CLEARFIELD, Pa. – The Clearfield Campus of Lock Haven University will host the 2010 annual meeting of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology from November 5th – 6th. The two day event will showcase keynote lectures by world-renowned microbiologists, and poster and oral presentations by graduate and undergraduate students from member colleges and universities, such as Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, West Virginia University, La Roche College, Juniata College, Bucknell University, Clarion University, California University of Pennsylvania, and Mount Aloysius College. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
“I, along with my colleagues Drs. Joseph Calabrese and Barrie Overton, am thrilled to be hosting this important meeting at the Clearfield Campus for the second time in five years,” said Joseph R. Newhouse, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at LHU Clearfield and current president of the Allegheny Branch. “During the 2005 meeting, we showcased Founders Hall and received many compliments and extremely positive comments from the attendees. This year, all meeting activities will take place in our new academic building, giving us a great opportunity to demonstrate how our campus has grown.”
Lectures to be given at the meeting include "Challenges for Microbes at High Temperatures and their Evolutionary Solutions" presented by Kenneth M. Noll, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, and "Clostridium difficile: A Re-emerging Pathogen?" to be presented by Susan Whittier, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Assistant Director, Clinical Microbiology Service, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, and Assistant Professor of Pathology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, Gail Rowe, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at La Roche College, will present the undergraduate microbiology education lecture, “Taking it to the Streets: Novel Research and Service Learning."
The American Society for Microbiology is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world. Membership has grown from 59 scientists in 1899 to more than 43,000 members today, with more than one third located outside the United States. The members represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization plus a division for microbiology educators. The mission of ASM is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide. The Allegheny Branch of the society covers the western half of Pennsylvania and all of West Virginia, and more information about the Branch can be found on its Website http://www.asm.org/branch/brAllegheny/home.htm.
LHU Clearfield is a branch campus of Lock Haven University which is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. LHU Clearfield is conveniently located in Clearfield, PA on route PA-322 and close to Interstate-80. For additional information about the LHU Clearfield Campus, visit the website at www.lhup.edu/clearfield.