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Florida Mosquito Control Association Scholarship

 

  Eligibility criteria:

1. The student shall be an undergraduate or graduate. Undergraduates will have completed at least two years of academic study with a minimum of 30 credit hours.

2. The student shall be a United States citizen residing in the state of Florida.

3. Undergraduates shall have maintained an overall grade point average of 3.0 (out of 4.0) during the last 2 years of academic study. Graduate students must have completed at least one full semester of graduate course work and shall have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (out of 4.0) for all graduate course work completed by September 14, 2018.

4. The student shall be enrolled in an accredited College or University in the state of Florida.

5. The student shall be majoring in a field of study having relevance to arthropod control and/or public health.

6. The student shall submit three letters of recommendation, two of which are from professors affiliated with an accredited College or University in which the student is enrolled.

7. Students who have worked previously (or currently) with a local mosquito control district or related organization or agency will receive extra consideration during the selection process. If not, awardees shall be encouraged to seek summer employment with a local mosquito control district for at least one summer during the award period.

8. The scholarship recipient will be provided a gratis membership in FMCA during the period of the award. The recipient is expected to attend an annual Florida Mosquito Control Association meeting. Graduate student recipients will be required to present a paper on their research during an FMCA meeting.

  A completed application must contain the following:

1. Name, address, telephone number of applicant, University or College where enrolled, major, overall grade point average, grade point average in major, and number of credit hours completed.

2. Statement from the student describing their interest in public health entomology, career goals, how this award will assist in financing their education and other factors pertinent to scholastic ability which illustrate qualifications for the scholarship (limited to 1,000 words)

3. Letters from three persons (two of which are from professors from the person’s academic institution) who are knowledgeable individuals attesting to entomological interests, character and aptitude. These can be emailed to wqualls@amcdfl.org.

4. An original copy of current official transcripts of college grades (this may be sent separately). Please send only one set of original transcripts per application package.

5. Proof of current enrollment at a Florida College or University.

6. One photograph (black and white, passport size) per application package.

  Application process:

The application is to be completed on-line at https://www.yourfmca.org/foundation/scholarships/.

Transcripts need to be mailed to Dr. Whitney Qualls, 120 EOC Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092. Transcripts MUST arrive to Dr. Qualls by the September 26, 2022 deadline. Make sure to plan extra time for the transcripts to be received by the deadline since they have to be mailed from the University.

 

  About the India-EMBO Lecture Course

 

Malaria is a classical example of a complex disease that is shaped not only by the interactions between the parasite, vectors and humans at the molecular level but also by the environment in which they all thrive. Malaria elimination is inconceivable in absence of a detailed understanding of these molecular interactions.

The principal themes of this India|EMBO Lecture Course are overlapping and revolve around malaria molecular epidemiology, evolution & population genetics. The main objective of the course is to collate and transfuse the state of the art principles, practices and understanding of the central theme between the experts in malaria (and beyond) and the current and future torchbearers of malaria elimination (and finally, eradication). This India|EMBO Lecture Course is designed in an interactive (rather than didactic) way with multi-directional and multi-dimensional perspectives and provide ample opportunities for interaction. In addition to the lectures, the participants will be benefited from a hands-on exercise, networking sessions for scientific writing, work-life balance, and career guidance.

This India|EMBO Lecture Course is aimed at PhD students, PostDocs and young researchers, however, researchers from academia and industry who are interested to learn and apply the knowledge are also encouraged to apply.

  This course package includes:

1. Lectures, deliberations, and discussions from 14 global experts

2. Six days of an academic feast on Malaria molecular epidemiology, evolution & population genetics

3. Residential course with all accommodation and meals costs covered in the registration fees

4. Nominal registration fee of 60-90 Euros

5. Unique opportunity for PhDs and Postdocs to learn, socially interact, and collaborate with global leaders

6. Includes sessions on career guidance, work-life balance, and research writing

7. Bonus: the registration cost includes a local excursion in Delhi with local food and a great chance to explore India

When: November 17-23, 2022

Where: New Delhi, India

Registration: https://meetings.embo.org/event/22-malaria

Registration deadline: July 31, 2022

We are excited to share with you an opportunity to be trained in all things ‘tick’ at the “Tick University 2022,” which will be held June 1st – 3rd in Nashville, TN! The SECVBD is providing a competitive fellowship to attend the training, which will offset the costs of lodging and/or travel for select applicants.

  • About the Tick University: The Tick University is part of the SECVBD’s Southeast Tickborne Emergent Pathogen Surveillance (STEPS) program. The training will be hosted by Dr. Abelardo Moncayo (TN DOH) and held at the Tennessee Department of Health Laboratory Services in Nashville, TN on June 1st – June 3rd, 2022.

We are excited to provide this training for individuals who have career trajectories aligned with public health entomology and have an interest in tick and tickborne pathogen surveillance. Topics to be covered will include practical overviews of tick biology, tick identification, tickborne diseases, and nationally-relevant current topics, as well as hands-on training in field collection methods, tick identification practice, and laboratory processing demonstrations.

  • About the Tick University Fellowship: The SECVBD is providing a competitive fellowship to attend the training, which will offset the costs of lodging and/or travel. Selected individuals will receive reimbursements of approved accommodation and/or travel fees, up to $500 per person.

Course Link: https://learn.invisible.international/courses/one-health-for-human-health-clinicians/#learndash-course-content

This module provides an overview of the One Health framework for human health clinicians and describes how this framework can be applied in clinical practice. One Health is a “concept and an approach that recognizes that the health of people, animals, and the environment are inextricably interconnected.” This course covers the full scope of One Health arenas in need and examples of cross-professional collaborations.

Learning objectives:

  • Define what the term ‘One Health’ refers to and why it is important for human health professionals.

  • Give at least 3 examples of arenas/issues in need of a One Health approach.

  • List 4 actions they might take as human health clinicians to implement One Health thinking in their daily work life.

The AAFP has reviewed “One Health for Human Health Clinicians” and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 05/07/2022 to 05/06/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This session is approved for 1.0 online enduring material activity AAFP Prescribed credits.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Mosquito control is science-based. Mosquito control professionals use observation of mosquito populations, evaluation of novel control technology and predictive modeling to determine the best way to manage mosquito populations and prevent pathogen transmission. Mosquito control has benefited from a long history of research within mosquito abatement agencies, at public and private universities, and at other qualified research institutions examining how to improve mosquito control to provide a better quality of life for the public.

In 2015, the American Mosquito Control Association was approached to begin administering the Mosquito Research Foundation. Re-named the AMCA Research Fund, the new program seeks to fund research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control, ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites. Priority research areas include:

  • Mosquito behavior and ecology
  • Arbovirus transmission
  • Chronic and/or acute impact of pesticides on target and non-target organisms
  • Novel methods of domestic and/or urban mosquito surveillance and control
  • Novel methods of arbovirus surveillance, control, and risk prediction
  • Adulticides and/or larvicides: new products research
  • Pesticide efficacy and/or resistance

 

REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS
THE DEADLINE FOR 2023 PRE-PROPOSALS IS FRIDAY, 24 JUNE 2021.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PRE-PROPOSAL

*Please email this completed document to mmacnee@mosquito.org

 GOALS

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Research Fund invites new pre-proposals for research on mosquito control and related topics for funding for calendar year 2023.

AMCA® is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing leadership, information, and education leading to the enhancement of public health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes.

The AMCA Research Fund is devoted to funding research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control and ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites.

PRIORITY AREAS

Highlight partnerships – especially with districts and large groups to make this work.

  • Characterize the attributes of communities (e.g., socioeconomic, education level, geographic, age, other) that support mosquito control
  • Analyze gaps in vector control educational resources – similar to CDC Northeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/104251
  • Evaluate the most effective communication techniques about mosquito control and disease prevention that lead to behavioral by communities
  • Examine the synergy of community education in conjunction with chemical, biological, and/or physical control methods
  • Identification of effective ways to communicate risk to community members and non-scientists
  • Developing public facing data/hazard graphics and studying their impacts on public perception (how effective are the new tools that we have; what gaps are still present)
  • Assessing strategies to limit chemophobia in a community/population

More specifically, AMCARF priority areas for this funding cycle include but are not limited to projects investigating:

New Communication Tools – Identification/development of new communication tools/techniques/graphics/media that more actively engage non-scientists and community members in the fight against public-health vector disease (projects must have a significant research component evaluating the efficacy of these tools or culminating in their development, preferably for multiple communities)

Understanding Risk Perception – projects focused on how communities perceive risk and identifying parameters that lead to more accurate appreciation of the benefit of mosquito control approaches and the risk of mosquito-transmitted pathogens

Synergism by Public Education – research related to evaluating the combined effects of traditional mosquito control approaches and community-wide education programs on reducing mosquitoes/mosquito-borne disease in a given area

Limiting Misinformation – with misinformation regarding pesticides on the rise on social media and other fora, particular focus will be placed on projects attempting to understand the spread of chemophobia and limiting its harmful effects

For more details, see the website: https://www.mosquito.org/page/researchfund

The PacMOSSI vector surveillance and control course focuses on building capacity for vector surveillance and control of Aedes– and Anopheles-borne diseases in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICs). The primary audience for the training course is Ministry of Health (MoH) operational and managerial staff in PICs; however, the training may be adapted by any individual interested in upskilling in vector surveillance and control.

The training comprises fully online, self-paced modules. Each module will take about 3 to 5 hours for students to complete. The course comprises a series of interactive web-based units that present key concepts through audio narration, animations, case studies, readings and quizzes to help students achieve the learning outcomes.

The modules will be published online in Moodle (https://pacmossi.moodlecloud.com/). Once enrolled, students will have ongoing access to the course so they can continue to participate in forums and refer to materials as needed.

Learn more here: https://pacmossi.org/training/

Announcing the 2022 CDC West Nile virus (WNV) Forecasting Challenge is open for participation. This is an open forecasting challenge to predict the total number of WNV neuroinvasive disease cases in U.S. counties during the 2022 calendar year. Email vbd-predict@cdc.org for more information and to register a modeling team. Learn more here. 

The two Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRCs) funded by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), VEuPathDB and BV-BRC, would like to invite you to attend the Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens Open Community Webinar Series.

This joint webinar series focuses on ticks and the bacterial, viral, and eukaryotic pathogens they transmit. Eight webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis starting on March 8th. Each webinar will focus on specific data, tools, and functionality provided by these NIAID-funded BRCs. To learn more about these webinars and to register to attend please follow this link.

If you would like, please submit feedback or questions to be discussed during the webinars or suggest  datasets to include in our databases by completing this webform. Alternatively, you can also participate live during the webinar.   And, of course, you can always comment or ask for help directly through the two BRC resources (help@veupathdb.org & help@bv-brc.org).

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) published an update to their Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management manual that includes new information on managing Culex species and reducing arbovirus transmission.

See the training manual here!

A free virtual climate change and emerging infectious diseases seminar series hosted by the University at Albany will begin on October 21st, 2021. Please see the seminar schedule for more details and call-in information!

The Students of Acarology Group (SOA), associated with Acarology Society of America, is currently working to expand their student network and get more students involved. The benefits of SOA include student travel and presentation awards, leadership opportunities in a national level society, research highlighted on social media and being part of a group of supportive peers in acarology. Please see the flyer for more information.

The New York State Department of Health and University at Albany are hosting a joint seminar series on Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Join this group on the third Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at 4 PM EST for presentations on VBDs and climate change.

The full schedule and meeting information can be found here.

Are you a local public health official interested in learning more about how to perform active tick surveillance in your jurisdiction? The I-TICK program is offering online active tick surveillance training this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this online training is providing you with the knowledge needed to start active tick surveillance programs within your respective jurisdictions.

See full description and access the training here: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/i-tick/2020/06/18/online-tick-surveillance-training-for-local-health-departments/

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

Click here to learn more

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist – program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field

  • Associate Certified Entomologist – program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists

Click here to learn more

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

Click here to learn more

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

Click here to learn more