Welcome! We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways that identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The Department of Bacteriology fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every perspective – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Recent News & Upcoming Events
BacT Book Club Discussion: How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith
The Bacteriology Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee invites members of the Microbial Sciences community to a curated discussion on this year’s Go Big Read book, How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith. When: Thursday, March …
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Congrats to Rachel Salemi, PhD!
Rachel successfully defended their dissertation, “Elucidating the Contributions of Promoter Sequence and (p)ppGpp Binding Sites on RNAP to Transcription Regulation in Escherichia coli,” and is now a postdoc in the Hershey Lab. Congratulations, Rachel!
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What are we currently working on?
Explore our website to learn more about our ongoing and planned initiatives, including:
- Developing and distributing a quarterly intradepartmental newsletter to promote inclusion
- Ensuring a diversity of speakers in our weekly Distinguished Lectures in Microbiology seminar series
- Inviting at least one diversity researcher to present during our annual Kenneth B. Raper Symposium
- Reviewing and updating departmental policies to address systemic forms of injustice
- Tracking the demographic composition of the Department, and celebrating “Who We Are“
- Administering an annual department-wide climate survey, and summarizing/communicating results
- Improving DEI elements in both undergraduate- and graduate-level Bacteriology courses
- Highlighting Microbiologists We Admire
- Hosting more social, science discussion, and training events such as department-facilitated Go Big Read book clubs
- Promoting health by developing and displaying quarterly wellness education posters in all department restrooms
- Implementing a department kudos system
- Redesigning our website and regularly updating its content, including information regarding current (and planned) initiatives and their impacts on our community
If you have any questions, ideas, or concerns about diversity, equity, or inclusion in the department, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com. We will do our best to get back to you within 48 hours.
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