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April 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.8300357038_7512cb76c2_b(1)

Photo: Rachel Curtis (middle, 2013 NSF Fellowship recipient) collects samples from wild birds with her lab mates Miranda Curtis DVM (left; CVM Merit Fellow) and Andrew Golnar (right; PhD student in Entomology; also a 2013 NSF Fellowship recipient).

  • Congrats to Miranda Bertram, CVM Merit Fellow, on being awarded a $10,000 research grant from the American Association of Zoological Veterinarians to support her whooping crane research!  This grant is part of the 'Zoological Medicine and Wildlife Health' research program of AAZV and will allow Miranda to develop a novel molecular typing system for helminths associated with this endangered species.  Way to go!!
Miranda_crew_AransasPhoto: Miranda Bertram (middle right) and the whooping crane scat collection crew poses atop the observation tower at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, where a majority of whooping cranes overwinter.  With Miranda are undergraduate researchers Tyler Smith (left) and Matthew Olcha (middle left) and Entomology PhD student Andrew Golnar (right).

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