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State of the Society Address

ASM President Timothy J. Donohue will open with the State of the Society Address. Dr. Donohue’s update will cover the ASM Futures Project, ASM Microbe 2016, and the search for ASM’s next CEO.
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Next Generation Microbiology Education: Tried and True Evidence-Based Learning Strategies and Outcomes

It has been pointed that we do not carry out laboratory research as we did a century ago; why would our teaching skills be different? Innovations in teaching strategies have come a long way to engage a diverse and changing population of students more actively in classroom and laboratory situations. A variety of new methods and technology have been used in recent years and data convincingly show that such strategies are more inclusive and lead to higher rates of student retention and improvement in student learning. While many methods were initially developed at teaching-intensive institutions, these proven strategies have been successfully applied to larger university settings and have influenced how university graduate teaching assistants are being trained, improving student outcomes and teaching effectiveness.

Neglected Parasitic Diseases in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently targeted five parasitic infections as priorities for public health action based on their prevalence, severity of infection and availability of diagnostic and treatment modalities. This session will cover each neglected parasitic infection: Chagas Disease, Cysticercosis, Toxocariasis, Toxoplasmosis and Trichomoniasis, with a discussion on epidemiology, clinical importance, diagnosis, prevention, host-parasite interactions, and drug discovery by experts in the field.

Ebola Virus Infection: Boots on the Ground in the Hot Zone, in the Laboratory and at the Bedside

The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was first reported from West Africa in March 2014. Ebola is highly infectious and is spread person-to-person through direct contact with body fluids. Few clinical laboratories in the Western Hemisphere have worked with specimens from patients believed to be infected with this virus. Initial guidance on infection control measures and testing of patient samples was controversial and confusing. While EVD is not expected to spread widely in hospitals where standard precautions are strictly observed, laboratories must be prepared in the event that a person suspected of being infected with EVD is admitted to their hospital. In this symposium, experts with experience in this outbreak will discuss recommendations for clinical laboratories, practicing medicine in the hot zone, federal (CDC and military) laboratory support domestic and abroad.