For immediate release: June 5, 2007 GALVESTON, Texas - Clifford W. Houston, associate vice president for educational outreach at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, was elected president of the American Society for Microbiology effective July 1. The ASM is the largest single life science society, composed of over 43,000 scientists and health professionals. It publishes 11 professional journals and monitors public policy, providing comment and testimony on issues that affect microbiology. The ASM's mission is to promote research in the microbiological sciences and assist communication between scientists, policy makers and the public to improve health and foster economic well-being worldwide. Houston joined UTMB in 1981 and recently completed a two-year stint as deputy associate administrator for education in the office of education at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Public Affairs Office 301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102 Galveston, Texas 77555-0144