Department Chair Bess Ward has been selected to receive the 2012 Procter & Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology of the American Society of Microbiology. This award recognizes distinguished achievement in research and development in applied (non-clinical) and environmental microbiology. In other words, microbiologists not involved in some type of biomedical research. Award winners must be active in current research in areas of appropriate fields. Prof. Ward is the newest recipient in a long list of distinguished past awardees since 1977. The award will be granted in San Francisco at the next ASM General Meeting in June 2012.