Announcing the 2020 ASM Award WinnersWashington, DC - September 9, 2019 - The 2020 American Society for Microbiology awards in research, education, and leadership have now been announced. ASM would like to congratulate all award winners for their achievements. The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership group within the ASM, the world's oldest and largest life science organization. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. ASM appreciates the support of our Corporate Council, who sponsored these awards in part.
ASM Alice C. Evans Award for Advancement of Women
Recognizes outstanding contributions toward the full participation and advancement of women in the microbial sciences. This award is given in memory of Alice C. Evans, the first woman to be elected ASM President (elected in 1928).
- Caitilyn Allen, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
ASM Award for Applied and Biotechnological Research
Recognizes an outstanding scientist with distinguished research achievements in the development of products, processes and technologies that have advanced the microbial sciences.
- Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis, PhD, University of Delaware
ASM Award for Basic Research
Recognizes an outstanding scientist whose discoveries have been fundamental to advancing our understanding of the microbial world.
- Lora Hooper, PhD, UT Southwestern
ASM Award for Early Career Applied and Biotechnological Research
Recognizes an early career investigator with distinguished research achievements in the development of products, processes and technologies that have advanced the microbial sciences.
- Michelle O'Malley, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
ASM Award for Early Career Basic Research
Recognizes an early career investigator with distinguished basic research achievements in the microbial sciences.
- Philip Kranzusch, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
ASM Award for Early Career Environmental Research
Recognizes an early career investigator with distinguished research achievements that have improved our understanding of microbes in the environment, including aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric settings.
- Amy Apprill, PhD, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
ASM Award for Education
Recognizes general excellence in microbiology education. Education is broadly defined and meant to include any and all activities that inform and motivate students about the discipline of Microbiology.
- Edith Porter, MD, California State University, Los Angeles
ASM Award for Environmental Research
Recognizes an outstanding scientist with distinguished research achievements that have improved our understanding of microbes in the environment, including aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric settings.
- Ronald Oremland, PhD, US Geological Survey
ASM Award for Research and Leadership in Clinical Microbiology
Recognizes an outstanding scientist/clinical microbiologist with distinguished research achievements, and a record of innovation and advancement of the Clinical Microbiology profession. This award represents the merging of the BD Research and Sonnenwirth Awards given annually since 1978 and 1986, respectively.
- Carey-Ann Burnham, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis
ASM Award for Service
Recognizes outstanding contributions through service to the microbiological community.
- Christina Kellogg, PhD, US Geological Survey
ASM Carski Award
Recognizes an educator for outstanding teaching of microbiology to undergraduate students and for encouraging them to subsequent achievement.
- David Westenberg, PhD, Missouri University of Science and Technology
ASM D.C. White Award
Recognizes distinguished accomplishments in interdisciplinary research and mentoring in microbiology. This award honors D.C. White, who was known for his interdisciplinary scientific approach and for being a dedicated and inspiring mentor.
- Richard Lenski, PhD, Michigan State University
ASM Lifetime Achievement Award
ASM's premier award for sustained contributions to the microbiological sciences.
- Mary Estes, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine
ASM Moselio Schaecter Award in Recognition of a Developing-Country Microbiologist
This award, named in honor of Professor Moselio Schaechter, former ASM President, recognizes a scientist who has shown exemplary leadership and commitment towards the substantial furthering of the profession of microbiology in research, education or technology in the developing world.
- Armen Trchounian, PhD, DSc, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
ASM Scherago-Rubin Award for Clinical Microbiology
Recognizes an outstanding bench-level clinical microbiologist involved in routine diagnostic work that has distinguished her- or himself by excellent performance. The award was established by the late Sally Jo Rubin, an active member of ASM's Clinical Microbiology Division, in honor of her grandfather, Professor Morris Scherago.
- Violeta Rekasius, BS, MT (ASCP), Loyola University Medical Center
ASM William A. Hinton Award for Advancement of a Diverse Community of Microbiologists
Recognizes outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of minorities and in increasing diversity in microbiology. It is given in memory of William A. Hinton, a physician-research scientist, and one of the first African-Americans to join the ASM.
- Gladys Alexandre, PhD, University of Tennessee
The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of more than 30,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.
ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.