Preliminary Program

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



Pre-Conference Workshops - Thursday, July 21, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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.


Meet the American Society for Microbiology's New CEO - First New Leader in 30 years!

sbertuzziASM's new CEO, Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., MPH, will be on hand to welcome ASMCUE attendees on Thursday, July 21st. Click to learn more about Bertuzzi.

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

malcomImproving Education in and Increasing Access to Science: An Opportunity for Microbiology Educators
Shirley Malcom, American Association for the Advancement of Science

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

Plenary Session Abstracts

Scientific Updates

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

Remodeling Bacterial Cell Walls: New Lego Building Blocks
Catherine GrimesUniversity 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

Overwhelming Evolution. Patients, Microbes and the Darwinian Process
Andrew Read, Penn State 

Mystery in the Female Infection of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae
Wenxia Song, University of Maryland

Scientific Updates Session Abstracts

Concurrent Education Sessions


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

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

BioBuilder Classrooms: Engineering Ideas for Life

Natalie Kuldell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Online Education: Engaging Your Students When You Can't See Them
Kris Obom and Karen Wells, Johns Hopkins University

The Threat and Wonders of MRSA: Using Current Topics and Public Resources to Teach Fundamental Principles of Microbiology
Michele Swanson, University of Michigan 

Approaches Session Abstracts


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

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

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

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

Assessment Session Abstracts

Biology Education Research

Opportunities and Tension Points Associated with Integrating Teaching and Research in Undergraduate Biology Lab Courses
Sara Brownell, Arizona State University

How to Assess Your Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience
Sara Brownell, Arizona State University

So You Transformed Your Class to Active Learning – How Do You Assess the Impact of Active Learning on Students?
Sara Brownell, Arizona State University

Biology Education Research Session Abstracts

Broadening Participation

The Whole Classroom: A Pedagogy for Diverse Students
Bryan Dewsbury
, The University of Rhode Island

Science Posse: The Importance of the Cohort in Normalizing Academic Challenge
Kim Godsoe
, Brandeis University

Engaging Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in STEM
Caroline Solomon
, Gallaudet University

Broadening Participation Session Abstracts

Concept Inventories - Advanced Assessment

Development of a 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

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

Using Concept Inventories to Assess Student Learning of Microbiology Concepts
Ann Smith
, Gili 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, and Robert T. Yuan, University of Maryland

Concept Inventories - Advanced Assessment Session Abstracts

Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience

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

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

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

Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience Session Abstracts

Future Faculty

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

Future Faculty Session Abstracts

Getting Started 

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

Books-to-Lab: The Application of Book Knowledge to Industrial Laboratories
Mykeshia McNorton
, American Society for Microbiology

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

Getting Started Session Abstracts

Science Literacy and Communication

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

Leveraging the Web to Improve Science Communication Skills

Katherine Lontok and Julie Wolf, American Society for Microbiology 

Outreach Opportunities through Community Laboratories
Lisa Scheifele
Loyola University Maryland 

Science Literacy and Communication Session Abstracts

Teaching with Data 

Learning Science by Doing Science: An Inquiry-Based Introductory Microbiology Lab Course
Sarah Ades
, Penn State University

Re-emphasizing the 3 'Rs' in a Microbiology Classroom using a Discussion on Antimicrobial Resistance
Lalitha Ramamoorthy
, Marian University

Moving Away from Dogmatic Teaching: Experiences and Perspectives
Foong May Yeong, National University of Singapore

Teaching with Data Session Abstracts

Teaching with Primary Literature and Data 

Using Primary Literature to Teach Data Analysis in Introductory Microbiology
Nancy Boury, Iowa State University

Data Diving: Using Primary Literature in an Introductory Biology Course
Amy Briggs
, Beloit College

Teaching Scientific Method and Data Analysis Through Primary Literature and HHMI's The Biology of Skin Color
Mark Randa, Cumberland County College

Teaching with Primary Literature and Data Session Abstracts

Transforming the Classroom

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

PULSE: Taking Transformation from the Classroom to the Departmental Level
Judy Awong Taylor, Georgia Gwinnett College
Samantha Elliott, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Course Redesign Initiatives
Scott Roberts
, University of Maryland

Transforming the Classroom Session Abstracts

Year of Dialogue - Discovery-Based Research in Education

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

Year of Dialogue - Discovery-Based Research in Education Session Abstracts

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? 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 22, from 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
  • There is no reservation fee, but you 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information will be distributed in June to those who have reserved a table.

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.

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.