ASM Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women

American Society for Microbiology:Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women.

Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women

The Membership Board is pleased to announce that the Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women Committee is accepting applications for its 2013 grant program.

Three grants ($1200 each) are given annually to advance the careers of postdoctoral women with outstanding scientific accomplishments and potential for significant research in the area of microbiology.  The fields covered by the award are any of those represented by the scientific divisions of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).  The grants support the career development of the winning candidates by providing funds to attend a meeting (other than the ASM General Meeting or ICAAC), to visit another laboratory, to take a course in a geographically distant place, or for other travel to advance the candidate’s career.

To be eligible for this program, a woman scientist must hold a doctoral degree and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of her most recent doctoral degree.  Candidates must currently be performing postdoctoral work in microbiology, at an institution in the United States.  The candidate must be a member of ASM.  A letter of support must be provided by a nominator, who should be the candidate’s research project director, Department Chair, or Center Director.  The nominator must be a member of ASM and may only support one candidate for this award per year.  (Other guidelines exist – please check the website cited below for more details.)

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2013.

For more information on the program and the application process, go to on the Membership section of the ASM website, or contact Anne Dempsey at ASM Headquarters by email ( or telephone (202-942-9381).

SMBE Satellite Meeting on Mechanisms of Protein Evolution II

This meeting might be of interest for people in the lab:

We are pleased to announce the SMBE Satellite Meeting on Mechanisms of
Protein Evolution II: Thermodynamics, Phylogenetics, and Structure
(MPEII 2013), to take place at the University of Colorado Denver’s
Anschutz Medical Campus, February 7-9, 2013.

The meeting aims to broadly cover the interface of protein evolutionary
mechanisms, models of amino acid substitution, genomics/systems biology
and phylogenetics. Topics also include adaptation, coevolution,
convergence, neutral processes including mutation, prediction of
folding, prediction of mutational effects, the influence of
protein-protein interactions on protein evolution, and the interaction
of next-gen sequencing and model development. This is a small meeting,
with plenty of opportunity for interaction. Talks by students as well as
more senior scientists are encouraged, and there will be a poster
session this year in addition to talks. This meeting is also partially
sponsored by BMC Evolutionary Biology and the UC Denver Department of
Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Program in Computational Bioscience,
and Consortium for Comparative Genomics.

Confirmed invited speakers include:
Belinda Chang, University of Toronto
Andy Clark, Cornell University
Richard Goldstein, National Institute of Medical Research (UK)
Nicolas Lartillot, University of Montreal
David Liberles University of Wyoming
Michael Lynch, Indiana University
James McInerney, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Mary O’Connell, Dublin City University
David Pollock, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Jeff Thorne, North Carolina State University
Naomi Ward, University of Wyoming

More information and registration can be found at The early registration deadline is
December 15, 2012. A ski trip at Copper Mountain (CO) is being planned
for attendees in the day(s) that follow the meeting. We hope you can
join us in Denver for this event.

David Pollock, James McInerney, and David Liberles

David Liberles <>

ASM Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists

Just got this e-mail – if anyone’s interested in an overseas jaunt!

Dear ASM Member,

Are you interested in traveling to the U.K. to expand your scientific network? Apply for ASM’s Heatley-Payne Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists before November 15, 2012!

This program, offered jointly with the Society for General Microbiology (SGM), provides up to $4,000 in funding for U.S. members, who have received their PhD within the past 5 years, to travel abroad to present their research at the SGM’s Annual Spring Meeting in Manchester, UK, March 25-28, 2013 and spend up to three weeks at a nearby research laboratory in the UK or Ireland.

The grant is designed to benefit young scientists by giving them the opportunity to present their work overseas and experience the best of microbiology in the partner countries.

For more information, please visit

ASM is pleased to offer these exciting opportunities; if you have any questions please Good luck!

Best Regards,

May Chu
Chair, International Board (IB)

BABS meeting at #UCDavis – “Phylogenomics and Systematics”

(Please respond to if you plan to attend)


Tuesday evening, 22 May 2012

at UC Davis, 1022 Life Sciences Building


The genomics era holds great promise (and challenge) to systematics. There is the prospect of generating sequence data that will provide unprecedented resolution of phylogenetic relationships across the Tree of Life, and a much improved understanding of the tempo and mode of evolution. Join us for two talks on phylogenomics, along with plenty of discussion, leavened by pizza and beer.

Featuring presentations by…

HOLLY BIK, Postdoctoral Researcher, Eisen Lab, UC Davis Genome Center

“Phylogeny-based taxonomy assignments from environmental metagenome data” (Note updated title)


BASTIEN BOUSSAU, Postdoctoral Fellow, Huelsenbeck Lab, UC Berkeley

“Methods of phylogenetic inference for genome-scale data sets”

Schedule and venue:
5:30 pm: social gathering with beverages (beer and soft drinks) and informal
pizza dinner: cost ca. $10, to be collected at door, 1022 Life Sciences, UC Davis campus.
7:00 – 9:00 pm: talks, followed by discussion, in same room.

Reservations required for beverages and dinner (but not the talk). Please email reservations to your host, Phil Ward: by Sunday, May 20

For a map of UC Davis campus and Life Sciences Building:

Parking is available in the West Entry Parking Structure, immediately west of Life Sciences. If coming from the Bay Area take the Hwy. 113 exit off I-80, and then the first exit off Hwy 113, which is Hutchison Drive. This will bring you directly to the parking garage. Or, as Google Maps would say:,+CA&daddr=West+Entry+Parking+Structure,+Davis,+CA&hl=en&sll=38.581572,-121.4944&sspn=0.289854,0.441513&geocode=FVJmQAIdKAe0-CkhAGkAbZqFgDH_rXbwZxNQSg%3BFXgRTAId-x2–CEDK9SCt6OfHw&oq=West+Entry+&t=h&mra=ls&z=9

All are welcome, members or not. If you want to join the Biosystematists, sign up for our mailing list at:

See you in Davis!


Bay Area Biosystematists Meeting at Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Sonoma State University

Capturing Biological Diversity at Northern California Nature Preserves

Saturday, 31 March, 2012

Bay Area Biosystematists Meeting at Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Sonoma State University

Northern California is a biologically rich environment where many lineages of organisms from diverse origins have come together and have rapidly diversified. It is also a populated region with diverse land uses, an environment-conscious population, and many invasive species that threaten native ecological communities. Environmental change models offer differing predictions about future conditions in the region. Our speakers will describe the coverage of topographic and biological diversity found in the North Coast region, especially in nature preserves. They will also describe current efforts to document long-term changes in the environment.

Program organized by Nathan Rank and Claudia Luke of Sonoma State University.


Claudia Luke, Sonoma State University Nature Preserves- Introduction to topic and speakers.

Lisa Micheli, Pepperwood Preserve- Ground up development of a network to quantify biotic and environmental change in the North Coast region.

Stuart Weiss, Creekside Center for Earth Observation, Think Big, Connect More: The Bay Area Conservation Lands Network.

Schedule and venue:

2:00 – Guided tour of Preserve trails. We will explore ponds and creeks and visit an overlook with chapparal vegetation. We will also observe invertebrate and amphibian diversity in Preserve wetland habitats.

5:30 – Pizza, salad, and beverages at Fairfield Osborn Preserve Education Center (6544 Lichau Road, Penngrove CA) cost approx. $12.

6:30 – talks followed by discussion.

Please email RSVP to Nathan Rank, by Thursday March 29th. Please specify whether you wish to come on the Preserves guided tour at 2:00 or just to the pizza and talks.

For directions, enter the address above into Google Maps or download directions at ( Parking is free, carpooling encouraged.

All are welcome, members or not. If you want to join the Biosystematists, a venerable yet exceptionally lively group that provides the only inter-institutional seminar/discussion forum addressing evolutionary topics in the Bay Area, visit our website at: to sign up for our mailing list.

Meta-Omics and Phylogenetics Journal Clubs

If you’re looking to catch up on your reading, come to journal club!

The Meta-omics journal club is run weekly on Tuesdays, from 11-12 in 5202 GBSF (organized by the Facciotti Lab, papers are sent around via an e-mail list).

There is also a bi-weekly Phylogenetics journal club run by the Center for Population Biology, 4-5pm every other Friday in Storer 5343 (The Treehouse). Regardless of journal club, there is always a 5pm Happy Hour at CPB every Friday – although be warned there are always are a substantial number of vertebrate biologists in attendence.