The AAM Addresses Important Issues in the Field of Microbiology

An accomplished professor and scientific researcher, Jef Boeke founded and currently serves as the director of the High Throughput Biology (HiT) Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Recently, Jef Boeke was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).

Founded in 1955, the AAM is a leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology that serves to recognize scientific achievement and acts as a resource for government agencies, industry, and the scientific community. Since its founding, the AAM has honored 2,700 scientists for their contributions to the field of microbiology.

As part of the society’s work, the AAM conducts a colloquium program that serves to address important issues in microbiology. The program’s activities consist of regular colloquia, during which a selected group of scientists comes together for directed deliberations. These meetings result in published reports, which are scientific but nontechnical, and written for a general audience. Past colloquium reports have covered topics such as influenza and the West Nile virus.