Preliminary Program

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



Pre-Conference Workshops

Authentic Research Experience in Microbiology (AREM): Integrating Student-Driven Microbiome Research into a Course-Based Research Program
Theodore Muth, Avrom Caplan, and Jessica Joyner, City University of New York

This workshop will introduce AREM, and facilitators will help participants develop a plan for experimental design, data management, analysis and assessment of student learning.

Designing Lessons Based on National Recommendations for STEM Education
Rachel Horak, American Society for Microbiology
Susan Merkel, Cornell University

This workshop will help participants with the process for re-configuring an existing lesson or designing a new lesson using backward design.

Genome Solver On-the-Go: Analyzing Microbial Genomes with Bioinformatics Tools
Anne Rosenwald, Georgetown University
Gaurav Arora, Gallaudet University
Vinayak Mathur, Georgetown University

This workshop will train undergraduate faculty how to use web-based tools for database searches, sequence alignments, etc. to analyze existing microbial genomic data.

Plenary Speakers

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

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

The Changing National Landscape of STEM Education: Implications for Undergraduate Biology
Jay Labov, National Academy of Sciences

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

Scientific Updates

Host Biology in Light of the Microbiome: An Introduction to Holobionts and their Hologenomes
Seth Bordenstein, Vanderbilt University

Understanding How Mammalian Cells Recognize and Respond to the Presence of a Pathogen
Catherine GrimesUniveristy of Delaware

Marine Sponges and their Bacterial Symbionts: Key Players in Nutrient Cycling in Coral Reefs
Russell Hill, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences

Evolutionary Mechanisms of RNA Virus Host-Switching
Colleen Jonsson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis

Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Andrew Read, Penn State 

Cell Biology of B-lymphocytes
Wenexia Song, University of Maryalnd

Concurrent Education Sessions

It Takes A Village: Using Collaborations to Create Course Integrated Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Community Colleges Through Detection of Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Jessica Bell, Michelle LeBeau, and Jodi Goldberg, Century College

Development of a Concept Inventory Aligned to National Curricular Guidelines
Amy Briggs, Beloit College
Robert Brennan, Univeristy 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
Timothy Paustian, University of Wisconsin

Safety First, Safety Last, but Safety Always - Understanding the Biological Safety Level Necessary for your Lab
Jeffrey Byrd, St. Mary's College of Maryland

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

Sara Brownell
, Arizona State University

Retention of Undergraduates in STEM Disciplines
Kim Godsoe
, Brandeis University

Teaching with the ASM Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology: Using Backwards Design
Rachel Horak, American Society for Microbiology
Sue Merkel, Cornell University

Making the Case:  What Matters for Case Study Development?
Ally Hunter, UMass Amherst

Creating Active Learning and Research Based Laboratory Exercises
Cynthia Keler
Delaware Valley University

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

BioBuilder Classrooms: Engineering Ideas for Life
Natalie Kuldell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Creating Frequent Online Quizzes that Enhance Lasting Learning
Jennifer McLean and Erica Suchman, Colorado State University

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

The Impact of Structured Professional Development Experiences on Biology Undergraduate Teaching Assistants’ Pedagogical Beliefs and Self-Efficacy: A Multi-Institutional, Comparative Study
Jeffrey Olimpo, University of Texas at El Paso
Thomas McCabe, University of Northern Colorado
Patricia Shields, University of Maryland

Assessment Made Easy: Writing Learning Outcomes
Boots Quimby
, University of Maryland

Assessment Made Easy: Aligning Assessment with Learning Outcomes
Boots Quimby
, University of Maryland

Course Redesign Initiatives
Scott Roberts, University of Maryland

Identifying Misconceptions and Development of the Microbiology for Health Sciences 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

Host Pathogen Concept Inventory
Ann Smith
, University of Maryland

Nutrient Dynamics and its Influence on the Phytoplankton Assemblage in the Anacostia River
Caroline Solomon,
Gallaudet University

Design Principles for the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)
Paula Soneral and Sara Wyse, Bethel University

Teaching Biology Majors to Read, Cite, and Paraphrase Scientific Literature
Melissa Zwick and Karen York, Stockton University

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, the three 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday - Breakfast by Location
ASM's supports thirty-five 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.

Sunday - Free for All!
You are on your own! Take a chance. Sit at a table where you recognize no one. Experienced faculty, introduce yourself to a first-timer. First-timers, hobnob with a speaker or ASM leader. Go outside your comfort zone! You never know, you may meet a collaborator or a friend for life. Many close friendships were born and nurtured at an ASMCUE meeting. 


Microbrew Session: 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.

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.


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