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Final Schedule




5:00- 7:00 Registration/Check-in

BSB E wing 1st floor Atrium

7:15-8:30 Welcome and Plenary / BSB B110

Strategies to Dissect Tuberculosis Pathogenic Mechanisms

Dr. Jeffrey D. Cirillo, Professor, Department of Microbial and Molecular Pathogenesis, Texas A&M Health Science Center Bryan, TX


7:00-8:15 Registration, Breakfast and Vendors

BSB Atrium and 2nd Floor E Wing Elevator Landing

8:15-8:30 Welcome/BSB B110

8:30- 9:30 General Microbiology Sessions/B110

8:30-8:45 Cheramie Trahan (FACULTY)

8:45- 9:00 Marnie Rout (POSTDOC)

9:00-9:15 Elizabeth Franks

9:15-9:30 Mary Weber

9:30-10:00 Coffee Break /2nd Floor E wing Elevator Landing

10:00-11:00 General Microbiology Sessions (Concurrent Sessions)

Session A D109

10:00 Beach-Letendre

10:15 Bardwell

10:30 Visi


Session B D110

10:00 Alam

10:15 Myagmarjav

10:30 Okjay

10:45 Lal

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Meet the Vendors/First floor Atrium

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch/Poster Set Up

1:00-2:30 p.m. Poster Judging/2nd floor Middle Corridor

2:30-3:30 Goldschmidt Award Lectures

Dr. Millicent Goldschmidt has been instrumental in making the Texas Branch one of ASM’s strongest branches. Each year she supports our branch with a monetary award for our future microbiologists. This year award winners, Holly Huse and Miry Girard will present information about their training, research experiences, and future goals.

2:30- 3:00 Holly Huse/B110 Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, The University of Texas at Austin

3:00-3:30 Mary Girard/B110 Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology,

Baylor College of Medicine

3:45-5:15 Invited General and Medical Microbiology Sessions

General Presentation

3:45-4:00 Kelli Palmer/BSB B110

General Session/BSB D109

4:05-4:25 Pierson

4:25-4:45 Chrzanowski

4:45-5:05 Ng

5:05-5:25 Lind

Medical Session/ BSB D110

4:05 McLean

4:25 Kim

4:45 Sim

5:05 Kang

6:15-7:30 Awards and Dinner/Texas Sports Hall of Fame

7:30-8:45 ASM Lecture and Keynote Speaker

Human Papillomavirus Infection in the Adolescent – Are You In The Know?

Dr. Janice M. Matthew- Greer, LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport, LA.

Professor of Research in Pediatrics and Director of Diagnostic Virology Laboratories

Janice Matthews-Greer, Ph.D., D(ABMM) began her career as a medical technologist and returned to school to study the immune response to bacteria. After receiving her Ph.D., she taught undergraduates and has won several teaching awards. In July 1994 she left teaching to develop one of the first diagnostic (hospital-based) “PCR” (molecular) laboratories in the country. Within six months she had the facility up and running for patient care and now is the Medical Director for the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory and the Human Papillomavirus Diagnostic Laboratory, both at LSUHSC-S. Her research has focused on HPV, specifically adolescent infections. She will be giving the lecture, HPV Update: Genital HPV in Adolescents.


This Mini Conference on Undergraduate Education (miniCUE) session will give participants an overview of the methods used in “Scientific Teaching”. The goal of Scientific Teaching is to make teaching more scientific. We will explore ways that we can do this in our microbiology classes? We will begin by describing the main approaches and theories important to Scientific Teaching and continue with two session that apply these methods.

The first session will demonstrate how to use Case Studies to make learning relevant to a student’s life and to show the larger picture of biology to your classroom. Using an example case, the Human Microbiome (written for the textbook, Biology: How Life Works), and related in-class activity, we will walk you through the backward design techniques used by the text and activity authors to ensure this case and activity connects core concepts, adds relevance, and inspires critical thinking.

The second session will demonstrate how online interactive games can be used to effectively teach science. Created through grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, Web Adventures are thematic interactive games and simulations driven by specific learning objectives aligned to National Science Education Standards. The idea was to create a free online environment that not only allows students to explore science concepts, conduct virtual laboratory investigations, and role-play science careers, but also enables teachers to reinforce standards. Currently, there are six themed Web Adventures that cover infectious diseases, the neuroscience behind substance abuse, the impact of alcohol on body systems, forensic science, clinical trials, and science careers. While the original target audience was middle school students and high school students, Web Adventures offers examples of how games can be crafted to teach science at any level. Results of field tests in middle school and high school classrooms indicate the efficacy of this methodology in achieving specific learning objectives and the viability of this type of teaching tool. See

We will then have time to meet with each other and textbook representatives before breaking into small groups for our Microbrew Sessions. The following sessions will be available:

7:30-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-10:00 Educational Sessions

Scientific Teaching - Tamarah Adair

Case Studies - Shannon Howard and Elaine

Strategies to Dissect Tuberculosis Pathogenic Mechanisms - Kristi Bowling

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:30 Microbrew


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