BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The 14th American Society for Microbiology
Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) will be held in the
University at Buffalo's Natural Sciences Complex on UB's North
(Amherst) Campus on May 18-20.
The conference for college-level instructors of biology and
microbiology will focus on improving microbiology teaching and
learning through plenary, poster and exhibit sessions.
Plenary talks will include: "HIV at 25 years" by HIV/AIDS
researcher Robert W. Doms, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of
Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania; "Ecoepidemiology:
Integrating Ecology with Infectious Disease Epidemiology" by
Durland Fish, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at Yale University;
and "Microbial Genomics: Bizarre Bacteria, Extreme Environments and
How They Interact" by Naomi Ward, Ph.D., assistant investigator at
The Institute for Genomic Research.
Interactive workshops will focus on developing tools for
teaching microbiology. Topics will include "Microbial Ecology:
Opportunities for inquiry-based Learning;" "Exploring Active
Teaching: How Not to be a Talking Head;" and "Podcasting in
Education: Lectures for the On-Demand Student."
Presenters also will cover teaching microbiology to pre-college
students, microbiology in the nursing curriculum, the teaching of
evolution and the use of microbial food-safety issues to interest
undergraduates in the field.
The ASMCUE conference is the annual education meeting of the
American Society for Microbiology, which will hold its research
meeting in Toronto May 21-25.
For information on transportation from Buffalo to the ASM
general meeting for ASMCUE attendees and for additional conference
information, go to http://www.asmcue.org or contact
Gerald Koudelka, Ph.D., chair of the UB Department of Biological
Sciences, at 645-2363 ext. 101.