Infectious Disease Conversation on WPSU, Live with Andrew

Earlier this month, if you had turned on your radio around 8 p.m., Andrew Read and Jose Stoute would have come through the speakers with a live conversation on infectious diseases. The program aired on WPSU-FM, the local NPR station, and on WPSU-TV, as part of a series called Conversations LIVE, which has frequent public health-related conversations with experts, and which welcomes the public to phone in questions during the show for the host experts to provide answers.

For those of us that missed the live show, the link to the taped show is here. Watching  CIDD members communicate some of what we research to the public in this type of live conversation format is valuable and I think science needs more public outreach in these forms. Communication drives science forward and helps scientific findings integrate into common parlance, good for both halves in the conversation.

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Lunch with Dr. Thomas Van Boeckel

Please join us for lunch with Dr. Thomas Van Boeckel (Princeton University) immediately following his CIDD seminar.  RSVP with your food preferences by Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 5:00pm.
When:   Thursday, October 23, 12:oo pm – 1:00 pm
Where: W203 Millennium Science Complex
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Lunch with Jane Heffernan

Please join us for lunch with Dr. Jane Heffernan (York University) following her CIDD seminar on October 16th from 11-12PM in W203! RSVP with your food preferences below by Wednesday, October 15th at 5pm.

When: Thursday, October 16th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where: W-203 Millennium Sciences Complex

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Mandatory vaccination discussion

The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State is hosting Arthur Caplan on November 10. He will be arguing the case for mandatory vaccination of individuals in certain workplaces. Questions likely to be brought up (Where and when should mandatory vaccines be imposed? Which vaccines should be prioritized in mandates?) are questions we all need to think about in order to implement broad-scale measures to control infectious diseases.

Should be an interesting discussion. Mark your calendars: November 10, 12 – 1 p.m., 102 Paterno Library. Registration is recommended.

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Journal Club on Disease Surveillance

There were a lot of questions following Nkuchia M’ikanatha’s seminar today about disease surveillance.  He’s been instrumental in publishing two books – one called “Concepts and Methods in Infectious Disease Surveillance” and another called “Infectious Disease Surveillance” that’s available as an e-book from the library.  I have copies of both these books, and thought it would be nice to discuss methods for and uses of disease surveillance on Monday (at 4:30, in W-230 MSC).  While you don’t have to come with any prior knowledge or opinions, it seems like something that’s relevant from a global health perspective.

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Lunch with Nkuchia M’ikanatha

Please join us for lunch with Dr. M’ikanatha (University of Pennsylvania) following his CIDD seminar on October 2nd! RSVP with your food preferences below by Wednesday, October 1st at 5pm.

When: Thursday, October 2nd 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where: W-203 Millennium Sciences Complex

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Papers from today’s talk

Thanks to everyone who came to today’s CIDD grad student talks on gypsy moths, MRSA and malaria (oh my!). I mentioned a couple of papers during the Q&A, so if you’re interested in learning a little more about fungal biocontrol, here are the references:

  • Spore aeroallergenicity: Darbro JM, Thomas MB (2009) Spore persistence and likelihood of aeroallergenicity of entomopathogenic fungi used for mosquito control. Am J Trop Med Hyg 80:992–7.
  •  Spore persistence in field situations: Blanford S et al. (2012) Storage and persistence of a candidate fungal biopesticide for use against adult malaria vectors. Malar J 11:354–367.
  •  As a bonus, here’s a paper that describes the difficulties of bringing Green Muscle, a locust fungal biopesticide, to market: Thomas MB, Kooyman C (2004) Locust biopesticides: a tale of two continents. Biocontrol News Inf 25:47N–51N.
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Lunch with Grant McFadden

Please join us for lunch with Dr. Grant McFadden (University of Florida) following his CIDD seminar on September 18th from 11-12PM in W203! RSVP with your food preferences below by Wednesday, September 17th at 5pm.

When: Thursday, September 18th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where: W-203 Millennium Sciences Complex

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CIDD Journal Club

Given the results from the doodle poll, CIDD Journal Club will meet at 4:30 PM on Mondays.  Our default location will be W-230 MSC.

If you are interested in presenting at a specific journal club, please sign up here.  Please respect other people’s entries on the spreadsheet.  When most of the slots have filled, I will close the sheet, although people are still welcome to contact me directly for a slot.

If you sign up to present at journal club, you have the option to change the location.  While W-230 MSC is reserved for us all semester, most people would not be opposed to walking downtown to talk over coffee or beer.  This is especially true for papers, as they’re easier to move than computers.  Journal club is limited to graduate students and post-docs, so don’t let any sense of propriety keep you from doing what you want to do.

If you sign up for a topic, please provide any relevant reference materials for people to read and examine around a week before you present.  A great way to do this is by posting a teaser for your journal club on this website and including links, although an e-mail to CIDD Grads in general with attachments would certainly not go amiss.

I’m also interested in hearing what people want from journal club.  Please fill out this poll with your preferences .  If you have feelings about journal club that you feel aren’t adequately encapsulated on that survey, feel free to leave a comment on this post.

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Ecology Seminar today

Today the ecology department is hosting a seminar that I thought some CIDD grads would be interested in entitled “Mosquito Population Dynamics in a Rapidly Changing Arctic” by Dr. Lauren Culler (Dartmouth College). The seminar will be in 106 Forest Resources Bldg at 4:00pm.

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