research being done by undergraduates and provide advice on mentoring strategies that encourage ongoing responsible conduct of research for students.  Deadlines to register for the October and November offerings are October 19th and November 16th respectively.  Visit ASMscience to register now:  http://bit.ly/2015itrmoocwebinarwn

Graduate student or postdoc interested in teaching? Apply now for this 5-month, online training opportunity. Deadline - Sept 12

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is offering a 5-month development opportunity to help prepare doctoral-trained individuals for science teaching positions at a variety of non-doctoral institutions. Fellows in the program take part in a highly focused training experience that combines in-depth webinars, pre- and post-webinar assignments, structured mentoring, and a community of practice. The experience is designed to help fellows deepen their understanding and strengthen their skills for science teaching positions at community colleges, minority-serving institutions, regional or state colleges, and primary undergraduate institutes. The experience is fast-paced, intense, interactive, and presents practical examples in microbiology education.
Description & Eligibility requirements here: http://facultyprograms.org/index.php/stf-program/2014-2015-program-description

Save the Date! ASMCUE 2016 Heads to the Washington, DC Area

After a nationwide search, the venue for the 2016 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) has been selected.  We are pleased to announce that the conference will be held July 21-24, 2016 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

The group room rate is $129.00 plus taxes. You will see the hotel is right on the DC subway line and attendees can easily get to downtown DC. We hope that many can make a vacation of it with kids or explore the area. There are also several airports that service the location.

The deadline to submit a session proposal is October 15, 2015 and the abstract deadline is February 1, 2016. Keep an eye on the www.asmcue.org website for additional updates. 

2015 Education Planning Calendar

The 2015 Education Planning Calendar is now available. The calendar features deadlines, descriptions, and other information about ASM faculty and student programs, all designed to help members enhance the knowledge and skills that lead to successful careers in the microbiological sciences. Take a look and mark pertinent deadlines on your calendar so that you or your students can take advantage of ASM many skills-sharpening opportunities.

Register by 9/21 for the next ASM M(icro)OOCs webinar to discover whether your instruction helps students think scientifically

Register for the second webinar in the ASM M(icro)OOCs: Integrating Teaching & Research Series!

How to Instruct & Assess Scientific Thinking 

September 23, 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
Stephanie Gardner, Purdue University – Lafayette

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast elements of scientific thinking used by practicing scientists to those often taught in undergraduate biology curricula.
  • Identify elements of scientific thinking that can be incorporated into their current courses.
  • Evaluate current cognitive and affective assessments used to assess student scientific thinking.
  • Utilize an example teaching unit to develop their own teaching unit with assessment.

 

Click here to learn more about the offerings highlighted and how to register.

Seeking Manuscripts on Ethics — Deadline July 1, 2014

The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is now accepting manuscripts for a new thematic module about teaching ethics in science for its December issue. Guest editors for this special section include: Dr. Michael Zigmond, University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Beth Fischer, University of Pittsburgh; and Dr. Frederick Grinnell, University of Texas Southwestern. Manuscripts could fit into any of JMBE's sections.

More information and author guidelines are here: http://jmbe.asm.org/index.php/jmbe/announcement/view/28

Encourage Undergraduate Students to Submit an Abstract to ABRCMS 2015. Deadline 9/11.

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, military veterans, and persons with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Attending ABRCMS provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Network with peers and scientists.
  • Present their research.
  • Learn about graduate schools, summer research opportunities, and postdoctoral fellowships.
  • Develop their scientific knowledge and professional development skills.

Meet students who won 2014 student presentation and travel awards:

ASM Turning Science into a Company

The ASM seeks applications from advanced graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and early career scientists for the 2014 ASM Turning Science into a Company workshop. The workshop will be held at ASM Headquarters in Washington, DC September 26 and 27, 2014. For more information, please visit: ASM Turning Science into a Company.

2016 Education Planning Calendar

The 2016 Education Planning Calendar is now available. The calendar features deadlines, descriptions, and other information about ASM faculty and student programs, all designed to help members enhance the knowledge and skills that lead to successful careers in the microbiological sciences. Take a look and mark pertinent deadlines on your calendar so that you or your students can take advantage of ASM many skills-sharpening opportunities.

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