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Kudos to our award-winning graduate students!

∗ Our recent graduate, Dr. Lucy McNamara, received an honorable mention in the Rackham/Proquest 2012 Distinguished Dissertation Award competition. Of 750 doctoral dissertations campus-wide last year, 21 were recognized with Rackham/Proquest awards. We are proud of Lucy's accomplishments. Her dissertation research, "HIV-1 Infection of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells," was conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Kathy Collins.

∗ Elizabeth Cameron was awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for 2013-2014. These fellowships support outstanding candidates who are doing exceptional research and who are in the final year of their studies. Elizabeth is in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Martens, and she investigates the mechanisms by which commensal bacteria utilize carbohydrate-based nutrients in the mammalian gut. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

∗ William DePas is an alternate for a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for 2013-2014. Will is doing his doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Chapman, where he is investigating the role of iron and oxidative stress in curli-mediated biofilm formation in uropathogenicEscherichia coli. Congratulations on the recognition of your outstanding research, Will!

∗ Alyxandria Schubert was awarded a Susan Lipschutz, Margaret Ayers Host and Anna Olcott Smith Award from Rackham. These fellowships are awarded to doctoral candidates who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, a sense of social responsibility, and an interest in the success of women in the academic community. Alyx is in the laboratory of Dr. Patrick Schloss, and her research is aimed at understanding the mechanisms involved in colonization resistance against Clostridium difficile. Kudos, Alyx, for being our first Microbiology & Immunology student to win this award!

Congratulations. Recently the Medical School Dean's office created the "League of Educational Excellence" to acknowledge accomplishments in the school's educational missions. During an award dinner on January 23, ninety members of the school were inducted into the inaugural year. Michael J. Imperiale, Mary O'Riordan and Katherine Spindler were selected as members to represent the our department. During this first year they, with other members, will organize the Academy for Educational Excellence and Scholarship at the Medical School. The new academy is intended to recognize and augment the educational rigor and innovation of its faculty, to promote faculty development in education/mentoring, foster the visibility of UMMS educational leadership nationally and internationally, and to mobilize these talents to improve educational outcomes.

Colleagues, Congratulations to our esteemed leader Harry Mobley on his election as a Fellow of the AAAS

Congratulations to Denise Kirschner (Microbiology & Immunology), Jennifer Linderman (Engineering), and JoAnn Flynn (Pittsburgh) who have been awarded a unique grant from the NIH, combining mathematical modeling and primate immune responses to predict disease progression.  Have a look at this engaging article: http://www.engin.umich.edu/newscenter/dme/TB/

Congratulations to Harry Mobley who is the recipient of the 2012 Postdoc Association 'Excellence In Mentorship' award

Congratulations to Alice Telesnitsky who will serve as Principal Investigator of  the Center for HIV RNA Studies (CRNA).  The new $21 million NIH center grant will help researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School and other Universities better understand HIV RNA structure, movement, and replication.umhsheadlines.org

Congratulations to Mike Imperiale, Kathy Spindler, and Mary O'Riordan, who have been selected to the Inaugural League of Educational Excellence at the Medical School.

Congratulations to Kathy Spindler, Ph.D., who is the recipient of the 2012 Endowment for the Basic Sciences Teaching Award for Microbiology and Immunology.

An interview with Mike Imperiale regarding his role on the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity and the H5N1 bird flu controversy appeared in Medicine at Michigan: http://www.medicineatmichigan.org/magazine/2012/summer/oncall/

Congratulations to Michele Swanson who has been elected by the Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology to the Board of Governors! Her three-year term began July 1, 2012.

We congratulate Jingga Inlora, doctoral student in Dr. Akira Ono's laboratory. She received the Wolf Prize for Best Poster at the Cold Spring Harbor Retroviruses Meeting, May 2012. This is a prestigious award, and we are proud of her accomplishment!

Kudos to two graduate students in the Department who have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Michael Marie Schillaci-Schofield is a second year student doing her doctoral dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. David Sherman. Niel Baxter, a first year student, will join the laboratory of Dr. Pat Schloss. The 3-year NSF fellowships are awarded on the basis of "outstanding abilities and accomplishments as well as [the] potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise." We are proud of our students!

We congratulate three 4th-year doctoral students upon receiving 2012 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships. These have been awarded to Nicole Broekema (Mike Imperiale, dissertation mentor), Shandee Dixon (Phil Hanna), and Lucy McNamara (Kathy Collins). Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships are very competitive and are awarded by the Graduate School to outstanding students for their final year of graduate school. Three cheers!

Congratulations to Dr. Michele Swanson, who is a newly-elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows are elected based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

We congratulate Dr. Michael Imperiale, who was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS fellows are recognized for "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications." Mike was recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of virology and the discourse on responsible conduct of life science research.

Congratulations to Vic DiRita, Ph.D., who is the recipient of the 2011 Endowment for the Basic Sciences Teaching Award for Microbiology and Immunology.

Congratulations to Alice Telesnitsky and Kathy Spindler who "appeared" on This Week in Virology (TWiV; http://www.twiv.tv/ ) hosted on The University of Michigan Medical School campus by Vince Racaniello and Rich Condit. Alice and Kathy were interviewed regarding their ground-breaking work on mouse adenovirus and HIV genome packaging, respectively. TWiV program and notes links: http://www.twiv.tv/2011/11/20/twiv-158-wolverines-go-viral/. Facebook link to the photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=pu.125203600869299&type=1 . Facebook comments http://www.facebook.com/thisweekinvirology

Kathy Collins, M.D., Ph.D, was interviewed for This Week in Virology
regarding "The HIV Hideout." - http://www.twiv.tv/2011/05/15/twiv-133-the-hiv-hideout/

Congratulations to Wes Dunnick, Ph.D, who was the recipient of the 2010 Endowment for the Basic Sciences Teaching Award for Microbiology and Immunology.

Congratulations to Katherine Spindler, Ph.D, who was recently elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology

Joel Swanson, Ph.D was selected as the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in Biomedical Research.

Congratulations to Michele Swanson, Ph.D, who was elected Vice Chair for 2012 and Chair for 2014 of the Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Toxins and Pathogenicity. Graduate student Aimee Richard and former graduate student Zach Dalebroux were elected co-chairs of the student and postdoc Gordon Research Seminar for 2012. Postdoc Aleksandra Sikora took home a Collier award for best poster.

Congratulations to Vic DiRita, Ph.D, who was named Associate Dean for Graduate/Postdoctoral Studies.

Congratulations to Michael Imperiale, Ph.D, who was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology.

Congratulations to Gary Huffnagle, Ph.D, who received a Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Michigan in conjunction with the Rackham Graduate School.

Michele Swanson, Ph.D, was elected as an At Large Councilor representing the Divisions to a three year term on the Council Policy Committee of the American Society for Microbiology, beginning July 1.

Congratulations to Michael Imperiale, Ph.D, who was awarded a 2009 Rackham Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. This award honors senior faculty who have consistently demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research, teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty, service and a variety of other activities that have brought distinction to themselves and to the University of Michigan.

Congratulations to Joel Swanson, Ph.D, who was the recipient of the first Endowment for the Basic Sciences Teaching Award for Microbiology and Immunology. This award recognizes Joel's stellar contribution to teaching, training, and mentoring through the Cellular Biotechnology Training Program of which he is the director.

Harry Mobley, Ph.D was elected as President-Elect of the American Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs (AMSMIC). He will plan and preside over the 2011 meeting of the medical school department chairs.

Congratulations to Stephen Cooper, Ph.D, who was conferred upon him the status of Professor Emeritus by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Michele Swanson, Ph.D delivered the Division D Lecture, "Transmission as a Key Component of Microbial Pathogenesis" at this years' American Society for Microbiology in Philadelphia on May 20, 2009.

Congratulations to David Sherman, Ph.D, who was elected as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as an AAAS Fellow, a tradition that began in 1874, is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Kathy Spindler, Ph.D received the Distinguished Citizen Award in the Field of Science from the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity, an international women’s organization that promotes academic excellence, leadership and personal development.

Congratulations to Alumni John-Demian Sauer, Ph.D (mentor, Michele Swanson) and Michael McConnell, Ph.D (mentor, Mike Imperiale), as recipients of the Ward J. MacNeal Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Groundbreaking work on HIV by the laboratory of Kathleen Collins, M.D., Ph.D was summarized in an article in Medicine at Michigan.

Michele Swanson, Ph.D, Chris Alteri, Ph.D, and Amanda Lloyd, Ph.D were featured in an article on Basic Science in Medicine at Michigan.

Congratulations to Vic DiRita, Ph.D, who was elected as the Divisional Group II Representative for the American Society for Microbiology. Vic will lead the microbial pathogenesis sector of ASM representing seven divisions and 15,000 members.

Congratulations to Brenda Franklin who earned the 2007 Staff Member of the Year. The award, presented by Dean Woolliscroft, recognizes a single person for the entire Medical School. We are all thankful for the terrific job done by our entire staff.

Professor Gary Huffnagle, Ph.D, was interviewed by Russ Mitchell on the CBS Early Show on June 13.  He discussed his new book, "The Probiotic Revolution". (Click here for article and video of interview)

Congratulations to Michele Swanson, Ph.D, who was selected to receive a University of Michigan Faculty Recognition Award for the 2006-2007 academic year.

Congratulations to Michael Imperiale, Ph.D, who received the 2007 University of Michigan Cancer Center Leadership Award.

Oveta Fuller, Ph.D was the featured speaker at the 2007 Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium held on January 17.

Congratulations to Jay Keasling, Ph.D, a graduate of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, laboratory of Dr. Stephen Cooper. Dr. Keasling was awarded DISCOVER Magazine's first Scientist of the Year Award and is featured in the December issue.

Jane Holland was selected by The University of Michigan Vice President for Research, Dr. Stephen Forrest, to receive the 2006 Distinguished Research Administrator Award.

Michael Imperiale, Ph.D was named as editor for the Journal of Virology beginning July 2006.  He joins Denise Kirschner, Co-Chief Editor for The Journal of Theoretical Biology and Vic DiRita, Ph.D, Editor for Infection and Immunity as M&I Editors.

Fred Neidhardt, Ph.D was elected into the University of Michigan Medical Hall of Honor curated by the Medical Center Alumni Society.  Also included as 2005 inductees are Microbiology and Immunology's Walter Nungester, Michael Savageau, and Thomas Weller.

We congratulate Michael Imperiale, Ph.D for his appointment to a 4-year term on the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. The 24 member board recommends specific strategies to the federal government on the oversight of federally approved research whose results could potentially be used as a biological threat, known as “dual use” research.

Dr. Mary O'Riordan received a 2005 ICAAC Young Investigator Award for outstanding achievements from the American Society for Microbiology. Dr. O'Riordan will accept the award and deliver a presentation at the December 2005 ICAAC Meeting in Washington, DC.