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Sunday, October 12, 2014
Congrats to Andrew and Gabe for their new PLoS NTD publication on predictive
modelling of Rift Valley fever virus! And congrats on
Andrew's successful MS defense.
Woo-Hoo! Carolyn is now a Diplomat of the American College of
Veterinary Pathologists! Congrats on passing board exams AND on
being awarded PhD funding though the NIH T32 Program 'Comparative
Biomedical Research Training for Veterinarians'.
Sarah was named the 2014-2015 Center for Teaching Excellence -
Montague Scholar for the College of Veterinary Medicine. You
can read more about the award here.
Our proposal for the One Health Grand Challenge has been
funded! Learn more with the info video in the Global
Health and Security thematic area.
Our New Kissing Bug Citizen Science Website is
The TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine and Department of
Entomology have a collaborative Citizen Science Program to learn
about kissing bug and Chagas disease risk in...
Congrats to Trevor, Rachel and the Chagas team for our first Chagas publication, which occurred in
Emerging Infectious Diseases in the August issue. Here are
some of the media articles:
National Public Radio, July 2014: Goats and Soda Blog
The Scientist Magazine, Aug 2014: 'Chagas Watchdogs'
Discover Magazine, July 2014: 'Crying Wolf: Texan Dogs Used as Sentinels for
Congrats to Emily for earning 2nd place for her research
presentation at the TAMU Entomology Student Research Forum!
Check out the new AVMA Podcast on Chagas Disease!
Congrats for an awesome TAMU representation at the 59th Annual
Meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists
in Denver, Colorado, in late July 2014.
Honorable Mention: Miranda Bertram DVM
Presentation: Detection and characterization of
Haemosporidia in Whooping cranes and Sandhill cranes
(Miranda Bertram, Gabriel L Hamer, Barry K Hartup, Sarah A
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Jamie defended his MS thesis on Friday the 13th entitled
Ecology of a Tick-Rodent-Mammal community in east-central TX.
Congrats Jaime! Now its time to publish before med
Sarah and Gabe presented at the EEID meeting in Colorado, and
spent a couple days in the Rocky Mountains.
Karen moved in to officially join Gabe's lab as a PhD student.
Andrew is in Indonesia hunting arboviruses!
Carolyn completed her anatomic pathology residency,
Sarah's new paper on the center of origin of tick-borne
zoonoses in the Midwest has been published in Infection, Genetics,
Rachel, Lisa, Karen, Gabe, and Sarah participated in the
Diseases in Nature meeting in Irving, TX. Lots of great
vector-borne disease work!
We enjoyed a visit and presentation on Chagas disease from Dr.
Sofia Ocana Mayorga, Post-doctoral fellow at the Tropical Disease
Institute, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University.
Sarah presented on canine Chagas disease at the 'Chagas Disease
Symposium' at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. The
event was hosted by the South Texans' Property Rights
Thursday, April 03, 2014
For the second year, we are again collaborating with the
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Mad Island Bird Banding
Crew to study exotic ticks on birds. Read more about it at
the new Smithsonian blog post here.
Jaime gave a great Vector Biology seminar presentation
entitled: Small rodent species as reservoirs for tick-borne
pathogens in East-Central Texas
Rachel was awarded a travel grant from the College of
Veterinary Medicine Graduate Student Association to attend this
summer's AAVP conference; congrats!
Sarah and her team's 'One Health' proposal was selected as one
of four to move forward for the TAMU 'Grand Challenge'. Lets
hope for some funding soon so we can pursue our pilot project along
the US-Mexico border!
Sarah was selected for the 'Outstanding Young Faculty Research
Award' within the TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine and
Biomedical Science. She was unable to attend the Spring
Monday, March 31, 2014
Congrats to Andrew for being selected for the NSF GROW
(Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide) with USAID
program. Andrew will be spending the summer in Indonesia to
hunt emerging mosquito-borne arboviruses!
Rachel was awarded the #1 Student Poster Award at the 2014
American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges conference in
March in Alexandria, VA! Rachel's poster was entitled
'Merging ecology and epidemiology to reduce the burden of human and
canine Chagas disease: a One Health approach'. The poster was
a great contribution to this year's meeting, which had the theme of
One Health in Veterinary Medical Education. We are thrilled
that Texas A&M University was well represented at this year's
conference, and that Dean Green was present for Rachel's
Photo: Left to right: Dean Eleanor Green, Rachel Curtis, Assistant
Dean Mike Chaddock, and Merrideth Holub.
The Hamer Labs were well repres...
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Congrats to Jaime for making his decision to start med school
at UT-Southwestern, after multiple offers!
Congrats to Lowell for making his decision to start vet school
at Western University in California, after multiple offers!
Adrian Castellanos, PhD student in Dr. Jessica Light's Lab in
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, has been leading our collaborative
fire ant-tick research project. He was just awarded the Vernon Bailey Award for
best poster presentation in classical mammalogy at the 2014 Texas
Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting in Junction, Texas, February
14 2014. Way to go, Adrian!
Friday, February 14, 2014
Miranda Bertram and Rachel Curtis were honored at the 2014 CVM
Graduate Research Symposium with High Impact Awards. These
awards are made by the College of Veterinary Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences, and are given to graduate students for
obtaining research grants or for first-authored publications.
Miranda received an award in the 'Small Grant' category for
receiving an AAZV grant. Rachel received an award in the 'Large
Grant' category for receiving the NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship. Rachel also received an award for second place
graduate student platform presentation for her work on Chagas
disease eco-epidemiology. Congrats to all!!
Rachel was awarded a $5000 CVM Graduate Student Research
Grant! This will support new efforts for culture-based
diagnostics of the Chagas disease parasite this summer. Way to
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Congrats to Drs. Miranda and Carolyn for finishing the BCS half
marathon on a very chilly morning!
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. That's 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 represented 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
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