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Candidate Statement: Jeffrey Maloy My qualifications: The breadth of my experience in the practice and public dissemination of microbiology make me a uniquely qualified young microbiologist candidate for a position on the Council of Microbial Sciences. As a sixth year Ph.D. student in microbiology at UCLA, I have significant experience in microbiology research, which has led to presentations at four national and international conferences, including two ASM general meetings. In addition to my res
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  Candidate Statement: Jeffrey Maloy My qualifications:  The breadth of my experience in the practice and public dissemination of microbiology make me a uniquely qualified young microbiologist candidate for a position on the Council of Microbial Sciences. As a sixth year Ph.D. student in microbiology at UCLA, I have significant experience in microbiology research, which has led to presentations at four national and international conferences, including two ASM general meetings. In addition to my research, I have also been active in advancing the training of a diverse group of young microbiologists on the UCLA campus. I have been recognized with a departmental award for excellence in teaching microbiology, and have served for the past year as the TA consultant for the microbiology department, with the responsibility of training incoming TAs to effectively teach microbiology and build inclusive classrooms. I have also served on the Committee on Teaching in the UCLA Academic Senate, and have been an invited panelist for a “Building Inclusive and Safe Classrooms Forum” organized by the UCLA Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences. Finally, I am passionate about public outreach in microbiology. I serve as a founding member and staff writer of an online magazine called “Signal to Noise” focused on communicating important scientific discoveries to the public. I have also written for ASM, including a feature on microbial art published in the December 2016 issue of Microbe Magazine. In summary, I believe that as a graduate student with a unique set of skills and expertise in the creative advancement and dissemination of microbiology I would be able to provide a significant contribution to the Council on Microbial Sciences. My vision for ASM Since its inception, ASM has been an invaluable resource for microbiologists. Its status as the  world’s largest professional life sciences organization is a powerful testament to the impact that ASM has had in the scientific community. More recently, ASM has continued to expand its reach to become an invaluable resource to the public as well. As the microbial sciences and public awareness and engagement in microbiology become increasingly interdependent and complimentary, I envision  ASM continuing to place microbiology at the forefront of society by focusing on three major roles: 1) Championing microbiology research.  As exciting fields such as microbiome research and targeted antimicrobial therapeutics continue to expand, it remains more critical than ever for  ASM to play an active role in the advancement of microbiology research. In this regard, it is important for ASM to continue to provide outlets for the publication and presentation of cutting edge microbiology research, but also to play an active role in public policy and microbiology advocacy. 2) Communicating with the public.  As evidenced by recent world events in microbiology, such as the spread of Zika virus and the acceleration of antibiotic resistance, it is becoming increasingly important for microbiologists to engage with the public in a meaningful way. ASM will become an increasingly critical player in the effort to make members of society not only scientifically literate, but more scientifically engaged. Efforts such as This Week in Microbiology provide a model for how ASM can effectively facilitate open lines of communcation between microbiologists and the public in a way that has the potential to have a lasting impact on the attitude of Americans toward microbiology. 3) Promoting diversity in microbiology.  As American society continues to become more multicultural and diverse, it remains crucial for ASM to continue to ensure that the face of microbiology reflects the diversity of our society. To ensure that ASM secures the future of the microbial sciences, we must engage people of all races, religions, genders, cultures, abilities, and sexualities in microbiology. Directed outreach, travel grants, achievement awards, and public advocacy are all ASM activities that have the potential to have a profound impact on the adoption of an increasingly diverse microbiology community.
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