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June 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 school. 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. Welcome Karen! Andrew is in Indonesia hunting arboviruses! Carolyn completed her anatomic pathology residency, congrats! Rachel, Lisa, Karen, Gabe, and Sarah participated in the Diseases in Nature meeting in Irving, TX.  Lots of great vector-borne disease work! Sarah's new paper on the center of origin of tick-borne zoonoses in the Midwest has been published in Infection, Genetics, and Evolution.

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May 2014

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 Association.

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April 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 Convocation Ceremony...

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March 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 presentation. Photo: Left to right: Dean Eleanor Green, Rachel Curtis, Assistant Dean Mike Chaddock, and Merrideth Holub. The Hamer Labs were well represented at this year's ...

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February 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!

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January 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 go!!

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December 2013

Congrats to Drs. Miranda and Carolyn for finishing the BCS half marathon on a very chilly morning!

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November 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 Montreal. 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 in...

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October 2013

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; http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=35&prgDate=10-12-2013) Houston Chronicle: http://www.chron.com/news/health/article/Newly-discovered-chimpanzee-nostril-tick-4869605.php Science: http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2013/10/invasion-nostril-ticks National Geographic: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/08/how-a-mysterious-tick-ended-up-in-a-scientists-nose/ Public Radio International: http://pri.org/stories/2013-10-15/scientific-discovery-falls-out-epidemiologist...

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September 2013

Congrats to Emily from Gabe's lab for winning the James Gus Foyle Memorial Scholarship from the TX Mosquito Control Association!

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