AMY CHENG VOLLMER, Swarthmore College

Amy Cheng Vollmer is Isaac H. Clothier, Jr. Professor of Biology at Swarthmore, where she has helped to create initiatives to promote adult science literacy as well as to increase access to and success in STEM fields for a diverse student population. Her teaching, which incorporates active learning in large and small classes, includes microbiology, biotechnology, metabolism, and introductory biology; her research focuses on the regulation of the response of bacteria to environmental stress. She has authored works on basic bacterial genetics and physiology and on applied and environmental microbiology. Serving in numerous leadership capacities as a member of the American Society for Microbiology, she was the 2006 recipient of the ASM’s Carski Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. She is past president of the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology.


October 16-17, 2017
     Elmira College, Elmira, NY

October 19-20, 2017
     University of Maine, Orono, ME

October 30-31, 2017
     Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA

November 2-3, 2017
     Howard University, Washington, DC

March 12-13, 2018
     Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL

March 15-16, 2018
     Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

March 26-27, 2018
     Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

March 29-30, 2018
     St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD


What Bacteria Can Teach Us About Stress Response 

The Gut Microbiome: Interactions between microbial communities and their hosts 

Staying Well in a World of Bacteria and Viruses 

The Microbial World: Small and ancient is not primitive or unsophisticated! 

Science Literacy: Building bridges and trust 
Love of learning is the guide of life.