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Certification Program to Expand Response Capability for Vector-Borne Disease Outbreaks


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Certification Program to Expand Response Capability for Vector-Borne Disease Outbreaks

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Entomological Society of America will train and certify insect scientists to stand ready for CDC Emergency Response Teams Soon, the public health community will be better equipped to respond to outbreaks of diseases spread by mosquitoes and other arthropod vectors, thanks to a contract awarded to the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation by the […]

Researchers Develop Improved Lab-Testing System for Mosquito Repellents

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Among the processes by which researchers gauge the effectiveness of a mosquito repellent is one that depends on convincing a volunteer to shove an arm treated with the compound into a box and let the little bloodsuckers have a go at it. The system works well enough but, like all such assays, has limitations, not […]

How Sex and Scientific Research Saved Your Steak Dinner (and Bambi) From the Screwworm Fly—Again

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

By Susan J. Weller, Ph.D., and Robert K.D. Peterson, Ph.D. If there is one thing that we have learned from scientific research, it’s this: We cannot know where the next breakthrough will come from, but maintaining adequate funding for our nation’s scientific researchers is money well-spent. As an example, consider the screwworm fly in the […]


Thursday, April 20th, 2017

    Colleagues, Many of you were likely present at the International Congress of Entomology to hear Anca Paslaru (of the Institute of Parasitology, National Center for Vector Entomology, Switzerland) present her recent research using MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry (MS) to identify Culicoides to species.  You may remember from Anca’s presentation that this method worked well […]

Veterinary Entomologist John “Jack” Lloyd Passed Away

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Dr. John E. Lloyd September 28, 1940 to March 25, 2017 John E. (Jack) Lloyd was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania on September 28, 1940 to the late Earl Edward and Elizabeth Flynn Lloyd. His childhood was spent in Pennsylvania where he graduated from Munhall-Homestead High School and went on to earn a bachelor of science […]

A Model for Predicting Stable Fly Populations

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“Stable fly populations fluctuate tremendously not only seasonally but also from year to year. An important component of any integrated pest management program is to know the current trend in the population. As a pest population approaches the economic injury level, one would like to know if the population is going to continue to increase, […]

University of California, Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension search extended

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Dear Colleagues, Following an interview process and review of the feedback collected from the search committee and seminar attendees as well as the application materials, I am requesting that the Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension search be extended so that we may solicit more candidates for consideration. Although we saw several strong applicants, we want […]

Florida New World Screwworm Incident Webinar, February 21, 2017 at 11 am EST

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Dr. Joanna Davis will be providing an overview of the new world screwworm response in Florida.  It will include background information on the fly, history of infestations in the United States, transmission, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment recommendations, prevention and control measures (including the Sterile Insect Technique).  Dr. Davis will also discuss how APHIS, the […]

Position Vacancy Announcement – Livestock Extension Advisor

Monday, February 6th, 2017

The University of California, Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources has an open position for a Cooperative Extension Advisor (Extension Agent) focused on livestock and natural resources to be located in Placer County, California.  More more information, see the position vacancy announcement here: http://ucanr.edu/Jobs/Jobs_990/?jobnum=1123  

The Potential Role of Direct and Indirect Contacts on Infection Spread in Dairy Farm Networks

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Researchers have shown that looking at movements of operators and vehicles between farms in the same way we look at contacts in social networks can help explain the spread of dangerous infectious diseases of livestock, such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza. This research, published in PLOS Computational Biology, can contribute to the development of […]

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