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This conference is managed by the American Society for Microbiology

Facilitators and Staff

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Chair, Alix Darden, OUHSC, Oklahoma City, OK

Spencer Benson, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2005-2008)

Bill Cliff, Niagara University, Niagara, NY (2008-present)

Heidi Elmendorf, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (2005-2008)

Carol Hurney, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (2009-present)

Jenny Knight, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (2009-present)

Julie Reynolds, Duke University, Durham, NC (2010-present)

Michele Shuster, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (2010 - present)

Jim Smith, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2011 - present)

Kathy Takayama, Brown University, Providence, RI (2005-2008 and 2009 Transitions Residency)

Loretta Taras, Kingsborough Community College, New York, NY (2008-present)

Mary Pat Wenderoth, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2009-present)


Staff for the Institute are supported by the American Society for Microbiology, the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world. Membership has grown from 59 scientists in 1899 to more than 43,000 members today, with more than one third located outside the United States. The members represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization plus a division for microbiology educators.


Amy Chang, Education Director
Kelly Gull, Manager, Faculty Programs

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