2009 Meeting of the North Carolina Branch of the American Society for Microbiology
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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. Registration at 8:00am, meeting 8:45am to 5:00pm
Mary Townes Science Building, Room 1111
1800 Concord Street, Durham, NC 27707
NC Central University
The Mary Townes Science Building is one block west of Fayetteville street on E. Lawson St. or Concord St.
From I-40 or I-85, connect to the Durham freeway (highway 147), then exit at Fayetteville street. Turn south toward NCCU, then turn right (west) at E. Lawson St. After one block, the Mary Townes building will be on the left.
Park in either of the lots behind the building.
The deadline for advance registration has passed. However, you will be able to register at the door.
The deadlne for abstract submission has passed.
The meeting registration fee is $10. If you joined or renewed your NC branch membership when you renewed your ASM membership this year, then this $10 is the only cost for the meeting. Registrants will receive a program (including abstracts and attendee roster), a box lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments.
If you are not an NC ASM member for 2009, there is an additional $10 branch membership fee (this is the same fee the ASM charges), for a total of $20.
The deadlne for pre-payment has passed. The registration and/or membership fee is payable at the door.
The day-long event will be a mix of about a dozen short talks, the plenary and NC invited speakers, and about two dozen poster presentations.
Poster and talk set-up
Award Committees meeting/organization
Welcome & Introductory comments
Hazell Reed (Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education)
Saundra F Delauder (Associate Dean of the College of Science and Technology)
|Session 1 : Daniel Williams, Chair
|Kristin E.D. Weimer
||Coinfection with Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae alters pneumococcal disease progression by promoting stable biofilm formation
||Matthew S. Byrd
||Genetic and biochemical analyses of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Psl exopolysaccharide reveal overlapping roles for polysaccharide synthesis enzymes in Psl and LPS production
||Comparison of mutations affecting secretion of heat-labile enterotoxin and cholera toxin.
||Ann G. Matthysse
||Interaction of E. coli O157 with cut lettuce leaves
||Poster session 1 (unattended)
|Session 2 : Kathy Zarilla, Chair
||The Chlamydial Protease CPAF Targets a Subset of Early Effector Proteins
Poston Award winner!
||Hector A. Saka
||The Fat and the Ugly: A Proteomics Approach to Dissect Lipid Droplet-Chlamydia Interactions
||The B. abortus Irr in required for iron-responsive regulation of the gene encoding the heme transporter BhuA
||Jennifer M. Gaines
||The twisted knot of Hfq-dependent regulation of sodC in Brucella abortus 2308
||Clayton C. Caswell
||Role of the RNA chaperone Hfq in expression of the genes encoding the type IV secretion machinery of Brucella abortus 2308
||Poster session 2 (Even numbered poster should be attended)
|Session 3 : Marty Roop, Chair
||Erin McElvania TeKippe
||The inflammasome adaptor ASC is important for granuloma formation and host defense in chronic Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection
Melton Award winner!
||Genes that modulate the rapid rise of Ciprofloxacin resistance in P. aeruginosa
||James R. Fuller
||Regulation of the Staphylococcus aureus NOÂ·-Stress Response
NC Invitational Talk
|Flavivirus-Toll-like receptor Interactions
|Plenary session : Daniel Williams, Chair
ASM Branch Lecture
|Perturbing, Imaging, Modeling, and Evolving Two-Component Signaling Systems in E. coli
||Poster session 3 (Odd numbered poster should be attended)
ASM Branch Lecturer
Prof. Mark Goulian, University of Pennsylvania
Perturbing, Imaging, Modeling, and Evolving Regulatory Circuits in E. coli
My lab has to focused on two-component signaling in E. coli. There are roughly thirty distinct systems in this bacterium, which are presumably involved in detecting distinct environmental signals. This has proven to be a fertile area for comparing and contrasting different regulatory circuits, with an eye towards understanding the underlying design principles of these systems.
NC Invitational Speaker
Dr. Frank Scholle, NC State University : Viral pathogenesis
The innate immune system is the first line of defense against invading pathogens and includes the recognition of a pathogen, the stimulation of proinflammatory and antiviral cytokine production and ultimately influences the type of adaptive immune response mounted against the infection. West Nile virus (WNV) interferes with several aspects of this response. Our work focuses on the ability of WNV to block toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling. TLRs recognize pathogen-specific molecular patterns and their engagement leads to the production of type I interferon and/or proinflammatory cytokines. We are currently determining the mechanisms and consequences of WNV interference with this aspect of the innate immune response for WNV biology and its pathogenesis.
||The phospholipid-binding protein Cts1 may function downstream of calcineurin during high temperature stress response in Cryptococcus neoformans
||Contact-regulated gene A (crgA) Modulates Virulence Determinants in Neisseria gonorrhoeae
||Rapid Quantitative PCR for Measuring Recreational Water Quality
||Peptide-based probe capture of Mn oxides and associated bacteria in various environments including deep-sea samples near Loihi Seamount, Hawaii, and Carter Salt Peter Cave, Tennessee
||Role of potABC genes on polyamine transport and biofilm formation in Vibrio cholerae
||Detection of ammonia oxidizing archaea from the roots of Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) from Great Smoky Mountains National Park
||Floyd Inman, III
||The Creation of a Plasmid Vector for the Genomic Integration of the Gene for Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) into Salmonella enteritidis.
||Identifying bacteria producing antibacterial agents from soil samples of Albright Grove, an old growth forest in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Phibbs Award winner!
||Outer membrane vesicles relieve stress of misfolded proteins
||CREATION OF A DSRA CLASS II MUTANT IN HAEMOPHILUS DUCREYI STRAINS HMC112 AND DMC111
||Lytic Transglycosylases Affect Carbohydrate and Pyrimidine Metabolism in Neisseria gonorrhoeae
||Investigation of the sex locus and construction of a mutant library of Mucor circinelloides, a human pathogenic zygomycete
Best Poster Award winner!
||Research on the use of bioluminescent organisms Pyrocystis fusiformis and transformed E. coli MM294Lux+ as tools to study the effects of shear during hypergravity and microgravity experiments.
||Exploring a Link Between Hfq and bhuA Expression in B. abortus
||Metal responsive regulation of the manganese transport gene mntH in Brucella abortus 2308
||Role of cyclic-di-GMP in Borrelia burgdorferi motility and virulence
||Genetic Analysis of Chlamydia trachomatis
||Identification of a Copper Resistance Determinant in Listeria monocytogenes Using a mariner-Based Transposition System
||The Effect of Gravitational Change on Growth Rate of Non-typeable Haemophilus influenza 86-028 NP
||Apoptotic-like cell death in the human pathogen Cryptocococcus neoformans
||Lytic Transglycosylases Affect Cell Wall and Pilus Biosynthesis Gene Expression in Neisseria gonorrhoeae
||Arginine Catabolic Mobile Element (ACME) and Polyamine Resistance in USA-300 Staphylococcus aureus
||A global analysis of transcriptional profiling of E. coli under toxic and beneficial conditions of selenium
||Biological Catalysts for Conversion of Gas to Ethanol and Methane
||Exploring selenium toxicity to inhibit genetically modified PC3 cancer cells with over-expression of bacterial or human selenocysteine synthase gene
||Genetics of chromosomally mediated intermediate resistance to expanded-spectrum cephalosporins in Neisseria gonorrhoeae
||Identification of novel mtrR and penB mutations in N. gonorrhoeae isolates from New Caledonia with increased resistance to penicillin.
Information for presentors :
We would like to set up for as many of the talks as possible during registration, from 8:00am until 8:45am. In the past, registration has been pretty hectic as 8:45 approached, so my advice is to come as close to 8:00am as you can, get registered, then go to the auditorium to load your presentation onto the computer. At very least, we need to have your presentation loaded in the break before the session of your talk.
Plan on bringing your presentation on a USB memory stick. If this isn't possible, let me know ASAP so I can arrange some other method to transfer your presentation.
The computer we'll be using is a PC with Microsoft Powerpoint. This computer MAY NOT HAVE THE VERY LATEST VERSION OF POWERPOINT! In order to ensure you can run your presentation hassle-free, be sure to save it in "compatibility mode" - in other words, in PPT format rather than PPTX format. We'll be able to translate your files if need be, but there is some danger to translational issues if we have to do this.
If you create your presentation on a Mac, you should be OK, but please test it out on a PC in advance. Some graphics types aren't always handled well on PCs; Postscript, PDF and TIFF.
As you can see from the schedule, each of you is allotted 15 minutes. You should plan on 10-12 minutes for presentation, 2-3 minutes for questions and answers, and a short while for the switch to the next speaker. If you go over time, the question and answer time will have to be reduced or perhaps even eliminated. I know it is difficult to distill your work into such a short time frame, but going over your allotted time is distracting for the audience and does not make a good impression.
Awards will be announced in the closing remarks from 4:45-5:00.
If you have any questions or concerns about your presentation, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This year we had more requests for short talks that we are able to accommodate, and so a few presenters who requested short talks could not be accommodated. If you requested a short talk, the officers of the NC ASM thank you for your understanding, and hope you will be able to present your work in poster format.
Poster set-up will be during Registration, from 8:00am until 8:45am. In the past, registration has been pretty hectic as 8:45 approached, so my advice is to come as close to 8:00am as you can, get registered, then set up your poster.
Posters will be mounted using small paper clamps onto 36" x 48" hardboard sheets, which can be placed onto the easels either horizontally (landscape) or vertically (portrait). We will provide clamps, boards, and easels; all you need to bring is your poster. If your poster is in panels or pieces, you should let me (email@example.com) know RIGHT AWAY so I can get styrofoam backing sheets so that you can pin your poster panels into place.
The first poster session is 10:00-10:45am. This will be an unattended session, i.e. you are not expected to be available to discuss your poster during this session. Of course you can do so if you wish.
The second poster session is after lunch, from 12:45-1:30. Posters on even-numbered boards (see above) are expected to be attended during this time.
The third poster session is after the plenary talk, from 4:00-4:45. Posters on odd-numbered boards (see above) are expected to be attended during this time.
Awards will be announced in the closing remarks from 4:45-5:00.
Poster take-down will be during the Business meeting, from 5:00-5:30.
The meeting will be concluded by a brief business meeting, including the election of new officers. The nominees to date are:
- President-elect (currently Daniel Williams, NC Central):
- Marty Roop, Eastern Carolina University
- Secretary (currently Jim Brown, NC State) :
- Jim has agreed to continue as Secretary unless someone else would like to take over
- Treasurer (currently Gerry Luginbuhl, NC State) :
- Gerry has agreed to continue as Treasurer unless someone else would like to take over
- Councilor (Sherrice Allen, Fayetteville State) :
- Sherrice Allen has agreed to continue as Councilor unless someone else would like to take over
- Alternate Councilor (currently Wrennie Edwards, now at the USFCC) :
- Wrennie has agreed to continue as Alternate Councilor unless someone else would like to take over
- Historian (currently Joe Wolf, Peace College) :
- Joe has agreed to continue as Historian unless someone else would like to take over
If you would like to nominate someone or volunteer to run for office, please feel free to do so by email to Jim Brown.
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by James W. Brown | Department of Biological Sciences | College of Sciences | NC State University