American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Distinguished Lecturer, 2016 – 2018
Invited to serve as a Convener of the scientific session entitled “Microbes in Microbes (Russian Dolls)” at the 2015 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology 2015
Appointed to the NSF Division of Graduate Education Committee of Visitors IGERT/GK12 subcommittee, 2014
Appointed to the American Academy of Microbiology Colloquium on "Microbe-Powered Jobs: How Microbiologists Can Help Build the Bioeconomy," 2013 – 2014.
Appointed to Advisory Board of The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations at the University of Southern California, a NSF Science and Technology Center, 2011-2014.
Appointed to the NSF supported Florida Center of Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, 2011 – 2013.
Featured Subject in a NSF Florida Center for Ocean Science Education and Excellence FLASH video of a scientist role model target to middle school students produced in 2012 http://youtu.be/66wpSx0pklQ
Invited Seminar Speaker, Florida International University, 2011
Invited Seminar Speaker, University of Missouri, 2010
Invited speaker, 110th General Meeting of the ASM, Special Interest Session "The Ocean, Human Health, and Climate Change". Presentation entitled “ Do Predatory Bacteria Control Pathogenic Vibrios in Marine/Estuarine Systems” May, 2010, San Diego, CA
Advisory Board for the NSF CREST Center at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD. 2010 to 2014
2000 - 2010
Organizer and Co-convener of Symposium on "Bacterial Mortality - Who's Killing Whom" at the 107th General Meeting of the ASM, 2007, Toronto, Canada
Panelist, Round Table Session: Bacterial Predators of Bacteria: Diversity, Interactions and Applications. 2006. 11th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology – ISME-11. Vienna, Austria.
Recipient, Life Time Achievement Award, Maryland Classified Employees Association, Inc., Baltimore, 2006
Invited to author (authorships by invitation only) three chapters in the second edition of Bergey’s Manuel of Systematic Bacteriology published in 2005
Recipient of the 2004 University of Maryland, Baltimore Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Recognition Award
Elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group that recognizes excellence, originality and creativity in the microbiological sciences, 2003.
2003 ASM William A. Hinton Research Training Award especially for mentoring and training students who are members of underrepresented populations
Selected Oral Sessions Chair, International Assoc of Dent Res Meeting, Oahu, Hawaii, 2003
Selected Oral Session Chair, 31st Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association of Dental Research, 2003, San Antonio, TX
Invited Seminar Speaker, University of Georgia, 2003
Invited Speaker, Joint Meeting of the New Zealand and Australian Microbiology Societies, Auckland, New Zealand 2003
The Role Model of Year Award presented by American Role Models Conference, 2001
Invited Expert Panel Member to NIH NIDCR Workshop: Dental Unit Waterline: Scientific Review Workshop, 2000
Keynote Speaker, ASLO Minority Program, 2000. Ann Mtg American Society for Limnology and Oceanography. Copenhagen
Prior to 2000
Elected to membership in Omega Kappa Mu Honor Dental Society, 1997
Elected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1994.
The 1980 American Society for Microbiology Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Congress