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Join us for CSM FOME 2017!
(CSM Forum On Microbiology Education)

CSM FOME brings together microbiologists (faculty, graduate students, and others, at any level of experience), interested in improving microbiology education in Canada. In our pre-conference workshop, we will share best teaching practices, discuss evidence-based methods, and build a community of passionate microbiology educators. This year’s workshop will take place the afternoon of June 20, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm at the University of Waterloo. Faculty members, sessional instructors, post-docs, teaching staff, and graduate students are all welcome, however registration for the workshop is limited. Registration fees for the Workshop is $10.00 before April 15, 2017 and $15 after April 15, 2017. A $50 registration fees is available for those who are interested in attending the FOME workshop only and are not registrants for the CSM 2017 Waterloo Conference. Please contact Wafaa Antonious for futher information. 

We are pleased to announce that Karen Smith (Lecturer, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada)will be this year’s keynote facilitator. 

Biography: Karen Smith, a lecturer in the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of British Columbia, has been educating students from first to fourth year in microbiology and biology laboratories and lecture classes. She is the recipient of the 2016 Killam Teaching Award that honours outstanding contributions by teaching faculty. Karen is passionate about teaching and science education research. She has been actively involved in transforming science education as part of the life science team for education reform at UBC. Her role as an educator and researcher in the Flexible Learning Initiative (BioFlex) and the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative has helped shape her own scholarship of teaching and learning on threshold concepts, productive failure and wellbeing in the classroom. Karen’s motto “let’s bring life into the life sciences classroom” supports active learning strategies to enhance and strengthen the student learning experience. Recently, Karen’s highly successful initiative “The First Year Experience Science Education Symposium” gave educators from all science disciplines on campus an opportunity to learn, share and reflect on best practices for teaching first year students.

Karen is a Senior Faculty Fellow and Advisor for student orientation programs (UBC Jump Start, Imagine) and health promotion projects that examine the impact of teaching practices and student wellbeing in the classroom. She believes that supporting students outside the classroom helps fosters lasting learning relationships and is an advocate for creating transformative learning experiences for each and every student.


#microlearning - Re-thinking 21st century education

In the past decade, important changes in higher education have occurred in response to advances in technology, changes in society, and globalization. At the University of British Columbia, life science education has undergone significant reforms to incorporate modern teaching methodologies and provide students with an enriched academic experience. In this session, we will examine current trends in higher education by showcasing UBC’s innovations in teaching and learning in the life sciences. With an emphasis on “microlearning”, we will consider the practice of integrating learning objects as well as a curriculum that supports the whole student. As we reflect on the future of education, we will explore how these emerging educational models might impact our role(s) as educators.

Registration & Abstract Submission:

Are you interested in sharing your teaching methods or facilitating a discussion on an issue in microbiology education? Please see the Abstract Guidelines. Submissions are accepted by email (csmfome@gmail.com) until May 5, 2017 (NOTE - DEADLINE EXTENDED). Please DO NOT use the CSM abstract submission site to submit proposals for this workshop or education poster presentations. Registration for the Education Workshop is available through the CSM Online Registration Form with a small fee to ensure participation.

Please contact Tanya Noel (tnoel@uwindsor.ca) and/or

Josie Libertucci (josiel@umich.edu) for additional information or clarification.


1:00 – 1:15: Welcome and introductions
1:15 – 2:45: Keynote by Karen Smith: #microlearning - Re-thinking 21st century education

2:45 – 3:00: Break/poster-viewing

3:00 – 3:15: Lemay ML & Hynes AP: CRISPR-Cas for microbiology students
3:15 – 3:45: McAlister, J: Identifying and Addressing Misconceptions in Microbiology.

3:45 – 3:55:Break/poster-viewing

3:55 – 4:25: Keenleyside, W et al.: Reimaging the Winogradsky lab: using custom-built columns and case studies to engage students and teach critical thinking.
4:25 – 4:30: Wrap up

We look forward for your participation!

CSM 2017 Professional Development Workshop

A 2017 CSM Professional Development workshop is being organized by the CSM Education and Careers committee in order to provide students and postdoctoral fellows with a wide-range of microbiology career perspectives from representative academic, industry, politics, journalism, and government sectors.

The three parts to this year’s workshop will be as follows:

  1. Using graphic design in posters, slide presentations, and research papers to maximize the impact and clarity of your message.
  2. An interactive session on resumes, cover letters and other career-development topics.
  3. Planning for a career in Microbiology: guest panelist discussion regarding important considerations for a career in teaching, research, scientific communication, and beyond.

Please note you need to register for the Professional Development Workshop through the CSM online registration.  Registration fees for the Workshop is $10.00 before April 15, 2017 and $15 after April 15, 2017. 

Tips and Tools for Applying Graphic Design in Science Presentation and Research
Denice Bay,University of Manitoba

Dr. Denice Bay is an assistant professor (since 2015) examining bacterial antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Manitoba. Her enthusiasm for microbiology and membrane biology began after completing her B.Sc. Microbiology in 2000 and intensified over her Ph.D. thesis studies (awarded in 2007) characterizing mitochondrial voltage-dependent anion channels at the University of Manitoba. Her research program builds upon nine years of experience as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate, exploring the folding, activity, and evolution of various bacterial efflux pump systems and protein secretion system in bacteria. 

Bench and Beyond: Identifying Skills and Career Directions for Biologists
Christine Kampen Robinson, University of Waterloo

Dr. Christine Kampen Robinson, is a Career Advisor for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Waterloo. An applied linguist by training, she works with graduate students and postdocs to find and build meaningful careers outside and inside the academy. 

Panel Discussion Participants

Lori A Phillips, Research Scientist-Microbial Ecology, Science & Technology Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Lori Phillips is a Research Scientist in microbial ecology with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), in Harrow Ontario. Dr. Phillips obtained her Ph.D. from the Soil Science Department at the University of Saskatchewan and, after 5 years as a Research Scientist with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries in Australia, she joined AAFC in September 2015. Her research program at AAFC investigates the soil biological processes that maintain and enhance agro-ecosystem productivity and sustainability. 

Nancy Tout, Ph.D. - Head of R&D, Syngenta (Canada) 

Dr. Nancy Tout, is the Head of Research & Development for Syngenta in Canada, where she leads the Research & Development efforts and a talented team of scientists across Canada. Nancy holds a Honours B.Sc. degree (Biology) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Guelph and completed post-doctoral training in the University of Guelph Department of Environmental Biology. Nancy has been named to Syngenta's North America Diversity and Inclusion Champion Network in support of strategies and programs that embrace the unique perspectives and capabilities of employees to help drive innovation. She also participates on Bioenterprise Corporation's Science and Innovation Advisory Committee to advise on trends in global research in the agri-technology sectors. Nancy is also a Board member of Life Sciences Ontario, the voice of the life sciences community across Ontario and an Advisory Board member for Wilfrid Laurier University’s Centre for Women in Science.

Michael Wakem M.Sc. - Genomics Instrument Specialist, Bio-Rad Laboratories Canada Ltd.

Michael Wakem is a Genomics Instrument Specialist II at Bio-Rad Laboratories Canada and had worked there in numerous capacities for over fourteen years. Michael obtained his HBSc in Genetics and MSc in Molecular Biology-Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario

Ed Yong, M.A- Science Writer for the Atlantic; New York Times bestselling author of “I CONTAIN MULTITUDES”

Science writing isn't about translating papers. It's about telling stories. Science writer Ed Yong will deconstruct some of his own work to show why good science writing matters, why it's hard, and how to do it.

Ed Yong is an science writer who reports for The Atlantic, on topics such as microbes, animal behavior, science policy, paleontology, and reproducibility in science. His writing has also appeared in National Geographic, the New Yorker, Wired, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, and more. He has won the National Academies Keck Science Communication Award in 2010, the Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences in 2016, and 10 other awards. "I CONTAIN MULTITUDES", his first book, looks at the amazing partnerships between animals and microbes; it was a New York Times bestseller, and was listed in best-of-2016 lists by the New York times, NPR, the Economist, the Guardian, and more.


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