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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
Convovation Ceremony because she was giving...
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 multipe 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
Widllfie 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
receiveing 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. 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
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:
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...
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