Milestones in Microbiology happened here: Celebrate Thursday

October 21, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Strategy & Leadership

In humankind’s fight to understand and defeat infectious diseases, some of the greatest scientific victories happened right here in Ann Arbor.

The American Society for Microbiology has just recognized this rich history, by naming U-M Medical School’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology as a “Milestones in Microbiology” site. We’re one of only 11 such sites nationwide.

A ceremony marking this achievement, featuring ASM and U-M leaders including President Mark Schlissel, will be held Thursday morning at the North Lecture Hall of MedSci II.

Starting at 9:15 a.m., Powel Kazanjian, M.D., Ph.D., will speak about the legacy of Frederick Novy, a legendary U-M bacteriologist.

At 10 a.m., the plaque presentation will include brief remarks by Pres. Schlissel, who holds a faculty appointment in the department, and by chair Harry Mobley, Ph.D., as well as ASM representatives Douglas Eveleigh, Ph.D. and Moselio Schaechter.

This will be followed by a live taping of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, including interviews with U-M faculty, and by a noon symposium.

The next day, the podcast This Week in Virology will do a live taping with U-M faculty.

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