A new standard for arthropod data collection and dissemination

A new research synopsis entitled “A new standard for arthropod data collection and dissemination” by Ellen Brandel has been published on CIDDTV. It introduces Minimum Information for Reusable Arthropod Abundance Data (MIReAD), a report standard which is proposed by Dr. Kurt Vandegrift and his collaborators in project co-led by Dr. Peter Hudson.

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Babesia infections continue to increase across Pennsylvania

A new research synopsis entitled “Babesia infections continue to increase across Pennsylvania” by Ellen Brandel has just been published on CIDDTV. It summarizes a publication by Dr. Kurt Vandegrift and his collaborators on tick-borne diseases, specifically babesiosis, in Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2017.

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CIDD faculty-student mixer 2019

The very first CIDD faculty-student mixer took place at Professor Shea and Professor Bjornstad’ house on 26 April 2019. We were also joined by speakers from the “Construction and Maintenance of Immune Memory” workshop which was held in the same week. Continue reading

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The Challenges of Using Mobile-Based Machine Learning to Identify Plant Diseases

The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) Graduate Student Associate (CGSA) highlights research by our faculty and students by posting a series of short research synopses on the CIDDTV website.

A recent publication from the Hughes lab, A Mobile-Based Deep Learning Model for Cassava Disease Diagnosis, was featured this week on the CIDDTV website in a synopsis written by CIDD graduate student Catherine Herzog. Her post, titled “The Challenges of Using Mobile-Based Machine Learning to Identify Plant Diseases,” and past synopses can be found here. If you would like your research featured on CIDDTv, send an email to Ellen Brandell, our Research Synopsis Coordinator.

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New research synopsis

Photo courtesy of US Geological Survey.

The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) Grad Student Association (CGSA) highlights research by our faculty and students by hosting a series of short research synopses on the CIDDTv website. Our current Synopsis co-ordinator, Ellen Brandell does a great job at either writing or assigning writers to specific topics. The latest feature is entitled “Mycoplasma spp gene transcription helps elucidate reptile immune responses”. If you would like your research featured on CIDDTv, send an email to Ellen.

Stay tuned for future synopses, and be sure to visit the website here for past entries.

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CGSA grads present their research at CIDD seminar

Left to right: Allyson, Karen and Adam. Photos courtesy of Keith Hickey (Huck Marketing Communications Specialist)

Once a semester, 3 graduate students are given the opportunity to showcase their research. Today, during the regular Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics seminar slot at 11 am, graduate students Allyson Ray(Grozinger Lab), Karen Kemirembe (Rasgon Lab) and Adam Walder (Hanks Lab)led the discussion. Titles were as follows:

Allyson Ray “Recently identified bee-viruses present in managed honey bees from the U.S.”

Karen Kemirembe “Sex-specific responses of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes to an Alphavirus infection”

Adam Walder “Utility and risk assessment for synthetic point process data”

Stay tuned for next semester’s talks!

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CGSA Elections!

Here are the  CGSA election results! Congratulations to our incoming Board!  The outgoing Board will be on hand to help with the transition in the coming weeks and rest of the term.

CGSA board 2019-2020

Kelly (co-webmaster), Karen (president), Fhallon (secretary), Thu (co-webmaster), Ellen (synopsis coordinator), Alex (vice-president), Kelsee (social chair)

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CIDD post docs present their research

       

Once a semester, post-docs get 2 slots to present their research in 2o minutes, with 10 minutes for questions during the regular 11 am CIDD seminar slot. Today, Valerie Morley (Read lab)- “Preventing antimicrobial resistance emergence with adjuvant therapy” and Christina Bergey -“Population genomics of malaria mosquitoes to assess candidate transgenic field trial sit” led the discussion.

They did a great job!

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Science communication strategies with Gail McCormick

In this Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD)/ Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS)-sponsored lecture held this afternoon, Dr. Gail McCormick, a science writer and communications strategist with the Penn State Eberly College of Science, discussed some of the ways that a researcher can share their research with the public, with special emphasis on using a press release to reach reporters. She described ways to make the most of the press office from your institution or unit.

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CGSA Mock Grant Panel Event with Dr. Andrew Read

This post was written by Tyler O. Jones (Grozinger Lab PhD Student) and edited by Catherine Herzog

The last CGSA led event for 2018 was a Mock Grant Panel, led by Dr. Andrew Read on December 11th.  I, along with two other graduate students, Catherine Herzog (Bjørnstad Lab) and Becky Johnson (Rasgon Lab), spent time with Dr. Andrew Read to understand the ins and outs of being on a grant review panel.

We were each given a 2-page grant that we may (or may not) know anything about. I’ll be honest, as soon as I saw my article, I knew what the words meant individually, but the depth of knowledge was not there.  

And that was the point.

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