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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sarah was invited to give a seminar in the Department of
Entomology at University of Illinois by her colleague Brian
Allan. Great couple of days at my old stomping grounds!
Congrats to Jaime Rodriguez, Rachel Curtis, Emily Boothe, and
Andrew Golnar for their stellar poster presentations at this years
Entomology Society of America Conference in Austin. Gabe and
Sarah gave invited seminars. Thats Jaime with Yukie Miyamoto of
Japan, wife of Kenji Miyamoto, the entomologist for which the
pathogen Jaime studies was named (Borrelia miyamotoi).
Congrats to Carolyn Hodo for her poster AND oral presentations
at the American Association of Veterinary Pathologists meeting in
Rachel and Andrew represnted the Hamer Labs with oral
presentations in the lunchtime Vector Biology Seminar Series. Great
work! (And yummy homemade treats, Rachel!)
Jaime and Lowell are doing awesome with med and vet school
interviews all over the place!
The Nostril Tick paper is published in the American Journal of
Tropical Medicine and Hygiene! Thanks to Senior Author (and
the parasitized man himself) Dr. Tony Goldberg, the media is having
fun with this paper. Check out selected media coverage
below. The ultimate highlight? This news story made it
onto the NPR quiz show 'Wait, Wait, Don't Tell
Me!' (Lightening Fill in the Blank, 4:30 into the segment;
Public Radio International:
Sarah had the ho...
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Congrats to Emily from Gabe's lab for winning the James Gus
Foyle Memorial Scholarship from the TX Mosquito Control
Our labs were so fortunate to have visiting high school
research Adam Curtis for a full month! Hopefully the fishing
trip to the gulf coast made Adam's time in Texas worth it. We
hope you come back to learn more with us next summer!
Sarah headed to the 13th International Conference on Lyme
Borreliosis and Other Tick-borne Pathogens on the Harvard Medical
Campus in Boston. She presented a poster on Ehrlichia
muris ecology, and was able to hang out with some of the
original Tick Chicks!
Gabe and Sarah and our students enjoyed another fun, yet
relatively unproductive morning of mist netting! Check out
our FLICKR site for photos. Also, we were
very happy that Lynn David Cole of Texas Review Stars showed up to
see the birds. He followed up with a visit to campus to
interview Sarah, you can see it here:
'Birds, Animals and Humans, What We Don't Want to
Share', Texas Review Stars.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Mosquito Crew is taking over College Station, with Emily in the
Congrats to Jaime Rodriguez for being awarded the Willie May
Harris Fellowship for Outstanding Graduating Teaching Assistant
from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Jaime was
nominated by Dr. Jessica Light based on his teaching in the
mammalogy class. Although this award provides funding so that
Jaime will not need to teach this fall, he's going to teach
anyways, because he loves it so much. We are also thrilled
that Jaime already has 3 med school interviews lined up this
Good news for internal funding this month:
Texas AgriLife has funded our research to explore interactions
among invasive fire ants, ticks, tick-borne pathogens, and small
mammals! Dr. Jessica Light lead this proposal, with Sarah,
Gabe, and other collaborators from WFSC and ENTO on board.
We just learned that we have been awarded a seed grant for...
Our kissing bug 'Citizen Science Initiative' is in full
force! We are receiving public submissions of bugs from
across Texas and the southen US to learn more about geographic
distribution of species, vector phenology, parasite infection
prevalence and genetic strain types. Many bugs originate in
dog kennel environments. If you have bugs you'd like to
submit to our lab for research purposes, please check out the
'Projects' tab to the right and send an email to:
Rachel heads to Ecuador for 1 month of intensive training in
Chagas Disease field and laboratory work and community development
in an endemic area. Rachel's trip is supported in part by CVM
International Studies and CVM Advanced Training competative funding
programs. We look forward to all she will learn in an endemic area
of disease transmission, to enhance our research here in Texas
where the diseases is emerging.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Operation Migratory Bird Tick is underway! For a short
time period of the spring migration, we've teamed up with bird
banders from the Smithsonian Institute who run an awesome mist
netting operation on Mad Island, TX Gulf Coast. We look
forward to learning more about the ticks brought in with the
migrants! The Smithsonian crew keeps a weekly blog. You
can read to learn more about their recent 'Fallout' experience as
well as our tick collections:
Congrats to summer Medical Science Training Program student
Trevor Tenney. Trevor was awarded the prestigious F. Edward
Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and was sworn
into to the Corps in a nice ceremony on campus. We look forward to
working with you this summer!
Thanks for a great semester, Matthew and Tyler. Matthew
is off to start DVM training at Kansas State, and Tyler will...
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Congrats to Rachel Curtis, CVM
Merit Fellow, on being awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate
Research Fellowship to support her One Health research! Of over
13,000 applicants, 2,000 were selected for this award, which
provides $30,000 per year in stipend plus a tuition waiver for 3
years. This award will support Rachel as she studies the
ecology and epidemiology of Chagas disease in the southern United
States. Rachel was among 9 TAMU students across campus to
receive this award.
The great news continues! Andrew
Golnar, PhD student with Dr. Gabe Hamer (Department of Entomology)
was also awarded an NSF Fellowship! We are close
collaborators with Andrew, Gabe, and the Ento Lab, and look forward
to all the great research ahead. Andrew and Gabe will explore
parasite co-infections in the West Nile virus system.
Photo: Rachel Curtis (middle, 2013 NSF Fellowship recipient)
collects samples from wild birds with her lab ...
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Sarah and Gabe both presented at the
Southwestern Entomological Society conference in Las Cruces,
NM. Their road trip also included picking up some Rocky
Mountain sandhill cranes for research.
A press article featuring Rachel Curtis' work
and solicitation of kissing bugs has just been published in the AgriLife News called
'Never Kiss a Kissing Bug'
Many local newspapers across the state picked up the press
release, incluging The Eagle (local newspaper in Bryan/College
Station), which ran an article on March 25 2013 including a
great photo of Rachel holding a kissing bug in the lab.
Congrats to Emily Boothe, undergrad researcher
working with Gabe in Entomology... Emily was just accepted to the
Master of Science program in Entomology. Emily will
officially enroll in the fall, but her first field season will be
this summer working on mosquito stable isotope mark recapture
Congrats to undergraduate researcher Matt...
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Congrats Rachel Curtis on being awareded
travel funding from CVM International Programs office to support
upcoming summer training in Ecuador! We look forward to all
the new knowledge and skills you'll gain in the area of Chagas
Congrats Lisa Auckland and Frida
Cano on completing the Ehrlichia muris dataset
leading to submission of an abstract on the research for a
conference this summer!
The Hamer Lab enjoyed a visit by Jennifer
Sidge, DVM/MS student from Michigan State University. Jen
completed a veterinary externship training with us in Texas.
Highlights from Jen's trip included joining Rachel in the field for
her first Chagas disease sampling trip, and joining Miranda, Tyler,
Andrew, and Matthew in the field for crane fecal collections!
Jen Sidge and the famous Aggie Ring
Sarah Hamer travelled to University of Richmond to give a
seminar in the Department of Biology, meet with pre-vet
students. Thanks ...
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