ASM 2012!

ASM 2012 is almost upon us! Who's going? Who's presenting? Who wants to meet up and what are good days for it? Leave suggestions and pimp your own presentations below in the comments.

I will be convening a session on Sunday, June 17th on science communication, "Sound Bites to Superbugs".

Sound Bites to Superbugs: How to Communicate Risk to the Public and Physicians
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

TARA C. SMITH; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Invited Speakers:
ROBYN WILSON; The Ohio State University; Columbus, OH
JOSH ROSENAU; National Center for Science Education, Oakland CA
JAMES HUGHES; Emory University, Atlanta, GA
TARA C. SMITH; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Science denial is prominent in many areas of expertise. When individuals deny health and medical information, consequences can be serious. Anti-vaccination sentiment has increased and led to outbreaks of preventable disease. In this session, attendees will learn how to communicate risk effectively to the general public; to understand why individuals do not accept scientific evidence; and to work with physicians to facilitate increased understanding.


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I have a poster Monday 10:45a - 12:30p, Poster Board #: 1399
Title: Using PhyloChip™ G3 Microarrays to Compare Bacterial-Community Shifts Between Healthy and Diseased Corals
Session Number: 110
Session Title: Marine and Aquatic Microbiology I (Division N)

What do you all think about having a tweet up during the poster hall reception Sunday 5:30-6:30p? There will be beer.

By Chris Kellogg (not verified) on 08 Jun 2012 #permalink

I have a poster Tuesday 1-2:45p. It's number # 3063 in the Foodborne Pathogen Biology (Division P), session #212. "Clinical Strains of Listeria monocytogenes From the 2011 Cantaloupe Outbreak Show Evidence of Biofilm Formation on Cantaloupe Food-Conditioning Film"
Please tell me some folks are sticking around till Tuesday afternoon!!

By Rebecca Weinbe… (not verified) on 08 Jun 2012 #permalink

This is great Tara! I definitely encourage everyone to attend the Division W (Education section of ASM) business meeting and the Carski Award lecture following. The ASM Education Board will be unveiling their newly drafted Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories. The community will be invited to comment.

Division W Business Meeting
Sunday, June 17 | 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Room 133

Empowering Hispanics while Conducting Research in
Emerging Fields
Sunday, June 17 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Room 133
Division Lecturer: Lilliam Casillas-Martinez; University of Puerto Rico, Humacao, Puerto Rico

By Kelly Gull (not verified) on 08 Jun 2012 #permalink

I will be there Tuesday afternoon--not leaving until late that day. Kelly, do you have any ideas of other times that might be good for a meet up? I could be there Sunday, that's right after my session...haven't had a chance yet to look at the rest of the schedule. I know I have a Division Y breakfast/meeting, I think Monday morning...

This is a great topic! Highly important to learn how to convey the importance of science and scientific evidence to people. So they can get the benefits of the progress we have made until today, and use it instead of being afraid of it. "Anti-vaccination sentiment" is one example, and the same goes for genetically modified foods and plants. Good luck!
I am not presenting a scientific poster or giving an oral presentation at ASM2012, but my company, BioData is exhibiting there. We are the developers of Labguru, a free for personal use research management system. Hoping to see you there. You are invited to visit our booth #1625. We are a company of scientists for scientists - we try to help and make researchers' life as easy as possible, since we understand how hard it can get: obtaining the results fast, publishing them ASAP, and at the same time keeping track of all the data and remain well organized. You are most invited to come and say hello. We would love to show you how Labguru works and how it can assist your research. We also have a cool booth activity going on - with prizes :) Looking forward to meet.

By Maya Amichay (not verified) on 11 Jun 2012 #permalink

Please keep me posted. I'm doing the ASMCUE/ASM thing, and have various issues to balance out. I'm giving my "Freshman Biology Under the Microscope" talk on the 19th sometime between 3 and 5. Hope I can stay in the loop!

By Mark O. Martin (not verified) on 12 Jun 2012 #permalink

I'll be there and square. Poster Monday afternoon. Live tweeting throughout. Keep me posted!

By Cameron Thrash… (not verified) on 15 Jun 2012 #permalink

Hi Everyone,

Come check out my talk on Monday the 18th in the "New Biological Questions Brought about by Pan-Genomes". I changed the title and am pretty much focusing on some (hopefully) awesome results from the last couple of months in my lab. New talk title is "The Cost of Horizontal Gene Transfer (and Pan-genomes)"

By Dave Baltrus (not verified) on 15 Jun 2012 #permalink

Hey there--

I have Tuesday morning poster #2631 "Efficient Phylogenetic Analysis and Comparison of Microbial Communities using the pplacer Software Suite".

Looking forward to meeting some of you!

By Frederick "Eri… (not verified) on 15 Jun 2012 #permalink