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October 12, 2002, University of Michigan-Flint
"Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases"

Organizer: Mary Ann Cardani
Assisted by faculty members and students of the 
Biology Department at UM-Flint




Dr. Paul Ewald, Professor of Biology at University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, will speak on "The evolutionary control of virulence and antibiotic resistance among diarrheal diseases: Darwin in the Land of Ooze".

Dr. Paul Ewald obtained his B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of California-Irvine and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. His area of specialization for his doctoral research was Ecology and Evolution. Dr. Ewald recently moved to Louisville after a long tenure as Professor of Biology at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. While at Amherst, he was the first recipient of the Geroge R. Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Sciences.

Dr. Ewald’s research interests in the evolution of infectious diseases include the evolutionary ecology of parasitism, evolutionary medicine, pollination biology and agonistic behavior. In 1994, he published a widely received book, Evolution of Infectious Diseases ,which brought new attention to the study of evolutionary medicine. More recently Dr. Ewald published Plague Time: How Stealth Infections Cause Cancers, Heart Disease and other Deadly Ailments for which an updated, second edition was recently released.

Dr. John LiPuma, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor will deliver a talk entitled "Phytonotic infection: the Burkholderia cepacia story - from onion rot to lung disease".

Dr. John LiPuma is also the Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Burkholderia cepacia Research Laboratory and Repository at the University of Michigan.  He received his B.A. from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY and his M.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Pediatrics and Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. LiPuma was a member of the faculty at MCP/Hahnemann University,  Philadelphia from 1986 to 1999 when he returned to the University of Michigan.

Dr. LiPuma’s research in infectious diseases has focused on the molecular epidemiology of Burkholderia cepacia for many years. He has used molecular genetics to identify new genomovars within the Burkholderia cepacia complex, and to aid in associating Burkholderia species with cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Duane Newton, Assistant Director of the Clinical Microbiology and Virology Laboratories at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, will update us on "West Nile and Other Mosquito-Borne Viruses in the U.S. and Michigan".

Dr. Newton is twice a graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, receiving his B.S. in Biology in 1988 as well as his Ph.D. in Biology, with an emphasis in Microbiology and Immunology, in 1993.  His doctoral work focused on the role of Natural Killer cells in murine innate resistance to bacterial infections cause by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Listeria monocytogenes.  His post-graduate work included a research fellowship at the University of Tennessee-Memphis and VA Medical Center in Memphis, TN where he studied host and pathogen factors affecting the severity of invasive Group A streptococcal infections in humans.  This was followed by an ASM-sponsored Clinical Microbiology laboratory training fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY.  In 2000, Dr. Newton joined the Michigan Department of Community Health in Lansing, MI as the manager of the Virology/Immunology Section in the Bureau of Laboratories, and in July 2002 began his current position at UM.  His research interests include the development and improvement of diagnostic tests for the detection and management of viral infections.







8:15-9:15  Registration, Posters-Exhibits set-up, Continental Breakfast

9:15-9:30   Welcome and Opening remarks (Dr. Juan Mestas, UM-Flint Chancellor, and Dr. Judith Whittum-Hudson, President of MI-ASM)

9:30-10:30 Dr. Duane Newton - West Nile Virus

10:30-10:50  Coffee break / visit posters-exhibits

10:50-11:50 Dr. John LiPuma - the Burkholderia cepacia story

11:50-1:15  Lunch and business meeting (vote on changes to constitution, prize giveaway), visit posters-exhibits

1:30-2:30 Dr. Paul Ewald - Darwin in the Land of Ooze

2:30 - end  Informal talks with speakers, tour of UM-Flint gardens







The Michigan ASM encourages students (both undergrads and graduate students), as well as faculty and other professional microbiologists, to present posters at our fall and spring meetings. Ideally a poster presentation would relate to the general theme of the conference, but that is not a criterion for submission. If you would like to present a poster of your research at this MI-ASM CONFERENCE, follow the guidelines below.

Students who present a poster do not pay the conference registration fee
and they also receive one year free membership in MI-ASM. STUDENT ENTRIES will be judged by branch members and the winner of the "Best Student Poster" will receive a framed certificate, a copy of Dr. Philipp Gerhardt's classic text, and a free membership to the National ASM.

  • Submit your name, college or university you attend, department affiliation, the full title of your poster, and a brief (200 words) abstract of its content to the conference organizer. The deadline for submitting abstracts for posting on this website is October 10. You may submit abstracts after this date, but they may not be posted prior to the conference.
  • Use a Times Roman 12-pt. font if possible.Type the title first then list the authors (all capital letters; use an asterisk� to denote the person delivering the poster), then list institutions and short addresses. You may include e-mail addresses if you wish.
  • Abbreviations that are generally understood are acceptable.
  • Underline or italicize scientific names.
  • Please submit the above by email to: mailto:rgorton@lcc.edu� Send the information within the body of the e-mail message and not as an attached file. You will receive electronic confirmation that your poster info arrived safely from cyberspace! Your poster abstract will automatically be forwarded to the Conference Organizer, Mary Ann Cardani (UM-Flint)
  • If there is sufficient time, we will post early submitted abstracts on this meeting web site. All poster abstracts will be posted as part of the on-line post-conference summary.
  • If you presented your poster at an ASM National Meeting or at another conference, please note that in your abstract submission.
  • If you have any questions regarding posters, please contact Professor Cardani.
Non-students may also submit posters; simply follow the above guidelines.

The Michigan ASM wishes to thank the UM-Flint ANNUAL FUND for donating $250 toward student prizes at this conference.


We would like to thank all of our corporate partners for providing financial support for the Michigan ASM Branch.

The following companies will have exhibits and representatives at the meeting:

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
DOT Scientific

Giangarlo Scientific

Nalge/Nunc International


A special "thank you" to Becton, Dickinson (BD), for sponsoring the Continental Breakfast.

Questions or suggestions concerning website, contact etumban@mi-asm.org
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