One great thing to come from the pandemic was that I finally became acquainted with my local American Society for Microbiology (ASM) branch. Sad to say, even though I first joined ASM in 1989 as a student member, I had NEVER attended an ASM branch meeting. But because of the global SARS-Cov2 pandemic, the recent KY-TN Branch meetings were held via Zoom., which made it much easier to get involved. In Spring 2021, I participated in my very first branch meeting, which was hosted by Matt Lawrenz and Kevin Soloski at the University of Louisville. I guess I didn't waste any time, because at the lunchtime business meeting, even though I really wasn't that familiar with branch meetings yet, I volunteered to co-host the next one with Erin Garcia! We managed to put together a pretty nice lineup of speakers, and I'm proud to say that Jamila Tucker from our lab won third place in the Graduate Student 3MT! To learn more about the KY-TN ASM branch, check out their newly revised website.
Sarah E.F. D'Orazio, Ph.D. Scientist. Researcher. Teacher. Mentor. @listerialady