Thank you EPAASM Program Chair Vincent Tam and program committee members for an outstanding 2020-2021 program schedule. Look to this site for the 2021-2022 program schedule, to be updated soon. If you have suggestions for topics/speakers for our monthly program schedule, please contact us. Have a great summer!

September 27, 2021 – 789th Meeting

Joris Beld, Ph.D., Drexel University School of Medicine, “Utilization of environmental fatty acids by bacteria”

Watch Dr Beld’s lecture on our YouTube Channel

October 25, 2021 – 790th Meeting

Georgiana Purdy, OHSU

Watch Dr Purdy’s lecture on our YouTube Channel

November 5, 2021 – 50th Annual Symposium –Register for the Meeting – click here

December 14, 2021 – Philadelphia Infection and Immunity Forum

January 24, 2022 – 791st Meeting

Rebekah Dumm, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Watch Dr Dumm’s lecture on our YouTube Channel :

February 28, 2022 – 792nd Meeting

Carrie Rosenberger, Genentech

March 28, 2022 – 793rd Meeting

Russell Vance, UC Berkeley

April 25, 2022 – 794th Meeting

Bobbi Pritt, Mayo Clinic

May 23, 2022 – 795th Meeting

Student Chapter Sponsored Meeting

June 13, 2022 – 796th Meeting

Norman Willett Memorial Lecture

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.

Virtual Lecture, 5 – 6pm
Zoom information to be emailed to Branch members
Non-members can watch the live-streamed lecture on our YouTube channel

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