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Encounters in Microbiology, Second Edition

Author(s): Jeffrey C. Pommerville, PhD, Glendale Community College
  • ISBN-13: 9780763757984
  • Paperback    119 pages      © 2009
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The Second Edition of Encounters in Microbiology, now introduced by renowned author and educator Jeffrey Pommerville, engages readers with 15 exciting medical mysteries pulled from Discover Magazine’sVital Signs. In each account emergency room physicians are in a race against time to diagnose the life-threatening microbial diseases facing their patients. These medical detectives need all of their experience, intuition, and a few critical observations to identify the puzzling illnesses.

With new Questions to Consider sections, Encounters in Microbiology is a must have for students or anyone interested in the exciting world of microbiology

Also available: Encounters in Microbiology, Volume 2 (978-0-7637-5799-1)

Applicable Courses

Designed as a supplemental reader for students or anyone interested in microbiology.


  • Introduction to Microbiology     
  • Microbiology for Allied Health Professionals     
  • Medical Microbiology     
  • Microbiology for Dental Hygiene Students   
  • Microbes and Society 

1.  Fever without a Cause, by Paul Aronowitz
  Firestorm , by Tony Dajer
3.  Blindsided by Tetanus, by Claire Panosian Dunavan
4.  A String of Pearls, by Tony Dajer
5.  A Deadly Specter, by Jeremy Brown
6.  Blackwater Fever, by Tony Dajer
7.  The Baby Who Stopped Eating , by Robert Marion
8.  Distant Echoes, by Tony Dajer
9.  Brave, Braver, Bravest, by Stewart Massad
10. A Lethal Scratch, by Tony Dajer
11. Mysterious Fevers, by Daniel C. Weaver
Triumph by Treachery, by Tony Dajer
Intruder in the Heart, by Claire Panosian
A Star of Hope, by Paul Aronowitz
An Independent Diagnosis, by Tony Miksanek


Jeffrey C. Pommerville, PhD-Glendale Community College

Jeffrey Pommerville is Professor of Biology and Microbiology at Glendale Community College (GCC) in Glendale, Arizona, where he teaches microbiology and introductory biology. He also has served as the Course Assessment Coordinator for the Biology Department at GCC. Before coming to GCC, he was on the biology faculty at Texas A&M University. Dr. Pommerville received his BS and PhD from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Since coming to GCC, Dr. Pommerville has served as principal investigator on several NSF grants, including Systemic Reform in Science (SyRIS) that developed a strategy to reform and integrate the introductory sciences. He is the author of more than 50 research and education research papers, and was the Perspectives Editor for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Dr. Pommerville has received numerous professional honors, including: the 2008 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award from ASM, the Golden Microscope Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Ohaus Award for Innovations in Science Teaching from the National Science Teachers Association, and was one of the first recipients of a Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award from his home institution. He is a member of AAAS, NSTA, NABT, and, of course ASM. Dr. Pommerville is a past co-chair for the ASM’s Conference for Undergraduate Educators as well as a past chair of Division W of ASM.

Dr. Pommerville also is author of Fundamentals of Microbiology: Body Systems Edition, Third Edition (2016), Alcamo’s Microbes and Society, Fourth edition (2016), as well as Encounters in Microbiology, Vol. 1 and 2 (2009), and Guide to Infectious Diseases by Body System, Second Edition (2012). All are published by Jones & Bartlett Learning.


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