Preliminary Program

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Important Dates 

May 21, 2018:
Advance registration deadline
June 1, 2018:
Exhibits and sponsorship deadline
June 21, 2018:
Final Registration deadline

Program Committee Chair
Jeffrey Olimpo, PhD

Program Committee Vice-Chair
Jaclyn Madden, MS

All Program Committee Members

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Agar Art by: Kimberly Payne, 
University of Pittsburgh 

"I first attended ASMCUE as a postdoc, and it was the first conference where I felt I had found 'my people.' The creative ideas, best practices, and networking that I gain from attending ASMCUE have been instrumental in my career success."
Samantha Elliott, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Preliminary Program

The ASMCUE program includes a variety of session formats, including Plenary Lectures, Scientific Updates, Pre-Conference Workshops, Mini-Workshops, and Concurrent Education Sessions. There are a number of unique programs for the silver anniversary. Learn more about the HHMI Movie Night, the Biotechnology Track, and other special events


Ma Hong
Hong Ma, MD, Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University, Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy

"Cell and Gene Therapy in Reproductive Medicine"
Martin Mark
Mark O. Martin, Ph.D.
University of Puget Sound
Dept. of Biology

ASM Carski Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award (2018)

"Teaching Students to See Through Microbial Eyes"
Weiman Carl
Carl E. Wieman, Ph.D.
Stanford University Dept. of Physics and
Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative

Nobel Prize in Physics (2001)

"A New Way to Characterize and Evaluate Your Teaching"

Scientific Updates

Alper Hal2
Hal S. Alper, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin,
McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering and Cockrell School of Engineering

"Engineering an Expanded Chemical Palette in Cells"
Davies Bryan
Bryan W. Davies, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin,
Member of Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology

"Using Biologics to Control Microbial Infections"
Diaz Martinez Laura
Laura A. Diaz-Martinez, Ph.D.
University of Texas at El Paso

"Mitosis Meets the Mitochondria: Implications for Cancer Development and Therapies"
Torres Alfredo
Alfredo G.
Torres, Ph.D.

University of Texas Medical Branch

"The Art of Making Vaccines"
Read the abstracts. 

  Bacteria, Viruses, Yeast and Algae: The Work Horse of Biotechnology – New in 2018!

We are excited to announce a new track to ASMCUE in 2018. View the sessions below. The Biotechnology Track is made possible through an ASM partnership with Bio-Link and the AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center. Conference attendees will share strategies to prepare students for successful entrance and advancement in the STEM workforce. 

Pre-Conference Workshop: NSF Proposal Writing for the ASMCUE Community
Celeste Carter, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA

Read the description.

Concurrent Education Session: Building a Biotechnology Program That Is Sustainable and Responsive to Industry and Student Needs
Linnea Fletcher, Austin Community College, Austin, TX

Making Connections with Industry and Finding Mentors for Students
James F. Guenther, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA

Concurrent Education Session: Beginning Biotech Labs On a Limited Budget Especially at the Community College
Bridgette Kirkpatrick (1), Brian Shmaefsky (2), Kristen Wolslegel (3)
(1)Collin College, Plano, TX, (2)Lone Star College, Kingwood, Texas (3)City College, San Francisco, CA.

Concurrent Education Session: Drug Discovery and Zika Virus
Sandra Porter, Digital World Biology LLC, Shoreline & Austin Community College, Austin, TX

Concurrent Education Session: Staying Current in the Field --What Science and Skills Should Learn and Teach
Sandra Porter, Digital World Biology LLC, Shoreline & Austin Community College, Austin, TX

Read the descriptions.


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Pre-Conference Workshops (4-hours)

4-hour, hands-on, in-depth training held July 26, just prior to the start of ASMCUE. Advanced registration is required to attend. Read the descriptions.

AR- CURE project: BioBrick Assembly and Incorporation of Synthetic Biology into the Classroom 
Nathan ReynaOuachita Baptist UniversityBridgette Kirkpatrick, Collin College; Ruth Plymale, Ouachita  Baptist University

Case Studies, Beyond the Basics: Development, Implementation, Assessment, and Publishing
Melissa ZwickStockton UniversityAlly Hunter, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Kevin Bonney, New York University

Developing Quantitative Skills in Your Courses Using HHMI BioInteractive Resources 
Rebecca Orr, Collin College; Holly Basta, Rocky Mountain College

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Mini-Workshops (90-minutes)

90-minute workshops held during the conference that provide an opportunity to engage attendees in deeper discussions. Read the descriptions.

An Introduction to Tenure for Microbiologists
Phoebe Lostroh, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Setting goals for teaching and learning: a primer for course design
Sue Merkel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Integration and Discussion of Experimental Design Concepts in Lecture and Laboratory Contexts in the Biological Sciences
Jeffrey Olimpo (1), Samantha L. Elliott (2), Andrea Pratt Rediske (3), Heather Seitz (4)
(1) The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, (2) St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's, MD, (3) Valencia College, Orlando, FL, (4), Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS

The Essentials of Education Research: From Development to Publication
Jeffrey Olimpo (1) Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith (2), Martina Rosenberg (3)
(1) The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, (2) Chapman University, Orange, CA, (3) University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Public Science Outreach: A Catalyst for Science
Catherine Vrentas (1), Julia Massimelli (2), and Rebekah Taylor (3)
(1) Iowa State University, Ames, IA, (2) University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA, (3) Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD

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Education Concurrent Sessions (45-minutes)
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45-minute sessions designed to introduce attendees to innovative and relevant topics for undergraduate biology educators. Read the descriptions.

Simulating Outcomes and Previewing New Opportunities in the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment (PARE) Course-Based Research Experience
Carol A. Bascom-Slack (1), Jennifer R. Larson (2), Elizabeth A. Genné-Bacon (1), Bruce Bryan (3)
(1) Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA (2) Capital University, Columbus, OH (3) miniPCR, Cambridge, MA.

The Incubation Station:Making Connections for DBER Projects
Nancy Boury
Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Concept Mapping for Assessing Foundational Biology Knowledge
Amy G. Briggs
Beloit College, Beloit, WI

Keeping Microbes IN the laboratory: Best Practices in Laboratory Biosafety
Jeffrey J. Byrd
St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD

Exploring the Undiscovered Profession of Medical Laboratory Science: Awesome Options for Students Interested in Clinical Microbiology
Lisa Cremeans 
(1) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 

The What, When, Where and How: Becoming a Clinical Microbiologist
Lisa Cremeans (1), and Debra Myers (2)
(1) University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (2) Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Harrisburg, PA

Telling the Same Story Differently....Engaging Non-Science Majors Taking a Laboratory-based Science Class
Brian M. Forster
Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA

Increasing student engagement by incorporating e-portfolios – best practices and lessons learned
Marsha Gaston
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, Blue Ash, OH

Your Students + Your Goals + Your Ideas = Your CURE
Brad Goodner (1) and Aaron Best (2)
(1) Hiram College, Hiram, OH (2) Hope College, Holland, MI.

Active Learning Across an Entire Microbiology Course: A View from the Trenches
Lee E. Hughes
University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

Everything is Everywhere, and the Student Extracts: Course-based Microbiome Research
Jessica Lee Joyner (1), Theodore R. Muth (1), Avrom J. Caplan (2)
(1) Biology Department, CUNY Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY (2) CUNY Office of Research and Department of Biology, The City College of New York, New York, NY

Supporting Non-Tenure Track Faculty Dedicated to Undergraduate Research Mentorship
Patrick J Killion
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Hands-on bioinformatics exercises for the analysis of complex microbiomes in the classroom
Kostas Konstantinidis (1), James Cole (2), James Tiedje (2)
(1) Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (2) Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

New Flipped Microbial Metabolism Activity Enhances Student Learning and Confidence
Jennifer McLean (1) and Erica Suchman (1)
(1) Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Universal Design for Learning: Pathways to Success for all Students
Elizabeth E. Mosser
Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD

Microbiology Detectives: Gathering Evidence to Solve Mysteries
Debra Myers
Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Microbiology in Nursing and Allied Health (MINAH): Curriculum Guidelines, Toolkit, and Next Steps
Lourdes Norman-McKay (1), Andrea Rediske (2), Brian Forster (3)
(1) Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL (2) Valencia College, Orlando, FL (3) St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA

Boost multiple-choice exam performance by enlisting students in writing the exam
Timothy Paustian
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

How to Improve Quantitative Writing in STEM Students Without Teaching Writing
Tracy Ruscetti (1), Christelle Sabatier (1)
(1) Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Developing Student Metacognitive Skills with In-Class Interventions
Jessica Santangelo
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Adopt a bacterium: a novel approach to teaching Microbiology
Natalia Pasternak Taschner (1), Regina Albanese (2), Luiz Gustavo de Almeida (1), Ana Carolina Ramos Moreno (1), Marco Aurélio Floriano Piantola (1), Flavio Krzyzanowsky (3), Alexandre La Luna (3), Rita Café Ferreira (1)
(1) University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo-SP (2) University of Sao Caetano do Sul, Sao Caetano do Sul - SP (3) Instituto Federal de Ciencia, Educação e Tecnologia de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo - SP

Using the Central Dogma as a Model to Explore Modern Technologies
Jacqueline Washington
Nyack College, Nyack, NY

Using the Biointeractive “Gutless Wonders” Video to Engage Students in Hypothesis Generation and Experimental Design
Dave Westenberg
Missouri S&T, Rolla, Missouri

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Special Events and Networking

Learn more about these unique events at ASMCUE 2018.

HHMI Night at the Movies - Join us Saturday (July 28) for a sneak peek of HHMI's latest projects and a chance to hear from Dr. Jack Gilbert, the Director of the Microbiome Center and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago.

Dissemination Station Resources Fair Representatives from grant-funded programs and non-profit organizations to share materials with ASMCUE attendees on Friday (July 27)

JMBE Office Hours - Get feedback on your manuscript! Whether you have a draft in progress or simply an idea about work you’d like to publish, Editors from ASM’s Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) are available to answer questions and provide advice. 

New This Year: First-Time Attendee "Buddy" Program - Participants will have a chance to connect with a seasoned attendee to help navigate ASMCUE and their career. 

Networking Sessions - Connect with colleages from ASM courses and build collaborations at numerous networking sessions during the meeting.

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