Ohio Branch ASM

Spring Meeting 2014

April 11-12
The Ohio State University
Biomedical Research Tower (BRT)
460 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Driving Directions to BRT

Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute (DHLRI)
473 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Driving Directions to

OSU Biomedical Research Tower Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute

Travel to Columbus and OSU
Campus Map
Parking Information: The 12th Avenue and North Cannon garages are closest.
Lodging Information
Restaurant Information
Social Time
Keynote Lecture
ASM Branch Lecture
Symposium - Environmental and Applied Microbiology
Symposium - Pathogenic and Clinical Microbiology
OBASM Business Meeting
Student Poster Presentations
Student Podium Presentations
Panel Discussion - Preparing for a Career in Microbiology
Vendor Displays
Banquet and Student Awards Presentation
Do I register for the meeting?

Program Schedule

Friday, April 11 (evening)

6:00 - 7:00

Registration, Poster Setup and Social - Biomedical Research Tower (BRT) Common Area


7:00 - 7:15


Welcome Statement




Caroline Whitacre
Vice President for Research
The Ohio State University


7:15 - 8:00


Keynote Lecture - Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute (DHLRI) 170

“The Biosynthesis and Genetic Encoding of Pyrrolysine, an Amino Acid Essential for Methanogenesis from Methylamines”




Joe Krzycki
Department of Microbiology
The Ohio State University


8:00 - 9:00


Social - BRT Common Area


Saturday, April 12


7:00 - 8:00


Registration and Social - BRT Common Area
Social - Beverage Service
Exhibition/Vendor Setup


8:00 - 9:30


ASM Branch Lecture

“The Listeria monocytogenes Transition from Environmental Bacterium to Human Pathogen”




Nancy Freitag
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago


9:30 - 10:00


Break - BRT Common Area
Snacks and Beverages Provided

Vendor Showcase


10:00 - 12:00


Symposia – Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Microbiology of Fracking and Groundwater - DHLRI 170
Moderator: Chet Cooper




“A Geologic Overview of the Utica and Marcellus Shale Plays in Ohio and Pennsylvania”
Jeffrey C. Dick
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Youngstown State University
Life in the Frack Pit: The Microbiology of Unconventional Shale Gas Extraction”
John Stolz
Department of Biological Sciences
Duquesne University
“A One-Year Microbial Metagenomic Trajectory after Hydraulic Fracturing in Marcellus Shale”
Paula Mouser
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering
The Ohio State University


10:00 - 12:00


Session B: Pathogenic and Clinical Microbiology - DHLRI 165
Moderators: Erin Murphy and Chris Weingart




“Host Innate and Nutritional Immunity: a Paradoxical Effect on Haemophilus-mediated Disease Severity”
Kevin Mason
Center for Microbial Pathogenesis
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
“Making and Breaking Biofilms”
Steven Goodman
Center for Microbial Pathogenesis
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
“Envelope Stress Response Mechanisms in Vibrio cholerae
Jyl Matson
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences


10:00 - 12:00


Session C: Environmental Microbiology - BRT 105
Moderator: Andrew Greene




“Hard Hat Geomicrobiology”
Stuart Smith
GroundWater Science
“Accelerated aquifer biogeochemistry: Floodplain studies at Rifle, Colorado”
Michael Wilkins
The Ohio State University
“Community genomics illuminates bacterial dark matter: Identifying new roles in subsurface biogeochemical cycling”
Kelly Wrighton
The Ohio State University


12:00 - 1:30


Lunch and OBASM Business Meeting






Lunch on your own ... see Restaurant Information

Q&A for students with Dr. Nancy Freitag, ASM Lecturer - BRT 105


1:30 - 3:00


Student Poster Presentations and Judging - BRT 115
Coordinator: Chet Cooper
Poster Board Dimensions are 48" high x 48" wide
Vendor Showcase

Break - Snacks and Beverages Provided

3:00 - 5:00

Student Podium Presentations and Judging - DHLRI 170
Coordinator: Chet Cooper

5:00 - 6:00

Panel Discussion - Preparing for a Career in Microbiology - DHLRI 165


The objectives of this discussion are for students and faculty to ask questions about preparing students for careers in microbiology, for non-academic participants to discuss their needs for microbiologists, and for the panelists to provide their unique insights as resources on this topic.




Wendy Dria
Class III Plant Operator
Liverpool Wastewater Treatment Plant
Kate Excoffon
Department of Biological Sciences
Wright State University
Kelly Haines
Senior Microbiologist
Food Safety Net Services
Dave Shumaker
Microbiology Scientist
GOJO Industries

6:00 - 7:30

Banquet and Student Awards Presentation - BRT 115

Meeting Costs

Registration ... fill out and submit the electronic registration form

Deadline for registration with abstract submission and food options is March 21.

Your check payable to OBASM must be received by Friday, April 4, by the OBASM Secretary/Treasurer at this address:

Erin Murphy
Ohio University
Department of Biomedical Sciences
228 Irvine Hall
Athens, OH 45701

Lodging Information

  • Free Lodging for Students Attending OBASM:
  • Hotels Near OSU Campus (Please call ahead to check for availability)

  • Restaurant Information

  • OSU Campus Dining Information

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