ASMCUE 2012 Highlights and Proceedings

19th Annual ASMCUE Highlights and Proceedings, San Mateo Marriott, San Mateo, CA

“Blending Science and Education”

Conference Steering Committee

Jacqueline Washington, Nyack College, Todd Primm, Sam Houston State University and Min-Ken Liao, Furman University

Local Organizing Committee

Brinda Govindan and Kimberly Tanner, San Francisco State University

San Mateo proved to be a beautiful setting for the 19th annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators held at the San Mateo Marriott.  The conference drew 337 participants from across the US and overseas and included 41% first time attendees and 16 international attendees from 9 countries.

The conference was a great success, due to the dedication and professionalism of many individuals who spent countless hours creating and executing the amazing program.  A special thank you to the ASMCUE staff comprised of Amy Chang, Kelly Gull, Kari Sherwood and Michelle Slone, who guided the conference committee and took care of all the logistical details.  We also greatly appreciate the continued support of Neil Baker (Chair of ASM Education Board) and Kelly Cowan (Chair of Undergraduate Education).  A special thanks to Kelly Cowan for her dedication and years of support as she completes her term as Chair of the Undergraduate Education Board.  We also must once again express our sincere appreciation to the local organizing committee members Brinda Govindan and Kimberly Tanner for all their hard work in helping us secure amazing local speakers for our program. We are also truly grateful to our sponsors and exhibitors for their support and generosity.  Finally, to everyone who served as a volunteer this year, from abstract reviewers to microbrew facilitators, we say thank you for your time as well and thank you for helping to keep ASMCUE great!

Our conference theme, “Blending Science and Education”, seeks to blur the dividing line between science research and education.  ASMCUE is fortunate to attract many participants who desire to be excellent educators while keeping current with scientific knowledge.  To this end, we had several excellent plenary speakers, on cutting edge science and the latest research in science education.  Our first plenary speaker on Thursday night, Michael Snyder, opened with a very interesting and timely scientific talk on personal genomics and whole omics profiling.  On Friday morning, we had an excellent presentation by Elizabeth Emmert and Cristina Bressler on the newly proposed ASM laboratory Biosafety Guidelines.  This was followed up on Friday evening with Spencer Benson’s inspiring plenary on teaching effectively, with less time preparing.  That certainly hit home for many conference attendees.  Melanie Ott’s lecture on Saturday morning on host-virus interactions opened our eyes to the role of fat droplets in the life cycle of several RNA viruses.  Our final plenary speaker on Sunday morning, Kimberly Tanner, delivered an engaging, interactive presentation on approaches to understanding and measuring biological expertise.  A number of us discovered whether we were considered superhero novices or experts from the fun card sorting activity.

On Friday evening, during the Exhibit Hall Opening, we were able to wander through the streets of San Francisco to visit places such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and Ghirardelli Square without stepping foot out of the hotel in San Mateo.   We visited and welcomed our Exhibitors and Sponsors as we enjoyed a delightful selection of hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  Attendees also got a sneak preview of the posters before the official Poster sessions.

Our plenary sessions were complimented by 25 concurrent sessions, and 42 microbrew symposia throughout the 4-day conference.  Attendees could attend any of the hour long concurrent sessions on scientific research, pedagogy, or resource.  In general, topics were offered twice during the meeting.  Topics ranged from effective online education, using games to teach microbiology, to emerging pathogens.  This year ASM Education Board and the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) presented on two topics aimed at delving more deeply into the microbiology behind events in the news -  E. coli: Good, Bad and Deadly and Microbes and Oil Spills, during 2 concurrent sessions. The New Multiple Choice Critical Thinking Question Bank Collection – MicrobeLibrary 3.0 was presented during a concurrent resource session and educators given the opportunity to contribute questions with a minimum level three (application) to the new collection.  Microbrew sessions were 15-minute “chalk talk” oral presentations with an additional 5 minutes allowed from questions or discussion. Topics ranged from using blog discussions, inquiry based microbiology, post exam analysis to transforming science labs using technology.

The Exhibitor Showcase and Poster Sessions took place on Saturday, where attendees could both visit exhibitors and wander by the posters.  The two Poster Sessions included 34 accepted posters.  Abstracts for the ASMCUE poster sessions are featured in Volume 13, Issue 1 of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. Our sincere thanks go to those who participated or served as abstract reviewers under the leadership of Min-Ken Liao, Abstract Chair.  This year, 13 exhibitors participated in the Exhibitor Showcase, including 2 new companies.  Four companies sponsored 4 Author Corners and/or 5 Product Corners, a time set aside for meeting textbook authors or product demonstrations.

There were many opportunities for conference attendees to network with fellow educators and contribute to several initiatives throughout the conference.  The networking breakfasts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each with a different theme proved to be very successful.  Participants were able to sit with educators with similar interests, by geographical areas and with newly found, old friends or just a friendly face on each of those days.  In addition, educators had the opportunity to review the ASM Lab Biosafety Guidelines at one of several breakout sessions during lunch on Friday.  On Saturday during lunch, attendees had the opportunity to contribute to one of the three MicrobeLibrary protocols for review this year.  Peer reviewed protocols this year were Carbohydrate Fermentation, Gelatin Hydrolysis Test and Starch Agar.

This year, ASMCUE met in conjunction with the ASM General Meeting.  On Saturday afternoon, attendees who registered in advance were bused 20 miles to and from asm2012 held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco to attend the opening session, “Harnessing the Power of Microbes for Biomedicine”.  There were three very interesting presentations.  The first lecture by Scott O’Neill was a dynamic, animated presentation by on Wolbachia infections of insects and possible role in reducing the transmission of Dengue.   This was followed by Dianne Newman who spoke about iron oxides and infections, linking geo- and medical microbiology.  The final talk was by James Collins on synthetic biology.  After the opening session, attendees were able to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks before departing for San Mateo.  ASMCUE participants also had the opportunity to take advantage of a complimentary one-day registration pass to the asm2012 sessions and exhibit hall on Sunday.

We hope that you had an engaging, enlightening and exciting time at ASMCUE 2012.  Many of the plenary speakers and presenters have made their presentations and/or hand-outs available to us on the ASMCUE website.  We hope that these will be useful to you in your classes and research!

Congratulations to this year’s travel award winners!


ASMCUE Textbook Travel Award Winner

  • Courtney Robinson, Howard University, Washington, DC


Faculty Enhancement Program Awardees

  • Danielle Dusold, Bryant and Stratton College, Glendale, WI

  • Kristy Henscheid, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA

  • Norrenna Hubbard, Hondros College School of Nursing, West Chester, OH

  • Sheela Huddle, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster, PA

  • Jeff Novack, Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA

  • Elizabeth Szymczak, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA

  • Naomi Wernick, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

Early-Career Travel Awardees

  • Blythe Janowiak, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO

  • Zachary Pratt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

  • Julia Schmitz, Piedmont College, Athens, GA

  • Priscilla Van Wynsberghe, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

  • Sara Volk de Garcia, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX

  • Cuc Kim Vu, St. Catherine University, Minneapolis, MN

ASM-UNESCO Leadership Grant for International Educators

  • Ketema Bedanie, Jimma University, Ethiopia

  • Joel Cornista, Miriam College, Philippines

  • Erika Nagle, Riga Stradins University, Latvia

  • Martha Vives, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

The Vision and Change report published by AAAS in 2011, has recognized the contributions of ASMCUE in making a positive impact on the advancement of undergraduate education.  The report states that ASMCUE serves “as a venue that advances the scholarship of teaching and learning in biology”.  This is only possible because of wonderful community of people like you who strive for excellence, who are unselfish in sharing and willing to work together to reach a common goal.  Keep up the great work!

We hope to see you all next year as we celebrate our 20th anniversary May 16-19 in Denver, CO.

ASMCUE Final Program

The ASMCUE 2012 Final Program is available in pdf format.

ASMCUE 2012 Final Program (pdf - 92 pages)

ASMCUE Poster Session Abstracts

Abstracts for the ASMCUE poster sessions are featured in Volume 13, Issue 1 of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.

ASMCUE Photo Slideshow

Photos by Hagop Photography


Plenary Sessions

Teaching Effectively: Less is More!!
Spencer Benson, University of Maryland and 2011 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awardee

Presentation (pdf)

Host-Virus Interactions: A New Focus on Fat

Melanie Ott, University of California, San Francisco

Adventures in Personal Genomics and Whole Omics Profiling

Michael Snyder, Stanford University

Presentation (pdf)

Beyond Assessing Knowledge – Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Moving Towards Measuring Biological Expertise among Undergraduates
Kimberly Tanner, San Francisco State University, 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER Grant Awardee and 2011 Society for College Science Teachers Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Awardee

ASM Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines

Elizabeth Emmert, Salisbury University
Cristina Bressler, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Presentation (pdf)

Presentation (pdf)

Concurrent Scientific Sessions

Subversion of the Host Epithelial Barrier by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Joanne Engel, University of California, San Francisco

Emerging Pathogens: How Do We Detect and Track Them?

Peter Gilligan, University of North Carolina and Chair, ASM Professional Practices Committee

Presentation (pdf)

Discoveries in Phylogenetically-Driven Genomic Sequencing Projects and its Potential for Your Students

Cheryl Kerfeld, Joint Genome Institute and 2011 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education Awardee

Presentation (pdf)

American Academy of Microbiology Presents: E. coli: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Stanley Maloy, University of California, San Diego, Past-President, ASM and Moderator, AAM FAQ Series

Presentation (pdf)


American Academy of Microbiology Presents: Microbes and Oil Spills

Stanley Maloy, San Diego State University, Past-President, ASM and Moderator, AAM FAQ Series

Presentation (pdf)


The Hosthogen Genome in 4D

JJ Miranda, University of California, San Francisco

Resolving Community and Metabolic Dynamics in Colorado Plateau Biological Soil Crusts

Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Science of the Microbiome: A Renaissance for Microbiology

James Versalovic, Baylor College of Medicine

Concurrent Pedagogy Sessions

Understanding by Design: Using Intelligent Course Design to Build Learning Environments 
Spencer Benson, University of Maryland and 2011 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awardee 
Presentation (pdf)

Using Serious Games to Teach Microbiology

Kristi G. Bowling, Rice University

Presentation (pdf)

Lab Design Based on Scientific Methods

Madhusudan Choudhary, Sam Houston State University

Jorge L.M. Rodrigues, University of Texas

Presentation (pdf)

Presentation (pdf)

Handout (pdf)

Creating Videos and Public Service Announcements as a Means of Promoting Student Engagement
Lisa Cuchara, Quinnipiac University

Presentation (pdf)

Presentation (wmv)

Transforming “Lecture” Halls into Student-Centered Classrooms

Michael J. Dougherty, American Society of Human Genetics

Presentation (pdf)

Forming Effective Student Groups for Active Learning Pedagogies
Samantha Elliott, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and 2008-2009 Biology Scholar

Presentation (pdf)

Programs and Best Practices to Increase Retention and Graduation Rates of Students from Underrepresented Groups in STEM: An Overview of the California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program

Enid Gonzalez and Juanita Barrena, California State University, Sacramento

Lilia De La Cerda, California State University, Fresno

Margaret Jefferson, California State University, Los Angeles

Using the Scientific Literature to Teach Science Literacy

Jodie Krontiris-Litowitz, Youngstown State University and 2009-2010 Biology Scholar

Presentation (pdf)

Handout (pdf)

Handout (pdf)

Rock Stars, Deficit Models, and Stereotype Threats: Learning to See Inequity in Science and Strategies for Addressing It
Kimberly Tanner, San Francisco State University, 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER Grant Awardee and 2011 Society for College Science Teachers Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Awardee

Concurrent Resource Sessions

The NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Funding Opportunities

Celeste Carter, National Science Foundation

Presentation (pdf)

Hanout (pdf)

From the Few to the Many: Scaling up the Undergraduate Research Experience with the HHMI SEA-PHAGES Course
Lucia Barker, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

MicrobeLibrary’s Newest Collection: The Multiple Choice Critical Thinking Question Bank
Gary Kaiser, The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
Presentation (pdf)

Handout (pdf)
Handout (pdf)

Tailoring Teaching for Demographically Diverse Learners
Min-Ken Liao, Furman College and 2008-2009 Biology Scholar
Mary Mawn, Empire State College and 2009-2010 Biology Scholar
Jeffrey Pommerville, Glendale Community College and 2008 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awardee 
Presentation (pdf)
Presentation (pdf)

Effective Online Microbiology Education: A Two-Session Progression

Phil Mixter, Washington State University

Andrea Rediske, Valencia Community College

Handout (pdf)

Handout (pdf)

Handout (pdf)

Road Map to Academic Success
Todd Primm, Sam Houston State University
Handout (pdf)
Handout (pdf)

What is New in Teaching Technology? PowerPoint Annotation Using Notebook Computers or Tablets to Create Interactive Lectures Which are Captured Using Lecture Capture Software
Jennifer Taylor and Erica Suchman, Colorado State University
Presentation (pdf)

Microbrew Sessions

Using Selective and Differential Media to Distinguish Between Accurate Recordings of Observations (Data Collection) and Results/Conclusions (Data Interpretation)

Michel Cloutier, St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Handout (pdf)

Handout (xls)

Creating an Interactive & Student-Centered Learning Experience Using Real World Problems in a Large Enrollment Majors Microbiology Course

Wendy Dustman and C.M. Phillips, University of Georgia

Handout (pdf)

Are Your Students Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? Getting Them All on the Same Playground

Gregory Frederick, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Handout (pdf)

Investigating Sulfa Drugs: A Cross Disciplinary Laboratory Activity Using a Case Study

Michelle Furlong and C.E. Clower, Clayton State University

Handout (pdf)

Creating a Dynamic Laboratory Atlas with Social Bookmarking

Michael Hanophy and V.M. Giordano, St. Joseph’s College

Handout (pdf)

Get Your Game On: Student-designed Games Enhance Participation and Direct Learning of Metabolic Pathways

Rebecca Hoffman, Rowan University

Handout (pdf)

Designing Lab Exercises to Simulate Pathogen Transmission

Elizabeth Ingram and M.L. Schreiber, Valencia College

Handout (pdf)

Post-Exam Analysis as a Learning Tool for Critical Thinking: Gain from Pain

Garry Marley, Oklahoma State University

Handout (pdf)

Inquiry-Based Microbiology for Biology Majors

Barbara May, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University

Handout (pdf)

Designing Undergraduate Research Experiences at Colleges and Universities without Research Facilities

Ann McDonald(1), D.N. Burke(1), C.P. Evans(1), A.E. Grulke(1), T. Hermann(2) and M. Franzen(2), (1)Concordia University Wisconsin and (2)Milwaukee School of Engineering

Handout (pdf)

Handout (pdf)

Fun and Challenging Approaches to Teaching the Gram Stain Procedure to New Microbiology Students

Paula Mister, Johns Hopkins Hospital Clinical Microbiology, Community Colleges of Baltimore County and Stevenson University

Handout (pdf)

The Power of Analogies: Get Your Students Thinking About Central Dogma!

Dina Newman and L.K. Wright, Rochester Institute of Technology

Handout (pdf)

Developing an Open Source On-Line Microbiology Class for Colleges

Jeffrey Novack, R. Forough and S. Jejurikar, Bellevue College

Handout (pdf)

Teaching Microbiology with Games and Songs

Kathleen Page, Southern Oregon University

Handout (pdf)

Electronic Learning Portfolios (ELPs): A Feedback System for Enhancing Teaching and Learning

Amy Siegesmund, Pacific Lutheran University

Handout (pdf)

Creating a Cost Effective and Meaningful Lab Experience

Melissa Schreiber and E. Ingram, Valencia College

Handout (pdf)

Assessment of a Group-Centered Testing Schema in a Core Molecular Biotechnology Lab Course

Melissa Srougi(1), H.B. Miller(1), D.S. Witherow(2), and S. Carson(1). (1)North Carolina State University and (2)The University of Tampa

Handout (pdf)

Engaged Discussion of the “New Germ Theory” in Light of the Human Microbiome

Deborah Tobiason, Carthage College, Kenosha

Handout (pdf)

Handout (pdf)

Baddest Bug

Cuc Vu, St.Catherine University

Handout (pdf)

Bioremediation Approaches in a Laboratory Activity for an Industrial Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology Course

Diana Vullo(1,2), L. Raiger Iustman(1), N.I. Lopez(1), and S.M. Ruzal(1). (1)Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires. (2)Instituto de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional General Sarmiento

Handout (pdf)

Transforming Science Labs into Inquiry-Based Exercises Using Web 2.0 and Mobile Technologies

K. Derek Weber, Raritan Valley Community College


The Genomics Education National Initiative: Integrating Original Microbial Genomics Research in the Classroom

Derek Wood(1,2), K. Houmiel(1,3), B. McFarland(1), B. Goodner(4), J. Setubal(5) and S.C. Slater(3). (1)Seattle Pacific University (2)University of Washington (3)University of Wisconsin- Madison (4)Hiram College and (5)Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo

Handout (pdf)