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Ohio Wesleyan Hosting State Wide Microbiology Meeting

March 17, 2005

Delaware, Ohio -- Ohio Wesleyan University will host the Ohio Branch of American Society of Microbiology's Spring meeting on April 15 - 16 in Schimmel/Conrades Science Center.
"We are very excited about this opportunity to expose more Ohio Wesleyan students to a professional meeting," said Jann Ichida, instructor of botany-microbiology at Ohio Wesleyan and a member of the planning committee. "Having a meeting like this on campus provides the opportunity for a larger number of Ohio Wesleyan students to network and learn more about the experiences they will encounter in graduate school."
Ohio Wesleyan's chairperson of the botany-microbiology department Jerry Goldstein and assistant professor of botany-microbiology and zoology Laura Tuhela-Reuning assisted Ichida with setting the meeting's agenda.
The meeting will feature a keynote lecture, "Molecular Biology of Development of Wangiella dermatitidis," by Dr. Paul Szanislo, a 1961 Ohio Wesleyan graduate and professor of molecular genetics and biology at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to Szanislo's address, University of New Mexico's Diana Northup will provide the ASM Waksman Foundation Lecture on "Shedding New Light on a Dark Topic: The Microbial Wonderland of Caves" at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
The meeting will also include symposia featuring discussions on Molds: Miraculous, Miserable, Marvelous; Microbes in Flight: Birds and Bacteria, Blood, Feathers and Feces; and Pathogenicity and Infectious Disease. During the Molds session John Cascino, a 1985 Ohio Wesleyan graduate and manager of commercial product development with Sylvan Bioproducts, will discuss "Mycopesticides" and Ohio Wesleyan assistant professor of zoology David Markwardt will present "Yeast Molecular Genetics." The Microbes in Flight session will include Ichida presenting "Avian Microbial Ecology: Implications and Applications," and Goldstein discussing the "Molecular Genetics of Feather-Busting Bacteria."
A discussion roundtable will cover Microbes for Life: Careers in Microbiology and include Audrey Ichida, daughter of OWU's Jann Ichida, who works for ICF Consulting in Washington, D.C. The meeting will also feature a poster presentation and judging, which will include Ohio Wesleyan students.
For more information regarding the Ohio Branch ASM meeting at Ohio Wesleyan, visit www.cas.muohio.edu/micro/obasm/meetings.html