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Chapter 40 : Directed Science, Curiosity-Driven Science, and Striking the Balance

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After nearly three months as president and one year as president-elect, what amazes me most about the ASM is the breadth and depth of our activities. We literally span the globe, with ambassadors in 54 countries and outreach programs in Africa, South America, and Asia focused on building laboratory capacity for tuberculosis, HIV, and other infectious diseases. The 14 journals we publish are reinventing themselves to remain vital in an electronic world, and , our newly launched premier publication, scored an impressive impact factor of 5.3 less than two years after publishing its first issue. Our membership numbers are up nearly 2% from last year, with the largest increases in student and international members, and a new tiered structure will make it easier and more attractive to join. The General Meeting has recently undergone a metamorphosis, and I am pleased to report that total registration for 2012 was the highest since 2008, with over 9,300 attendees. The Academy of Microbiology continues to examine ways that microbes can positively impact environmental and human health, as exemplified by their recent colloquium on , and our Public and Scientific Affairs Board has been working tirelessly to advocate on our behalf to agencies and lawmakers throughout Washington. Their current efforts to lobby against across-the-board cuts in discretionary spending, as stipulated in the Budget Control Act of 2011 and slated to be enacted on January 2, 2013, are critical for preventing a potentially crippling blow to the nation’s scientific research enterprise. This is just a small sampling of recent accomplishments and activities, and for more information please see our website at www.ASM.org. It is intended to illustrate the influence and reach of the ASM and its potential for advancing our field, which brings me to the point of this editorial.

Citation: Miller J. 2016. Directed Science, Curiosity-Driven Science, and Striking the Balance, p 159-162. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch40
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Citation: Miller J. 2016. Directed Science, Curiosity-Driven Science, and Striking the Balance, p 159-162. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch40
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Jeff F. Miller is Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA, and past president of the ASM.

Citation: Miller J. 2016. Directed Science, Curiosity-Driven Science, and Striking the Balance, p 159-162. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch40
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