This month, we turn the spotlight to a new club on campus, the St. Norbert chapter of the American Society for Microbiology! The topic of microbiology proudly boasts the names of scientists that truly changed and shaped the world as we know it, Louis Pasteur, Jonas Salk, and Robert Koch just to name a few. Originally founded in 1899, The American Society for Microbiology is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world! Starting with 59 scientists, ASM has expanded to over 47,000 scientists and health professionals who make up thousands of chapters worldwide. The goal of ASM is not only to advance the microbial sciences, but also, to provide a deeper understanding of microbiology to a wide array of individuals. It is this same goal that inspired the founding of the St. Norbert chapter of ASM by president, Ashley Bauer, co-president, Brooke Mathias, vice-president, Maddie Christel, and treasurer, Katelyn Huebner.
When asked about her inspiration for the founding of the St. Norbert chapter of ASM, president, Ashley Bauer said that there were several factors that inspired her. St. Norbert College is known throughout the Green Bay and De Pere area for their strong science department, so it was no surprise that a research conference for the American Society for Microbiology was held at the St. Norbert Campus last fall. When asked about the conference, Bauer responded enthusiastically, “It was very cool to be surrounded by so many people who studied this branch of Biology, and not to mention see some of my own peers present their research!” The conference was held in Fort Howard Theatre on campus and was a day full of interesting presentations from people at all stages of Microbiology research, including a few SNC students. Bauer stated that it was this conference that sparked an interest in her about starting a chapter at St. Norbert. “One day after the conference, I was looking into the number ASM chapters in Wisconsin,” Bauer said. “At that time, there were only 2, one in Madison, and the other in Milwaukee. I thought that since Green Bay is the 3rd largest city in Wisconsin, we could definitely use one here! We thought that it would not only be great for the students at SNC, but also for local microbiology-related industries!”
The Microbiology club is incredibly excited to begin their first year as a recognized club! They hope to give presentations, invite guest speakers, and hold events that foster a passion and appreciation for microbiology in SNC’s student body. “We’re excited for what the future holds,” Bauer says, “We may even collaborate with Luna or Bonafide Juicery to learn about the bacterial processes involved with producing Kombucha!”
If you wish to learn more about joining St. Norbert’s chapter of the American Society for Microbiology, follow us on Facebook @SNCASM or contact any of the executive board members at the email addresses listed below!