Medical Entomology Initiatives
Below are the current initiatives and objectives for medical entomology. If you are interested in getting involved in one or more of these projects, please contact one of the leads for more information.
Citizen Science Projects
Lead: Lee Cohnstaedt
- www.citizenscience.us - Medical, Urban, or Veterinary entomology citizen science projects.
- Citizen science projects work with educators and local community leaders along with scientists and researchers to create community based science projects. One example is the Invasive Mosquito Project which is a mosquito surveillance lesson plan for teachers that meets next generation science standards.
- Additional citizen science projects for other organisms can be added to the www.citizenscience.us landing page. Contact Lee Cohnstaedt if you would like to add your project or if you would like help developing a citizen science project for your research.
- The projects should have the goal of: (1) A published peer reviewed lesson plan to follow, (2) be a two-way information exchange where both the teachers and researchers for mutual benefit. (3) have the objective of educating the community about science and possibly recruiting the next generation of scientists.
- Multiple examples of already established mosquito control outreach programs (Skeeter School Bus/Mobile Vector Units etc.) that could be used in combination with these lesson plans.
STEM Bugs at ESA
Lead: Kyndall Dye-Braumuller
- STEM Bugs is an already established and working program during ESA meetings where local educators/teachers and students get to learn about insects.
- MUVE could easily become involved by creating our own medical (or veterinary/urban) entomology section for the teachers and students to learn about our specific pests and study organisms (which invariably affect their lives every day).
- STEM Bugs organizers have already discussed inviting the ESA Sections to participate in something similar to this.
- MUVE members could easily bring mosquitoes, kissing bugs, ticks, biting flies, termites, ants, pest cockroaches, bed bugs, etc.
MUVE Emergency Response Entomologists
Lead: Mustapha Debboun
- Create a pool or database of medical entomologists who would be willing to be deployed to natural disaster-affected areas etc. for emergency mosquito control response.
- MUVE would work with the CDC and other international agencies in order to develop this database.
- This would help streamline emergency response when medical entomology expertise is needed globally.
Advocating for MUVE-related Funding
Lead: Jennifer Henke
- The Centers for Excellence grants funds will inevitably run out. What is going to happen to all of the research, outreach, and collaborative projects when this happens?
- MUVE (and specifically medical entomology experts working in these Centers for Excellence) members should begin forming groups and materials to advocate for the continuation of these funds. MUVE should be extremely proactive in this process.
- The Centers for Excellence are unprecedented and should continue as they foster collaborations that will accomplish a wide variety of vector-borne disease research projects and outreach programs.