ASMCUE 2017 Final Program 

Past Meeting Materials

Program Committee Chair
Amy Siegesmund, PhD

Program Committee Vice-Chair
Jeffrey Olimpo, PhD

Program Committee Members

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"ASMCUE is my go–to group of like–minded instructors. ASMCUE challenges me and supported me as I improved and found new goals to strive for."
Phil Mixter, Washington State University

Special Events and Networking

Director's Choice: HHMI Night at the Movies

Sponsored by HHMI BioInteractive
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Saturday, July 29 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Join us Saturday evening for a sneak peek of HHMI's newest film projects. Enjoy refreshments and a meet-and-greet with scientists and staff involved in the films. Learn how to incorporate the films into your curriculum and participate in a Q&A session with the presenters. 

Dissemination Station Resource Fair

Are you a member of an NSF RCN-UBE community and want to share your networks’ accomplishments and future plans? Does your institution have a grant that brings together STEM educators to improve student learning? Are you a non-profit leading efforts to improve mentoring in the life sciences? If so, ASMCUE has the venue for you to find or exchange information and resources relevant to your work as educators.

The ASMCUE “Dissemination Station Resource Fair” features tables from grant-funded programs and non-profit organizations. Interested in reserving a table? Here's what you need to know:

• The Resource Fair will be held Friday, July 28, 2017, from 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
• There is no reservation fee, but presenters must be registered for ASMCUE to request a table.
• Tables must have a representative present for the full duration of the session.
• Materials and services may NOT be offered for sale or promoted for sale during the Fair.

Most grantors want you to identify ways you have “disseminated” your projects and findings to a broader audience. This is your chance! Please reserve your table in advance by sending an email to More information will be distributed in June 2017 to those who have reserved a table.

ASMCUE Affiliated Events

Integrate the Study of Microbiomes as a Course-Based Research Experience
Jessica Joyner, Avrom Caplan, and Theodore Muth, City University of New York

Wednesday, July 26, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This free workshop will introduce the NSF-funded Authentic Research Experience in Microbiology (AREM), focusing on student-driven microbiome research projects. Participants in this evening workshop will work with facilitators to develop a plan for integrating microbiome research into their undergraduate courses, including experimental design, data management and analysis and assessment of student learning. The AREM program provides training, resources and support for faculty to incorporate course-based research on environmental microbiome analysis and microbial ecology into their undergraduate courses. Students involved in the project have an opportunity to develop and address a local research question using a metagenomic approach that incorporates sample collection, DNA extraction, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and quantitative data analysis. The microbiome research project is a low-cost, scalable, module that has been used extensively at large, urban, public universities and has been incorporated into STEM majors and non-majors courses. The microbiome research project has also been used at small four-year colleges and community colleges. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Get support to develop course-based research at REIL Biology Workshops
Rachelle Spell and Chris Beck, Emory University 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

NSF-funded Research Experiences in Introductory Laboratories in Biology (REIL-Biology) partners with national conferences to offer development opportunities to incorporate your own research in laboratory courses. Bring a team from your institution to work directly on course-based research modules. Application for 2017 workshop at ASMCUE is now open. We offer tracel funds to offset workshop travel and conference registration and especially welcome 2-year and URM-serving institutions. For more information and to apply, please click here

Networking Sessions

Sharing Issues, Finding Local Support, and More
One of the top reasons attendees give for attending ASMCUE is the opportunity to network with fellow educators. Meals at the Conference are intentionally served as a group to allow a time and place for this important networking to occur. This year, two breakfast meals have been organized to maximize attendee interaction.

Friday – Breakfast by Topical Areas
Several issues have been identified by the Steering Committee such as implementing the lab safety guidelines, community colleges issues, online teaching, Meet the JMBE Board, curriculum guidelines, and more. If you have a topic for an interest group, please email us at

Saturday – Breakfast by Location
ASM's supports 35 Branches organized by geographical territories that are defined by one or more states and/or zip code areas. On-site, attendees will receive information about their branch and region and be encouraged to meet others in the same vicinity. International attendees will have an opportunity to meet as well.

Microbrew Sessions: Mixing Ideas for Successful Teaching Strategies in Microbiology

These sessions provide a forum for attendees to share ideas and thoughts on best practices in microbiology and biology education. Oral presenters are selected from attendees submitting abstracts for consideration in the Microbrew categories and give 15 minutes "chalk-talks" in which they share their activity. The deadline to submit a Microbrew abstract is March 15, 2017.

Poster Presentation Session

The poster abstracts are organized by both content and pedagogy. The content themes are evolution, cell structure and function, metabolic pathways, information flow and genetics, microbial systems, and impact of microorganisms. For the purposes of ASMCUE, a seventh concept, advancing STEM education and research has been added to the abstract in order to identify authors working in this broader-scoped area. The pedagogy themes are organized into five categories: course design, hands-on projects, student learning, teaching approaches, and teaching tools. The deadline to submit an abstract for a poster presentation is April 3, 2017.