Eric Brown, Ph.D., Director, Division of Microbiology in the Office of Regulatory Science, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md.
Arturo Casadevall, Ph.D., Editor in Chief, mBio, and Chair, W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
Jay Labov, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Education and Communications, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Ph.D., 2016 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awardee and Chair, Biological Sciences Department, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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
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.