Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I began my term as SIMB President-elect at the end of the 2019 SIMB Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. as Jan Westpheling became SIMB President. This was the culmination of her decades-long history of service to the Society and I have never seen her so excited. Jan had been dreaming of this since she was seven years old. She couldn’t wait to preside over the conferences and meetings- seeing friends and colleagues old and new and learning about all the latest advances generated by our members. The Annual Meeting was a great start and was followed in turn with an outstanding Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT®) conference in Bonita Springs, FL. That was my first RAFT® meeting, but I’ll guarantee it won’t be my last. Then, as we turned our focus towards the Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC) in New Orleans, we, like the rest of the world, were struck head-on with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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SIMB announces new partnership with Oxford University Press to publish the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (JIMB)

Under a new agreement between SIMB and Oxford University Press (OUP) beginning in January 2021, JIMB will be published by Oxford University Press (OUP) as an open access publication. Ramon Gonzalez, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of JIMB said, “On behalf of the Editorial Board of JIMB, I would like to express my excitement about this new partnership with OUP. The excellent digital capabilities and publishing experience of OUP will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the visibility, influence, and impact of the research being published by JIMB. We very much look forward to leveraging OUP resources to better serve authors, readers, reviewers, editors, and the SIMB community at large.”

See more by visiting the Oxford University Press announcement.

The submissions link for JIMB is now active and includes new terms for JIMB as an open access publication.

Submit to JIMB
University of Wisconsin talks about Nancy Keller and her receiving the Charles Thom Award for 2020.
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When I took over from Steve Van Dien as President of SIMB in August of 2019, we had just completed a fantastically successfully meeting in Washington, D.C, capping off a great year for SIMB under his direction. In the fall of 2019, we had one of the most successful RAFT meetings ever. Attendance was the best it’s ever been and the scientific program was outstanding. The same was true of the Natural Products meeting held in January 2020. I presided at both meetings, met with the organizing committees and made plans for RAFT in 2021 and Natural Products in 2022. 2019 was a banner year for SIMB both scientifically and financially.
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7/21/20 2020 SIMB Award Winners

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SIMB has announced the winners of the SIMB Awards for 2020. Awardees will be recognized at the 2021 SIMB Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, August 8-11.

Charles Thom Award – Nancy Keller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin Announcement

Charles Porter Award – Debbie Yaver, Novozymes

Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award – Rajesh Sani, South Dakota School of Mines

SIMB Fellows (2) – Jonathan Mielenz, White Cliff Biosystems and Krishna Madduri, Corteva

SIMB Young Investigator Award – Kang Zhou, National University of Singapore

Read more about the SIMB Awards