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Below are the award results from the Fall 2015 Texas Branch ASM meeting.  Congratulations to all that received awards!

AWARD RESULTS TEXAS ASM BRANCH FALL MEETING 2015 HUNTSVILLE, TX (SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY)

SE SULKIN ORAL PRESENTATION – Medical Microbiology
(Award Sponsor: Texas ASM Branch)
1st place – $100 – Kayla Bounds, Texas Tech University, Abdul Hamood
2nd place – $50 – Tetiana Hutchison, Southern Methodist University, Robert Harrod

OB WILLIAMS – ORAL PRESENTATION – General Microbiology
(Award Sponsor: Texas ASM Branch)
1st place – $100 – Marinelle Rodrigues, University of Texas at Dallas, Kelli Palmer
2nd place – $50 – Michael Francis, Texas A&M, Joe Sorg

Joan Abramowitz Award UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY POSTER PRESENTATION
(Award Sponsor: UT-Houston Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program)
1st place – $100 – Luis Valencia, Texas A&M University, Sangeeta Khare
2nd place – $50 – Kyra Curtis, Baylor University, Diane Hartman

Joan Abramowitz Award UNDERGRADUATE MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY POSTER PRESENTATION
(Award Sponsor: UT-Houston Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program)
1st place – $100 – Karthik Hullahalli, University of Texas at Dallas, Kelli Palmer
2nd place – $50 – Matthew Breuer, Sam Houston State University, Anne Gaillard
2nd place – $50 – Christina Koo, University of Texas at Arlington, Woo-Suk Chang

Sam Kaplan Award GRADUATE MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY POSTER PRESENTATION
(Award Sponsor: Texas ASM Branch)
1st place – $100 – Robert Fultz, Baylor College of Medicine, James Versalovic
2nd place – $50 – Akshaya Ravichandran, Texas A&M University, James Smith
3rd place – Cert – Hannah Adams, University of Texas at Dallas, Kelli Palmer

Sam Kaplan Award GRADUATE MEDICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY POSTER PRESENTATION
(Award Sponsor: Texas ASM Branch)
1st place – $100 – Pooja Bhardwaj, University of Texas At Dallas, Kelli Palmer
2nd place – $50 – Christina Morra, Baylor College of Medicine, James Versalovic
3rd place – Cert – Nymisha Avadhanam, University of Texas at Dallas, Juan González
3rd place – Cert – Mehul Jani, University of North Texas, Rajeev Azad

The Texas Branch 2015 Fall Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology will be held at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas during October 29-31. The deadline for the registration and abstract submission is midnight on Monday, October 5, 2015. Please visit the registration website (http://txasm.org/2015-texas-branch-fall-meeting-of-the-american-society-for-microbiology/) and complete the registration as well as abstract submission before the deadline.

We hope to see you soon at the meeting.

Organizing committee for the Texas ASM meeting, Fall 2015.

October 29-31, 2015
Location: Sam Houston State University (shsu.edu)
Huntsville, Texas  77340

Download the Preliminary Program for the 2015 Spring Meeting (PDF)

Register now to attend!

 

Please mark your calendars to attend the 2015 Texas Branch Fall Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. This meeting will be hosted by Sam Houston State University, at the main campus in Huntsville, Texas on October 29th to 31st. The conference will include both faculty and student oral presentations, in topics that range across microbiology, as well as molecular and cellular biology. We will also have an afternoon dedicated to undergraduate and graduate student poster presentations, and will award prizes for the best talks and posters in each category. We will have Dr. Briana Burton (Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University) as the ASM Distinguished Lecturer.

The sessions on Saturday will focus on teaching and learning, with short presentations later in the morning called Microbrews, modeled on a practice from the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators Microbrews are about classroom or laboratory learning activities, so best practice sharing with other instructors.  If you have an idea to present, please email tprimm@shsu.edu


Registration

We try to keep registration fees low, to encourage faculty members to bring as many students as possible. We will accept early registrations until October 5th; below is a list of our registration fees to help you organize your budget.

The registration fee includes all meals on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.

Please Note: A late fee of $25 will be assessed for all registrations after October 5th, 2015.

Register now to attend!


Housing

Sixty-seven hotel rooms have been blocked in three local hotels.  The rooms are blocked until October 20th.  Please contact the hotels directly for discounted rates and reservations.

Hotel Contact Number Contact Name Rate Number of Rooms
University Hotel 1-866-747-8466 Mohammed Khan $99.95/night 32
Holiday Inn Express 1-936-4300

 

Lori McDonald $139/night 15
Best Western (936) 295-9000

 

Amish Patel $109/night 20

 

Student Competition

There will be four categories of student competition and awards.  The categories will be at the Undergraduate and Graduate level, both for Posters and Oral Presentations.  If you or your students submit an abstract, please be sure to indicate on the form if you are an undergraduate or graduate student and if you would like to present your work as a poster or a 15-min talk.  We will accept Abstract submissions until October 5th.

Upload a one-page abstract to our website here. PLEASE name your abstract file as follows:

u (undergraduate) or g (graduate) or p (post-doc) followed by last name and first name initial.

For example: John Smith undergraduate student will save his abstract file as: usmithj; Mary Jones graduate student will save her abstract file as: gjonesm

Please indicate whether you are interested in a poster or an oral presentation. Student oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes in length. Posters should not be larger than 48 inches wide.

Your picture may be used on our website.

Abstract Submission Form

DEADLINE: October 5th, 2015

 


Parking

We are still arranging free-parking for the conference attendees, and we will post the information a soon as possible.


STAFS Tour

There will be an optional tour of the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility of SHSU, including ongoing research on microbial decomposition of human bodies.  This tour will be held 3-5pm on Thursday the 29th, before the meeting.  If you are interested, please email Dr. Aaron Lynne [aml027@shsu.edu].  Note the tour is limited to 15 participants.


Cancellations and Refunds

If a cancellation is received before or on October 15th, a registration refund will be processed. If cancellations are received after October 15th, refunds will not be processed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the meeting Co-Chairs, Dr. Madhu Choudhary and Dr. Todd Primm.

Registration and abstracts:  Dr. Hyuk Cho.

Please distribute this announcement to anyone else you think might be interested in attending the conference.

Thank you, and I hope you’ll join us in Huntsvegas!

Register now to attend!

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: The 2015 Fall TX-ASM Meeting will be held on October 29-31st at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. Preliminary program, registration and abstract submission instructions will be added soon.

See below the Preliminary Spring 2015 Texas AM meeting program.

Download (PDF, 335KB)

March 26-28, 2015
Location: T Bar M Resort and Conference Center (tbarm.com)
2549 Highway 46 West, New Braunfels, Texas 78132

Registration has begun!  Click here to register now for the 2015 Spring Meeting.

Please mark your calendars to attend the 2015 Texas Branch Spring Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. This meeting will be held at the T Bar M Resort and Conference Center in New Braunfels, Texas on March 26th to 28th. The conference will include both Faculty and Student oral presentations, in topics that range from Environmental to Clinical Microbiology. We will also have an afternoon dedicated to undergraduate and graduate student poster presentations, and will award prizes to the best talks and posters in each category. The highlight of our meeting will be the 2015 Goldschmidt lecture, held on Friday evening. We will close the meeting on Saturday morning, with a session dedicated to Educational topics.

This Conference is geared toward undergraduate students and first- and second-year graduate students. It is a great opportunity for students to develop their presentation skills and interact with faculty from all around Texas in a very friendly and relaxed environment.

Registration has begun!  Click here to register now for the 2015 Spring Meeting.

 


Registration

We try to keep registration fees low, to encourage Faculty members to bring as many students as possible. We will accept early registrations until March 13th; below is a list of our Registration fees to help you organize your budget.

The registration fee includes housing in the cabins (bunk beds), Thursday dinner, all meals on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. Please bring your own bedding, towels and toiletries. If you are interested in hotel accommodations, TBarM offers private hotel rooms and condos. Please contact TBarM (www.tbarm.com) for current rates and reservations. Other hotels in the New Braunfels area can also be found on the www.hotels.com website.

Please Note: A late fee of $25 will be assessed for all registrations after March 13th, 2015.


2015 Spring Meeting Pricing

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Please Note: A late fee of $25 will be assessed for all registrations after March 13th, 2015.


Student Competition

There will be four categories of student competition and awards.  The categories will be at the Undergraduate and Graduate level, both for Posters and Oral Presentations.  If you or your students submit an abstract, please be sure to indicate on the form if you are an undergraduate or graduate student and if you would like to present your work as a poster or a 15-min talk.  We will accept Abstract submissions until March 13th.

Upload a one-page abstract to our website here. PLEASE name your abstract file as follows:

u (undergraduate) or g (graduate) or p (post-doc) followed by last name and first name initial.

For example: John Smith undergraduate student will save his abstract file as: usmithj ; Mary Jones graduate student will save her abstract file as: gjonesm

Please indicate whether you are interested in a poster or an oral presentation. Student oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes in length. Posters should not be larger than 48 inches wide.

Your picture may be used on our website.

Abstract Submission Form

DEADLINE: March 13th, 2015

 


Cancellations and Refunds

If a cancellation is received before or on March 13th, a registration refund will be processed. If cancellations are received after March 13th, full payment will be expected, and refunds will not be processed.

More information regarding Registration, Abstract submission and Student Speaker presentations will be posted on our website (txasm.org).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me:  M. Gabriela Bowden, email: bowdenm@uhd.edu

Please distribute this announcement to anyone else you think might be interested in attending the conference.

Thank you, and I hope you’ll join us in New Braunfels!

The Texas Branch of the American Society for Microbiology announces the 2013-2014 Faculty Education and Mentoring Awards. One award of $1,000 in the area of excellence in education and one award of $1,000 in the area of excellence in mentoring will be given during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Application Process:

Applications must be sent electronically as *pdf files to the President of the Texas Branch American Society for Microbiology- Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh, Department of Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St. MS 8312, Lubbock, TX 79430, email: Kendra.rumbaugh@ttuhsc.edu

Application package must include:
Mentoring Award:

1.    Letter of nomination, plus at least one (but no more than 3) letters of support from previous or current mentees.

2.    CV of nominee, including statement describing mentoring activities and listing information about previous mentees (e.g. degrees earned, current location, etc…)- 5 pg limit

 

Teaching Award:

1.    Letter of nomination

2.    CV and letter from nominee, including description of teaching experiences and statement of teaching philosophy

3.    Examples of professional development materials (e.g. syllabi, assignments, etc…), limit 3

 

* All nominees should be a faculty member of a Texas Institution for Higher Learning and involved in Microbiology research or teaching.  National ASM and branch membership also required.

• Deadline for receipt of all materials is Friday March 1, 2014.
Selection Committee will consist of the current or a former President of the Texas Branch ASM and 1-2 others appointed by the Texas Branch ASM Executive Committee.


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