Conference Schedule


July 21-24, 2016
Bethesda North Marriott
North Bethesda, MD


Thursday, July 21




2:00 PM – 9:30 PM

ASMCUE 2016 Program

2:00 PM – 8:00 PM


3:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks

Conference Chairperson & Steering Committee
Naomi Wernick, Chair, University of Massachusetts, Lowell 
Amy Siegesmund, Vice Chair, Pacific Lutheran University
Jaclyn Madden, Abstract Review Chair, Harford Community College
Ned Barden, Microbrew Review Chair, MCPHS University
Gaurav Arora, Local Steering Committee, Gallaudet University
Jennifer Biddle, Local Steering Committee, University of Delaware
John Buchner, Local Steering Committee, University of Maryland

Opening Plenary Lecture
Integrating Modern Genomic Science into Practical Microbiology: The Case of Food Safety
Eric Brown, Director, Division of Microbiology in the Office of Regulatory Science, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Welcome from the ASM Chief Executive Officer
Stefano Bertuzzi, ASM 

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Dinner and Travel Award Recognition

6:45 PM – 8:15 PM 

Concurrent Sessions

6:45 PM –7:15 PM 

How to Land a Faculty Position at a Non-Research Institution

Lourdes Norman-McKay, Florida State College Jacksonville
Roger Peffer, Great Falls College MSU
Warner Bair III, Lone Star Community College  

Creating Frequent Online Quizzes that Enhance Lasting Learning


Jennifer McLean and Erica Suchman, Colorado State University

Re-emphasizing the 3 'Rs' in a Microbiology Classroom using a Discussion on Antimicrobial Resistance

Lalitha Ramamoorthy, Marian University

7:15 PM –7:45 PM 

Teaching with the ASM Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology: Using Backwards Design


Sue Merkel, Cornell University

Rachel Horak, American Society for Microbiology

Moving Away from Dogmatic Teaching: Experiences and Perspectives

Foong May Yeong, National University of Singapore

7:45 PM –8:15 PM 

Assessment Made Easy: Writing Learning Outcomes


Boots Quimby, University of Maryland

Learning Science by Doing Science: An Inquiry-Based Introductory Microbiology Lab Course

Sarah Ades, Penn State University

8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Pearson


Friday, July 22




7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

ASMCUE 2016 Program

7:00 AM –8:00 PM


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast by Topical Areas

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

8:00 AM –8:30 AM

Integrating Discovery-Based Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Discussion of a Report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Jay Labov, National Academy of Sciences


It Takes A Village: Using Collaborations to Create Course Integrated Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Community Colleges Through Detection of Antibiotic Resistance Genes

Jessica Bell, Century College
Jodi Goldberg, Hamline University

History and Development of the Microbiology for Health Sciences Concept Inventory, General Microbiology Concept Inventory, and Host Pathogen Interactions Concept Inventory

Heather Seitz, Johnson County Community College
Rachel Horak, American Society for Microbiology
Jeffrey Pommerville, Glendale Community College
Lucy Kluckhohn-Jones, Santa Monica College
Maureen Whitehurst, Trident Technical College
Andrea Pratt-Rediske, University of Central Florida
Megan Howard, Battelle Memorial Institute

The Impact of Structured Professional Development Experiences on Biology Undergraduate Teaching Assistants’ Pedagogical Beliefs and Attitudes: A Multi-Institutional, Comparative Study

Jeffrey Olimpo, University of Texas at El Paso
Thomas McCabe, University of Northern Colorado
Patricia Shields, University of Maryland

8:30 AM –9:00 AM



Integrating Discovery-Based Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Discussion of a Report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


Jay Labov, National Academy of Sciences



Design Principles for the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)

Paula Soneral, Bethel University

Development of Concept Inventory Questions through the Analysis of Student Misconceptions

Timothy Paustian, University of Wisconsin
Amy Briggs, Beloit College
Robert Brennan, University Central Oklahoma
John Buchner, University of Maryland
Rachel Horak, American Society Microbiology
Lee Hughes, University of North Texas
D. Sue Katz Amburn, Rogers State University
Ann McDonald, Concordia University Wisconsin
Todd Primm, Sam Houston State University
Heather Seitz, Johnson County Community College
Ann Smith, University of Maryland
Ann Stevens, Virginia Tech
Sunny Yung, Sam Houston State University

Books-to-Lab: The Application of Book Knowledge to Industrial Laboratories

Mykeshia McNortonAmerican Society for Microbiology

9:00 AM –9:30 AM



Integrating Discovery-Based Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Discussion of a Report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Jay Labov, National Academy of Sciences


Scientific Literacy: Teaching Biology Majors to Read, Paraphrase and Cite Scientific Literature

Melissa Zwick and Karen York, Stockton University

Using Concept Inventories to Assess Student Learning of Microbiology Concepts

Ann SmithGili Marbach-Ad, Sarah Balcom, Volker Briken, John Buchner, Jeffrey Destefano, Najib El-Sayed,Kenneth Frauwirth, Brenda Fredericksen, Steven Hutcheson, Lian-Yong Gao, Sam Joseph, Vincent Lee, Kevin S. McIver, David Mosser, B. Booth Quimby, Patricia Shields, Wenxia Song, Daniel C. Stein, Richard Stewart,Katerina Thompson, andRobert T. Yuan, University of Maryland

Safety First, Safety Last, but Safety Always - Understanding the Biological Safety Level Necessary for your Lab

Jeffrey Byrd, St. Mary's College of Maryland

9:45 AM –11:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions

9:45 AM –10:15 AM


Assessment Made Easy: Aligning Assessment with Learning Outcomes

Boots Quimby, University of Maryland

Making the Case:  What Matters for Case Study Development?

Ally Hunter, UMass Amherst

Data Diving: Using Primary Literature in an Introductory Biology Course

Amy Briggs, Beloit College

Course Redesign Initiatives

Scott Roberts, University of Maryland 

10:15 AM –10:45 AM

 Beyond Plug and Chug: Finding Meaning in Quantitative Microbiology

Kristen Jenkins, BioQuest


The Threat and Wonders of MRSA: Using Current Topics and Public Resources to Teach Fundamental Principles of Microbiology

Michele Swanson
, University of Michigan 

Teaching Scientific Method and Data Analysis Through Primary Literature and HHMI's The Biology of Skin Color

Mark Randa, Cumberland County College

CUREs For All: The Options and Opportunities of Course and Program-Based Research Opportunities for Undergraduates of All Backgrounds and Majors

Patrick Killion, University of Maryland 

10:45 AM –11:15 AM

Creating Active Learning and Research Based Laboratory Exercises

Cynthia Keler, Delaware Valley University

Using Primary Literature to Teach Data Analysis in Introductory Microbiology

Nancy Boury, Iowa State University

PULSE: Taking Transformation from the Classroom to the Departmental Level

Judy Awong Taylor, Georgia Gwinnett College
Samantha Elliott, St. Mary's College of Maryland

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Scientific Sessions (I of II)   


Remodeling Bacterial Cell Walls:  New Lego Building Blocks

Catherine Grimes, University of Delaware

Mystery in the Female Infection of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae

Wenxia Song
, University of Maryland

Overwhelming Evolution. Patients, Microbes and the Darwinian Process

Andrew Read, Penn State

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch and Dissemination Station Resource Fair

2:15 PM –3:15 PM

Scientific Sessions (II of II)  



Host Biology in Light of the Microbiome: An Introduction to Holobionts and their Hologenomes

Seth Bordenstein, Vanderbilt University 

Evolutionary Mechanisms of RNA Virus Host-Switching

Colleen Jonsson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis

Marine Sponges and their Bacterial Symbionts: Key Players in Nutrient Cycling in Coral Reefs

Russell Hill, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences

3:00 PM –6:00 PM

Exhibitor and Poster Setup

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions


3:30 PM –4:00 PM

Opportunities and Tension Points Associated with Integrating Teaching and Research in Undergraduate Biology Lab Courses

Sara Brownell, Arizona State University

Online Education: Engaging Your Students When You Can't See Them

Kris Obom and Karen Wells, Johns Hopkins University

Outreach Opportunities through Community Laboratories

Lisa Scheifele

Loyola University Maryland 

The Whole Classroom: A Pedagogy for Diverse Students

Bryan Dewsbury
, The University of Rhode Island

4:00 PM –4:30 PM

How to Assess Your Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience

Sara Brownell, Arizona State University

BioBuilder Classrooms: Engineering Ideas for Life 

Natalie Kuldell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Wildcam Gorongosa (HHMI BioInteractive): A Citizen Science Project and Online Data Lab




Bridget Conneely, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Dave Westenberg, Missouri University of Science and Technology


Science Posse: The Importance of the Cohort in Normalizing Academic Challenge

Kim Godsoe, Brandeis University

4:30 PM –5:00 PM

So You Transformed Your Class to Active Learning – How Do You Assess the Impact of Active Learning on Students?

Sara Brownell, Arizona State University

What's It Like to be a Scientist? Exposing Students to Different Fields of Biology and How to Think Like a Scientist

Melissa Csikari, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Jackie Washington, Nyack College

Leveraging the Web to Improve Science Communication Skills 

Katherine Lontok and Julie Wolf, American Society for Microbiology

Engaging Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in STEM

Caroline Solomon, Gallaudet University

4:15 PM –5:00 PM

Poster Setup

5:15 PM –6:15 PM

Plenary Lecture
Pathogenesis of Fungal Infections 
Arturo Casadevall, Johns Hopkins University
Editor in Chief, mBio

6:30 PM –8:30 PM

Exhibit Opening & Reception 

Saturday, July 23




7:00 AM – 4:45 PM

ASMCUE 2016 Program

7:00 AM – 4:45 PM

Registration Area

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast by Location

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Plenary Lecture 
Increasing Access to Education and Careers in STEM Field
Shirley Malcom, 
American Association for the Advancement of Science

9:00 AM –3:30 PM

Exhibits/Poster Sessions/Author Corners

9:15 AM –10:15 AM

Poster Session I

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Microbrew Sessions (I of III)

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Poster Session II

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Microbrew Sessions (II of III)

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Microbrew Sessions (III of III)

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Director's Choice: HHMI Night at the Movies 

7:00 PM

Evening Free

Sunday, July 24




7:30 AM –8:30 AM

Breakfast - ON YOUR OWN!!

8:00 AM –9:00 AM

Closing Plenary

The State of the Nation: What We Know About Learning Biology
Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Kingsborough Community College
2016 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awardee 

9:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Anchor Session



11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Conference Wrap-up 

12:00 PM



 *Schedule subject to change