ASM President's Bimonthly Newsletter -- March 2013

ASM Bimonthly Newsletter - January 2013

ASM President's Bimonthly Newsletter
Jeffery F. Miller, Ph.D., Professor,
Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
March 2013

 

Jeffery F. Miller

 

Dear ASM Members:

 

I am excited to announce that the ASM has received a sizable grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a strategic initiative spearheaded by our Education Board. The ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) Program seeks to connect active research investigators with undergraduate educators and students with the goal of broadening participation in science, building interdisciplinary collaborations, and contributing to discovery and understanding among the next generation of researchers.

 

A primary strategy of the LINK program leverages two longstanding, national conferences managed by the Society -- The Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).

 

The LINK Program provides support for research scientists to participate in these two meetings and network with undergraduate biology faculty, future faculty, and early-career scientists.

 

The first of these opportunities is coming up with the ASMCUE in Colorado this May. Researchers who wish to identify and connect with mid- or early-career faculty, and future faculty involved in undergraduate biology education have the opportunity to apply for ASMCUE-LINK Travel Grants, which provide limited travel support and complimentary registration for the conference.

 

If you are eligible for NSF support or are currently supported by NSF, I highly encourage you to consider this opportunity to invest in the next generation of scientists.  Click here for more information on this exciting initiative.  The April 5 deadline is only a few weeks away.

 

And a final reminder that the deadline for advance discounted registration for the General Meeting is April 1.  You can find out more, register, and secure your housing through the General Meeting website.  I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeff Miller Signature

Jeff F. Miller, Ph.D.


ASM News

 

New FAQ Report Focuses on Beer

 

Every time someone brews a batch of beer, in a very real sense he or she is doing a microbiology experiment.  And with the growing popularity of homebrewing, the American Academy of Microbiology decided to focus the latest edition of their FAQ colloquium report series on the microbiology of beer.  If the Yeast Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy is based on the deliberations of 18 participants who convened for a day to discuss the relationship between microbiology and brewing.  The FAQ colloquium report series is designed to provide easy to understand explanations about the roles microbes play in the world, from cleaning up oil spills to causing epidemics, to producing many useful products.

 

 


Threading the NEIDL: New BSL-4 Documentary

 

In honor of the 200th episode of the ASM-supported podcast This Week in Virology (TWiV), podcast host and ASM Communications Committee Chair Vincent Racaniello teamed with ASM's Microbeworld Video to produce a documentary offering a rarely seen behind-the-scenes view of a biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory. The result, "Threading the NEIDL," is a 1-hour documentary in which Assistant Director Ron Corley along with Elke Mühlberger and Paul Duprex, virologists that will be working the facility, lead the TWiV team on a walkthrough of the BLS-4 laboratory. TWiV co-hosts Alan Dove and Rich Condit join Vincent to take a look at how the NEIDL is secured from unauthorized entry, what it's like to wear a BLS-4 level safety suit, how the facility is constructed to make it safe and how workers carry out experiments with highly dangerous viruses such as Ebola virus and Lassa virus without jeopardizing their health. Click here to view the video.

 


New ASM eBook Platform

 

ASM Press is going digital. A new free application allows you to purchase, download and read electronic versions of books from the ASM Press library right from your computer or iPad.  Just go to ebooks.asmpress.org to get started.

 


 

Microbes After Hours

 

As part of our ongoing public outreach, the ASM hosted a "Microbes After Hours" event in January featuring former ASM President Bonnie Bassler of Princeton University and Steven Lindow of the University of California, Berkeley, who presented on "The Secret Language of Bacteria," or how microbes use chemical signals to sense and communicate with one another.  Launched in May 2012, "Microbes After Hours" is a happy hour series which gathers together scientists and curious citizens at ASM headquarters in Washington DC for relaxed evenings of appetizers, local brews and exciting microbiology talks by renowned experts.  The talks were live-streamed on the internet and the video can be found online here.

 


New Academy Fellows

 

I am proud to announce that this year 87 microbiologists have been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.  Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. There are over 2,000 Fellows representing all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry, and government service. The full list of new fellows can be found here.  Please take a moment to read the announcement and congratulate your colleagues on their achievement.

 

 


Sequestration Update

 

A reminder that on March 1, 2013 the automatic, across-the-board budget cut of more than 5% to nondefense and defense discretionary government funding, known as sequestration, took effect.  To keep our members updated on this important issue, the ASM maintains a webpage with information relating to the sequester and the FY 2013 and FY 2014 budgets for federal agency programs of interest to microbiology. The web page includes a link that allows members to create a customized email message to policy makers describing the consequences of the sequester on research and public health funding.

 


 

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ASM President's Bimonthly Newsletter, May 2013

ASM President's Bimonthly Newsletter
Jeffery F. Miller, Ph.D., Professor,
Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
May 2013

Jeffery F. Miller

 

Dear ASM Members:

 

I would like to thank all of our members who came to Denver last week to help make this year's General Meeting a great success.  Approximately 7,100 attendees were treated to nearly 230 sessions, 19 workshops, and over 2,500 posters over the 4 days of the meeting.

 

For those of you who were unable to join us, you can still participate through our various post-meeting offerings.  For more information on select presentations, please go online and watch archived video of ASM Live, our General Meeting internet talk show.  Host Stanley Maloy, Professor of Microbiology and Dean of the College of Sciences, San Diego State University, sits down with presenters and discusses their research at length.  Topics include the potential role of the microbiome in colon cancer, good cholesterol as an unexpected component of innate immunity, and the latest updates on the new H7N9 avian influenza virus.  The videos, which can be found online here, also include special editions of the ASM podcasts "This Week in Virology" and "This Week in Microbiology."

 

You can watch the sessions from the Diagnostic Microbiology and Epidemiology (DM&E) track anytime and anywhere by purchasing access to the DM&E digital video library, which offers over 50 hours of full-motion videos, slides and MP3 audio of the track from this year's meeting.  The library can be accessed online or via a mobile device such as an iPad, iPhone or Android device.  You can even buy a DVD-ROM for on-the-go access.  Click here to find out more.

 

And finally, it's not too late to start thinking about asm2014 next year in Boston.  The General Meeting Program Committee is accepting proposals for scientific sessions now through July 1, 2013.  Go here for more information and to submit your programming ideas.

 

This will be my last newsletter as ASM President.  The past year has been a series of epiphanies for me as I have been consistently reminded of the breadth and depth of our field and the remarkable activities of the ASM.  The future of our Society is bright and poised to grow as our science expands, and we are making an increasingly important impact on an increasingly global scale. I would like to thank all the ASM members and staff for a rewarding and fulfilling year and bid a warm welcome to our incoming President, Prof. Jo Handelsman. 

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Miller Signature

Jeff F. Miller, Ph.D.

 


ASM News

 

New FAQ Report: Influenza

 

Where do new influenza viruses come from? How are they different from the influenza viruses that circulate every year? Why is vaccination so important? To help answer the many questions people have about this multi-faceted virus, the American Academy of Microbiology has issued a new report entitled FAQ: Influenza. The Academy convened twelve of the world's leading experts on influenza in October, 2012 to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about influenza. The resultant report provides non-technical, science-based answers to questions many people have about the virus.  Click here to download a copy of the report.

 


Microbes After Hours

 

This summer, the ASM headquarters will host DC area science enthusiasts for three evenings of brews, snacks, and scintillating scientific discussion from distinguished members of the microbiology community.  The summer series, jointly organized by the Academy and the Communications department, kicked off on May 6th with "Microbes After Hours: West Nile Virus" and featured talks by Dr. Lyle Peterson (Centers for Disease Control) and Roberta DeBiasi (Children's National Medical Center). The talks were streamed live to an interactive audience including online viewers from ASM Branches and ASM Student Chapters.  The next Microbes After Hours will take place Monday, June 3 and will be titled "The Microbiology of the Bioeconomy".  Click here to find out more and watch archived video of past events.

 


Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases Now on Sale

 

Poverty and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are caught in a vicious cycle.  It is most evident in developing countries where poverty creates conditions in which diseases grow that continue to trap their victims in a neverending state of destitution.  This is a problem not just in developing countries but also in the United States where poverty should also be considered a threat to public health, according to a new book from ASM Press.  Since the publication of the first edition of Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases in 2008, it has become startlingly evident that neglected tropical diseases are rapidly occurring among the poor living in wealthy countries, especially the United States. In the new edition of Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases, author Peter J. Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine explains how NTDs and poverty are inextricably linked - today 20 million Americans live in extreme poverty, including 1.5 million families whose members live on less than $2 per day.  The book debuted at asm2013 and can be ordered online.

 


ASM Faculty Program Featured in New Report

 

The Board-sponsored ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators was one of nine initiatives profiled in a new report published by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents and the American Association of Physics Teachers. Titled the Role of Scientific Societies in STEM Faculty Workshops, the report culminates from a 2012 conference on professional society contributions to STEM faculty workshops (ASMCUE 2012 chair Jacqueline Washington represented ASM at the conference). A PDF copy of the report is available here.

 

 

 


2013 ASM Ambassador of the Year

 

Congratulations to Dr. Nagi AL-Haj of Sana'a University, Yemen, the 2013 ASM Ambassador of the Year!  In 2011 ASM had zero members in Yemen.  All of this changed with the appointment of Dr. AL-Haj as ASM Ambassador to Yemen.  Within 6 months, through a series of innovative outreach activities, AL-Haj developed Yemen's first practical network of microbiology-related scientists by recruiting 200+ ASM members from all provinces in the country; some of the most isolated and remote scientists in the world.  In addition, as a result of AL-Haj's in-country leadership, ASM has secured multi-year funding to provide professional development workshops and establish ASM BioResource Centers in Yemen.  Perhaps more than any other ASM member, AL-Haj demonstrates the power and potential of science diplomacy, as well as the sustainable impact scientific societies like ASM can have.  To find out more about the Ambassador program here.

 


Government Funding for Science

 

Our Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB) continues their efforts to advocate for public and federal support of science in general, and Microbiology in particular.  PSAB sent written testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees with recommendations on FY 2014 Research and Public Health funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA) Research, Department of Energy (DOE) Biological Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) microbiology programs.  The statements are compiled into a booklet titled Federal Funding for FY 2014: Biomedical and Life Sciences Research and can be found on the public policy reports webpage.

 


ASM Holds Congressional Briefing

 

The PSAB held a Congressional Briefing, "The Perpetual Challenge of Infectious Diseases: New and Emerging, and Antimicrobial Resistance" on April 30, 2013.  Dr. Gail H. Cassell, former President of ASM and former chair of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board organized and moderated the session.  Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health presented, "Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities" and John I. Gallin, M.D., Director, Clinical Center and Associate Director for Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health discussed, "The Role of the NIH Clinical Center in Understanding Disease Pathogenesis and Drug Discovery."  Dr. Cassell presented a talk titled, "Global Crisis of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis: a Case Study in the Critical Role of NIH."  The briefing was attended by congressional staffers and agency representatives.  All of the presentations from the briefing are available on the ASM website.

 


 

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ASM President's Bimonthly Newsletter -- November 2012

ASM Bimonthly Newsletter - July 2012

ASM President's Bimonthly Newsletter
Jeffery F. Miller, Ph.D., Professor,
Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
November 2012

 

Jeffery F. MillerDear ASM Members:

With the national elections completed here in the United States, government leaders are no longer focused on the campaign and can finally turn their attention to our looming 'fiscal cliff.' The Budget Control Act of 2011 combined with the failure by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reduce the Nation's debt by $1.2 trillion is about to trigger automatic, across-the-board cuts to government spending, known as sequestration. If Congress and the administration cannot come to an agreement on a compromise, these cuts, which are set to be enacted on January 2, 2013, will have a devastating impact on the research and public health programs supported by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Energy and others. Our Public and Scientific Affairs Board continues to work to communicate our concerns about indiscriminate cuts that would have adverse impacts on scientific research and public health. In September, they sent a Legislative Alert to members urging them to contact their representatives and senators. ASM members sent approximately 2,000 messages to members of Congress regarding the cuts. To see the alert click here.

Also, a reminder: If you haven't already renewed your membership I urge you to do so. With the new three-tiered membership starting January 1, 2013, many ASM offerings, including email listservs and our weekly newsdigest, will only be available to members. You can find out more about the new membership structure, as well as renew your membership, at http://www.asm.org/advance.

Sincerely,

Jeff Miller Signature

Jeff F. Miller, Ph.D.


ASM News

2013 Planning Calendar

 

The 2013 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's many skills-sharpening opportunities.


Global Engagement: Virtual Workshops

 

The International Ambassador Network continues to coordinate professional development workshops in a blended-learning format, combining virtual training by topic-area experts with onsite activities. During the September-October bimonthly period, six member-only blended learning workshops were coordinated by ASM Ambassadors resulting in over 250 new members. ASM Virtual Workshops on Best Practices in Scientific Writing and Publishing have been implemented by Ambassadors in India, Poland, Colombia, Yemen and Nigeria. Workshops were promoted as ASM-member only events at universities in India and Colombia, at the national microbiology conferences in Poland and Nigeria and as part of an ASM special event in Yemen. Over 200 new members joined ASM in order to participate.


New Journal for Genome Announcements

 

In September, the ASM announced the launch of a new online-only, open access journal, Genome Announcements, which will focus on reports of microbial genome sequences.  Designed to subsume the role currently handled by several other ASM journals, Genome Announcements will begin publishing in January 2013. Find out more about the new journal or submit a genome announcement.


Advancing Lab Strengthening Globally

 

The ASM's LabCap effort continues full steam ahead, with a robust set of 'micro-mentorship' activities in 8 African countries and Vietnam. In all, more than a dozen training events took place or are ongoing, involving ASM's best and brightest. From TB liquid culture, to National Strategic Planning, HIV rapid testing, QA/QC processes, biosafety, drug resistance and mycology, LabCap cast a wide net.


Changes to Select Agent Regulations

 

The ASM sent a regulatory alert to members in October to inform them of important changes to the select agent regulations. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published regulatory changes to the Select Agent and Toxin rules that modify the list of Select Agents and Toxins, designate a subset of the list of Select Agents and Toxins as Tier 1 based on their risk to be deliberately misused, and change security requirements for entities possessing Tier 1 Select Agents and Toxins. The ASM played a key role in providing expert advice to government agencies and to Congress in the process to revise the select agent rule.


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ASM President's Bimonthly Newsletter -- January 2013

ASM Bimonthly Newsletter - January 2013

ASM President's Bimonthly Newsletter
Jeffery F. Miller, Ph.D., Professor,
Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
January 2013

Jeffery F. Miller

 

Dear ASM Members:

 

Happy New Year! As 2012 drew to a close the ASM continued to expand its scientific diplomacy, supporting microbiology and microbiologists around the globe.

 

In November I was honored to represent the Society at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI), where I presented the keynote lecture to 2,400 attendees. During the conference I was struck by the enthusiasm attendees expressed towards ASM, and the incredible potential to enhance our global network through partnerships with scientific communities worldwide. I want to thank the organizers, the leadership of the AMI, and our ASM Ambassador for their hospitality and congratulate them for hosting such an excellent meeting.

 

This spirit of international collaboration can also been seen in the Society's work in Yemen where, in addition to hosting an October 2012 workshop in the capital, ASM will launch a Bio Resource Center later this month. The Center, developed in partnership with the Yemeni ASM Ambassador and Sana'a University, will provide the local community with cutting-edge resources and training, including access to on-line journals and ASM-hosted webinars. By providing the second of only two internet access points available to the Faculty of Medicine, the Center will significantly expand Yemeni participation in the global scientific community. Similar projects are underway in Pakistan, Malaysia and Myanmar. These are all valuable opportunities to build relationships based on common interests and a desire to work together as colleagues and friends.

 

On this side of the Atlantic, an ASM delegation to Brazil was featured during the biannual Latin American Congress on Microbiology and later led a full-day workshop on Best Practices in Scientific Writing and Publishing at the University of Sao Paulo, for over 100 newly registered ASM members. Once again, these efforts were coordinated by our local ASM Ambassador who will also work to ensure that the positive outcomes are sustained.

 

Finally, it's time to start thinking about the 2013 ASM General Meeting. This year, for the first time, the Society will be meeting in the Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado, May 18-21. The preliminary program and registration and housing information can be found on the meeting's website.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeff Miller Signature

Jeff F. Miller, Ph.D.


ASM News

 

New Colloquium Report: Microbes in Pipes

 

Non-microbiologists may assume that the goal of water utilities should be the elimination of all microbes from our drinking water. But the water we drink has never been sterile; perfectly safe water contains millions of non-pathogenic microbes in every glassful. Like every other human-built environment, the entire water distribution system — every reservoir, every well, every pipe, and every faucet — is home to hundreds or thousands of species of bacteria, algae, invertebrates, and viruses, most of which are completely harmless. Microbes in Pipes:The microbiology of the water distribution infrastructure, a new report from the American Academy of Microbiology examines what is known about the microbial inhabitants of the water distribution system and proposes goals for advancing our understanding of these communities to enhance the safety of our drinking water and the resilience of our water infrastructure.

 

 


Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Disease: A Practical Course for Practitioners

 

In response to a request from Divisional Group 1 members for more education and training on molecular diagnostic technique in the clinical lab, the Committee on Professional Practices is offering a 12-week telecourse for laboratory personnel. Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Disease will provide an introduction to molecular biology and an explanation of molecular diagnostic methods as they are used and encountered in the clinical microbiology laboratory. The telecourse is made possible through the generous financial support of Roche Diagnostics.

 


New from ASM Press

 

A new edition of ASM's food microbiology reference, Food Microbiology: Fundamentals and Frontiers 4th Edition, provides a detailed, in-depth exploration of the rich science of food microbiology. It balances the importance of the practical and applied needs of food microbiology with the inherent need for scientific exploration of the fundamental issues of genetics, growth, survival, and control of prokaryotic and eukaryotic foodborne agents. This revised edition serves as significant reference book for professionals who conduct research, teach food microbiology courses, analyze food samples, conduct epidemiologic investigations, and craft food safety policies. The book provides insight into where food microbiology is going in the next five years, based on advances in the past five years. It addresses the field's major concerns, including spoilage, pathogenic bacteria, mycotoxigenic molds, viruses, prions, parasites, preservation methods, fermentation, beneficial microorganisms, and food safety; details the latest scientific knowledge and concerns of food microbiology; and, offers descriptions of the latest and most advanced techniques for detecting, analyzing, tracking, and controlling microbiological hazards in food.

 


mBio™ in the News

 

A new SARS-like coronavirus is on the loose, already causing five deaths in the Middle East. As public health officials scramble to better understand this new killer, mBio™, the Society’s online open-access journal , published two articles on the origins and potential host species of this new virus, that were featured prominently in the news. Read the coverage from Science Magazine, BBC News and the Huffington Post.

 


ASM Comments on H5N1 Questions

 

Should highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses be added to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) list of select agents and, if so, should it be considered a Tier 1 select agent? That was the question put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in late 2012 for public comment, focusing specifically on the strains containing hemagglutinin (HA) from the Goose/Guangdong/1/96 lineage (the only strains that have been implicated in human infections). In its response to these questions the Public and Scientific Affairs Board of the ASM noted that because they are a major threat to animal health, all highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses are already regulated as select agents by the United States Department of Agriculture and require the safety and security requirements afforded select agents. Therefore, the ASM commented that there is no added benefit to adding these viruses to the HHS select agent list at this time.

 


ASM Signs Clinical Laboratory Coalition Letter to House Members

 

ASM joined with 49 members of the Clinical Laboratory Coalition, representing America's community, regional, hospital-based, and national clinical laboratories in a letter to House leadership. The letter requests protection of access to Medicare Part B clinical laboratory services as Congress works to address end of year fiscal matters, including sequestration and the pending Medicare SGR cuts to physicians. The letter specifically urges legislators to oppose any additional reductions in the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, which was cut by Congress earlier this year.

 


 

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ASM President's Bimonthly Newsletter -- November 2012

ASM Bimonthly Newsletter - July 2012

ASM President's Bimonthly Newsletter
Jeffery F. Miller, Ph.D., Professor,
Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
November 2012

 

Jeffery F. MillerDear ASM Members:

With the national elections completed here in the United States, government leaders are no longer focused on the campaign and can finally turn their attention to our looming 'fiscal cliff.' The Budget Control Act of 2011 combined with the failure by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reduce the Nation's debt by $1.2 trillion is about to trigger automatic, across-the-board cuts to government spending, known as sequestration. If Congress and the administration cannot come to an agreement on a compromise, these cuts, which are set to be enacted on January 2, 2013, will have a devastating impact on the research and public health programs supported by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Energy and others. Our Public and Scientific Affairs Board continues to work to communicate our concerns about indiscriminate cuts that would have adverse impacts on scientific research and public health. In September, they sent a Legislative Alert to members urging them to contact their representatives and senators. ASM members sent approximately 2,000 messages to members of Congress regarding the cuts. To see the alert click here.

Also, a reminder: If you haven't already renewed your membership I urge you to do so. With the new three-tiered membership starting January 1, 2013, many ASM offerings, including email listservs and our weekly newsdigest, will only be available to members. You can find out more about the new membership structure, as well as renew your membership, at http://www.asm.org/advance.

Sincerely,

Jeff Miller Signature

Jeff F. Miller, Ph.D.


ASM News

2013 Planning Calendar

 

The 2013 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's many skills-sharpening opportunities.


Global Engagement: Virtual Workshops

 

The International Ambassador Network continues to coordinate professional development workshops in a blended-learning format, combining virtual training by topic-area experts with onsite activities. During the September-October bimonthly period, six member-only blended learning workshops were coordinated by ASM Ambassadors resulting in over 250 new members. ASM Virtual Workshops on Best Practices in Scientific Writing and Publishing have been implemented by Ambassadors in India, Poland, Colombia, Yemen and Nigeria. Workshops were promoted as ASM-member only events at universities in India and Colombia, at the national microbiology conferences in Poland and Nigeria and as part of an ASM special event in Yemen. Over 200 new members joined ASM in order to participate.


New Journal for Genome Announcements

 

In September, the ASM announced the launch of a new online-only, open access journal, Genome Announcements, which will focus on reports of microbial genome sequences.  Designed to subsume the role currently handled by several other ASM journals, Genome Announcements will begin publishing in January 2013. Find out more about the new journal or submit a genome announcement.


Advancing Lab Strengthening Globally

 

The ASM's LabCap effort continues full steam ahead, with a robust set of 'micro-mentorship' activities in 8 African countries and Vietnam. In all, more than a dozen training events took place or are ongoing, involving ASM's best and brightest. From TB liquid culture, to National Strategic Planning, HIV rapid testing, QA/QC processes, biosafety, drug resistance and mycology, LabCap cast a wide net.


Changes to Select Agent Regulations
 

The ASM sent a regulatory alert to members in October to inform them of important changes to the select agent regulations. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published regulatory changes to the Select Agent and Toxin rules that modify the list of Select Agents and Toxins, designate a subset of the list of Select Agents and Toxins as Tier 1 based on their risk to be deliberately misused, and change security requirements for entities possessing Tier 1 Select Agents and Toxins. The ASM played a key role in providing expert advice to government agencies and to Congress in the process to revise the select agent rule.


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