“What’s New in 2022: Clinical Microbiology Update”

Friday, November 11, 2022
Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Alumni Hall
1020 Locust Street
Philadelphia 19107

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Early Registration
$50 members
$75 non-members
After November 4
$75 members
$100 non-members

Quantifying Clean: Role of Surfaces in Healthcare-Associated Infection

Matthew Ziegler, MD, MSCE

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Ziegler is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics Epidemiology and Informatics (DBEI), Senior Scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) at the University of Pennsylvania, and an Associate Medical Director of Healthcare Epidemiology, Infection Prevention and Control at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical research program focuses on the prevention of healthcare-associated infections in immunocompromised patients and the epidemiology of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) within the hospital built environment. His research is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control Prevention Epicenters program. His presentation will focus on the role of surfaces in the healthcare environment, specifically how bacteria are shared between patients and surfaces and how improved environmental cleaning may prevent healthcare-associated infection.

Eakins Lounge
Thomas Jefferson Alumni Hall First Floor
1020 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Watch the recorded meeting on our YouTube Channel

Please join us for this special monthly meeting in honor of former Branch President and long-standing Branch Member, James A. Poupard, Ph.D.

5 – 6:00 pm: Reception & Light Supper
6 – 6:15 pm: Brief highlights of Dr. Poupard’s career and work for the Branch, Linda A. Miller, Ph.D.
6:15 – 6:30 pm: Dr. Poupard’s work with the ASM Center for the HIstory of Microbiology (CHOMA), Toby K. Eisenstein, Ph.D.
6:30 – 7:00 pm: Keynote Lecture, “How do you know how to treat an infection? Recent updates in antimicrobial susceptibility testing”, Matthew A. Pettengill, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology, Director, Clinical Microbiology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia

Location: Thomas Jefferson University Alumni Hall, Eakins Lounge, First Floor
1020 Locust Street

Watch the program on our YouTube Channelclick here

Link to Obituary for James Poupard

Feb 22 – March 14
Bucks County Science Fair (Virtual)

Feb 25

March 1
Carver Science Fair

March 23
Montgomery County Science Fair

April 6
Delaware Valley Science Fair

June 13
Norman Willett Memorial Lecture (see upcoming events on our website for details)

Summer 2022
Career Panel
Virtual Program featuring Brian Forster, Pina Fratamico, Stacey Lettini, Linda Miller, Becky Sheridan

November 2022
Science Fair Training
Video training for graduate students interested in judging science fairs

WINS Program featuring John Renye

On hold until 2023

Carol Bascom-Slack, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Medical Education
Tufts University School of Medicine
Crowd-sourcing Environmental Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance Through Undergraduate Course-Based Research

Emerging resistance to antimicrobials threatens human health globally. Resistant bacteria have been documented in various environments, such as drinking water, food, sewage, and soil, yet surveillance and sampling has largely been from infected patients or limited geographic areas. There is consensus that environmental surveillance is an important first step in forecasting and targeting efforts to prevent spread and transmission of resistant microbes. However, efforts to date have been limited. The Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment (PARE) is a classroom-based research project that engages students around the globe in systematic environmental surveillance with the goal of identifying areas where prevalence is high. The format of PARE, designed as short classroom research modules, lowers common barriers for participation in course-based research, and has proven successful in attracting instructors at a range of instructional contexts and institution types. Longitudinal tracking of instructors suggests that the module nature of PARE leads to sustained and expanded classroom research programs and, despite the short duration, students show significant learning gains.


Dr. Carol Bascom-Slack received her Ph.D. from Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences where she studied the dynamics of chromosome segregation to understand the underlying cause of conditions such as Down Syndrome. After post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, she taught undergraduates at Yale University for 15 years. While at Yale, she co-taught Yale’s first course-based research experience (CURE) for undergraduates. She later worked closely with Dr. Jo Handelsman to develop and co-teach the first iteration of Tiny Earth, an antibiotic discovery CURE. Most recently, she developed the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment (PARE) program. PARE engages undergraduates in an authentic classroom research experience to shed light on environmental presence of antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) microbes and educate about stewardship. Thousands of undergraduates and high school students across the U.S. and internationally contribute GPS-tagged AMR prevalence data to a database. Dr. Bascom-Slack’s research program is rooted in the social sciences to understand faculty motivations and barriers to integrating authentic experiences into their classes.

This lecture was recorded and can be viewed on the EPAASM YouTube Channel
click here: Virtual Lecture