Student News from SCASM's 81st Annual Meeting
The Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM) hosted a student science day on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at its 81st Annual Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla, CA. Thirty three students from universities in southern California participated in the collegiate poster session where judges reviewed their posters and asked the presenters questions about their work. Winners of the competition were awarded a travel grant to attend the National 2018 ASM Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Travel grants were funded by bioMerieux, Inc. and by SCASM.
Winners of the SCASM 81st Annual Meeting Collegiate Poster Session:
Mark Zhang, Pomona College. PI Jane Liu, PhD. Undergraduate award for his poster: MtlR Negatively Regulates Mannitol Transport by Vibrio cholera.
Andreh Fiterz, Glendale Community College. PI Shelley Thai, PhD. Undergraduate award for his poster: Transposon Mutagenesis of Flagellar Biosynthetic Genes Impairs Motility and Increases E.P.S. Production in Paraburkholderia unamae.
Jesus Magallon, CSU Fullerton. PI Marcelo Tolmasky, PhD. Graduate level award for his poster: The Antibiotic Resistance Crisis: Phenotypic Conversion to Susceptibility by Zinc Complexed to Clioquinol, an Ionophore Used to Treat Cancer and Neurodegenerative Diseases.
Other meeting activities included a career session where the students spent time with representatives from industry, public health, clinical Microbiology to learn about “a day in the life of” by using a “speed dating” format. Students also visited the vendor booths to learn about various products and their impact on the field of Microbiology. SCASM is pleased to continue the tradition of providing a forum to support student research and to educate students about various career opportunities within the field of Microbiology.
In addition to the poster presenters, we would like to thank all the other students in attendance at this year’s meeting. One of the goals of SCASM is to promote learning, student engagement and participation. We value student involvement, and as an organization we are working to make the student experience more meaningful. See below a list of all the Southern California schools represented at this year’s meeting.
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Fullerton
San Diego State University
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Irvine
University of Southern California
Azusa Pacific University
Loyola Marymount University
Glendale Community College
Western University of Health Sciences