University of Minnesota Designated as Milestones in Microbiology Site
The University of Minnesota (UMN) was named a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology on July 19, 2019. This prestigious designation recognizes UMN’s many ground-breaking discoveries that have provided fundamental knowledge about a wide range of microbial topics including bacteria, viruses, biofilms, yeast, and myxobacteria.
The Milestones Ceremony
The Milestones ceremony was held during a symposium to celebrate the centennial of the UMN Department of Microbiology and Immunology. ASM President Robin Patel presented the Milestones plaque to UMN Regent Michal Hsu, who accepted it on behalf of the University of Minnesota.
“Ground-breaking work in the areas of bacterial toxins, biofilms, multicellularity, and therapy, alongside significant discoveries in virology and lymphocyte biology are only a sampling of the many research areas that the University of Minnesota has advanced,” Patel said. “ASM is proud to recognize the University of Minnesota as a Milestones site for its many pioneering findings that have had far-reaching impact in the sciences and society at-large.”
Purpose of the Milestones in Microbiology Program
The Milestones in Microbiology program was established by ASM to promote greater awareness and appreciation of the microbial sciences and stimulate interest in microbiological heritage. The award recognizes and honors institutions and scientists who have made significant contributions toward advancing the microbial sciences.