Spring Meeting Information

ASM | Annual Meeting of the Missouri Valley Branch

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We are pleased to announce that the ASM-MV spring meeting will be held Mar. 31st - Apr. 2nd, 2011 in Lincoln, NE, hosted by the UN-L Microbiology Initiative. This year's meeting includes symposia and presentations that address a wide variety of areas of specialty within the discipline of Microbiology.

New this year: a poster session following the banquet on Friday, April. 1st and a vendor show tailored to members' interests.

Please Note These Deadlines:
Hotel reservation deadline: March 25th*

Online registration is now closed. To join the branch and pay meeting registration fees, please complete the manual registration form and bring it with you to the meeting. Only checks can be accepted as payment.

You must register by 3/31 in order to attend the dinner on 4/1. Please note: the wine and cheese event is now sold out.

* Please reserve your hotel rooms as soon as possible. Several large events in Lincoln coincide with our meeting, and will compete for hotel rooms.

Major meeting sponsorship provided by:

Fisher Scientific

ASM | Annual Meeting of the Missouri Valley Branch

Thursday, March 31st

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Meeting check-in, wine and cheese, light refreshments. Lower level lobby, Cornhusker Marriott Hotel
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. "The Microbiology of Wine and Cheese"
David Mills, University of California Davis, and Robert Hutkins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lower level lobby, Cornhusker Marriott Hotel
6:45 - 7:00 p.m. Opening Remarks Lower level lobby, Cornhusker Marriott Hotel
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Medical Microbiology/Immunology A
Environmental Microbiology C
Molecular and Cell Biology E
Cornhusker Marriott Hotel
Arbor Room 1
Olive Branch Room
Ivanhoe Room

Friday, April 1st

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Symposium #1
Elizabeth Karr, University of Oklahoma, "Transcription Regulation in Methanogens"
Revathi Govind, Kansas State University. "Toxin Secretion in Clostridium Difficile"
Auditorium, Nebraska Union
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Break - Coffee, water, tea, muffins Ballroom, Nebraska Union
9:30 - 1:00 p.m. Vendor Show Open Ballroom, Nebraska Union
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)  
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Medical Microbiology/Immunology B
Molecular and Cell Biology F
Undergraduate H
Regency Suite (Room A,B,C), Nebraska Union
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break - Coffee, water, tea, muffins Entrance Area -- Regency Suite, Nebraska Union
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Environmental Microbiology D
General Microbiology G
Undergraduates I
Regency Suite (Room A,B,C), Nebraska Union
4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Symposium #2
Susan Egan, University of Kansas. "Mechanisms of AraC Family Regulation of Virulence and Carbon Metabolism"
Mostafa Elshahed, Oklahoma State University. "A Biodiversity Hotspot: Novel Phylogenetic, Genomic, and Metabolic Diversities Within Zodletone Spring in Southwestern OK"
Auditorium, Nebraska Union
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Travel time to Cornhusker Marriott, brief break.
6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Business meeting, dinner immediately following. Cornhusker Marriott Lancaster Ballroom (lower level)
7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Keynote Address: David Mills, University of California-Davis. "Babies, Bifidobacteria and Breastfeeding" Cornhusker Marriott Lancaster Ballroom (lower level)
8:15 - 10:00 p.m. Poster/Mingle Session immediately following speaker. Cornhusker Marriott Lancaster Ballroom (lower level)

Saturday, April 2nd

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Panel Discussion : Graduate School
Georgian Room (2nd floor), Nebraska Union
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Panel Discussion : New Strategies and Tools for Microbiology Education
Cheryl Bailey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Mary Morrow, Lincoln Public Schools; Bill Shaffer, Cozad City Schools
Pewter Room (1st floor), Nebraska Union
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break - Coffee, water, tea, muffins Entrance Area -- Georgian Room, Nebraska Union
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Symposium #3
Speaker: Jane Garrity, NU Tech Ventures - "Business Startup"
Speaker: Abe Oommen, Neogen Corp. - "Elements for Success as a Life Science Entrepreneur"
Georgian Room, Nebraska Union
11:30 - 12:00 pm Student Awards Presentation and Closing Remarks
Georgian Room, Nebraska Union


The 2011 meeting will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel.

The University of Nebraska Union provides an excellent venue for conferences, and has an auditorium with tiered lecture seating for 300 people, as well as comfortable rooms for concurrent sessions and panel discussions. Cornhusker Marriott Lancaster Ballroom is the setting for the annual banquet.

Full audio-visual services are provided at both conference venues, and an assistant will be available for helping with A/V needs at both locations. The poster session will also be held at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. The conference sites are accessible to people with disabilities. During registration, participants may identify themselves as having special needs so that the conference organizers can accommodate those needs. For participants with care needs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers an excellent child care facility that will be made available to attendees, dependent upon availability and prior registration. Please contact the Child Care Center directly to make arrangements two weeks in advance of the meeting.

Air Travel

Delta and United airlines offer flights to Lincoln airport (LNK). The meeting site is a 5-mile (8-km) taxi ride from the airport. Other alternatives for air travel include flying to Eppley Airfield (OMA) in Omaha, NE, which is 60 miles (97 km) from Lincoln, and Kansas City International Airport (MCI), which is 180 miles (290 km) from Lincoln. Eppley Express and OMALiNK offer ground transportation between OMA and Lincoln. The fare is approximately $40-60 each way.


We have arranged a special conference rate with the Cornhusker Marriott, which is within six blocks of the UNL Union. Hotel shuttle service is available.

To register by phone, please call: 1-866-706-7706. To receive the discounted group rate, please mention that you are attending the "ASM Missouri Valley Meeting."

For online hotel registration, click "special rates and awards." In the "group code" field, enter "ASM Missouri Valley."

* Deadline for hotel reservations is March 25th. Please reserve your hotel rooms as soon as possible. Several large events in Lincoln coincide with our meeting, and will compete for hotel rooms.

Access to Wi-Fi on UNL Campus

Please note: You must register your laptop wireless card in order to access Wi-Fi on the UNL campus. After your card is registered, you will have immediate access to the network, free of charge, for one week.

Please complete this registration in advance of the meeting by contacting UNL Information Services at 402-472-3970 or 866-472-3970.


For a map and parking facility links, please see here.


Please note: To be eligible to present at this meeting, you must be an ASM-Missouri Valley branch member. To become a member, simply select option 3 or 4 from the pull-down menu on the Registration page.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 25, 2011

We invite all microbiologists in the region to attend the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Missouri Valley Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. The meeting is Mar. 31st - Apr. 2nd, 2011, hosted in Lincoln, NE, by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Microbiology Initiative. The meeting is an excellent opportunity for area microbiologists to become better acquainted and to exchange information. In particular, the meeting is an important forum for student scholars to showcase their research findings. We welcome both graduate and undergraduate student presenters and offer awards in both categories. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and we encourage you to submit abstracts.

Julie Shaffer, President
ASM Missouri Valley Branch

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS for 15 minute oral presentations.

Abstracts must be 200 words or less. All students are encouraged to submit abstracts, and will be accommodated according to the total number of submissions and the presentation time available. A limited number of abstracts will be selected for posters.

Type the title first, using title casing. Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, and species names. Italicize scientific names of organisms. List all authors with an asterisk for the person delivering the paper. If the presenter is a student, please designate number of years in graduate school next to the asterisk!! This is important, so student presenters can be placed in the appropriate competition areas. For each author, list institutional affiliations and short addresses (city and state only). Finally, indicate preferred category. Submitted abstracts will not be edited in any way, so please check for grammatical errors and follow suggested formatting.


    I. Medical Microbiology/Immunology
    II. Environmental Microbiology
    III. Molecular and Cell Biology
    IV. Undergraduate
    V. General Microbiology

Remember, this is a regional meeting and does not prevent anyone from presenting data at National ASM meetings.

Abstract details

Please send abstracts only in Word format to this address: asm.mv.branch.2011@gmail.com

If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Kenneth Nickerson knickerson1@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 472-2253


The ASM-MV Annual Branch Meeting is sponsored by:

ASM - Region 6.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Microbiology Initiative (Link to MBI homepage)

Vendor Sponsors (get logos)


Meeting Registration Fee Questions? Please contact:

Donald Rowen
Associate Professor of Biology
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68182

General Meeting Registration Questions? Please contact:

Lori Beals
Coordinator - Microbiology Initiative
E238 Beadle Center for Genetics
1901 Vine St.
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0666
Office: 402-472-1106