Archive for October, 2015
Please note dates for the 2016 SIMB Annual Meeting:
Meeting Dates: Sunday, July 24 – Thursday, July 28, 2016
Call for Abstracts: Opens November, 2015
Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans LA
Exhibit Dates Sunday, July 24 – Wednesday, July 27
Exhibit Prospectus available November 2015.
Please note this is a correction to the previously published annual meeting dates.
SIMB welcomes Ramon Gonzalez, Rice University, as new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (JIMB). Ramon has served as a senior editor for JIMB and is currently serving a term as Director on the SIMB Board.
More information including deadlines, past winners and forms for the C.D. Scott, Rafael Katzen, and Bioeconomy Leadership awards may be found at
www.simbhq.org/sbfc/general-information/awards/. Nominations submitted will be reviewed by the SBFC Awards Committee and winners will be announced on the website. Awards will be presented at the annual banquet, Thursday evening, April 28.
Deadline for Nominations: February 29, 2016.
The SIMB Diversity Travel Award has been established to promote diversity and to increase the participation of underrepresented minority groups in the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) amongst the graduate students making presentations at the SIMB Annual Meeting. More information about this award and about the new Diversity Committee can be found on the Diversity Committee section of our website.
The inaugural SIMB Diversity Travel Awards have been chosen. The winners will receive cash awards and certificates of recognition at the SIMB annual banquet during the 65th SIMB annual meeting in Philadelphia August 2-6.
The winners are:
Olivia Thompson, University of Georgia
Elise Hope, University of Washington
Professor Satoshi Ōmura, Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Kitasato University, has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Along with his colleague, Dr. William C. Campbell, Drew University, the two were honored for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites. Dr. Campbell and Prof. Ōmura discovered a new drug, Avermectin, the derivatives of which have radically lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, as well as showing efficacy against an expanding number of other parasitic diseases.
Professor Ōmura is an SIMB Fellow and served as Honorary Co-chair of the recent SIMB Conference on Natural Product Discovery and Development in the Post Genomic Era. Dr. Ōmura also served on the Advisory Committee for the SIMB Biotechnology of Microbial Products: Novel Pharmacological and Agrobiological Activities (BMP) conferences.
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was shared with Professor Youyou Tu, China Academy of Traditional Medicine, for her work on Artemisinin to treat malaria. www.nobelprize.org