October 3, 2016 - White Paper on the Emergence of mcr-1 Plasmid-Mediated Colistin Resistance

The Committee on Laboratory Practices has developed a white paper to update members on colistin resistance and testing.

ASM Urges Members to Support Petition Calling for United Nations to Collaborate to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

The American Society for Microbiology will be participating in a September 21 meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss how countries can cooperate to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  We urge ASM members to join the petition being circulated by IDSA on Change.org calling for the United Nations to work together to combat antimicrobial resistance in preparation for the meeting to discuss the topic.

April 11, 2016 - Soliciting Stakeholder Input for the BMBL Revision

The ASM sent a bulk e-mail to members soliciting input for the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) Revision.

NSABB Recommendations for the Evaluation and Oversight of Proposed GOF Research

The ASM sent an advisory to ASM members regarding the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) recommendations for the evaluation and oversight of proposed Gain of Function Research of Concern (GOFROC)

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2016 State of the Union

ASM Thanks Senate Subcommittee for NIH $2 Billion Budget Increase

The ASM sent letters to Senators Roy Blunt and Patty Murray thanking the Senate Labor/HHS Subcommittee for proposing a $2 Billion budget increase for the National Institutes of Health.

December 18, 2015 - Statement of the ASM on the FY 2016 Congressional Funding Increases for Research

Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending package on December 18 that funds federal agencies for fiscal year 2016.  The omnibus appropriations bill (HR 2029) provides $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $2 billion increase and nearly 7 percent over FY 2015.

May 24, 2016 - ASM Letter on DOE FY 2017 Appropriations

The ASM sent a letter to all members of the House of Representatives regarding DOE Provisions in House Amendment to S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

President Obama has proclaimed Nov. 16-22 “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” Get Smart Week builds on the momentum generated at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, where more than 150 organizations pledged to improve antibiotic use and slow the spread of antibiotic resistance.

ASM Members Meet with Senate Appropriations Chair

ASM volunteer leaders have on been Capitol Hill advocating for funding for the microbial sciences and their messages have accelerated congressional action on funding to address the Zika threat.

Members of the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities on Capitol Hill

In November members of the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities participated in a Hill Day.  They met with their Senators and Representatives and discussed issues related to the microbial sciences and underrepresented minority scientists.

ASM Acts to Counter Zika Virus Outbreak

A key role of a scientific association is to make the voices of its many individual members heard as a unified whole. Speaking on behalf of its 47,000 members worldwide, ASM has acted quickly to make the case to policy makers that we must take immediate and aggressive action against the emerging threat of Zika virus infection.

ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Award Winners for 2015

ASM Celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

ASM is a supporter of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) April 24-30, 2016 and salutes the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the United States every year.

October 29, 2015 - White House Releases New Memorandum on Biosafety and Biosecurity Measures

The White House released a memorandum on the next steps to enhance biosafety and biosecurity in the United States. The memo highlights the conduct of parallel federal and broad stakeholder reviews to generate specific recommendations to strengthen the U.S. government's biosafety and biosecurity practices and oversight system.