Western New York Branch
American Society for Microbiology
From the Desk of Jean Myers, President, WNY-ASM........
As I begin my second year as Western New York ASM President I want to thank all of you for making our organization so successful. I can say with confidence the impressive attendance and topics at our Fall 2011 meeting will be difficult to top! However, the executive committee is meeting at the end of this month to begin planning strategies for another engaging symposium this year. We will also be considering your suggestions we compiled from the surveys you dutifully completed last year.
I think our previous meeting was successful because we put together a balanced program-career trajectories for the students and job-seekers, new technology for the avid learners and an update on our community's efforts to combat the HIV epidemic in Western New York that made us all proud to be microbiologists. A very special thanks is also due to all our vendors (over a dozen strong) that brought their products and expertise to the meeting and also helped our organization defray the cost of funding our high-profile speaker menu. With their ongoing support we can continue to provide engaging programs from experts around the country and as well as from our own community.
In keeping with past tradition, I will provide a short history on my microbiology past and present since our territory covers all of western New York and we have a number of new members. It is difficult to believe it was more than 30 years ago I attended my first branch meeting at a penthouse banquet hall in one of the older South Campus dormitories. Over the years I have served the branch in several capacities: Secretary, Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster and my current position as President. As a UB graduate my career in microbiology began on the south campus as a technologist employed by the Erie County Virology Laboratory which was funded by a county grant under the guidance of Thomas Flanagan, Ph. D. Shortly after gaining confidence working with cell cultures and viral serologies, my position was eliminated due to funding cuts and I found myself at E.J. Meyer (the pre-ECMC era). I worked in the Serology Laboratory with the tests of the 70's era-complement levels, IEPs, ASOs, AHTs, VDRLs - which may bring back fond memories for a number of our more experienced members. In 1991 I returned to my first love -Virology- as the ECMC Virology Laboratory Supervisor. With experience in fields of "Serology" (the name now updated to "Diagnostic Immunology") and Diagnostic Virology I now serve as supervisor for both laboratories. Although my "Micro" life has been spent in the clinical laboratory I still have the opportunity to do a little research- mainly with new molecular methodologies. After 30 plus years in the field I still come to work on a daily basis excited to see what novel information will fall on my shoulders. My colleagues at ECMC and the entire WNY network are wonderful to work with and I look forward to my next 30 years with continued enthusiasm!
Lastly I would like to thank the rest of our Executive committee who continue to strive to put together programs that appeal to all. Past presidents Elaine Haase and John Crane always on the outlook for interesting topics, Diane Dryja our National ASM liason, Lynn Connors who watches the books and arranges our meeting venues and our new president-elect Stephan Juretschko who is looking forward to his future years as a meeting planner. We currently have more than 120 branch members which speaks volumes for our branch since "downsizing" is the norm in most Clinical and Research Laboratories. We will continue our philosophy to organize Symposia on interesting, timely topics and provide high-quality education as an incentive for people to attend our meetings, even if they focus on more specialized areas of microbiology in their day-to-day work.
I hope to see you at the Fall Symposium- an email announcement with details will be coming in September!
Jean Myers, WNY ASM President
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WNY ASM Fall Symposium Announcement
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
University at Buffalo Center for Tomorrow, North Campus, Flint Rd, Amherst, New York
4:00 – 4:45 pm
4:45 – 5:45 pm
Wayne Gall, PhD, Regional Epidemiologist, NYS Department of Health
“Tick Borne Disease: Lyme Disease and More”
5:45 – 6:30 pm
John Crane, MD, PhD
Epidemiologist, Erie County Medical Center
Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, University at Buffalo, SUNY
“Legionnaires Disease: Case Presentation”
Daniel Amsterdam, PhD, Chief of Service, Erie County Medical Center, Laboratory Medicine
“Diagnostic Testing for Legionnaires Disease”
Mary Walawander, Epidemiologist, Erie County Health Department
“Overview of Legionnaires Disease in Erie County”
6:30 – 7:15 pm
Dinner by Reservation
7:15 – 7:30 pm
WNY ASM Business Meeting
7:30 - 8:15 pm
Kellogg Schwab, PhD, Professor,
Department of Environmental Health Services,
Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
"Norovirus: What is in that Glass of Water or Ham Sandwich?”
WNY Fall Symposium Registration 2013
and Membership Application for the WNY Branch of the ASM
Please check one: ________ Full member, branch only $30 ($15.00 dues + $15.00 symposium)
_______ Full member, national member ($15.00 symposium), see below for dues*
_______ Student member $5 (cover branch membership and cost of dinner)
________ Sustaining member ($250.00)
________ Non-member ($30.00)
________ Emeritus ($0 dues + $10.00 symposium fee)
*Please note: WNY ASM members who paid branch dues at the Spring Meeting (April, 2013) need only pay the $15.00 symposium fee. Also, National ASM members who renew their branch membership when renewing their national membership pay only the symposium fee.
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This year we will have a buffet dinner consisting the following: (Cash bar available.)
Assorted Sandwiches and Wraps
Gourmet Salads, Vegetarian Pasta, Qusadillas
Dessert Trays, Assorted Beverages
Please complete the form and mail to the Branch Secretary/Treasurer, WNY ASM:
23 Chisholm Trail, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Reservations and payment must be received by that date.
Contact: Lynn Connors: Phone no. 716-898-3531
Jean Myers: Phone no. 716-898-4209; Fax 716-898-6226.
Make check payable to: WNY/ASM.
Registration fee is to be paid by all attendees regardless of whether staying for dinner.
You DO NOT need to be an ASM branch member to attend or have to join the branch to attend. However, take advantage of the reduced fee for members and join.