This May, the American Society for Microbiology joins the nation in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by highlighting the achievements and contributions of the AAPI community to the field of microbiology. 

ASM stands in solidarity with the AAPI community, and we are committed to making diversity, equity and inclusion a top priority in our mission to advance the microbial sciences. We aim to increase diversity within our leadership and volunteer positions to ensure that ASM reflects the demographics of the U.S. population and the entire spectrum of professionals advancing and promoting the microbial sciences. 

Please join us in supporting our AAPI colleagues by continuing to foster a professional community that uplifts, empowers and celebrates all scientists. 

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Dr. Hemarajata looking at data Dr. P Hemarajata’s self-taught skills have made LA County Department of Public Health a SARS-CoV-2 variant sequencing leader. Read about his scientific journey how he maintains his Thai identity in this Spotlight article.



Dr. Rosie 'Anolani Alegado's expertise centers around how microbes influence the environment and conversely, how the environment impacts the evolution of microbes. Watch this mSystems Thinking Series video and hear her share insights from community-embedded microbiology in Indigenous spaces.

NIH logoThe National Institute of Health's (NIH) Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion webpage for the AAPI community collates a collection of blogs, resources and data. Explore the NIH page.

Cover of the guidance documentThe Kūlana Noiʻi working group, led by Dr. Alegado, published a guidance document that serves as a starting point for deeper conversation and lays out a set of ideas, values and behaviors that, when applied alongside hard work, can build more just and generative relationships between researchers and communities. 

CARE Principles LogoThe emphasis on greater data sharing often creates a tension for Indigenous Peoples who are also asserting greater control over the application and use of Indigenous data and Indigenous Knowledge for collective benefit. The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance complement the existing FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) principles encouraging open and other data movements to consider both people and purpose in their advocacy and pursuits.

Screen grab of video title pageNASEM’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine explored how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian communities at a 2-day public workshop. Watch the recorded NASEM session.

photo of empty conference roomPublic speaking skills are critical in STEM careers. Dr. Min-Ken Liao shares how to implement Pecha Kucha, a presentation method of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, in your classroom with your students. Read more about the Pecha Kucha format.