The newly created Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease will be the focus at this week’s Wednesday Nite @ the Lab talk.
Susan Paskewitz, co-director of the center and professor and chair of the UW–Madison Department of Entomology, will present a lecture titled “Ticks and Mosquitoes and the Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease” on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 7 – 8:15 p.m. at the UW Biotechnology Center.
The center was established in 2017 as a response to the increasing rate of human illness caused by tick- and mosquito-transmitted diseases in the region, including Lyme disease and West Nile encephalitis. In addition to these familiar problems, new ticks, mosquitoes and pathogens have been discovered. Solving these issues will require a new generation of trained vector biologists, cooperation and collaboration among public-health professionals and scientists and creative and innovative research to reduce human and insect contact.
Paskewitz’s research focuses on the ecology, epidemiology and management of ticks and mosquitoes. She teaches classes in global health, medical and veterinary entomology, and the One Health concept, during which she enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students who seek to gain experience in public health, infectious disease and vector-biology research. Paskewitz earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale and her doctorate at the University of Georgia–Athens.
WN@tL is free and open to the public. It can also be viewed via live webcam at www.biotech.wisc.edu/webcams. Afterwards, the archived lecture will be available at www.biotech.wisc.edu/lectures/search.