On October 4 and 5, 2018, the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and the Emerging Pathogens Institute will host a symposium addressing social, cultural, and scientific issues raised by mosquito-borne illness. These vector-borne illnesses remain an important public health concern in Florida, the southeastern United States, and Latin America.
This symposium, in honor of Dr. Melvin J. Fregly, brings together experts in different fields to discuss their disciplinary approaches, and, in the process, promote discussion among participants as to how interdisciplinary collaboration can enhance a search for social and scientific solutions. It also will feature current research on emerging mosquito-borne pathogens.
Speakers for the symposium include:
-Dr. Gordon Patterson, of the Florida Institute of Technology, whose work focuses on vector control and the history of mosquito control
-Dr. Phil Lounibos of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory who works on insect ecology and behavior, especially as applied to mosquito vectors of human diseases
-Dr. Chelsea Smartt, also from of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, who studies virus-vector interactions
-Capt. Jeffrey Stancil, commander of the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE)
In addition to these speakers, the symposium will include a Collaboration with Strangers (CoLab) workshop; a film screening and discussion; exhibits on the history of mosquito-borne illnesses and recent scholarship on mosquito-borne illnesses; and a student art show.
There is no cost to attend the symposium, but advance registration is required. Light refreshments will be served at most events. To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-fregly-symposium-tickets-49050633766. For more information about the symposium, see the event libguide: https://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/fregly