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
- The MUVE Medical Entomology Outreach Initiative has partnered with the Invasive Mosquito Project (IMP) to help educate young students. Part of this partnership is to provide education material and research opportunities to high school students. Therefore the two groups will work together to recruit the next generation of scientists as well.
- One of the IMP high school students presented in the 84th American Mosquito Control Association Annual Meeting graduate student competition (2/26/18-3/2/18). As a sophomore in high school, his presentation placed third in the competition.
- This initiative would like to continue encouraging other groups to work with local students to help raise scientific and environmental awareness in the community through citizen science.
- 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
- The STEM Bugs Coordination Group will be hosting a Workshop at the 2018 Joint ESA, ESC, and ESBC Annual Meeting (Entomology 2018). They are expecting more participants than in previous years since this will be a joint meeting.
- Needed from MUVE membership:
- Ideas on potential MUVE displays and activities
- MUVE-related live and/or pinned specimens for the audience (mostly school-aged children) to learn about medical/urban/veterinary pests and important arthropods
- MUVE-related outreach or teaching activities/materials (can use already in-place materials or activities)
- Volunteers to man the tables that are dedicated to MUVE (shifts during the half day) - contact Kyndall Dye-Braumuller for more information
MUVE Vector Emergency Response Entomologists
Lead: Mustapha Debboun
- In collaboration with Chris Stelzig from ESA and the leaders of VectorStars (formerly Caribbean Emergency Vector Response), a database of disaster and emergency response volunteer entomologists has been created to ensure they are prepared and ready to deploy to natural disaster-affected areas for emergency mosquito and vector control response.
- Please visit this GoogleDoc link and add your name to the list, or contact Mustapha Debboun.
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.