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2014 Fund for LSSU Recipient

LSSU Microbiology Club - ASM-MI Conference

Pictured are Microbiology Club students and their advisor Dr. Martha Hutchens. They are standing in front of club member Erin Mulroney's award winning poster.

On March 28, 2014, students from the LSSU Microbiology Club went to the American Society of Microbiology, Michigan Branch (ASM-MI) conference in Grand Rapids. During the first night, the ASM held a student and faculty mixer which allowed students to meet with professionals in the field of microbiology and talk to other professors and students who shared appreciation of the micro-world.

The theme of the conference was "The Human Microbiome." This term refers to all of the bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live on or in a healthy human body. The importance of these tiny creatures is only now being properly appreciated; it was amazing to learn about all of the new research going on in the country. Some of the speakers heard included Dr. Joseph Petrosino from Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Casey Theriot of the University of Michigan, and Dr. Marius Vital from Michigan State University.

Club member Erin Mulroney presented her poster titled "Effects of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonic Acid (PFOS) on Rhodobacter sphaeroides Enzyme Activity." This poster, co-authored by Dr. Britton Ranson-Olson, won the Best Student Poster Award, bringing recognition to both Erin and LSSU.

The Microbiology Club is grateful to the LSSU Foundation and the Fund for LSSU for supporting this trip. The money received from Fund for LSSU was used for registration fees and to defray the cost of gas for the drive to Grand Rapids.