UW-L Microbiology Club Minutes

Minutes for 2/13/14
First Meeting of the Semester!

Student Senate - Cameron Carey

Fundraiser for Diane Sewell Scholarship

Brewer's Trip

Society for Applied Microbiology

American Society for Microbiology

Bowl for Kid's Sake

Micro Olympics


Minutes for 11/7/13
Upcoming Events:

McNair’s Program - by Yang Cha Thao
What is it?
A great program for those wanting to pursue graduate school! They hold seminars about getting into graduate school, as well as offer GRE preparation! You have an excellent opportunity to do work with a faculty member to do research. The program can also offset application fees to grad school and GRE with waivers, which is pretty incredible!
What kind of criteria is there?
You must be a first generation college student, or identify with a “underrepresented" racial or ethnic group.
Where can you sign up?
106 Graft Main Hall – stop by for qualification!

Internships with Chris Squire
What is it?
It's an opportunity to work within your field while still at college for experience, pay, or credits. For Chris, who works at Agropur Ingredients – he worked as quality control intern. Make various products to add to dairy products. Do chemical tests on products, plate counts, tests for pathogens, and much more! Definitely a great way to improve your lab technique!
Why? – It looks great on a resume, gets you some field experience, you can get a job offer, you can get credits and money, build a professional network.
Getting Started:
Important Steps: - Do volunteering, get letters of recommendation – professors, bosses, pick an internship in your major, tailor your resume to the program, apply, follow up, job interview, follow up again, and get the job!
How to find it – Looked on EagleApps
When? – ASAP! Get as much experience as you can!

REU – Research Experience for Undergraduates – Chris Lynum and Sydney Lomnes
What is it?
A paid, summer research program. You must be starting another semester in the next year in order to apply. There are REUs in many fields, such as the sciences, math, and humanities. There are many different locations, and most travel and living expenses are paid.  Check out http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp
It was a great experience for both of them, and it was a great opportunity to travel and make friends!
Getting Started:
Get a resume, make personal statements, know people who know you in a class or lab (professors, preferably!). Most applications are due in February or March. Keep an open mind about available projects, or design your own project! There are also some similar opportunities on campus as well.


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    Minutes from 9/19/13

    Introduction of Officers:

    Margaux Huismann - President

    James Konkel - Vice-president

    Brandon Dunk - Secretary

    Aaron Kumlien - Treasurer

    Heather Schneider - Historian

    Garrett Tschanz - Sergeant. of Arms

    Stephanie Holz - Exec. Board

    Cassandra Mikel - Exec. Board

    Dr. Bonnie Bratina - Advisor

    Dr. Melissa Barbknecht - Advisor

    Icebreakers - We'll try to be quieter next time!

    Why Micro Club?

    • Great way to have fun!

    • Enjoy the latest news in microbiology and clinical lab science!

    • Get contacts!

    • Join the American Society for Microbiology!


    • $5 for the semester, $10 for the year.

    • Helps us fund club activities, trips and speakers.


    We'd like to see more speakers – what interest do people have? – Industrial, Gundersen

    researchers, CLS, fish and wildlife micro, Brewing, Wastewater management are the top of

    the list this year!

    Tours this year:

    Pearl Street, Fish and Wildlife center, Gundersen, Food safety laboratories. Stay tuned for

    more information.

    American Society for Microbiology:

    • Joining the ASM - look for the form on the Microbiology Club Board.

    • North Central Branch Meeting - Oct 10-12th We go out to Brookings, SD. It is a very undergraduate-oriented meeting.

    Come see new research and present some of your own!


    A few things this year – Rotary Lights, high school science tutoring – please let Margaux


    Charity Events:

    Our tradition is to take part of Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowling for Kids' Sake – raise

    pledges to go bowling – help support the community! In addition, we will do a bake sale to

    help raise money) to endow a scholarship honoring Diane Sewell (the former CLS director).

    Trips/ Intramurals:

    • Intramurals – We do softball in the spring. We are the Microhitters! Please don't

    expect much from a sports team made of scientists.

    • Brewers trip at the end of March/April - A 21 and over trip. Come with the Micro

    Club to watch the Brewers play in Milwaukee!

    • India Trip – see Sue Anglehart. A great experience to see how healthcare is operated

    in India and abroad. Done over J-term. This is a fantastic opportunity to travel

    abroad for scientists!

    Microbe Mondays!

    A new, weekly email about microbes, microbiology memes, and the newest articles on

    microbiology. A great way for you to get your weekly microbe fix.

    Lab Coat Tye-Dye:

    Tomorrow (the 20th) at 4:30 at Wittich field, or 320 Cowley (if rain). Hang out with the

    Micro Club and tye-dye your lab coat, pillow cases, and socks!



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    Minutes from 3/13/13

    Introduction from Microbiology Club President, Jacob Hinkley

    Resume Builders – Find New Experiences!

      • Internships
        • Internships – a form of job training, can be taken for credit, can be paid or unpaid and can also lead to job offers!
        • Talk to Tim Tritch at UWLAX Career Services
      • Research
        • A lot of independent work, a very good precursor if you want to go into research and become more accountable.
        • Try out different fields of Microbiology.
        • Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Schwann, Dr. Rott, Dr. Winfrey may have positions opening soon - show some enthusiasm for these once-in-a-lifetime experiences!


    Upcoming Events
    Relay for Life
    The Relay is fast approaching! The Micro's club team is called "Event Staph". Bad joke, we know. You can sign up for our team on the Relay for Life's website. Please sign up before April 19th!
    Bowl for Kid's Sake
    The Micro club does this event every year to help support the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. You need to raise a $100 pledge for the event, which will get you a fun night of bowling with the Micro-club! We have decided to set the date to Saturday, April 20th at 4:45PM.  A sign-up sheet will be made available, or see Prof. Bonnie.
    Intramural Softball
    It is our tradition to play softball with the other clubs - though we never expect to win. For the last game we always wear our lab coats (and you can imagine how well that works). The only two requirements to make the team is being able to breathe and be willing to play! The games will begin on April 1st!

    Brewer's Trip
    Come enjoy microbial fermented products while watching the American pastime with the Micro-club! It will be the Brewers vs. the Diamondbacks at Milwaukee. Open to members and non-members 21 and older. The trip will be on April 6th, and is $30 for members who have paid their dues, and $40 for those who haven't yet paid their dues or nonmembers, which includes the ticket, transportation, and beverages. A sign-up sheet is in the Microbiology Department Office. 
    Industrial Microbiology Symposium
    Come learn about all the facets of Industrial Microbiology at the Symposium with speakers all across the industrial fields! The price is $10 for students, which includes admission, meals, and snacks for the event.
    Last meeting – 4/24/13


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    Minutes from 2/21/13

    Introduction from Microbiology Club President, Jacob Hinkley
    Micro Olympics - Yet another competitive year of the event. The gold was taken home by The Tristans, the silver to Diplococcus, and the bronze to Ethyl, Methyl, and the Keytones. Good work, everyone!

    Upcoming Events:
    Next Meeting - Industrial Microbiology Speaker - March 13th
    We are looking to get an Industrial Microbiology speaker in for our next meeting.
    Relay for Life
    The Relay is fast approaching! The Micro's club team is called "Event Staph". Bad joke, we know. You can sign up for our team on the Relay for Life's website. Please sign up soon!
    Bowl for Kid's Sake
    The Micro club does this event every year to help support the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. You need to raise a $100 pledge for the event, which will get you a fun night of bowling with the Micro-club! A sign-up sheet for the event will be posted soon.
    National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Volunteering
    Everyone should get into groups of 4 to 7 for this event. Make yourselves identifiable!
    Intramural Softball
    It is our tradition to play softball with the other clubs - though we never expect to win. For the last game we always wear our lab coats (and you can imagine how well that works). The sign up will be available on March 26th.
    Brewer's Trip
    Come enjoy microbial fermented products while watching the American pastime with the Micro-club! Open to members and non-members 21 and older - more information will be forthcoming.  


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    minutes from 11/29/12

    Introduction from Microbiology Club President, Jacob Hinkley
    Guest Speaker  - Dean Kobe, researcher for Gunderson Lutheran speaks about career opportunities and his work in Clinical Microbiology. His advice:

    • Begin thinking about your career now! Define your career goals. Find which subfield of microbiology (clinical microbiology, food microbiology, virology, mycology, etc.) you love!
    • Be proactive! Get involved with practical experience in your field. Experience is invaluable!
    • Get certification when possible. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has many great resources.

    Other News:
    Ghoulees in the Coulees
    Huge success! Let's get more people involved for next year!
    Upcoming Events:
    Relay for Life
    We have a team made for the event, called "Event Staph". Bad joke, we know. You can sign up for our team on the Relay for Life's website.
    Bowl for Kid's Sake
    The Micro club does this event every year to help support the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. We will have more information upcoming next semester.
    Holiday Party!
    We are planning a holiday party/ study break for sometime during Finals week. More information will be forthcoming.


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    For 10/25/2012

    Greetings from the President
    McNair Scholars Program – Dr. Haro - Biology Department

    • Program to broaden the spectrum of those going on to graduate school, and is primarily for first generation college students, underprivileged or minorities who are of junior status.
    • Helps those who may be unable to go to graduate school due to financial need or lack of information.
    • Have great opportunities, such as:
      • Get the opportunity to do research with a stipend. Allows funding for the potential graduate student and your faculty advisor to go a national conference to present your research.
      • Get free GRE prep courses.
      • Go to major universities for campus tours and find perspective graduate advisors.

    If interested, come make an appointment in Graft Main Hall 106. Primarily for research graduate schools, not professional schools (such as a doctor, dentist, etc.).
    American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Membership

    • Prof. Bonnie has forms for those interested in an ASM membership, which gets you access to research materials and magazines. $20 for membership. Forms will be posted on the Microbiology Club bulletin board

    Ghoulees in the Coulees

    • Event will be tomorrow (10/26/12).

    Dean Jobe

    • Speaker for next month’s meeting, a researcher from Gunderson Lutheran.

    Relay for Life

    • We are attempting to get a team together. The event will be in April, so please plan on attending!

    Pumpkin Carving!



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    minutes from 9/20/12

    • Introduction from club president, Jacob Hinkley.
    • Ate pizza, as is tradition.
    • Icebreaker game.
    • Introduction of officers.

    Why Microbiology Club?

    • Part of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM); get reduced fees for their membership.
    • Great resume item.
    • Brewer's Game - in April

    Upcoming Events:

    • ASM meeting in North Dakota on October 12-13th. See the board or an officer for more details.
    • Speakers – Dr. Roger Haro - He will be speaking during the October meeting about the McNair Program. We hope to get a speaker in from the medical field for our November meeting.
    • Ghoulees in the Coulees will be coming up soon. More details will be forthcoming.
    • Next meeting will be October 25th, followed by another on November 29th.

    Volunteering and Charities:

    • Currently doing Ghoulees in the Coulees, Bowl for Kids' Sake for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. We are considering looking into Relay for Life.

    Club Dues and Fees & MyOrgs
    If you are looking to be a member of the Microbiology Club, the dues are as follows:

    • $5.00/semester
    • $10.00/year

    These dues can be paid at the next Microbiology Club meeting with our treasurer.
    For the school's records, please sign up on MyOrgs. We are under ASM.






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Minutes 04/04/12


Welcome from our President William Close

    Kevin Miller gave a presentation about being a lab supervisor at Marshfield Food Safety LLC in La Crosse, WI.  His company works for Kwik Trip.  His lab also does environmental sampling at different food manufacturers. 

The election for new executives occurred. 

    President - Jacob Hinkley

    Vice President – Justin Panich

    Secretary – Brandon Dunk

    Treasurer – AJ Brooks

    Historian – Samantha Stipan

    Sergeant of Arms – Tristan McAloon

    Executive Board:

    Steph Holz

    James Konkel

Last month, the Microbiology club raised $930.00 to donate to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters by participating in Bowl for Kids’ Sake.





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    Minutes 03/07/12


    1. Welcome from microbiology club president Will Close.

    2. UWL microbiology associate professor Marisa Barbknecht gave a wonderful presentation on Discovery and Characterization of a Novel Virus in Bluegill, a project that characterized a novel fish virus infecting Bluegills.  In her research, Barbknecht worked with Dr. Hoffman to identify a new picornavirus in the midwest.

    1. IM Softball is beginning!  Registration is Mar 21st so speak to a club officer to sign up immediately!

    2. Bowl for Kids’ Sake will be held the weekend of March 30th at South Lanes in La Crosse.  Join us for an afternoon of fun and friends.

    3. Brewers trip will be on Friday April 21st vs. the Colorado Rockies.  Microbiology members get first reservations on tickets, then the trip will be open for 21+ friends of microbiology club.  Tickets will be sold at the April 4th meeting.

    4. April 4th is the last meeting of microbiology club and Elections will be taking place for next year’s officers. 

    5. April 27th (Friday)- Fermentation microbiology seminar will be taking place at the La Crosse Center.  Tickets are $10/student and include lunch!



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    Minutes 02/08/12

    Items of Business

    A warm welcome from the president, Will Close

    Future meetings are March 8 and April 4

    Candidates for the new Medical Microbiology teaching position will be visiting campus on Tuesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 16.

    Later in March, UW-La Crosse graduate and ex-microbiology club president Zach Triemont will be speaking about his microbrewery. 

    Food Microbiology Symposium.  The 16th annual food microbiology symposium will be held at the La Crosse center on April 27.  Mark your calendar!  Tickets are about $10 for students.

    The American Society of Microbiology (ASM) national meeting will be taking place in San Francisco June 16-19.  If you wish to attend contact any microbiology club representative to receive more information.  There is a group of professors and students planning to attend.

    Fun activities coming up:

    Bowl for Kids’ sake is taking place on March 30.  The microbiology club and friends will be participating.  The program benefits Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  If you wish to donate, attend or participate please contact a microbiology club representative.  Food and prizes are given away at the event during bowling.

    The microbiology club attends a Brewer’s game every year.  This year we will be going on April 21 (tentative date).  The cost covers the bus trip, your ticket, and beer.  We will also be tailgating.  Anyone is welcome, so long as they are 21+ years old. 

    1. Intramural softball is starting up this semester.  Ask an officer if you’d like to join our team!



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    December 1, 2011


    Will Close - “¡Bienvenidos!”

    Jamie Becker, a recent UW-L graduate working at Mayo in Rochester spoke about the benefits of being a CLS major. 

    Jamie Becker spoke about Trichomonas vaginosis, the most common STI.
                -Trichomonas vaginosis is especially troublesome because it facilitates the spread of other STI’s
                -Also talked about Mitronidazole treatment for Trichomonas vaginosis
                -Mitronidazole resistance: a 17-fold increase in prevalence of Mitronidazole resistance was observed from years 1960-1992.  This is a big problem!
                -A vaccine may be required.  If Trichomonas vaginosis were eliminated, the transmission of other STI’s including HIV would be greatly reduced. 

    Thanks for a great semester!

    Next semester

                -Get ready for intramural softball!  Bring your lab coats!
                -Get ready to bowl for kids’ sake (fundraiser)
                -Get ready for the Brewer’s game!  (21+)
                -Get ready to Run!  We’re participating in Relay for Life Feb. 24-25th. 
    -See Will Close if you would like to participate.  





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    October 27, 2011



    Ghoulees in the Coulees

    Officers and members volunteered to scare people at a haunted house for the youth on 10/28

    Next meeting

    December 1, 2011

    Jamie Becker is the guest speaker, talking about STIs

    Undergrad Research discussion

    Several officers and guests discussed their experiences in undergrad research and the benefits of participating in undergrad research.

    Some of the benefits of undergrad research:

    You get to do what you’re interested in.

    You get to know the professors.

    You get to be a part of your professor’s projects.

    5. After the meeting, members carved pumpkins and listened to music in the food microbiology lab. 



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    September 9, 2011


      -Introduced officers
                  -Ate pizza
                  -Why microbiology club?

                  -Introduction game – winner received microbiology club t-shirt

      Coming up
      -September 22:  We are having a tie dye party at 6:30 in CH 320.  After the party we are going to see Contagion movie.

      Future meetings: Oct. 22
                                        Dec. 1 – A clinical lab science student will speak.

      Future speaker ideas were discussed.  Let us know if you have any ideas!


      American Society of Microbiology
                  -The 71st North Central branch meeting is October 7-8th in Des Moines, IA.  Everyone is welcome to come!  Dr. Schwan will be giving a talk.
                  -If you want to become an ASM member, fill out the form on the bulletin board and return it to Bonnie Bratina.


                  -In previous years we have been involved in Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  Last year we also participated in Bowl for Kids’ sake as well as Hearts for Haiti.
                  -New ideas include participation in the Relay for Life and/or Goulies in the Coulees.  Let us know if you have any ideas!


      Club Dues
      If you want to become a member of the UWL Micro club the dues are as follows:
      $5.00/semester or $10.00/year
      $15.00/year plus a Micro club t-shirt



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        April 13, 2011

      Elections for 2011 – 2012

      President: Will Close

      Vice President: Danielle Cloutier

       Treasurer: Alexander Brook

      Secretary: Justin Panich

       Historian: Steph Holz

      Sergeant of Arms: Jake Hinkley

      Executive Officer: Victor Sherony

      Executive Officer: Tristan McAloon                           


      Bowl of Kids Sake         

      Micro Club raised $1,419 for the Big Brothers & Big Sisters

      Polly Matzinger

      E-mail her with any questions at pcm@helix.nih.gov

      Brewer’s Trip 2011

      Penny Wars

      Departments competing to collect the greatest amount of pennies

      Ideas for charities: Japan relief effort, Haiti relief effort, Doctors without Borders

      Upcoming Speaker

      Dr. Lara Pereira (Speaking on 4/15/2011)

      Retro virus research

      Lunch Available 4/15/2011 -  sign up in Micro Office

      Tips For Success



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      Wednesday March 2nd, 2011

      Sign up for ASM (see envelope attached with forms)

      National ASM Meeting in New Orleans

      May 20 through May 24th 2011

      If interested please e-mail Phil at strandwi.phil@uwlax.edu

      Hearts for Haiti Results

      Penny Wars

      Fundraiser for charity of our choice

      To be organized

      Bowl for Kids Sake

      Saturday April 2, 2011

      Must raise at least $100 and all proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters

      Prizes and Bowling

      Speaker: Polly Matzinger

      April 7th, 2011 for general public

      April 8th, 2011 for scientific community

      Student dinner with speaker (information to come)


      Davvy Laboratory is currently looking for an intern.

      E-mail Phil for information

      Brewers Trip (Brewers vs. Cubs)

      April 9th, 2010

      MUST BE 21

      Family Game Night

      Next meeting April 13th 2011



      Microbiology Club February 2011 meeting: Micro Olympics



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      Introductions of Officers:

      President: Phil Strandwitz

      Vice President: Elizabeth  Seramur

      Treasurer: Brianna

      Secretary: Danielle Cloutier

      Sgt. Of Arms: Wil Kertesz

      Exec. Board: Katie Powell

                                Jacob Hinkley

      Introduction of Advisors:

      Bonnie Jo Bratina

      Sue Anglehart

      Historian election

      Lauren Savidusky

      Upcoming events in Micro club introduction

      Introduction of brewers trip

      Bowling for kids sake – and other community service based activities.

      Guest speakers

      Soft ball team

      Intramural teams (sign up with Phil)


      Dodge ball

      Lava Lamp Making  


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      April 13, 2010

      Anita Baines spoke on Evolution of Plant/Microbe Interaction

      How Streptomycetes species produce lots of antibiotics and can work against soil plant pathogens

      High densities of microbes lead to higher diversity and zone activity of antimicrobial activity


      New officers for 2010-2011

             President - Phil Strandwitz
             Vice-President - Liz Seramur
             Secretary - Danielle Cloutier
             Treasurer - Brianne Gunderson
             Historian - Shannon Kordus (for now)
             Sgt of Arms - Wil Kertesz
             Executive Board - Jacob Hinkley
                                          Kaitlin Powell

      Bake Sale in Cowley Hall on April 28 & 29

      Industrial & Fermentation Symposium on April 30

      Brat Fry at Quillens on May 8


      We will be back Fall 2010!!!!


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      March 9 Meeting Notes

      Derek Moore spoke on Epidemiology, the field, the applications, and how it affects public health

      Micro Club softball league is scheduled for Monday night at 9:20, Micro Hitters

      Brewers trip will be held April 10, sign up in micro office

      Next meeting to be held on APRIL 13 at 6:30pm in RM 301, Dr. Baines will be talking about "Ecology and evolution of plant-microbe interactions." Should be a good one!



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        Minutes from February 9, 2010

Next Meeting is March 9 at 6:30pm Rm 301

Elizabeth Seramur discussed WiscAMP-AAP and REU internships. WiscAMP-AAP application due on March 26 and REU application due on Feb 15

Andy attended a Georgia REU Program and had to opportunity to get into an environmental microbiology lab. Found through UW-L Career Services. Paid program.

Derek did the Deans Distinguished Fellowship here on campus. Continued his undergraduate research project through the summer. Paid program. Due last Friday in February (2/26).


Brewer Game!! Must be 21!   Will be either 4/10 or 4/24.


Brewery Tour of Pearl St. Brewery on Sat., March 27 - time TBA


Bowl for Kids Sake to support Big Brother and Sisters Feb 20th at 5pm at South Lanes; see Bonnie Bratina


ASM Meeting group met


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Minutes from October 27, 2009

Talks by Rachel Campbell and Nate Fortney on government internships with the State Department and NASA

Pay your Dues $5 per semester

T-shirts:    µbiology club(front)  Top Ten Reasons To Be a Microbiologists   $10

Bring designs to micro club boards

Volunteer oppurtunities:   Food Drive or Penny Wars-against Microbiology professors

National ASM meeting May 23-27 2010 in San Diego
Looking for Fundraising Ideas

Dec 1st  Meeting Decorating Cookies  and 3rd Floor Hallway


Microbiology Club

Minutes from September 22, 2009

Meeting Called to order 6:30.

I.   Confused About Swine Flu?

    1. Mike Hoffman – Microbiology Teacher-Virology Report on H1N1
    2. Influenza virus
      • Has 8 segments, Three types: A(80%), B(20%), C(not human)
      • Spread via aerosol transmission
        1. person to person
        2. person to inanimate object to person
        1. fever, chills, aches, headache, cough, sweating
        2. stomach flu is never influenza
        1. Sudden onset
        2. Season Nov.- Apr.
    3. New H1N1
      • From swine
      • Symptoms
        1. Chills, aches, fever, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea
    4. Anyone have immunity?        
      • Older individuals have an Ab titer
        1. Relation with 1918 Spanish Flu
        2. Ab still present in >80 yr old individuals
    5. What to do?
      • Cover nose and mouth
      • Wash hands often or use alcohol based gel
      • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth

II.   Introduction of officers:

President – Trisha Flaherty
Vice President –  Katie Hoppe
Secretary – Tara Weiler
Treasurer – Derrick Berg
Historian – Nathan Fortney
Sergeant of Arms – Phil Standwitz
Executive Board - Shannon Kordus and Elizabeth Seramur
Advisors- Bonnie Jo Bratina and Sue Anglehart

III.   President’s Report

    1. Next meeting Oct 27 Talk on National Internships
    2. We are hosting American Society of Microbiology Branch Meeting – October 9 & 10
      • $30 to attend includes Branch dues, lunch, snacks, presentations
      • Looking for Volunteers!!! Contact Sue Anglehart
    3. Dues for UW-L Microbiology club due to Derrick Berg
      • $5 for semester, $10 for year

IV.   Tie Die Party!!!

    1. Friday, October 25
    2. Outside in field by  power stack – if raining CH room 320

V.   Think of T-shirt ideas by next meeting

    1. Best idea gets free T-shirt

Next Meeting will be held on October 27, 2009



Microbiology Club
Minutes from the meeting on April 14, 2009


            --8 am to 3 pm in Cowley lobby
            --Selling t-shirts, buttons, and baked goods
            --Volunteers’ list posted—Thanks to everyone that is helping!

            --Friday, May 1, from 8 am to 3 pm
            --Manning table, selling t-shirts and buttons during registration in the morning and during lunch/breaks
            --Volunteers to work table?  Find an officer for more info, or to sign up

            --The club raised over $1400!!
            --Thanks to everyone who donated and participated!

            --So far the team is 1-2 overall
            --Great sportsmanship to all the players!!

            --May 1, leaving around 2:30 pm for 7 pm game.
            --More travel details to come, but bus will be leaving before Symposium is done, so plan accordingly
            --This week, sign-up for dues-paying members -- $20
               Starting Monday, April 20, sign-up open to all -- $25 (non-dues paid attendees)
            --Must be 21 or older!
            --Cash preferred – pay to Susan in the Micro Dept. office

            --President: Tricia Flaherty
            --Vice President: Katie Hoppe
            --Secretary: Tara Weiler
            --Treasurer: Derrick Berg
            --Sergeant of Arms: Phil Strandwitz
            --Historian: Nathan Fortney
            --Executive Board Members: Elizabeth Seramur
                                                           Shannon Kordus
            --Officer switchover dinner is at Bonnie’s house, Sunday, May 3, at 5 pm


Microbiology Club
Minutes from meeting on March 10, 2009


      1. Wednesday, April 15th to Saturday, April 18th    
      2. Sign-up with Amanda Schenk if interested in volunteering with the Micro Club as a group.  More information to come on times and dates      for the club volunteer
      3. There are many individual opportunities as well, with info and sign-up online via the NCUR link on the UW-L homepage
      1. April 4th at South Lanes in La Crosse, from 8-10 pm
      2. Proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters
      3. Raise $100 for free t-shirt and candy bar (or less without t-shirt)
    1. April 14th at 6 pm in 301 Cowley
    2. Officer elections for 2009-2010 year will be held
    3. SUNDAES and YOGURT!!!
    1. Sunday, May 3rd –game starts at 1:05 pm
    2. Bus transportation to Miller Park
    3. Sign-up at next meeting
    4. Must be 21 years to attend
    5. Prices: $20 to due-payers or $25 to non-due payers with more info to come
    1. Friday, May 1st at the Radisson Hotel, downtown La Crosse
    2. Registration: 8 am  (program runs till 3 pm)
    3. Micro Club will have table to sell t-shirts, buttons
    4. Price to attend: $10 for students with great lunch included-for all day.  Can come to one talk and leave without paying registration (i.e. Attendance for class credit)
    5. Agenda/Registration online: http://www.uwlax.edu/microbiology/symposium09.htm  or paper copies available from the Micro Dept.
    1. Discussed possible fundraiser: bake sale, sell t-shirts and buttons as well
    2. More details to come
    1. Sign up with Bonnie or an officer (to be on bulletin board?)

Meeting Event:

Panspermia by Marc Rott

            Panspermia is the belief that microorganisms and/or other biochemical compounds from out space started life on earth as we know it today.  However, this theory does not explain the beginnings of life in general or where it began.  Ideas of panspermia began as early as the 5th century B.C. by Greek philosophers, and continues through today, with prominent proponents of the theory coming from the 17th century and beyond.  Kelvin (the developer of the Kelvin scale of temperature) believed that microorganisms came from inside rocks that hit earth, which began life and eventually evolution, thoughts that were at least partially shared by Hoyle, who believed that evolution was driven by the influx of comets.  The infamous Francis Crick believed in directed panspermia, the belief that life was seeded on earth purposely by advanced extraterrestrials.  In recent news, a Harvard contemporary announced that he believes evolutionary leaps that have occurred on earth were due to certain molecules coming to the planet at certain times.
            Despite the beliefs of various historical figures, there are also many objections to the theory of panspermia.  There are few places in the universe are suitable for life because the concentrations of necessary elements, at least necessary for life as we know it, are too low to support life.  Also, space is plain disgusting.  Any life would have to survive the extreme cold, radiation, and lack of air in the vacuum of space.  However, there are some bacteria that have adapted to at least one harsh condition.  A third objection is the long distance that would be required for life to be implanted elsewhere in the universe.  Yet, million-year old meteorites and hundred million-year old bacterial endospores have been discovered; and the endospores produced viable cells in lab settings.  A final problem is that the entry through earth’s atmosphere is extremely damaging to most things, and the landing on the surface is not exactly soft.  However, there have been reports of nematodes surviving the Columbia crash, and meteorites’ centers still being cold after entry and colliding with the surface.
            While the objections to panspermia are numerous, there is evidence to support the theory.  A meteorite from Mars was aged using isotopes and determined to have left Mars over ten million years ago, and landed on earth ten thousand years ago; while the meteor itself was over a billion years old.  The isotopes used the carbonate inside the meteor to determine age and some composition.  As it turns out, the type of carbonate present is normally deposited by water, which leads to the belief that there was life because life deposits carbonate.  Also, scanning electron microscopy of the rock showed bacteria-like structures, and other chemicals were found in the rock (namely polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are necessary for our definition of life). 
            In closing, Marc asked each person in attendance to ponder this question: “If you could ‘seed’ the universe with Earth’s best work, what would you use?”  So, I pose to you, what would you use?  Marc’s list…cyanobacteria, endospores, protozoal cysts, water bears, and DNA from some really cool people.



Microbiology Club

Minutes from the February 10, 2009 meeting

Meeting Activity:  Tie-dye! 

Microbiology Club

Minutes for meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 2008


            --Dues for the year: pay ASAP to Tricia Flaherty
                        -$5 for semester/$10 for year—make checks payable to UW-L

            --Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30pm, room 201 CH

            --Club Christmas Party planning—possibly December 5th at Tom’s house??
                        -Anyone interested in hosting it, see an officer.
                        -Will discuss at next meeting.

            --MyOrgs: please join online through the UW-L website.  Must search for
   American Society of Microbiology; “Micro Club” does not exist within the site.

--Review ASM-NCB: The Northcentral Branch meeting of ASM was held in St.
   Cloud, MN on October 17-18, 2008.  UW-L received an award for having the
   highest attendance (by a lot!) at the meeting this year.  Many research projects
   and educational talks on a variety of subjects were presented. 
            -Next year’s branch meeting will be held at UW-L


            Dave Geske from La Crosse County Health Dept gave a wonderful talk on occurrence and control of vector-borne diseases in the area.  As a student of UW-L and later UW-Madison, Dave came back to his home area to work with the La Crosse County Health Dept. more than 30 years ago to study La Crosse Encephalitis cases in the county. 
            La Crosse Encephalitis is a vector-borne disease similar to West Nile Virus.  It is carried and transmitted to animals and humans via mosquitoes that inhabit local trees.  After the forests were cut down due to city expansion, the mosquitoes became a nuisance to the population, infecting about 27 people per year.  It is thought that this is underreported, however, because cases can be subclinical, or could be confused with other illnesses.
            Dave and coworkers developed a project to control the population of the mosquitoes using man-made objects, such as tires, to ‘bait’ the mosquitoes, essentially trapping them and using a variety of means to kill them, in most cases bacteria (they cause a pH change in the environment enough to kill off the insects).  Much in the same way, they are now studying and targeting the species of mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus and the Ixodes tick, which carries Lyme disease. 
            Another part of the project is to study the trends of insect population movement throughout the country to have a sense of what may soon affect this area.  They are working on means to prevent invasive species from inhabiting this area to prevent the spread of other diseases. All this data and the project already in use are already beginning to show results.  After the ‘baiting’ program was launched and took full effect, the number of cases of La Crosse Encephalitis, and hopefully other vector-borne diseases, has decreased significantly. 


Microbiology Club
Tuesday, September 16, 2008    6:30PM

I.   Intro of 2008-2009 officers

II.  Agenda/Minutes

  1. Dues for the year-pay ASAP to Tricia Flaherty, treasurer

      --$5 for semester, $10 for year
                        B.  Fall Tie-Dye
                              --Friday, September 26th from 4-7 pm
                              --Myrick Park, main shelter
                        C.  ASM-Northcentral Branch Meeting
                              --October 17-18, 2008 in St. Cloud, MN
                              --More information to come in emails to those interested
                        D.  Campus Organizations is starting website:  MyOrgs
                             --Input all organization participation over college career, use on resumes
                             --More information to come following All Orgs. Meeting
                        E.  T-shirts
                             --Making a new one for the year?? Begin thinking of designs for next mtg.
                        F.  Spring/Summer internships
                             --Interested?  See flyers around Cowley and campus for information
                        G.  Next meeting:  Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at 6:30 (room TBA)
                  --Speaker:  Dave Geske from La Crosse County Health Dept.
                     Subject:  vector-borne diseases in the area, such as La Crosse
  Encephalitis and West Nile Virus
III. Micro Olympics
Five events: agar eating, electron transport chain, proton motive force, urine
        drinking/mouth pipetting, water shoot (pipette shoot for distance)


Microbiology Club
Minutes for meeting on April 16, 2008, 6:30 pm

         -$10 each
         -Find Nolan if interested

-Bowl for Kids’ Sake
         -We raised $1936!

-ASM National Meeting
         -In Boston – June 1-5
         -Fundraising: brat fry: May 10th at Quillins…time slots are from 9:00 am
  to 6:00 p.m. if interested in helping out

-Brewer’s Game
         -Sunday April 27th
         -Bus is leaving 8:00 am from Health and Science Center
         -$20 for paid members and $25 for non-paid members and non-members

         -President: Abby Winkler
         -Vice President: Nate Fortney
         -Secretary: Amanda Schenk
         -Treasurer: Tricia Flaherty
         -Historian: Audreyona Chavez  
         -Sergeant in Arms: Charlie Bohl
         -Executive Board: Dan Hamilton and Tom Bauer

-Topic for the evening: From Genes to Latrines to all points in between: how genetics and the environment modulate transmission of the human parasite, Schistosoma mansoni
         -Dr. Sandland
         Reduced population sizes, extinction, and re-colonization all lead to inbreeding which leads to homozygosity, deleterious recessives, and “inbreeding depression.”
         In order to study this, Dr. Sandland and others went to South America, specifically a place called the VdG. At VdG, there are 300 residents and 60% of them are infected with S. mansoni. But there is also the secondary host of this parasite, Biomphalaria glabrata, everywhere. What occurs is the people use outdoor latrines (contain the parasite) which get washed away by the rains and end up in the snails and the cycle continues.
         So the two main questions asked were: 1) How do hosts and parasites respond when the snail population is inbred? and 2) How do hosts and parasites respond when novel genes are introduced to the population?
         So they grew up families of snails in which Lines 8, 15, and 11 were susceptible 80-95% and Line 13 was more resistant at 45%. And from there, they inbred some and out-crossed others.
         The results on the host were that out-crossing had no effect on the prevalence of infection. On host growth, infected inbreds were a little larger than uninfected inbreds. On reproduction, inbred infected produce the fewest number of eggs, out-crossed uninfected produce the largest number of eggs, and out-crossed infected get almost complete hatching of the eggs. On mortality, inbred infected had a higher mortality rate than out-crossed infected.
         The results on the parasite were that families 11 and 15, in the inbred strain, had higher parasite reproduction. Family 8 had HUGE mortality rate so reverse in pattern. On transmission, there was an increase in intensities in mice from inbred versus out-crossed snails.
         In the resistance line, the results on the host had the same prevalence pattern, same reproductive trend, but when looking at hatching success we see that the out-crossed eggs hatch much faster than inbred. Also the out-crossed leave the eggs faster or die. Infected hosts produce more haemocytes. In the resistance line, the results on the parasite were the same as previous too.
         The conclusion was that the prevalence of infection did not differ between the two types. The reproductive parameters and survival differed based on inbreeding and parasitism. The out-crossed lines tended to release fewer parasites. And the parasite release does not appear to be modulated by haemocyte numbers.



Microbiology Club
Minutes for meeting on March 5, 2008, 6:00 pm

         -Pay them to Lauren Zangl

         -$10 each
         -Still time to sign up for either or both

-Bowl for Kids’ Sake
         -Sunday April 6 -- 3:00 p.m.
         -Raise $100, go bowling, win prizes and receive a free T-shirt
         -Form teams of 5

-ASM National Meeting
         -In Boston – June 1-5
         -Fundraising: brat fry: May 10th (Quillins) and May 31 (Festival)

         -Join the team!
         -See Nolan Hietpas for more information

-Topic for the evening: The Life of a Country Veterinarian
         -Sarah Slaby, DVM

         Sarah Slaby did her undergraduate work here at UW-L then went to veterinarian school at UW-Madison. She worked for a year and half in a larger practice but decided it wasn’t for her, so she started her own practice.
         Over the course of the talk she gave many pointers and real-world tips on what being a veterinarian entails. You can’t plan your life for there are always emergencies that will come up. There will always be cases in which you have no idea what to do because they didn’t teach you that lesson in school. And so each individual case is a new experience and in order to make your way through it, you’ll have to use your best judgment. Never promise the clients anything and there word is law. Clients always make the final decision about the treatment of the animals. The hardest part about the job is dealing with the people and the paperwork; the animals are the easy part.
         Because Slaby is a small town vet, she has quickly become part of the community family. She has gained valuable knowledge and experience but she has also learned that you also get to play counselor for farmers who do not get out much. It doesn’t matter how many clients you have after, sometimes you just have to take the time to listen.
Slaby also has been doing research on natural products since she primarily works with farms that have organic cows. This means that the farmers cannot use antibiotics, hormones, etc. So in order to treat these animals, one uses herbs, essential oils, thyme, lavender, and ginger. This also includes doing a lot of preventative care in order to boost the immune system by using vitamin C, aloe, and anti-oxidants. But the animals can be vaccinated which also helps.
Overall, Slaby not only gave a very informational and interesting talk on what being a small town, country veterinarian entails but also helpful tips that can be applied to real world experiences.


Microbiology Club
Minutes for meeting on February 13, 2008, 6:00 pm

         -$5/semester or $10/year
         -Pay them to Lauren Zangl

-Brewer’s Trip
         -Sunday April 27 – afternoon game
         -21 or older only

         -$10 each
         -Check board for designs and sign-up sheet

-Bowl for Kids’ Sake
         -Sunday April 6 – 1:00 pm
         -Raise $100, go bowling, win prizes and receive a free T-shirt
         -We have challenged the Chemistry club. Some wager is being made.
         -Forms are on the Micro Club board

-ASM National Meeting
         -In Boston
         -Fundraising: Brat Fry at Festival or Quillans
         -June 1-5
         -Maybe a road trip

-Topic for the evening: Home Brewing
         -Dane from Bluffland Bloom and Brew
         -Cider making
                  -Turning sugars into alcohol using fruit juice
                  -Cider is pressed and metabisulfites are added which kills all
  contaminants (bacteria and yeast)
                  -Add acid blend and sugar yeast – Saccharmyces cervesia
                  -Add pectin enzyme – makes them “hazy”
         -Wild Cider
                  -Juices given to him and he just put an airlock on it
                  -Applied a lit bit of heat – makes yeast metabolite faster 
                  -All natural – just used sugars that were there
                  -Can carbonate: add a little more sugar for yeast and it makes CO2
                  -Fermentation of fruit juices
                  -Can do blending
                  -Corks can hold bacteria – can spoil the wine
                  -Malted barley
                  -Germinate – get enzymes to convert starch to sugar
                  -Crack/crush the grain
                  -Mash and heat for a few hours
                  -Rinse grains with steaming water
                  -Collect sugar water – called wort
                  -Take wort and heat up
                  -Use hops to balance out flavor – hops includes alpha acids which
 are bitter and balance out the sweet taste
                  -boil to get out alpha acids
                  -Comes in a pressed flower form
                  -Boil for hour and add different hops (bitter in beginning and
 flavoring in the end)
                  -Cool enough for yeast to be added and add it
                  -Carbonate now (either use yeast or force carbon in)
         -3 Kinds of Beer
                  -Ales – ferment at room temp
                  -Laggers – ferment at colder temps
                           -Hardest to do because so clear and clear – easy to tell if
                  -Lambic – fermented from wild yeast only in Belgium
         -Root Beer
                  -Take extract and add water and sugar (for carbonation)
                  -Add yeast
                  -Put into bottles and cap
                  -Yeast ferment
                  -Wait for carbonation (about 2 days)

Microbiology Club
Minutes for meeting on November 13, 2007, 7:00 pm

         -$5/semester or $10/year
         -Pay them to Lauren Zangl

-T-Shirts: Hopefully be in by December

-Bowl for Kids’ Sake
         -End of February, early March
         -Raise $100, go bowling, win prizes and receive a free T-shirt
         -We have challenged the Chemistry club. Some wager is being made.

-Topic for the evening: Undergraduate Research
         -Why do undergraduate research?
                  -Helps professors out
                  -Helps you out; you get experience
                  -Makes you more marketable to employers
                  -Credit short? Only do research for about 5 hours a week to get a credit
                  -Letters of recommendation
         -Nolan Hietpas
                  -Did research with Bonnie Bratina
                  -Looked at the guts of a new variation of terrestrial slug that is now aquatic
                  -Collected slugs, mashed them up, diluted on many different kinds
  of media, looked at what grew
                  -Learned how to use the anaerobe chambers, PCR, etc
         -Tricia Flaherty
                  -Works on the project that is looking for new antimicrobial
  compounds in fungi, a few plants, and the black walnut
                  -She personally tests antimicrobial compounds against a human cell line
         -Dan Hamilton
                  -Recently started doing research with Tom Volk
                  -Currently learning how to grow edible mushrooms
                  -Working with Oyster mushrooms and plans to work his way up to more
  complicated speices.
         -Take home message: It’s never too late to start!
         -No ideas?
                  -Contact a professor you want to work with
                  -He or she might have some ideas or unfinished projects


Microbiology Club
Minutes for meeting on October 23, 2007, 7:00 pm

-Dues: Pay them to Lauren Zangl - $5/semester or $10/year

-T-shirt Vote
         -New designs to be ordered:
                  1. Front: 2007 Microbiology Club
                      Back: Event Staph
                  2. Front:    F       B        I
                                   Food Borne Illness
                      Back: It’s the $H!T$

-Christmas Party
         -Date to be announced at a later date
         -To be held at Nate Fortney and Dan Hamilton’s house

-Fund Raising
         -Looking into it
                  -Festival or Quillan’s brat fry

-Wednesday October 31
         -Costume Day!
                  -Dress to Impress

Next meeting: November 13, 7:00 p.m.

-Guest Speakers: Dr. Mike Winfrey and Dr. Bernadette Taylor
         Eyam England: Life and Death in a Medieval Plague Village

Last summer, Mike and Bernadette traveled to England and researched the small village of Eyam which was overcome by, what is believed to be, the Bubonic Plague. A cloth trader from London was believed to have brought it into the village with cloth he sold to a tailor. The tailor hung the damp cloth out to dry and a few days later died. It is thought that there were fleas in the cloth carrying the plague.

Soon after the neighbors around the tailor’s house began dying. The people of the village figured out that something was up. All the rich people left town. The only people left to give any order were two religious leaders of different religions.

These two leaders asked the villagers to quarantine themselves. After that people continued to die. Food was delivered to the people on a regular basis and left in certain places. The villagers paid for the food but poured vinegar on the coins which apparently killed the plague bacteria. After the plague was finally gone, the villagers burned pretty much everything they owned and started over again. During this time, very accurate records were kept so it is pretty much known what happened and how many people died (about 280).

To find out more information go to: www.eyammuseum.demon.co.uk


Microbiology Club
Minutes for meeting on September 18, 2007, 7:00 pm

-Important Dates
         -Friday September 21, 2007
                  -Tye-Dye Party on Wittich Field, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
                  -Food and Dye will be provided
                  -Just bring yourself, your friends, and something to dye
         -Friday and Saturday October 5-6, 2007
                  -Regional American Society for Microbiology meeting in
 Marshfield, Wisconsin at Marshfield Clinic
                  -If interested in attending let Bonnie Bratina or Nolan Hieptas know

         -Thinking about starting a wine tasting club
         -Talk to Nolan Hietpas if interested

         -2 different designs: Get looped and streak and/or Say hello to my little friends
         -Only $10
         -If interested contact Bonnie Bratina or Nolan Hietpas

-Activity Days
         -Friday September 28, 2007 is “Wear you Micro Club T-Shirt” day or if you don’t
 own a micro club t-shirt wear a green t-shirt
-Other ideas: “Dress Like Your Favorite Professor” day, “High School T-Shirt day”
-Any other ideas let Nolan Hietpas know

-Possible upcoming speakers
         -Dr. Winfrey and Dr. Taylor on an English town that contracted the Bubonic plague
 and shut themselves in
         -Brewery talk and tour
         -Industrial microbiology talk
         -Ideas? Let Nolan Hietpas know

-Use Micro Club mail box in the Microbiology office to drop off ideas, etc.

         -$10 for the year; $5 per semester

-Lava Lamps
         -As an activity, microbe-powered lava lamps were made with yeast



Microbiology Club Minutes

February 13, 2007



Microbiology Club Minutes

October, 24th 2006


    FRONT                        BACK

        Department of            Get looped

              1 x 10-9                  and streak


        Say hello                We are looking for a

           to my                 for a picture here

               little friend



Minutes for September 19th, 2006



Minutes for meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 6:30 pm

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Marc Rott

         History of Beer

How old is beer?  Beginning of recorded history ~9,000 years old

                  -There are slate tablets with instructions

         Early Sumarians 6,000 yrs ago made a »divine drink» offered to gods


         Babylonians-Master Brewers

         -Have recipes for over 20 beers

         -Exported beer to Egypt

         -Drank beer through straws

         -Established beer rations

         -Women did Beer making

         -Penalties for making poor quality beer:  Drowning!


         -Brewed beer from bread dough

         -Added dates to improve taste

         -Recipes are found in the pyramids

         -Have a separate hieroglyph for the word »brewer»


         Early Europe

         -Ancient Germans regarded beer as a sacrifice to gods

-In early Finnish literature 400 verses were devoted to beer, while only 200 verses were needed for the creation of earth


         Middle Ages

         -Brewed in monasteries, made beer for sale

         -First to use hops as a preservative»safer than water

-Used many flavorings:  oak bark, rosemary, juniper leaves, wormwood, aniseed, tansy, pine roots, caraway seeds

  -Tansy: made people think there were »Beer witches»

          -Hallucinations and bad batches of beer caused people to blame the mystical realm

          -Last recorded burning of a »beer witch» was in 1951

-1516:  only barley, hops, & pure water could be used to brew beer

          -Is the oldest (still valid) food purity law


-Louis Pasteur discovered it wasn»t god»..it was yeast

And the rest is microbiological history!!



Officer Elections

President- Mallory Lamberson

Vice President- John Manske

Secretary-Kristin Langfoss

Treasurer- Sara Stauber

Sergeant of Arms- Marissa Comstock

Exec. Board- Tom Larson

                  Natalie Moore

Historian- Tabitha Keene



Minutes for meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 6:30 pm



         -Starts next week

         -Games are every Tuesday & Thursday @ 6:20 pm

         -There will be a practice this Sunday, 2:00 pm at Memorial Field

         -Bring your glove and start swinging!



-Guest speaker:  Dr. Brian Allen

         -Herpes is the most common infection.

         -Two types: HSV-1 and HSV-2

         -Neonatal herpes 1:3100; Syphilis 1:7500

         -Females have a higher seroprevalence for herpes

         -The chance of getting herpes increases with the number of partners

                  -1 partner 7%

                  -2-4 partners 18%

                  -5-9 partners 25%

                  -10-49 partners 40% women, 25% men

         -An estimated 45 million people have HSV-2= 1/5 Americans


                  -Only 10% show classic symptoms

                  -20-30% have no symptoms

                  -60-70% have unrecognized symptoms

         -Cannot kill off the virus, only able to suppress the outbreaks

         -Having HSV-2 increases the risk of getting HIV

         -Vaccine:  Herpevac Trial Vaccine

                  -In the pivotal Phase 3 study, multi-center, double blinded

                  controlled and randomized

                  -Enrollment is 7550 women

                  -Duration is 20 months

                  -Annual drop out rate is 10% per year

                  -Do get compensation for time; $40 per visit

                  -If interested, see Dr. Brian Allen in the Health Center




Minutes for meeting on Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 6:30 pm


Ø    Reminder to pay dues to Angela Koehn

o      $10 for year

o      $5 for semester

o      Pay her A.S.A.P


Ø    T-shirts

o      $10, gray with maroon writing

o      Pay to Angela if interested


Ø    Blood Drive

o      November 2-4 in the Involvement Center

o      Looking for volunteers and/or donors


Ø    Bowl-4-Kids Sake

o      In February, but just a reminder to start thinking about it


Ø    Holiday Party

o      Anyone interested in being on the committee talk to Ginny the President

o      Need to pick a date sometime in December

o      When/Where??


Ø    Guest Speaker

o      Dr. Bernadette Taylor

o      Professor here at UW-L: teaches Immunology

o      Spoke about the Influenza Vaccine Study sheës doing


Morbidity and Mortality: Annually

-5-20% get the flu

-200,000 hospitalized

-36,000 die from flu-related diseases (also secondary illnesses)

Influenza Pandemics

-1918: 20-40- million deaths worldwide

         -Lethal for younger people who are usually low-risk

-1957: 70,000 deaths in U.S.

-1968: 50,000 deaths in U.S.


Next Pandemic? CDC predicts:

         -47 million illnesses

         -42 million clinic visits

         -700,000 hospitalizations

         -200,000 deaths


         Causes of vaccine shortage:

         -Chiron company withdrawal of 48 million doses due to contamination

         Long-term problems

                  -Race to produce the vaccine

                  -Decrease in vaccine producers

                           -2 in U.S.; 5 total worldwideëdown from 25


         UW-L Vaccine:

         -Need to expand the flu vaccine coverage

         -New vaccine less reactogenic

         -Skin beats muscle in response to low dose vaccination

         -Immunization into skin may induce salivary antibodies


         Study Design:

         -Ages 18-50: low risk group

1.     Standard dose- intramuscularly (n=35)

2.    Low dose (1/5) ëintradermally (n=35)

3.    Low dose (1/25)- intradermally (n=35)


-Compare antibody response in serum and saliva

-Compare cellular response of T lymphocytes

-Compare side effects (reactogenicity)


1.     Collect blood and saliva pre-vaccination

2.    Vaccinate

3.    Each person keeps a 14-day diary of temp., redness, swelling, fatigue, pain

4.     Collect blood and saliva 4 weeks post-vaccination



Any questions regarding the flu or the flu vaccine speak to Dr. Taylor!

Minutes for meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 6:30



         Next falls officers are:

         -President: Ginny Short

         -Vice President: John Manske

         -Secretary: Kristin Langfoss

         -Sergeant of Arms: Dan Kusilek

         -Treasurer: Angela Koehn

         -Executive Board: Larissa Schweiss

                                    Tom Larson

         -Historian: LeeAnne Thorson

Congratulations new officers!


Raj{'s Industrial Symposium

         -Friday, April 30th, 2004

         -Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

         -~7 speakers

         -$10 registration

         -If senior, bring resume




         -Gray with maroon writing



Minutes for meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.


Guest Speaker - Cassidy Kuchbecker

                  -UW-L graduate

                  -He investigates buildings;

                           Example: Schools-when a lot of people are getting sick

                  -Makes sure they are clean-no mold


         -Travel a lot to different towns

         -Get to be independent

         -Have a general feeling of doing well

         -Work varies, always doing something different


         -Starting salary $30,000-40,000

         -Charged hourly



         -Know how to relate to people

         -Easily talk to other people

         -Go above and beyond

         -Writing skills are important


         Education needed:

         -Undergraduate in Engineering or Microbiology



         -Gray with maroon writing



Minutes for meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 6:30 PM

Overview of Microbiology Club

-Meetings are held once a month

-Tentative meeting schedule:

-Tuesday, March 9, at 6:30 pm

-Tuesday, April 13, at 6:30 pm

-Everybody is welcome to come

-Snacks and refreshments are provided!

Guest Speaker

-Marc Rott- "Life On Mars?"

-Mars formed 1 billion years before Earth

-Mars may have had water

-Signs of craters and riverbeds

-Theory: Life first evolved on Mars

-Life came to Earth as a space rock

-Meteorite landed on Earth 13,000 years ago

-1984, the meteorite rock was found in Allan Hills, Antarctica

-ALH84001 was 3 billion years old

-Scientists looked at ratios of elements to determine whether it was Martian

-Meteorite contains ìfossilizedî bacteria

-Evidence for life on Mars

-ALH84001 is from Mars

-ALH84001 was infiltrated by water a long time ago

Lab Coat Sales

-Was a Success!!!

-Over $2000 made


-For ASM trip to New Orleans in May

-Probably sell candy

-If you have any other ideas, talk to Kristy

Bowl 4 Kids Sake

-Sunday, February 15, 2:00 pm

-Need to raise $100 as a requirement


-Front: UW-La Crosse

-Back: Masters of the Invisible Science

Polar Plunge

-A charity event on March 5, 6

-Need volunteers



-Concession/Registration stands



Minutes for Meeting on Tuesday, October 28th, 2003 at 7 PM



Guest Speaker

            -Dave Geske » »The Mosquito Guy

                        -Epidemiology of vector-borne illnesses contracted from mosquitoes

                        -Isolated LaCrosse Encephalitis virus from Triseriatus mosquitoes

                                  -very localized habitat (do not migrate more than 100 yds)

                                   -endemic in concentrated areas (high incident rates in various locations)

-virus is inherited via transovarian transmission (passes on to eggs)

                       -Program for Encephalitis research was instituted 25 yrs ago

                                    -currently discover ~5 reported outbreaks/yr

                                    -1960»s » 47-50 outbreaks annually

                                   -research to ensure proper diagnostics of disease

                               -investigating safe methods of pest control

-Research has been conducted on West Nile Virus for 3 yrs

                        -Hire students during Spring-Fall term (April-October

                                    -please see Emily for contact information if interested

Bake Sale

           -When: Wednesday (11/5) and Thursday (11/6)

            -Where: Cowley Hall Lobby

          -Time: In between AM classes

            -What: Baked items » cookies, brownies, and muffins

         -Please sign up or notify Bonnie or Emily if interested in volunteering to work or to bring baked items


            -New design/logo needed!

          -Please bring ideas to next meeting


            -$5.00 per semester/member

            -$10.00 per year/member

            -Please pay Kristy

ASM Membership

            -Student rate: $17.00 and includes monthly journal

            -ASM prefers registration online

           -Trip Committee

                       -Trip is in Spring to New Orleans

                        -See Kristy if interested in helping with arrangements

            -$100.00 ASM donation to club which enrolls highest group membership

Christmas Party

            -Just an idea»Will discuss during next meeting

Next Meeting

            -Tuesday, November 11th, 2003 at 7 PM

            -Hope to see you there!




Minutes for Meeting on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003 at 7 PM

Welcome all new members!


Overview of Microbiology Club

-Meetings are held one time per month

                        -Tentative Meeting Schedule:

                                    -Tuesday, October 28th, 2003 at 7 PM

                                   -Tuesday, November 11th, 2003 at 7 PM



            -Several are held per year

                        -Cookie/baked goods sale (We are considering a Halloween theme.)

                        -Lab Coat/goggles sale


                                    -has not been too successful in the past so it may be omitted

                        -Any ideas???  Please see Bonnie or Sue if you have suggestions.

-Profits are pooled and divided among students wanting to attend the annual American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting.  This year it is located in New Orleans.



            -Become a national ASM member.

            -Dues w/student discount are $17.00 and includes a subscription to the ASM journal.

            -Commendable on résumé





            -$20.00 { annual dues plus Microbiology t-shirt

Tye-Dye Party

            -Myrick Park { Sunday, September 28th, 2003 from 12 PM to 4 PM

            -There will be food so bring your lab coats and an empty stomach.  {Hope to see you there!


Guest Speaker

            -Tim Tritch from Career Service

                        -Summer Internship Opportunities

                                -Search and apply early

                                    -Fall workshop schedule provides information on seeking opportunities (see Career Services website{access on UWL homepage)

-10/7/03 { Career Day (12 PM { 5 PM) - Cartwright

-10/15/03 { Graduate/Professional School Fair (2 PM- 5 PM) { Cartwright

-Any questions or comments please contact the Career Services office (785-8514) or e-mail Tim Tritch (tritch.timo@uwlax.edu)





Minutes for Meeting on Wednesday, February 12, 2003


1. Treasurer's Report


-Bake Sale: $75.00

-Check from ASM Branch: $100.00


- Chicken Q: $300.00

- Deposit on hotel rooms for ASM trip: $360.00

2. Bowl for Kids] Sake

- See either Bonnie or the Microbiology Club board for registration pamphlets

- Pledges: - Goal is approximately $100.00 per person, but do your best to obtain as many pledges as possible.

- Time/Place:  - Saturday, February 22nd, 2003 at 2:30 pm at All-Star Lanes on Mormon Coulee Rd

- There is a team sign-up sheet where you should also indicate your T- Shirt size, so Bonnie can order in advance.

3. Internship Opportunities- See bulletin board for information and opportunities. - Still some internships available for Summer 2003, so sign-up ASAP

4. ASM Update

- Hotel rooms are taken care of.

- In search of tickets for flights, so if anyone stumbles upon a reasonable deal, let Bonnie know.

- Deadline for pre-registration is March 14th, 2003

- It is advisable to register beforehand to receive a better deal because prices increase after March 14th.

- If you sign up to become a member of ASM prior to registering for the trip, you will also receive a great deal ]plus, you become a

member of a nationally recognized society and get put on their mailing list to receive newsletters]. Just something to consider.

5. Bake Sale Leftovers- Bonnie has accumulated quite a collection of containers from the bake sale, so if your container is missing in action, please see her to claim it.

6. Chicken Q

- Date is April 25th, 2003 at the Menard]s Quillens

- All of the food and products are supplied, only volunteers are needed.

- We need to pre-sell at least 300 tickets before the event and those will be distributed at the March meeting.

- Any questions regarding it, please see Jordan.

7. Alexis Talk/Mayo Clinic Tour

- Alexis Gintowt will be our guest speaker for the March meeting.

- She will be informing people of opportunities available at Mayo and introduce us to her area of research], HIV and Hepatitis B serum testing.

- Trip to Mayo for tour of lab is scheduled for Friday, March 28th.

8. Research Opportunites

- Dr. Taylor, Dr. Schwan, and Dr. Hoffman gave brief presentations on their area of research and are in need of students to assist.. So, if you

have any interest or questions, please email them or talk to them in person sometime.




Micro Club Minutes - October 24, 2002

1. Guest Speaker: Bridgett Pfaff

Infection Control Specialist

Gundersen Lutheran

Previously: pharmacy of Franciscan Skemp

Undergrad degree from UW-L: Microbiology major, Chemistry minor

Did undergraduate research


Job: Infection Control

Role of microbiologist

Talk about infectious disease


Reporting to or working with Public Health

Ex. Was there contamination in operating room that lead to an infection?

Certification in infection control

2 yr. Experience

Sit for exam

Continuing Education

APIC: Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

ASHE: American Society of Health Education


Marshfield Farm Study

Turkey farms

Antibiotics in Feed

Is there a link between resistant bacteria in patients and resistant bacteria in turkeys?

Air Quality

Medical Waste Analysis

Sexually Transmitted Disease

Lyme Disease

Other Subjects:  Influenza, bioterrorism, Food Borne Illness


Particle counter for air pollution

House Demolition

The particles did get into the Hospital

Find ways to control air quality

Daily Activities

Lab reports viewed daily

Some strains mean patients need isolation

  Ex.Vancomycin, Methicillin resistant S. aureus

Isolation to prevent transmission from patient to patient transmission

 Serve as Liaison with the Community

STD awareness control


Draft press releases, conduct media interviews


Day care, nursing homes, Ambulatory clinics

Facility Issues

Construction and Renovation projects

Walk through assessments


House-keeping issue ª sanitizers

Accredit Aseptic Practices

OCAHO Standards

2. Bake Sale Planning:  Fund raising

Nov. 21 and 22 (Tentative Dates)

Need: People to bake and sell merchandise

Sign up on sheets being passed around with Name and Phone#

3. ASM National Meeting

Go- It«s good for you (experience)

Micro Club will help you out with money if you help fundraise

Sign up if you are interested in going

4. Holiday «Get Together«

Need people interested in planning

5. Treasurers report

Dues $5 per Semester      $10 per Year

 -1600 dollars balance in bank account



Microbiology Club Minutes - September 24, 2002



      Light up the lanes for kids

      Trip Year (ASM national meeting)

           Micro club helps pay for travel and expenses

           Possible Fundraisers  

                  a. Chicken Q

                  b. Bake Sale

Upcoming Club Events

      Speaker from Gundersen Lutheran on Epidemiology

      Tie Dye Party X September 29th

1. ASM Regional Meeting (U of Minnesota)

       Oct. 11,12,13

       Cheaper, Ten dollars to register

       See other research projects

       ItX's close to La Crosse

       Meet other professionals

    ASM National Meeting

       Club tries to make things cheaper by going as a group.

       Fundraisers also will help defer costs

2. Chronic Wasting Disease Talk (a prion disease)

       Judd Aitkin (alumni)

       Monday September 30

                6:00 pm @ La Crosse Center

               Meet in Cowley Parking Lot @ 5:30 pm for ride if you donXt have one

3. Brewery Tour

       How many people would like to go?

4. American Chemical Society Meeting

       General regional meeting

       Next Speaker: Chemistry of Wine

            Topic: chemicals involved in the different tastes of wine.

       Oct. 8, 6 pm @ DruganXs

       Meal choices available

5. Spring/Summer Internship information meetings

       Times/places posted on Micro Board

       Only need to go to one

       Contact Tim Tritch if you canXt make it or need help with resumes


Minutes from Feb. 4, 2002 Micro Club Meeting:

Meeting called to order at 7:15pm.

Congratulations to the winners of the word search.

  1. Introduction of the officers:

President – Allyn Spear

Vice President – Eric Grube

Secretary – Sarah Zinkel

Treasurer – Lynn Lehmann

Historian – Kevin Miller

Sergeant of Arms – Nick Stasser

Executive Board – Paul Dean and Keith Wetzel

Advisors – Bonnie Jo Bratina and Sue Anglehart

   2. Treasurer's Report

A. The Lab Coat sale was again a success, it will continue through Wednesday.

   A Big Thanks to all who helped out

B. There are still quite a few people that need to pay their dues. These need to go to either to Lynn or Nick: $5 for Spring Semester or $10 for    the whole year. These are needed to help fund the future trips that we are planning

   3. Bowl for Kids Sake

  1. To be on Sunday, February 17th, 2002 at All Star lanes
  2. This is our major volunteer event of the year, All donations go to the Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  3. To Bowl, Please See Bonnie, min. donation of $100 to bowl.

   4. Social Activities

  1. Possible Miller Brewery Tour and Brewers Game
  2. Possible Trip to UW-Madison's facility to tour and meet with their Microbiology Club

   5. Microbiology Department Display

  1. We have a few ideas for a display, centering around an active fermentation
  2. If anyone would like to help out, we are updating the display on Friday the 8th, from 1 to 3 pm. We will be working out of Rm. 116.

   6. Display Case donation

  1. At the end of the year we will be making some sort of donation to the Microbiology Dept. The idea that we have now is a new display case; the current one is quite full.
  2. If anyone has any ideas for a possible donation talk to Bonnie.

   7. Microbiology Dept. Speaker

  1. The speaker this Friday, February 8th, will be Elizabeth Skovran, a UW-L alumni, from the University of Wisconsin, on “connecting the dots in Bacterial Physiology: Metabolic Interactions, Vitamin B1 and Fe-S Cluster Metabolism”
  2. It will be held Rm. 141 of Wimberley Hall at 3:20pm, refreshments served at 3:00pm
  3. There will also be a lunch with the speaker at 1:00pm on Friday; the first couple to sign up may get a free lunch.

   8. Speaker for the night: Paul Dean

  1. Paul gave an extraordinary speech on the making of homemade wine.
  2. Any questions on how to set up your own, just ask Paul.

Next Meeting will be held on March 4th, 2002

Last meeting of the year will be held on April 8th.