| Tim Donohue, Ph.D., Professor, Bacteriology
Director, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dear ASM Members,
As you may already know, the Meetings Board has been working diligently in the past few months to bring you ASM Microbe 2016 (June 16–20, 2016, Boston, MA) – a brand-new meeting that integrates ASM’s two most popular events – General Meeting and ICAAC. Launching this meeting is an innovative solution to meet the new needs of our community for cross-disciplinary collaboration and discussion, and I hope you are as excited as I am about the opportunities presented by this event!
ASM Microbe 2016 showcases the best microbial sciences in the world, and is the only meeting in the field that explores the full spectrum of microbiology from basic science to translation and application. It offers all of the great programming you’ve come to expect from the General Meeting and ICAAC, and more. At this meeting, you can choose from nearly 200 sessions and more than 5,000 posters across seven program tracks, including six scientific tracks and one new track – Profession of Microbiology – to learn cutting-edge science and stay current.
There will also be plenty of networking opportunities throughout this meeting. You can connect with like-minded peers at track-specific lounges and other social and networking events. It is a great place to interact with multidisciplinary microbiologists and expand your professional network.
Submit your ideas for sessions, courses, and workshops today for ASM Microbe 2016 to contribute directly to the success of this unmatched event. It is a single call that will inform the work of the General Meeting, ICAAC, and Profession of Microbiology program committees.
In addition to ASM Microbe 2016, I would also encourage you to check out other upcoming ASM meetings and conferences. The General Meeting (May 30–June 2, 2015, New Orleans, LA) is right around the corner. Abstract submission and travel grant application for ICAAC/ICC 2015 (September 17–21, San Diego, CA) are now open through May 21. Call for proposals for the 2016 @ASM conference, the newest and most exclusive conference offered by the society, is now open through May 1. To learn more about ASM meetings and conferences, please visit here.
Update on Membership Science Advisory Committee
The Science Advisory Committee of the Membership Board continues to work towards broadly integrating microbial sciences within the Society. The core members of this Committee are Drs. Ellen Jo Baron, Peggy Cotter, Paul Babitzke and Russell Hill. Working with Division leaders, last year they identified Special Lecturers for the General Meeting whose work appeals across Division boundaries, largely replacing the more narrowly focused Division Lectures. They also review applications for “Advance Your Science” grants, which support various creative endeavors of our members. The Committee is currently leading a task force of Division leaders to identify new processes for organizing poster sessions for ASM Microbe, the co-located GM and ICAAC meeting being inaugurated in 2016.
Update on ASM Futures Project
The ASM Futures Group met in late March to develop recommendations for governance changes. There will be multiple opportunities for members to provide input into the recommendations on changes to governance during the 2015 General Meeting. To learn more about the project’s current status visit the ASM Futures Project webpage.
Congratulations to the 2015 Academy Fellows!
The Academy welcomes 79 elected Fellows this year. Their focus spans all subspecialties of microbial sciences. A full list of the new fellows is here. They will be recognized at the annual Fellows luncheon during the General Meeting.
During the General Meeting in New Orleans, a number of accomplished microbiologists will be honored with awards. These scientists have made been nominated by their peers for their achievements in various areas of microbial sciences. A full list of the awards is here.
Update on ED/CEO Search
As detailed in the March edition of Microbe magazine, ASM is conducting an international search for a new Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer. The global recruitment firm Korn Ferry was selected to assist with this search. We expect to have the position filled by this summer. A detailed position description is now available. The contact for Korn Ferry is Lorraine Lavet, Senior Client Partner. She can be reached via email Lorraine.Lavet@kornferry.com.
ASM Journals Implements Revised Author Fee Structure and New Preprints Policy
Effective April 1st, 2015, fees for color figures have been eliminated, and authors of research papers now have the option to pay either flat page charges for 6-month access control (no rate increase after 8 pages) or an APC for immediate open access to their articles.
Additionally, the program will now consider for publication manuscripts that have been posted in a recognized not-for-profit preprint archive.
Details on the revised fee structure and additional new author features can be accessed here.
Integrate Ethics into Science Education with Free JMBE Articles
The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) recently published a freely-available, 45-article special section on Scientific Ethics. This section provides a comprehensive look at ethics in science, including the responsible conduct of research (RCR), ethics in science education, scientific publishing and authorship, and ways to incorporate ethics into STEM education. This will be a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate science educators with vetted activities and tools that can be used in a classroom or laboratory setting, and essential for the ongoing education of active researchers with discussions on why RCR training is necessary in the research environment.
New AAM Colloquia Report on Therapeutic Microbes
A new report by the American Academy of Microbiology discusses how specific microbes can be modified to enhance their therapeutic potential for treating human diseases such as cancer and antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. Bacteria and viruses are not always categorized as harmful microorganisms. With the perception of microorganisms being our partners, research is now being conducted to use microbes to treat disease and enhance human health. Some viruses and species of bacteria can be targeted to kill cancer cells while others can be deployed to replicate in and kill tumors.
To learn more about therapeutic microbes, please read the free report online.
ASM Partners with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on ICAAC
ASM has received a $161,460 multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help support the research being presented at ASM’s Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). Through their Global Health Division, the foundation will not only partner with ASM to host joint sessions during the conference, but also provide travel awards for scientists from low income countries through The Gates Travel Award program.
ASM and FEMS Expand Collaborative Relationship
Representatives of ASM and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) recently met to reaffirm the common interests shared by the two organizations and their commitment to building collaborative relationships to strengthen the practice, education, and advocacy of the science. As a result of this meeting, the organizations agreed to broaden and intensify joint activities over the next three years. ASM leadership will attend the 2015 FEMS Congress in Maastricht, The Netherlands to formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the organizations. Collaborative activities outlined in this agreement include:
ASM Agrees to Support 2nd International Conference on Polymyxins
ASM is pleased to support the 2nd International Conference on Polymyxins which will take place on September 22-24 in San Diego, California. With the success of the inaugural conference and the significant progress that has been made in the field over the last year, ASM is once again excited to support this conference. This year’s event is scheduled to complement ICAAC/ICC 2015.
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