Thanks for the ESPP travel grant, I gave my first conference talk in Crystal City, Virginia on March 24, 2017 at American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) Conference on Innovative Microbial Ecology for Mitigation of Antibiotic Resistance and Bacterial Diseases. American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society consisted of 48,000 scientists and health professionals. I presented our research on Distribution of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Surface and Overhead Irrigated Greenhouse Lettuce. Agricultural practices are one of the important aspects of mitigating antimicrobial resistance. It is important for us to understand emerging contaminants such as antibiotics, antibiotics resistance genes distribution in fresh produce we consume everyday. By understanding difference agricultural practices such as irrigation methods and reclaimed water quality, we can ameliorate the risks of our food being contaminated. This conference is new and multidisciplinary. I enjoyed wonderful talks and posters on food, agriculture, medicine, computer science strategies to mitigate antibiotic resistance. It was eye opening for me, and I learned a lot beyond my discipline on antimicrobial resistance. It was a beautiful time in Washington D.C. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in the same week. I get the chance to cycle around and see beautiful cherries. Fantastic conference.