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1999 NC ASM Annual Meeting

Fall 1999 Meeting Summary
S. Elizabeth George, Ph.D.

The North Carolina Branch of the American Society for Microbiology held its annual Fall Meeting on November 19, 1999.  Dr. Paul Bishop, North Carolina State University, organized the meeting.  Dr. James Oliver, Professor of Biology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Program, UNC-Charlotte, gave the first presentation after lunch entitled, "Vibrio vulnificus: Death on the Half-Shell."  The keynote speaker, Dr. Rebecca Calderon, Chief of the Epidemiology & Biomarkers Branch, US Environmental Protection Agency, gave the Keynote Address entitled, "Microbes in Drinking Water: Endemic versus Epidemic Disease in the United States."  Dr. Calderon was sponsored by the ASM Foundation of Microbiology.

Students had a large presence at the meeting.  Nine posters were presented by students representing NCSU, Fayetteville State University, and North Carolina A&T University.  There were 5 oral student presentations from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and North Carolina State University.  Mr. Chris Learn, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, was awarded the Mary Poston Award for his presentation entitled, "Differential Regulation of Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and Secretory Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist (sIL-1 RA) in Endotoxic Tolerant THP-1 Cells."

Special presentations were made to Dr. Wesley Kloos, Department of Genetics, and Dr. Edward Havell, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Pathology and Parisitology, North Carolina State University.


11:00-12:00 Poster Session
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Dr. James Oliver
Professor of Biology and Director of Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Program
2:00-3:00 Student Presentations
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-3:45 Student Presentations
3:45-4:45 Dr. Rebecca Calderon, Chief
Epidemiology & Biomarkers Branch                  
US Environmental Protection Agency
4:45-5:30 Reception
Registration fee: $25 (no fee for students)

Announcement letter

September 27, 1999

Dear Members,

In this letter you will find information on the upcoming Fall Meeting, the 1999 election, and the NC-ASM web site. Dr. Shermalyn Greene, Research Associate, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill, has accepted our nomination for Vice-President and I have agreed to another term as Secretary-Treasurer. Dr. Paul Bishop currently is our Vice-President. Please vote and return your ballot to Dr. Warren Casey by October 1. If you do not receive a ballot, your membership is not current.

This year's Fall Meeting of the North Carolina Branch of ASM will be held on Friday, November 19, from 11:00-5:30 at the McKimmon Center, NC State University, Raleigh. We are extremely fortunate to have two excellent speakers at this year's meeting. Dr. James Oliver, UNC Charlotte, will discuss his research on Vibrio and the Keynote speaker, Dr. Rebecca Calderon, US Environmental Protection Agency, will talk on drinking water contamination. All members wishing to give a talk or poster presentation should respond by e-mail, fax, or mail to Professor Paul Bishop by October 31.

Address: Department of Microbiology
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7615
Voice: 919-515-3770 FAX: 919-515-7867

Please send an abstract for your presentation and indicate if it is a talk or poster. Because we have two speakers this year, we will be limited to six presentations by students. If we receive more than six requests to give oral presentations, then the student talks will be selected based on the strength of the abstract. Students may compete for the Mary Poston Award.

We must continue our membership drive to keep our Branch status. Consequently, we will be inviting nonmembers to the meeting in order to maintain our membership base. Please help us with this effort by posting the enclosed announcement to encourage others to attend. The $25 registration fee (no charge for students) will include membership for next year.

We currently have a NC Branch web site (thanks to Ann Rinaldi and Paul Phibbs, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, ECU). Pertinent branch information will be posted at the ASM site ( and select ASM Branches). Please check the web site for updated Fall Meeting and other information.


Beth George, Ph.D.

Last updated by James W. Brown | Department of Biological Sciences | College of Sciences | NC State University