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Training opportunities in vector borne disease science.

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In-Person Development and Training

**This opportunity will be posted on Zintellect in the next few weeks (by July) – for questions, or to express interest, contact the POC listed below**

Funding is available for a one year ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education) Fellow opportunity for tick threat assessment at US Air Force Bases. 

Host Location: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton OH 45433

Opportunity description:
Participant will investigate tick species presence, distribution and density at up to 8 Air Force Bases (TBD) in the United States. Activities will include:
• Environmental tick surveillance (e.g. flagging, dragging)
• Removal of ectoparasites from euthanized / nuisance killed wildlife
• Sampling of ticks and other ectoparasites from birds (TBD)
• Identification of tick samples to genus and species
• Extraction of nucleic acids to prepare samples for PCR and sequencing analysis
• Detection of tick-borne disease agents in samples
• PCR species ID, or genetic sequencing of samples (only as needed)
• Analyze nucleotide sequence data to confirm species identification or to reveal phylogenetic relationships (only as needed)
• Perform a comparative tick sampling study at the host location, using two different dry ice traps and two different tick drags.

The Fellow will also engage with Public Health at 2 – 3 bases to implement on-site tick testing of human biting Ixodes scapularis for Borrelia burgdorferi, and may participate in CDC’s MALDI-TOF tick analysis project by submitting specimens to that program. The Fellow will be encouraged to submit all novel findings for presentation or publication. This opportunity has significant travel and field work components, and also lab work as specified above.

Click here for the full description!

The University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL) Biology Department is seeking a Graduate Student TA for two years, plus summer salary for first summer (and most likely for a second summer). Tuition will be waived. The study is a mixture of molecular and field work with a concentration on Lone Star and American dog ticks.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Dr. John McCreadie at jmccread@southalabama.edu. You can also visit the Biology Department web page for more information.

Advocate for Entomology!

The ESA Science Policy Fellows (SPF) program is a two-year active training program teaching entomologists the skills they need to successfully advocate for the discipline. The training focuses on federal policy in Washington, D.C, and includes activities such as:

  • Attending science and policy workshops and networking events at ESA’s Annual Meeting (receive gratis registration and $500 travel stipend);
  • Helping others get involved locally during Entomology Advocacy Week;
  • Assisting in the development of policy statements and other communication documents;
  • Participating in Washington, D.C.-based meetings and events twice a year for hands-on experience with legislators, legislative staff, and agency leaders (all travel expenses covered by ESA); and more.

This program has rapidly become one of the most sought-after opportunities in ESA’s recognition portfolio and only accepts five new fellows each year. Diversity of all kinds of applicants is encouraged: geographic location, career stage, employment sector, gender, ethnicity, etc. Applications are due June 30, 2021. Learn more and apply.

 

Pasco County Mosquito Control District (PCMCD) and the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is seeking applications for a student internship opportunity for the summer/fall of 2021. The mission of PCMCD is to protect the health and well-being of the citizens of Pasco County through the prevention and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. The county has several species of interest that are dangerous disease vectors and several others that create a major nuisance during most months of the year. District research, surveillance and control efforts span all mosquito habitats within the county, from salt marshes to the urbanized residential areas.

Student interns will contribute to various on-going research and surveillance projects. They will be exposed to the principles of integrated pest management as it applies to mosquito control, trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology and identification, lab rearing and handling, larval and adult resistance testing. The student intern will work under the direction of the Research and Surveillance Director. Duties would include, but are not limited to, breeding site surveillance, adult mosquito trapping and identification, larval collection and sorting, egg collection and mosquito rearing, larval and adult bioassays, equipment calibration and field efficacy trials.

For the full description and to learn how to apply, click Internship – Pasco MCD – 2021


Online Professional Development and Training

See the flyer below for a brief description – learn more and register here!

Join the Tick IPM Working Group September 13 – 15, 2021 for the second annual Tick Academy!

The Tick Academy is for public health professionals, researchers, educators, students, pest control professionals, public-space managers and citizen scientists interested in learning more about what they can do to stop the spread of ticks and tickborne diseases in their communities.  

This virtual event will feature twelve presentations over three, four-hour sessions where presenters will share the newest information about tick management, tickborne disease prevention, recent discoveries of emerging pathogens, public perceptions of risk, diversity, identification of ticks and ongoing research on control and vaccine developments.

See the flyer below for more details. To register, click the registration link at the bottom of the flyer or visit https://tickacademy.brownpapertickets.com/.

This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. Students will learn about tick biology, identification, surveillance methods, tick management, common tick-borne diseases, safety and prevention, and how all of these modules connect to overall public health.

This course is currently approved for FDACS CEUs (maximum 2.0) in the following categories: Commercial Lawn & Ornamental; Commercial General Household Pest Control; Public Health

Do you have questions about this course? Contact Kaci McCoy, Program Coordinator for the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases by email at: kd.mccoy@ufl.edu 

Enroll here!

Already enrolled? Access the course here.  

The eCornell Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance course will be offered again starting on July 7, 2021, with a registration deadline of July 1.

The course is $399 to register, 3 weeks in length, and self-paced.  Discounts are available for members of vector control association groups.

Learn more here!

Episode XXIV: Thursday, May 20th 2021; Starting 2pm East African Time

Ifakara MasterClasses in Public Health Research & Practice

Hosted by Fredros Okumu (Ifakara Health Institute) and Dr. Sheila Ogoma (CHAI)

Topics:

1.Key use cases of genomic surveillance for malaria control & elimination
2.Population structures and genetic diversity in malaria vectors & parasites
3.Integrating genomics and field epidemiology [and entomology]- the Basics

4.Tracking resistance to insecticides & drugs
5.Genetic applications for improving surveillance in elimination settings
6.Some potentially transformative approaches for malaria elimination

7.Capacity building, personal experiences and mentorship
8.Essential Partnerships [& Leadership] for developing genomic approaches
9.New opportunities for scaling up genomics in malaria endemic countries

Register in advance: https://ternet-or-tz.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lc–srT0jGNXUDl16o_tN6zg1LzicFFv_

This MOOC, taught in English (videos subtitled in French and English), aims at providing the understanding in medical and veterinary entomology at the university level (students in biological or medical sciences, public health advisors, stakeholders in vector control, researchers and NGO members). It will teach the role of vectors in the functioning of ecosystems and, in a lot of cases, how to interrupt the vector transmission chain. It is organized from an entomological perspective, with each session devoted to a particular taxonomic group of insects and ticks.

Registration for this MOOC is open until June 25 and it will start on May 3.

Register and find out more

SECVBD along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to provide an online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

CEUs have been approved for FL, SC, AL, and CO at this time. If your state is not listed, and you would still like CEUs for this training, please contact Kaci McCoy prior to enrolling at kd.mccoy@ufl.edu

Click here to learn more

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

The Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Florida.
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