George Garrity, Beronda Montgomery elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

  • Feb 14, 2018
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Professors George Garrity and Beronda Montgomery of Michigan State University’s College of Natural Science (NatSci) were elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) for their excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences.

Garrity, a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG), was elected for his work in a range of important areas of microbial biology, knowledge mining and industrial microbiology. Montgomery, an MSU Foundation Professor who holds joint appointments in MMG and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and is a member of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, was elected for her seminal contributions to understanding physiological and morphogenic adaptation of photosynthetic microbes to light.

“NatSci is proud to have two of its faculty members elected as AAM fellows this year,” said NatSci Interim Dean Cheryl Sisk. “Professors Garrity and Montgomery are recognized not only for their outstanding contributions to microbial research, but also for extending fundamental research to human applications and for leadership in advancing the next generation of microbiologists. Their distinction as AAM fellows is richly deserved.”

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George Garrity

Garrity, who also holds a minor appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is delighted, both personally and professionally, to receive this accolade.

“It is an honor to have the body of my professional work equated with that of past and present members of the academy,” said Garrity, whose various leadership roles have included serving as president of the Society for Industrial Microbiology.

The appointment is also a high point in Montgomery’s accomplished career. In addition to her research excellence, is known for her deep commitment to mentoring and developing scientists—both trainees and colleagues—of diverse backgrounds, and for her leadership locally and nationally. 

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Beronda Montgomery

“Receiving the recognition of one’s peers is always a wonderful honor,” Montgomery said. “Though such honors come in a single name, they truly arise from achieving scientific advances as a leader of a team and member of a community, so that all of the members of my team have opportunities to advance.”

As newly elected fellows, Garrity and Montgomery will be recognized at a reception during the American Society of Microbiology's ASM Microbe 2018 conference in June in Atlanta, Ga.

The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, the world's oldest and largest life science organization. AAM’s mission is to recognize excellence in the microbiological sciences; foster awareness of advances in microbiology and the potential contributions of these advances to human welfare; provide accurate, science-based information about critical issues in microbiology; and identify and convene experts to consider and advise on issues related to microbiology.


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