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SECVBD Online Training Courses

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

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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  the following CEUs:

  • FDACS CEUs (maximum 2.0) in the following categories: Commercial Lawn & Ornamental; Commercial General Household Pest Control; Public Health
  • California Department of Public Health CEUs: 2.25 hours of Category C (Invertebrates of 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.


In-Person Development and Training

FMCA Dodd Short Courses – Online & In-person Training:

The FMCA’s Dodd Short Courses will be held virtually (Introduction to Mosquito Control course only) January 24th – 28th and in-person (all other courses) January 31st – February 3rd. The online registration deadline is Friday, January 22, 2022.

Learn more and register here: https://web.cvent.com/event/48a390fc-5a1f-4989-a778-f2c550f9597b/summary

Are you interested or curious about entomology? Do you want to explore the intersection of entomology and health equity? Do you want to engage in social justice work and science? Would you like to learn about Public Health Entomology as a profession and learn applied entomological strategies to prevent and control vector-borne diseases that are transmitted to people by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas? As an intern you will help find solutions to diseases such as dengue, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and malaria.

If this sounds like something you would like to explore, then you should consider applying for an internship or fellowship through Public Health Entomology For All, an exciting new opportunity for current students or recent undergraduate graduates of a Minority Serving Institution.

In partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) created the Public Health Entomology For All (PHEFA) program as we recognize entomology and ESA have a role in creating a more just and equitable community and world (read more about the partnership here).

PHEFA Internships will encourage students and recent graduates who are interested in social justice and health equity to pursue entomology as a career and work toward a future in which all communities benefit from creative, inclusive, and equitable scientific processes and solutions.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a total of six PHEFA Interns in its field offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the summer of 2022. Interns will work alongside experienced entomologists in CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases who are creating solutions to public health challenges, like dengue, Zika virus, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Consider applying for this internship even if you do not live or attend school near any of the locations, as housing will be provided at the host location. PHEFA Internships are paid, and ESA will provide one round-trip ticket to the location of the field office each intern is placed.

Timing. PHEFA internships will last 10 weeks during the summer of 2022. Interns will arrange the timing of their summer work with CDC, with consideration made to when their spring classes end and fall classes begin.

Location. Two PHEFA interns will be placed at a CDC Field Office in each of three locations: Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Internship applicants need to submit only one application to be considered for any of the locations. After initial interviews are conducted, applicants who continue in the application process will meet with a CDC representative to learn more about the individual offices and assignments.

Application period/deadline. The application period will open on December 15, 2021. Complete applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET, January 17, 2022. Incomplete applications, applications without reference letters, applications with reference letters received after the due date, and late applications will not be considered. Sign up to be notified when ESA will host webinars about the internships.

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Biology of Vector-borne Diseases course

The Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem hosts the annual Biology of Vector-borne Diseases six-day course. This course provides accessible, condensed training and “knowledge networking” for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, current trends and developments, and practical knowledge for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals and humans. We seek to train the next generation of scientists and help working professionals to more effectively address current and emerging threats with holistic approaches and a strong network of collaborators and mentors.

The course is both lecture- and discussion-based and is delivered by internationally recognized experts, with integrated case studies of emerging vector-borne pathogens to highlight parallels and key distinctions in biology across plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases. This course sets an example of new vision, through leadership of the Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem, to create an enduring community of participants and instructors to expand the impact and sustainability of these approaches.

The fourth annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, June 13-18, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and invited to register for the course. The course registration fee (USD $1,500) includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.

In the course, we are attempting to break down silos, to move people away from focusing on individual organisms, individual temporal and spatial scales of study and individual pathosystems, to seeing connections and parallels among all of these.

Read more and apply here!

**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.

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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.


Online Professional Development and Training

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.

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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

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

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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.

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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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