FORT COLLINS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced today that it has awarded publishing firm Jones and Bartlett and author Jeffrey Pommerville, Ph.D. its prestigious de Villiers Golden Microscope Award. The publisher and author have decided to dedicate a significant portion of royalties from a new textbook to the LLS.
The new textbook, “Fundamentals of Microbiology: A Body Systems Approach” is to be developed out of the market leading “Alcamo’s Fundamentals of Microbiology” (now in its ninth edition). Its principal author, Ed Alcamo, died of acute leukemia in December 2002. Dr. Alcamo taught microbiology from 1964 to 2002 at the State University of New York at Farmingdale (now Farmingdale State College). In addition to his four decade teaching career, he was the author of nearly 25 textbooks.
The publisher and author Dr. Jeffrey Pommerville will each dedicate one percentage point of royalties to the LLS in honor of Dr. Alcamo. Tammy Philie, executive director of the Society’s Long Island branch hailed the gift. “Jones and Bartlett and Jeff Pommerville are dedicated friends of undergraduate microbiology education; this gift symbolizes more than anything the connection between medical education and our increasing ability to better understand and hopefully eradicate blood cancer diseases.”
Clayton Jones, President of Jones and Bartlett Publishers, said, “We’re honored to be the recipient of this award. As a company, we feel closely linked with medical education. We and Jeff Pommerville are pleased and honored to be carrying on Dr. Alcamo’s tradition of excellence in undergraduate educational publishing.”
"Ed Alcamo was a dear friend and colleague,” said Dr. Pommerville. “I am thrilled to be a recipient of the award and pleased to honor Ed by supporting the society's research and education initiatives."
“Dr. Alcamo always believed that education and pure science are indispensable allies in the fight against disease,” said Michael Alcamo, Dr. Alcamo’s son. “Through his publishing ventures, Dr. Alcamo continually found new ways to inspire students to become excited about the allied health fields. His friends at Jones and Bartlett made that possible through their dedication and commitment to his many new ideas, and through a fruitful partnership through many years. We thank Jones and Bartlett and Dr. Pommerville for their partnership.”
A graduate of Iona College and St. John’s University, Dr. Alcamo taught microbiology to thousands of allied health students, and he helped found the Undergraduate Education section of the American Society for Microbiology.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was founded by the de Villiers Family in 1949, which experienced first hand the devastation of cancer when their 16-year-old son, Robert Roesler de Villiers, died from leukemia. The Foundation later became The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with the mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families during a time of crisis.
The LLS awards its Golden Microscope Award to corporations that lend significant financial support to the Society to not only continue funding of cutting edge research programs, but also to attract new researchers to the field of blood cancer basic and translational research.
LLS Research Portfolios include grants to talented young scientists whom expert advisors deem most likely to make the basic science and clinical discoveries that will produce new blood cancer treatments and diagnostics. The portfolios also include outstanding examples of translational research projects that are judged most likely to move new breakthroughs from laboratories to patients in the shortest possible time.
Treatment advancements and the creation of new therapies have improved blood cancer survival rates significantly over the last 15-years. Just 30 years ago, blood cancer survival rates were 5% and today, childhood leukemia and Hodgkin disease survival rates are close to 90%, with all other blood cancer’s survival rates at close to 50%. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is dedicated to eradicating all blood cancer by 2015.
About Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.
Founded in 1983, Jones and Bartlett is currently the nation’s seventh largest academic publisher. Family-owned and independent, J&B publishes text, professional, reference and consumer-focused books, as well as a variety of multimedia and online products and programs in dozens of disciplines. J&B is widely recognized in the fields of nursing and medicine and also publishes the Journal of the National Cancer Network, one of the most widely circulated peer-reviewed journals in medical oncology. www.jbpub.com
About Jeffrey Pommerville, Ph.D.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Pommerville is professor of microbiology at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona. He is the author of numerous successful textbooks, and he is winner of the 2008 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award from the American Society for Microbiology, the profession’s highest honor. Long recognized as an innovative and effective educator, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the State University of California at Santa Barbara.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lyphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding a cure for blood cancer and providing an improved quality of life for patients and their families through comprehensive patient services programs. www.lls.org.