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Important Dates 

Early March:
Registration opens
April 2, 2018:
Abstract submission closes
April 16, 2018:
Travel award application closes
May 21, 2018:
Advance registration deadline
June 1, 2018:
Exhibits and sponsorship deadline
June 21, 2018:
Final Registration deadline

View the Preliminary Program

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 

"ASMCUE has been instrumental in building my teaching practices toolbox and connecting me with teachers at the cutting–edge of scientific teaching."
Miriam Martin, University of California, Davis

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

Contribute to the program - 80% comes directly from attendee submissions. Abstracts for poster presentations and 15-minute oral presentations are due April 2, 2018.


Ma Hong Cell and Gene Therapy in Reproductive Medicine

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

Martin Mark Teaching Students to See Through Microbial Eyes

Mark O. Martin, Ph.D., University of Puget Sound Dept. of Biology 
ASM Carski Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award (2018)

Weiman Carl

A New Way to Characterize and Evaluate Your Teaching

Carl E. Wieman, Ph.D., Stanford University Dept. of Physics and Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative
Nobel Prize in Physics (2001) 

HHMI Night at the Movies

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Gilbert Jack CCDThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) hosts Jack A. Gilbert, Ph.D. – Director of the Microbiome Center and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago – to join us for The Movie Night on July 28 in Austin, TX.
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Scientific Updates

 Alper Hal2  

Engineering an Expanded Chemical Palette in Cells

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

Davies Bryan

Using Biologics to Control Microbial Infections

Bryan W. Davies, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Member of Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology


Diaz Martinez Laura 

Mitosis Meets the Mitochondria: Implications for Cancer Development and Therapies

Laura A. Diaz-Martinez, Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso

Torres Alfredo

The Art of Making Vaccines

Alfredo G. Torres, Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch

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  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. 

Abtsracts for Oral Presentations (15-minutes) and Poster Presentations are now open. Submit your abstract by April 2, 2018. 

Pre-Conference Workshop: NSF Proposal Writing for the ASMCUE Community
Celeste CarterNational Science Foundation
Read the complete abstract.

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

Concurrent Education Session: Making Connections with Industry and Finding Mentors for Students
James Guenther, Delgado Community College

Concurrent Education Session: Beginning Biotech Labs On a Limited Budget Especially at Community College
Bridgette Kirkpatrick, Collin College; Brian R. Shamaesky, Lone Star College; Kristen Wolslegel, Bay Area Bioscience Education Community

Concurrent Education Session: Drug Discovery and Zika Virus
Sandra PorterBio-Link, Digital World Biology LLC, Austin Community College, Shoreline Community College

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

Read the complete abstracts.


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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 abstracts.

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 abstracts.

Setting Goals for Teaching and Learning: A Primer for Course Design
Sue Merkel, Cornell University

Integration and Discussion of Experimental Design Concepts in Lecture and Laboratory Contexts in the Biological Sciences
Jeffrey Olimpo, The University of Texas at El Paso; Samantha L. Elliott, St. Mary's College of Maryland; Andrea Pratt Rediske, Valencia College; Heather Seitz, Johnson County Community College

The Essentials of Education Research: From Development to Publication
Jeffrey Olimpo, The University of Texas at El Paso; Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith,Chapman University; Martina Rosenberg, University of New Mexico

Public Science Outreach: A Catalyst for Science
Catherine Vrentas, Iowa State University; Rebekah Taylor, Frostburg State University; Julia Massimelli, University of California-Irvine

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Education Concurrent Sessions (45-minutes)

45-minute sessions designed to introduce attendees to innovative and relevant topics for undergraduate biology educators. Read the abstracts.

A Course-Based Research Experience to Determine the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment (PARE)
Carol Bascom-Slack, Tufts School of Medicine; Jennifer Larson, Capitol University; Elizabeth Genne-Bacon, Tufts School of Medicine, Bruce Bryan, miniPCR

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

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

Increasing Student Engagement by Incorporating E-portfolios – Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Marsha Gaston, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College

Your Students + Your Goals + Your Ideas = Your CURE
Brad Goodner, Hiram College; Aaron Best, Hope College

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

A CURE for Microbiome Research - A Modular Approach for Broader Project Adoption
Jessica Joyner, CUNY Brooklyn College; Avrom Caplan, CUNY & Theodore Muth, CUNY Brooklyn College

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

Hands-on bioinformatics Exercises for the Analysis of Complex Microbiomes in the Classroom
Kostas Konstantinidis, Georgia Institute of Technology; James Tiedje, Michigan State University; James Cole, Michigan State University

PEPS (Public Engagement Practices for Scientists) Project: Hands on Training for Scientists to Engage and Educate Underserved Communities on Science
Nina Martin, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health 

Improve Multiple-Choice Question Exam Performance by Enlisting Students in Exam Writing
Timothy Paustian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

How to Improve Quantitative Writing in STEM Students without Teaching Writing
Tracy Ruscetti, Santa Clara University; Christelle Sabatier, Santa Clara University

Adopt a Bacterium - A Novel Aproach to Teaching Microbiology
Natalia Taschner, postdoc fellow University of Sao Paulo

Using the Central Dogma as a Model to Explore Modern Technologies
Jacqueline Washington, Nyack College; David Westenberg, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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

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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 ASMUCE attendees on Friday (July 27)

Science Art Walk - Special offer available for a limited number of vendors interested in showcasing artwork related to microbiology.

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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