Western New York Branch

    American Society for Microbiology


August  2013                                                                                                  EDITOR: JEAN B. MYERS

From the Desk of Jean Myers, President, WNY-ASM........

Dear Members,

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

Member-Get-A-Member Campaign    
Only you can best communicate to your colleagues what ASM does for you, your science and your career.Why not refer them to ASM? ASM is now offering $75 off ASM products available on the Estore for each new Full Member you recruit to 2013 membership! This discount can only be used at the Estore and includes books, conference and teleconference meeting registrations, webinars, 2013 membership dues and other ASM products.  Or, if preferred, you can donate your $75 to an ASM grant program. Full members can recruit an unlimited number of colleagues, so the savings can quickly add up.
For purposes of this promotional program, a new Full Member is defined as an individual who has never been a Full Member of ASM, or who was once a member but has had a membership lapse of 4 years or more.  Members that transition from one member category to Full Membership will not be considered ‘new Full Members’ as part of this program. Simply forward the Member-Get-A-Member application to a colleague. Make sure to tell them to identify you on the line entitled "Name of Referring Member." Then mail or fax the application to:
Attn: Jennifer Mercurio
1752 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-2904
Or FAX to (202) 942-9346, Attn: Jennifer Mercurio.
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2014 Online Join and Renew is now open!

Click here to join ASM or renew your membership for 2013  Please contact service@asmusa.org with any questions or if you would like to renew your 2014 membership.

ASM Career Connections

Use ASM Career Connections, ASM’s online job board, to satisfy your employment or recruitment needs. Whether you are looking for a job in microbiology or to recruit qualified microbiology professionals, ASM Career Connections targets your efforts and gives you the tools you need to end your search successfully. Free to candidates. Posting fees for employers.

ASM Career Connections also serves as ASM’s onsite placement service at both the ASM General Meeting and ICAAC. Visit via the link below.

ASM Career Portal

The ASM Career Portal consolidates ASM Website career information and new networking features to assist you in career planning. The ASM Career Portal’s resources include:

  • Find a Job/Post a Job – access ASM Career Connections, ASM’s online job board and learn more about ASM’s onsite placement services at General Meeting and ICAAC
  • ‘Ask the Experts’ – get answers to your career questions from experts including resume/CV, interview and laboratory management advice
  • Message Board on Microbiology Careers– share your thoughts and discyss career development and job searching with your peers
  • ASM Salary Survey – search the results of the 2005 ASM salary survey using a variety of criteria including job title, region, industry, and length of professional experience
  • Access career-related articles, information about certification and fellowships, and MORE!

The ASM Career Portal will continue to add new features over the next year. We encourage you to sign up for the ‘ASM Career Portal Email Alert’ so you can take advantage of site upgrades as soon as they are available with the click of your mouse! To register for the email alert:

  • Enter your e-mail address at the prompt and click "Go"
  • Scroll to Update Lists at the bottom of the page
  • Select "asmcareerportal_alert"
  • Click "Submit" to subscribe.

Questions: Please feel free to email placement@asmusa.org or call (202) 942-9285 with any questions about ASM’s career and employment programs.

113th General Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The American Society for Microbiology will hold its 114th General Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts from Sunday, May 17 to
Thursday, May 20, 2014. Plan to attend all five days of a spectacular scientific program to be held at the Boston Convention Center. Consider also staying through the weekend to explore
Boston and all its sites.

Premeeting workshops precede the meeting and will be held both Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th.

The scientific program will feature nearly 300 individual colloquia, symposia, roundtable discussions, award lectures, & poster sessions. The 27 division chairs & the General Meeting Program Committee have devoted their energies to creating a well-rounded program. Each year students are offered an opportunity to compete for travel awards. Details may be found under the Call for Abstracts menu on the National ASM website.

This year's schedule will begin on Sunday, May 17, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. with the presentation of scientific topics of general interest to the society. It will be followed by the ASM Lecture at 6:00 p.m.


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.


                                                                     Membership Application


Professional title_____________________________________________________________________

Affiliated Institution_____________________________________________________________________

Mailing address________________________________________________________________________

Business/home (please circle) Phone________________________Fax______________________________


Current membership in National ASM:   _____Yes  ____No



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:

                                    Lynn Connors

                                    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.


Western New York ASM Branch Officers

President: Stefan Juretschko,PhD

President Elect: Peter Trabold, Ph.D.

Past Presidents: John Crane MD, PhD, Elaine Haase, PhD , Jean Myers, B.A.

Secretary Treasurer: Lynn Connors, B.S.

Councilor: Diane Dryja, B.S.

Alternate Councilor: Kelly Cycon, Ph.D.

Newsletter Editor, Webmaster: Jean B. Myers, B.A.