Just five days after Hurricane Katrina, the American Society for Microbiology, organizers of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy conference, announced that the meeting would be moving to the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center. Before the hurricane hit, ICAAC had been expecting to draw 12,000 attendees to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Jim Sliwa, ASM's media relations manager, says, “We really wanted to stay in New Orleans — they'll ...

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