Announcing the 2020-2021 ASM Distinguished Lecturer Roster

Oct. 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - October 28, 2020 - The American Society for Microbiology has announced the Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL) Roster for 2020-2021. ASM congratulates all the new and returning Lecturers. The ASMDL Program annually selects a scientifically diverse group of lecturers who are available to speak at local ASM Branch meetings throughout the U.S. Lecturers are chosen through a competitive nomination process and only the most distinguished lecturers and researchers are chosen to participate in the program. Included on the roster are two Waksman Foundation Lecturers, supported through funding from the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, and selected for their expertise in antibiotics, translational research and/or environmental microbiology.
Since its founding over 55 years ago, the ASMDL program has been a mainstay of Branch programming, and has enhanced the scientific content available at the local level. The program reaches thousands of microbiologists, including students, every year and extends the reach and impact of ASM throughout the United States.
2020-2021 ASM Distinguished Lecturer Roster:
Robert A. Burne (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL)
Isabelle Coppens (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD)
Edward G. Dudley (The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA)
Susan Forsburg (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA)
Bettina Fries (Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY)
Jeffrey Gralnick (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN)
Dale Warren Griffin, Waksman Foundation Lecturer (United States Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, FL)
Bert Jacobs (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ)
Jay T. Lennon (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN)
Mark O. Martin (University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA)
Kimberlee Musser (Wadsworth Center, New York State Dept. of Health, Albany, NY)
Carlos Javier Orihuela (The University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Benjamin Pinsky (Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA)
Georgiana Purdy (Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, OR)
Manuela Raffatellu (University of California, San Diego)
Marilyn C. Roberts, Waksman Foundation Lecturer (University of Washington, Seattle)
Rita Tamayo (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
View a list of topic areas covered by each individual Lecturer on the ASM website.


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