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ANNUAL CONFERENCE  ::  All Participants  ::  2018 CSM Workshops & Tour

2018 CSM Workshops & Tour

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Registration Form for Workshops Attendance Only (PDF)

Join us for CSM FOME 2018!
(CSM Forum On Microbiology Education)

CSM FOME brings together microbiology educators (faculty, graduate students, and others, at any level of experience), interested in improving undergraduate microbiology education in their own courses/labs, and beyond. In our pre-conference workshop, we will share best teaching practices, discuss evidence-based methods, and strategies used by microbiology instructors in their courses/laboratories. This year’s workshop will take place the afternoon of June 18, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm at the University of Manitoba. 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 16, 2018 and $20 after that date. Registration fees for those who are interested in attending the FOME workshop only and are not registrants for the CSM 2018 Conference is $50 before April 16, 2018 and $60 after that date. Please complete the registration form and forward it to Wafaa Antonious to process the payment and confirm the registration. 

CSM FOME 2018 – “Making great ideas (about small things) stick!”

Regardless of your experience, and whether you’re the instructor of a large introductory microbiology class, teaching an upper-year seminar course, or a TA who is demonstrating in a teaching lab, there are tools and resources that can help you make your classroom or laboratory more engaging, and promote high quality learning in your students. This year, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on workshop to develop (or build on) their own teaching, using engaging, evidence-based strategies and methods. CSM FOME Co-Chairs Tanya Noel and Josie Libertucci will introduce key aspects of the STEM and microbiology education research, and assist participants in development of practical teaching plans for their own courses/labs.

In the second part of the CSM FOME workshop,selected short (“MicroFOME”) sessions will be presented,highlighting teaching methods/resources/ideas.  These 15 minute talks will share great ideas and promote discussion about best practises and issues in microbiology education.

Abstract Submission:

Are you interested in sharing your teaching methods/resources, or facilitating a discussion on an issue in microbiology education? Please see the abstract guidelines for the Education Workshop, and submit a proposal for a MicroFOME session!  Submissions are accepted by email (csmfome@gmail.com) until May 11, 2018. Please DO NOT use the CSM abstract submission site to submit proposals for this workshop or education poster presentations. 

Please note that the early registration fee (until April 16, 2018) for this workshop is $10After April 16, 2018, the registration fee is $20. The deadline to register is June 11, 2018 (or until workshop capacity is reached). 


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 PM
: Welcome and introductions
1:15 – 2:45 PM: Hands-on session: Practical ways to develop and use active and engaging activities in your classes or labs
2:45 – 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 – 4:15 PM: MicroFOME sessions and discussion

  • Anni Moore, Matthew Nieland: Using common read to facilitate common interest: Strategies for engaging small, medium, and large size biology classes in book discussions
  • Nicole Sukdeo, Keith N. Egger: “My Favourite Microbe” – A creative assignment for exploring microbial diversity
  • Jessica Hill: Tips on designing online courses in biology

4:15 – 4:30 PM: Closing remarks

CSM 2018 Professional Development Workshop

A 2018 CSM Professional Development workshop is being organized by the CSM Career Development committee in order to provide students and postdoctoral fellows with a wide-range of microbiology career perspectives from representative academic, industry, and government sectors.

The workshop will consist of the following parts:

  1. An interactive session on networking skills and related career-development topics.
  2. Planning for a career in Microbiology: guest panelist discussion regarding important considerations for a career in teaching, research, scientific communication, and beyond.

The first part of the session is designed to help scientists learn how to effectively connect and communicate with individuals in professional settings. This is an essential tool for establishing collaborations, garnering funding and securing future employment. In the second half of the session, an invited panel of scientists representing academic, industry, politics, and government sectors will provide details of their career paths and participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience.

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 16, 2018 and $20.00 after April 17, 2018.  Registration fees for those who are interested in attending the the Professional Development workshop only and are not registrants for the CSM 2018 Conference is $50 before April 16, 2018 and $60 after that date.

Redefining Networking: Networking for People Who Don’t Want to Network (or How to Get Out of the Lab and Talk to People)

Christine Kampen-Robinson (PhD): Professional Career Development Specialist, University of Manitoba

If the word “networking” makes you cringe, this is the right workshop for you! During this workshop, you will learn how to make networking work for you (so that it is neither scary nor gross) by evaluating what approaches and strategies are authentic for you. You will gain practical tips and techniques to successfully network at conferences and events, including managing small talk and keeping the conversation going after the event is over. In hands-on activities and exercises, you will practice approaches, plan for informational interviews, and walk away with an action plan to get you started in broadening your professional circle, both inside and outside academia

Biography: Dr. Christine Kampen Robinson is a professional and career development specialist with experience coaching graduate students and postdocs through the process of finding and building meaningful careers inside and outside academia. Her particular focus is facilitating transitions—both transitions into graduate school and out of it again—working to make sure that students and postdocs have the tools, strategies and information they need to make the decisions that are right for them. She holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo.

Contact information: Christine.KampenRobinson@umanitoba.ca


Panel Discussion Participants

Lori Reimer (MSc): Business Manager, The Climate Corporation

While originally from a small town in Manitoba, Lori travelled to Ontario to obtain her B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo. There, she discovered her love of biology, specializing in plant biology and microbiology. After graduation, she moved back to MB and obtained her M.Sc. at the University of Manitoba. While graduating from the Plant Science department, she also spent time in the Microbiology and Biological Sciences departments while working on her thesis involving bacteria biologically controlling fungal canola pathogens. After graduation, Lori began working in the agriculture industry. She currently works for The Climate Corporation as a Business Manager in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. She works to help farmers understand and make decisions based on their farm data.

Contact information: lori.reimer@climate.com

Brett Dalman (BSc): Territory Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Brett graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Major Microbiology with a minor in zoology in the Co-op Program from the University of Manitoba. During university, she participated in the co-op program gaining experience with Miraculins (a biotech company working on cancer), and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Upon graduation she continued to work at the CFIA as a permanent technician working with high containment viruses for research and diagnostics applications. In 2010, Brett began the next stage in her career and became a Sales Representative, for the distribution company VWR, dealing with a variety of accounts and product lines. In 2014, she was approached to join a more specialized company as a Territory Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific where she relies on her scientific degree to better support research labs.

Contact information: Brett.Dalman@thermofisher.com

Nancy Freitag (PhD): Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program, and Assistant Dean of M.D./Ph.D. Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. 

Dr. Freitag’s NIH-funded research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which pathogenic bacteria interact with mammalian hosts to cause disease as well as the host immune responses that limit infection. Her lab uses a combination of genetic, biochemical, structural, and cell biological techniques as well as animal models to understand the molecular physiology of bacteria inside and outside of the infected host. Dr. Freitag serves as an Editor for the journals Infection and Immunity and mBio and is a standing member of the ‘Host Interactions with Bacterial Pathogens’ NIH study section. She has mentored scientists at many stages of career development and has received multiple teaching awards. She is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology and has served as an ASM Distinguished Lecturer.

Contact information: nfreitag@uic.edu


Chand Mangat (PhD): Postdoctoral Fellow, National Microbiology Laboratory, Winnipeg MB

Dr. Mangat received his PhD from McMaster University in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. His PhD research involved characterization of new antibacterial targets with a focus on ribosome synthesis in E. coli.

Dr. Magnat’s current research seeks to understand antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens using whole genome sequencing, bioinformatics and molecular biology.

Contact information: chand.mangat@canada.ca

Patrick Chong (PhD): Biologist, National Microbiology Laboratory, Winnipeg MB

Patrick Chong received his BSc and PhD from the Department of Microbiology at the U. of Manitoba. Patrick moved to the University of South Dakota and then the University of Kansas Medical Center studying virulence and gene expression in the oral pathogen Streptococcus mutans as part of his first postdoctoral fellowship (PDF). He completed a second PDF at the Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections unit at the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML), Public Health Agency of Canada. Since October 2011, Patrick has been a member of the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Core at the NML, using these techniques for better detection and characterization of biological agents and infectious diseases.

Contact information: patrick.chong@canada.ca


National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) & Antimicrobial Resistant Nosocomial Infections Laboratory Tour  

The Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (CSCHAH) is home to Canada’s only containment Level 4 laboratories and a unique facility housing diagnostic and research capabilities for both human and animal health. The tour will highlight the history of CSCHAH, the safety and security features of the building and details about both the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease. The tour will also include a stop at Antimicrobial Resistant Nosocomial Infections laboratory. Photo ID is required for entry and close-toed shoes are mandatory for the tour. Also note that the CSCHAH is a scent-free facility. Mobility issues with delegates must also be communicated to Mrs. Wafaa Antonious, CSM Secretariat and 2018 Conference Organizer. 

In collaboration with Dr Mike Mulvey, Joy Stadnichuk and Marie Tichborne of the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML), the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has organized two tours of NML on Monday June 18th. Each tour will be limited to 36 people with a cap of 72 people for that day. Due to the packed conference program and limited availability of NML personnel, no other tours will be offered. For the 1st tour, a bus will depart Fort Garry campus at 9:30 am arriving at the NML at 10:15 am. A period of 15 minutes is required to sign everyone into security before the start of the tour at 10:30 am. The tour is approximately 90 minutes long, after which the tour group will be bused back to Fort Garry campus arriving at 12:45 pm. The 2nd tour will depart at 1 pm arriving at the NML at 1:45 pm with the start of the tour at 2 pm. The bus will return the 2nd tour group to Fort Garry campus by 4:15 pm. As requested by NML, the morning tour group will be filled first to capacity, and the overflow will be put in the afternoon tour group.

Registration Requirements:

reservation/transport fee of $20 will be charged for each person. Registration deadline for this tour is May 31, 2018 and is included on the online registration form. If you are interested in the tour and have already registered for the conference, please contact Mrs. Wafaa Antonious, CSM Secretariat & 2018 Conference Organizer to add the tour to your registration and process the payment by credit card.  

Because the NML is a high-security institute, registered individuals have to provide in advance of the tour the following:

  • For Canadians: Name, city of residence and phone number.
  • For non-Canadian residents, a clear photocopy of the passport photo to be emailed to Mrs. Wafaa Antonious, name, city of residence and phone number. 

CSM will forward this information ahead of time to the NML Coordinator to proceed with the security checks. 

CJM/CSP Workshop: Visioning the Future of Microbiology Publishing
Workshop sponsored by Canadian Journal of Microbiology and Canadian Science Publishing

The format and process to publishing scientific articles has been constrained to roughly the same format for the past several hundred years. Despite advances in technology and digital publishing, the scientific article continues to be bound in print traditions. As the vehicle through which all vetted scientific research is communicated to readers, what are the needs of the scientific "paper" of the future? Who will read it and what does it need to say and do? What elements of the current scientific paper must be preserved for the future? How can today's scientific journals be improved or expanded to include different types of content for a variety of readers?

The relevance of microbiological sciences to all aspects of society is increasingly recognized in both the specialized research communities and the broader public domain. Correspondingly the venues and methods for dissemination of microbiological research is increasingly complex. In an age of predatory publishing practices and ethical publishing, the role of the publisher is even more important as "gatekeepers" of scientific information that has been vetted and reviewed by experts. What is the best way for publishers to foster, preserve, and share the scientific record and leverage the excellence and creative potential of microbiological researchers? What changes are required to ensure that scholarly publishing keeps pace with the needs of researchers, particularly the next generation of young scientists, policymakers, and the public?

The purpose of this lunch-time workshop is to brainstorm the written and graphical outputs of scientific information of the future. The goal is to have an open discussion between panelists and the audience participants about the future of microbiology research publishing and how to ensure that the research outputs of microbiologists can affect evidence-based policy decisions and how the content is managed in the online world.


Please Note: Participation in this workshop will be limited to 30 spots and will be on first come first serve basis. Please email CJM Co-Editor-in-Chief, Chris Yost at chris.yost@uregina.ca to register for the workshop beside identifying your willingness to participate on the online registration form. Participants will receive an email confirmation from Dr. Yost. Lunch will be available at the workshop room as well.

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