American Academy of Microbiology 2021 Leadership Election
As a Fellow of the Academy, this is your opportunity to choose the next leadership positions for the Academy. We count on your vote to determine who will represent your interests as a Fellow and lead the Academy in an exciting direction to help advance the microbial sciences at ASM and benefit the society.
Why should I vote?
- I want my profession to witness a positive impact.
- My science and my area of practice need to be represented in the Academy.
- My leaders need to respond actively and quickly.
- It is my right to choose the next Academy Governors and members of the Subcommittee on Elections.
- My voice should be heard and represented.
Which positions are up for election?
- 4 Members of the Academy Governors
- These nominees are incumbents running unopposed for a second term
- 2 Members of the Subcommittee on Elections representing Division Group 1
- 1 Member of the Subcommittee on Elections representing Division Group 2
- 1 Member of the Subcommittee on Elections representing Division Group 3
What are the main responsibilities of the elected positions?The primary responsibilities of the Governors:
- Set strategic direction for the Academy programs.
- Establish new programs consistent with the ASM and the Academy’s mission and strategic plan.
- Develop and approve scientific activities and colloquia topics.
- Oversee the Fellowship nomination and election process.
- Review and ratify Fellow election recommendations of the Subcommittee on Elections.
- Oversee the Subcommittee on Awards and the ASM Awards Program.
- Review and evaluate the nominees for the Academy Fellowship.
- Submit the final recommendations of the nominees to the Governors.
- Provide feedback to the Governors about the annual fellowship nomination and review process.
Please send questions and concerns regarding the Academy election to Nguyen Nguyen, Ph.D., Director, American Academy of Microbiology.
3-year term (2021-2024)
Professor of Pathology & Immunology, Pediatrics, Molecular Microbiology and Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
I will continue my work for the Academy as a Governor, including participating in the review process for election of Academy members, work to grow ASM membership among Academy members, and participate in planning of colloquia and special symposia. I will serve as a clinical microbiology representative on this committee and will continue to work on ways to engage clinical microbiologists in the Academy.
Senior Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
My focus will be to strengthen the role of the Academy in development of science policy related to ASM and its mission through striving to enhance the colloquia sponsored by the Academy. In addition, I will focus on continuing to strengthening the Academy’s efforts to identify the most outstanding candidates for membership in the Academy as well as candidates for the Board of Governors.
Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
I am committed to continuing to listen to members, to serve, to advise, and to mentor, all with the goal of moving the society into the 21st century in these changing and challenging times.
Distinguished Service Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
I will help the Academy and ASM remain the key advisor for informing the membership and our global community about the microbial sciences. The current pandemic we are experiencing highlights the importance of all facets of microbiology and how impactful scientists from all disciplines can be when we work together to develop effective strategies to overcome and treat this remarkable challenge. New plans must be made to be better prepared for the next global crisis.
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4-Year Term (2021-2025)
Warren Alpert Foundation Professor of Medicine, Brown University
If elected as a member of the American Academy of Microbiology’s Subcommittee on Elections, my plan would be to evaluate candidates for advancement to Fellow and make recommendations to the Governors. Given the broad nature of the field of microbiology and the varied backgrounds of our members, I will have a particular focus on identifying a diverse pool of candidates that have made important contributions to the field of microbial sciences and can advance the mission of the Academy. The diversity should focus on the candidate’s background as well as their specific scientific accomplishments.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
It would be an honor to serve on the American Academy of Microbiology’s Subcommittee on Elections if elected. By serving on the committee, I hope to promote the selection of pre-eminent individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the microbial sciences, whether through their research, clinical leadership, education or other activities that have had a major influence on the field. Our Academy Fellows are valuable resources for educating the public, government agencies, industry or other venues interested in the microbial sciences and selection of these leaders help to support the mission of ASM and the Academy.
Horace W. Goldsmith Professor of Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
If elected as a member of the American Academy of Microbiology’s Subcommittee on Elections (SoE), I will do my best to carefully review the qualifications of Fellow nominations so that that the Academy continues to elect scientists who have significantly contributed to the field of microbial sciences, and scientists who play an active role in the microbiology community. As a SoE member, I will also work to ensure that the Academy elects diverse members who are recognized for their innovation, excellence, and leadership.
Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Cepheid
My goal as a member of the Subcommittee on Elections (SoE) would be to help identify those individuals from across the gamut of microbial sciences with the vision, the drive, and passion to take their careers to the next level of service as members of the American Academy of Microbiology. Remarkably, we are seeing the nightly news filled with images of long lines of people waiting to get tested for COVID and hosting discussions about vaccine efficacy. This is a new era where science is very much in the public eye and the public is craving answers. Many of our Academy colleagues are educating both the public and policy makers about COVID. Within the Academy, it is the role of the SoE to identify the next cadre of exemplary leaders who do innovative science, are effective educators, and can help shape policy. The SoE needs to recognize excellence among those who work in government, industry, and academics, with expertise spanning many microbiologic disciplines. It also needs to champion diversity and inclusiveness. This diversity of expertise facilitates the ability of the Academy to address diverse and impactful topics, such as COVID, via conferences, colloquia, and other media. Fostering diversity, being inclusive, and addressing the broader strategic goals of both ASM and the Academy, are paramount when considering those who are being considered for election. The SoE is the primary facilitator of the Academy’s continued success. I would be honored to serve in this role.
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4-Year Term (2021-2025)
Helen L. Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine
Extrapolation of my background forecasts what my plans will be if elected to the Academy’s Subcommittee on Elections. My research has elucidated the bacterial and host factors that govern the susceptibility, onset, progression and outcome of urinary tract infections (UTIs). My work has transformed bacterial infections models and spawned innovation of vaccines and therapeutics to diagnose, treat and prevent UTIs and their sequelae. I have mentored more than 70 individuals as pre- or post-doctoral trainees; fostering their success in establishing their own professional careers. I will seek to provide a stimulating forum for the exchange of ideas among top scientists spawning thought-provoking new ways of thinking if elected. Lofty goals include adapting to new areas of research that are blooming including interdisciplinary efforts to translate basic science into new medicines.
Elizabeth P. and Robert E. Allen Professor of Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic
If elected as a member of the American Academy of Microbiology’s Subcommittee on Elections, I would be honored to assist with examination of the credentials of nominees to Fellowship and making election recommendations for new Fellows to the Governors. I was personally delighted to be recognized by appointment as a Fellow of the Academy in 2012, and consider the process of identifying the best possible nominees, and selecting ideal fellows, to be an incredibly important role of the Academy. As the immediate Past President of the ASM, I am keenly aware of the importance of the American Society for Microbiology and the American Academy of Microbiology, and am familiar with the Academy’s strategic plan. I am fully committed to serving and advancing the mission of the ASM, the Academy and the Fellowship, whether or not I am elected to this.
Download full biosketches for Division Group II nominees.
4-Year Term (2021-2025)
Raymer Chair and Professor of Integrative Biology, University of Texas
The Academy should play a strong role in fostering appreciation of the importance of science, and this past year provides an unusual opportunity to make the case for the importance of research in microbiology. We need leaders, across the US and globally, who can speak, as active researchers, for the importance of our field. I would be enthused about helping a process that seeks to nominate and elect active scientists from diverse backgrounds, geographic locations, and institutions, as well as from the broad span of subfields that exist within the modern field of microbiology. The health and effectiveness of the Academy also depends on bringing in younger scientists.
Senior Investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are at the core of ASM and the Academy’s mission as a visionary society and a forum for microbial science. If elected, my plan is to ensure that DEI values inculcate through the entire nomination and election process. These values are critical to our sense of honor in belonging to the Academy. I will maintain the strengths of the Academy as a diverse organization, help to inspire and foster the careers of microbiologists and continue to promote the Academy as a leading voice in microbiology.
Download full biosketches for Division Group III nominees.