SIMB is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 election for board of directors:

President-elect 2016-2019

(includes one year term president-elect, one term as president and one term as past president.
Debbie Yaver - President Elect
Debbie Yaver, Novozymes

Directors (2016-2019)

[row][column size=”1/2″]Joy Doran-Peterson - Director
Joy Doran-Peterson, University of Georgia.
[/column] [column size=”1/2″]Thomas Klasson - DIrector
Thomas Klasson, USDA-SRRC[/column][/row]

The new officers will be installed at the Annual Business Meeting Wednesday, July 27, 2016, held during the
annual meeting in New Orleans.

Many thanks to all of the nominees in this year’s election.

Recently SIMB underwent some server changes and web maintenance. Because of this maintenance, there have been some service interruptions to the SIMB email system. If you have emailed SIMB between Saturday, May 28 through Monday, June 6, please resend your email. We apologize for this inconvenience.

The SIMB website will be undergoing maintenance beginning at 8pm Friday, May 27 through 9pm Sunday, May 29. During this time there may be service interruptions and portions of the site may temporarily be down during this time.

This will not affect the membership area (access to online versions of SIMB News and JIMB), online meeting registration for the Annual Meeting (the registration form will not be available while the site is undergoing maintenance), or abstract submissions for RAMC. Those areas will remain functional during this update. We thank you for your patience.

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To access the Annual Meeting Program Schedule
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To access the RAMC Abstract Submission
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Last month Prof Jens Nielsen, Professor of Systems Biology at Chalmers University and Senior Editor of the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Microbiology was awarded the 2016 Novozymes Prize.
Read more…

Olivia Thompson.
Undergraduate Institution: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Graduate Institution: Microbiology Department, University of Georgia
Olivia Thompson

1. What is your research focus as a graduate student in Dr. Joy Peterson’s Lab at the University of Georgia?
My research is focused on understanding the environmental stress tolerance of an industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain evolved for ethanol production with pretreated pine fermentations through genetic and comparative genomic studies.

2. What influenced you to pursue a career in science and how does that motivate you today?
I have always been fascinated by all fields of science. To me, it was just really fun! As a kid, I would do random science projects with my siblings and participate in science fairs when possible. Throughout school and college, I was always intrigued by the science related classes and became aware of the importance of the field in just about all aspects of how we carry out our everyday lives. The motivation comes from having the passion to just continue to learn and evolve in doing something that I love and that find fun and interesting.

3. What have you learned from your mentors- they could be personal friends, business contacts, or people you have read about and admire?
Everyone I look up to has dedication and perseverance. They are passionate about their field whether it is science or not. You genuinely have to have that to keep going day after day, especially through the bad days where nothing seems to be working!

4. What is the best advice that you’ve received?
The most helpful thing I have learned is to consult others- classmates, my PI, other professors, and those not in my field. Perspective is very helpful. I am also learning how to take criticism and to not be overly defensive. Everyone wants you to succeed and willingly offers guidance.

5. What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learned?
To put the pipette down and walk away. Sometimes you have to step back and reevaluate.

6. Where are you from? And what is your favorite vacation spot?
I am from Memphis, TN by way of Alabama (birthplace) and I wish I had resources (time and money) for vacation. When I can, I try to spend time with family or friends and relax. I would love to travel outside of the country or at least to an island, but I have to learn how to swim first!

7. What are your hobbies?
Currently I am trying to get back into leisure reading, I like sci-fi and mystery. I also like doing DIY projects for home improvements/décor. I have recently gotten interested in brewing ciders, and am working on my first batch. Yay yeast!

8. What do you hope to do after graduation?
As of now, I am leaning towards industry and R&D. I have not TA’d yet, but who knows? I might love teaching and stay in academia