News from National ASM

Esther Babady, PhD, D(ABMM)

On June 19th, 2016, the council of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), which includes a representative from the New York City ASM Branch, voted unanimously to approve the new draft Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation of ASM.  This was a momentous event and the culmination of an incredible amount of work that occurred over the last two years. Why the change? ASM is one of the oldest Life Science societies (110 years) in the world and the previous governance model was outdated, cumbersome, nontransparent, reactive and controlled by only a few individuals. Basically in great need of modernization to keep up with the pace at which we do and communicate Science.   With the new proposed Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, we as members of ASM will have a better understanding of the governing process, including how members are nominated to run for office, and a stronger voice in the Society, through our representation primarily on the Council on Microbial Sciences. For detailed information on this major change, visit the ASM website at

The next step in this process is for all members to approve the proposed changes. Voting is open to all members of National ASM and closes on September 5th, 2016 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time. This is our chance to vote on significant changes in our Society, so to all NYC ASM Branch members who are also members of national ASM,  PLEASE VOTE !!!

On July 1st, 2016, the new officers of National ASM began their term.  Our new President is Dr. Susan Sharp, a Clinical Microbiologist and the Regional Director for Microbiology and Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratories at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon. The President-Elect is Dr. Peggy Cotter, a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina School Of Medicine. Dr. Donohue, a Professor in the department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. James Tiedje, a Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University, will serve as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.