TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

PacVec shares training opportunities in vector-borne disease science provided by our partners and affiliations. Explore the current opportunities here:

ONLINE WEBINARS

The impact of Zika virus infection on the metabolites and microbiome of Aedes albopictus

The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology is hosting a virtual seminar on October 21st. Hear the latest mosquito research on Zika virus in this virtual seminar featuring speaker Dr. Maria Onyango, New York State Department of Health!

WHEN: Oct. 21st at 4:10pm PDT

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Assistant Professor Katie Reif from Kansas State University and Assistant Professor Ryan Smith from Iowa State University recently organized a Virtual Vector Biology Seminar series and have a great lineup of speakers representing the spectrum of career-stages and arthropod disease vectors. 

When: Fridays from Sept. 25th to Nov. 20th at 11am CDT | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT

Interested but cannot attend? Register to join the mailing list and get access to the recordings!

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The IPM Institute of North America’s Tick IPM Working Group, in collaboration with the TickEncounter Resource Center and One Health Lessons, will be hosting a virtual Tick IPM Special Session Thursday, December 10 from 1:00-2:30pm CDT | 11:00-12:30pm PDT. Tick species and tickborne diseases of medical importance are increasing in number and geographic distribution and generating enormous societal costs in lost productivity and treatment expense. During this virtual event, participants will learn from and be able to ask questions of world-class experts about tick IPM during the COVID era and natural repellants – do they actually work?

Natural Products for Blacklegged Tick Control: How Effective?
Thomas Mather, PhD and Megan Dyer, MS
The University of Rhode Island Center for Vector-borne Disease, Kingston, RI

How the Pandemic has Led to Wide-spread Health Education for Children and the Public
Deborah Thomson, DVM
One Health Lessons

When: Thursday, December 10 from 1:00-2:30pm CDT | 11:00-12:30pm PDT

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A new series in the Northeastern IPM Center “The IPM Toolbox” webinar series is focusing on tick integrated pest management strategies.

When: Webinars will be held from Jun. to Oct. 2020

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The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the US. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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As part of Penn State Extension’s efforts to educate and share information, educators hosted a 10-part webinar series on ticks and disease prevention from July 9 through September 17, 2020. The webinars were recorded for later viewing and are available at http://extension.psu.edu/tick-webinars.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. Enrollment discounts may be available.

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The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (SECVBD) along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), are pleased to provide an online course in mosquito training for pest managers. The course is composed of 11 modules. 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.

All students successfully completing all modules will receive a certificate of course completion. Technicians are able to have these certificates placed in their personnel file folders to document successful completion of the course. Certified operators will also receive a CEU form for 4 CEUs (2 GHP/L&O and 2 CORE). This form can be submitted to FDACS in order to receive CEU credits.

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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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 (ESA) 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. The online training is available for free for both members and non-members.

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This is a no-cost, 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. The program emphasizes the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Learn about a wide range of vectors and the diseases they transmit, from the Aedes mosquito and the Zika virus, to the tsetse fly and African sleeping sickness, through a new online course offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The self-paced course is set to begin September 21, 2020.

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MEETINGS

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in collaboration with the SUNY Center for Vector-Borne Diseases, SUNY Upstate Medical University, will convene a 2-hour virtual meeting to discuss recent advances in pathogenesis and transmission of the tick-borne flaviviruses with a focus on Powassan virus.

When: Oct. 28, 2020 11am-1pm EDT | 8am-10am PDT
For more information, contact:
Leatrice Vogel or Rodolfo M. Alarcon    

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