Retreat Program 2013

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22nd Annual Microbiology Research Retreat

October 18-20, 2013

Alabama 4H Center

892 4-H Road Columbiana, AL 35051
GPS - 892 Four H Road

Dear Faculty, Postdocs and Students,

Planning for the Microbiology Research Retreat is well underway and we expect that attendance will be at an all-time high because we have a beautiful venue not too far from Birmingham. This is a week-end event scheduled for October 18-20th at the Alabama 4H Center located in Columbiana, AL. The Micro retreat has always been a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty and postdocs to focus on science and to establish new collaborations away from the distractions of everyday life. As always, the department will pay for rooms and meals with the group (this covers all meals during the retreat). We understand that accommodations will be a little tight but we are trying to ease that situation, and the 4-H Center promises to make up for it with state-of-the-art facilities and audio-visual equipment, as well as the opportunity to retreat to a beautiful environment in a natural setting. Many other UAB departments have held retreats here and have given the place rave reviews.

Because the 4H Center is close to Birmingham, there are some important guidelines for attendees at this year’s retreat. 1. All participants are expected to stay overnight. This is important since it is against UAB policy and state guidelines to pay for “no-show” rooms. 2. There will be social events in the evenings, during which both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Because of that, and because we don’t plan on administering breathalyzers, no one should plan on driving back to Birmingham.

We are finalizing the agenda, but we plan on scheduling the poster session on Friday night with the student-selected keynote speaker Kimberly Benton on Saturday evening. We have several options for activities available during free-time on Saturday (e.g., putt-putt, canoeing) with a campfire later that evening, weather permitting. Please register and submit abstracts online by October 1st. We are strongly encouraging all students and postdocs to submit abstracts, which will be selected for either poster or oral presentation. Lucrative prizes will be awarded for the best poster/oral presentations.

We will be reaching out to interested persons to work with Department administration in the planning of next year’s retreat. This will give students and postdocs an opportunity to select the venue of their choice (budget permitting) and help with the scientific program. The Department hosts this retreat for you so we want it to reflect your ideas.

We look forward to seeing you at the retreat!


Frances E. Lund, Ph.D. Chair
Charles H. McCauley Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology                                                                             
           Peter Burrows, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology and Genetics
Microbiology Graduate Program Director
Immunology Graduate Theme Director