This past weekend, the Department of Bacteriology received an extraordinary 100th birthday present. It was added to a selective list of institutions that have been designated a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). This honor was marked during a plaque dedication event held during the department’s centennial celebration on Saturday.
The ASM Milestones in Microbiology program recognizes institutions that have made significant contributions toward advancing the science of microbiology. The UW-Madison bacteriology department’s designation was made in recognition of its consistent history of outstanding cutting-edge research over the past 100 years, and the continuing benefits to fundamental and applied sciences, to industry, to government and to society as a whole from the research performed in the department.
Some of the department’s major discoveries and contributions are detailed in the text of the Milestones in Microbiology plaque, which reads: