Access webinars from previous years by clicking the links below:
“Welcome to Portland: A Guide to the AMCA Annual Meeting for Young Professionals”
Meeting Details: February 24th, 2020 9:00 PM EST/ 8:00 PM CST
“Excel Tools for Research Data Management”
Presented by: Dr. Rebecca Heinig, Collier Mosquito Control District
Meeting details: February 12, 2020 12:00 PM EST/ 11:00 AM CST
“Understanding the Molecular Basis of Reproduction in the Main African Malaria Vector”
Presented by Priscila Bascunan Garcia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This webinar was presented twice, first in English and a second time in Spanish.
Meeting details: [English] October 30, 2019 12:00 PM EST/ 11:00 AM CST
[Spanish] November 15, 2019 12 PM EST/ 11 AM CST
“Genetic Tools for Mosquito Control”
Presented by Dr. Derric Nimmo, Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC)
Meeting Details: August 1, 2019 2 PM EST/ 1 PM CST
Description: Derric has 25 years’ experience in molecular entomology and field research in a range of insect vectors of disease. He has gained extensive experience in product development and technical leadership, including the technical development of innovative vector control tools, performing and leading field trials in several different countries, monitoring, intellectual property and patents, regulatory engagement and submissions, community engagement and cost of goods. With a focus on insect genetics, entomology and field deployment of novel mosquito control tools around the globe he is motivated by the practical application of current and novel tools for vector control to make a real difference in people’s lives. In this webinar, Derric will discuss the current state and future opportunities of using genetic tools to control mosquitoes.
“The Emergence of the Black-legged Tick in Eastern North America”
Presented by: Chuck Lubelczyk, MPH (Maine Medical Center Research Institute)
Meeting Details: July 10, 2019 3 PM EST/ 2 PM CST
Description: Chuck Lubelczyk began working as a biologist graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire. Since 1999, he has worked on vector ecology studies with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute studying tick- and mosquito-borne disease in northern New England. A resident of Maine’s midcoast, he is a graduate of the University of New England’s Masters in Public Health program. His work has specialized on IPM strategies for reducing tick exposure, the host relationships of vector arthropods, and surveillance for emerging mosquito-borne disease in Maine. In this presentation, Chuck will discuss the emergence of the black-legged tick in New England.
“Larval control: getting a better bang for your buck in sewers”
Presented by Dr. Justin Harbison (Loyola University Chicago)
Meeting Details: Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 3:00 PM EST/12:00 PM PDT
Description: It is important to know if your efforts to control mosquitoes are effective. Over the past few years, Chicagoland folks have developed a more simple protocol to evaluate larvicide applications to a major source of Culex mosquitoes – stormwater catch basins. Using this protocol, we can assess where re-treatments are necessary and evaluate new larvicide formulations on a routine basis. And, as a bonus, we’ve been able to save tens of thousands of dollars in the process.
Dr. Harbison’s Biography: Justin Harbison received his Master of Science in Entomology from the University of Florida in 2005 and his Ph.D. in Public Health in 2009 from UCLA. From 2006 to 2010 he served as a public health biologist for the State of California’s Vector-Borne Disease Section in Southern California. Following that, he joined Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Public Health Sciences and spends his summers working with the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District and other local mosquito control programs in the Chicago area.
“Unmanned aerial vehicle-based thermal imaging applications for mosquito and vector control”
Presented by Dr. Narcisa Pricope (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Meeting Details: Friday, August 31, 2018 4:00 PM EST/1:00 PM PST
Narcisa Pricope, PhD is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her research explores land change science, watershed science, and population geography, which primarily focuses on understanding the vulnerability of different populations to environmental change. Her talk will discuss the use of thermal imaging in better understanding mosquito populations, and how this information can be used to better target mosquito control approaches. She will also go into the details of how drones work, planning and executing a successful drone mission, and how to process aerial and thermal imagery.
“Professional Credentialing: How to Differentiate Yourself as an Early Career Professional”
Presented by Willet Hossfeld (Entomological Society of America)
Meeting Details: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST
Willet Hossfeld works at the Entomological Society of America (ESA) where he serves as the Certification Programs Manager. Before starting his current position, he served as the coordinator of multiple certification programs for a variety of different organizations. Willet’s unique perspective highlights the importance of certification in all fields and how it applies specifically to the field of entomology. His talk will provide insight into the Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) program through the ESA and will give advice on how to differentiate yourself as an early career professional.
Meeting Details: Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 11:00 AM EST/8:00 AM PST
“Selected Investigations and Deployments of a Field Epidemiologist”
Presented by: Jay Roth, PhD
Joseph (Jay) Roth works as a Career Epidemiology Field Officer (CEFO) in the US Virgin Islands Department of Health where he serves as an epidemiology advisor for preparedness planning and disaster response. He began his work as a CEFO in the American Samoa Department of Health where he was the Territorial Epidemiologist. He developed a territory epidemiology program and built local preparedness capacity and was subsequently appointed as a CEFO at the Tennessee Department of Health before joining the team in USVI. He has served on a variety of international and domestic deployments, most recently to Liberia for the Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone in support of Polio eradication, and the South Pacific during tsunami relief efforts.
Meeting Details: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST
“Using GIS for Zika Case Investigations in Florida”
Presented by: Dr. Andrea Morrison, Florida Department of Health
Join us as Dr. Andrea Morrison details how she and her team aided in epidemiology case investigations of the 2016 Zika outbreak using ArcGIS in Miami, Florida.
Meeting Details: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PDT
“Emergency Response: Arms and Legs… and Brains”
Presented by: Michelle Selander
This webinar will describe the steps that mosquito control agencies/companies take to control mosquito populations that boom after a natural disaster. Michelle Selander will share her experience as Director of Service Operations with Clarke Mosquito Control Products after recent disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey.
Meeting Details: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST
Welcome to Kansas City: A Guide to the 2018 AMCA Annual Meeting for Young Professionals
This webinar is a great intro to the AMCA annual meeting for attendees. The members of the YP Committee will reveal exciting YP annual meeting activities, such as the Pre-conference Workshop, Symposium, and the YP Dinner.
Meeting Details: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST
This webinar will discuss the DOH-Monroe’s response to local, regional, state, national and world interest in the dengue outbreak in Key West (2009-10). The presentation lays out a three-track approach to communication during the outbreak (health care partners, community partners, public/media) and offers advice on how to deal with rumor, misinformation, and media attempts to sensationalize the outbreak.
About the Expert: Chris Tittel
Chris Tittel (BA/Speech Communication, MFA/Acting) works for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County, specifically promoting the department’s many programs and services through media outlets and marketing initiatives. He has a long history as an information officer for the U.S. Government and newspaper reporter, editor and designer. Chris was public information officer and marketing director at the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County during the dengue outbreak in Key West (2009-10).
Not Just Traps: Details behind a robust surveillance program
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 9 a.m. PDT / 11 a.m. CST / 12 p.m. EST
If you had to start a comprehensive surveillance program from scratch, do you know where to start? There is no one-size-fits-all approach to surveillance and details, such as ensuring an integrated approach, must be taken into account. By the end of the webinar, attendees from all backgrounds of mosquito control will learn the nuances and understand the value of a comprehensive surveillance program. This webinar qualifies for one Lab/Technical Skill credit hour in INSTARS, an AMCA YP professional development program.
Speaker: Maximea Vigilant RS, MPH, DrPH-C
Maximea Vigilant is originally from the Caribbean Island of Dominica and is currently employed with Harris County Mosquito and Vector Control as the Surveillance Entomologist. He holds a BS- Environmental Health from Texas Southern University, MPH –Environmental Sciences and DrPH-C – Environmental Occupational Safety and Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health. Maximea is an experienced Environmental/Public Health professional with more than 30 years in the field. He also worked with a Community Health Base System developing, implementing, and evaluating epidemiological surveillance programs supported by WHO, UNICEF, PAHO and the OAS. Maximea’s work contributed to publications on waste management, biodiversity and water quality. Currently working on evaluating the indoor air quality in Mobile Food Units (food trucks).
Specimen collections: an essential component of entomological intelligence
Date and Time: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 3 p.m. EST/ 12 p.m. PST
Specimen collections are an essential element to any entomological study, however the practice of preserving voucher specimens has become less common in recent years. Specimen collections not only document the results of a study and allow for independent verification; collections also provide the foundation for future research and the development of ‘entomological intelligence’ (EI). The Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (WRBU) is tasked with both managing the Smithsonian Institution National Mosquito collection, and providing EI that directly supports the needs of the U.S. military.
This webinar will demonstrate the importance of voucher specimens and how specimen collections can be used to develop EI and drive future research. For more information about the work of WRBU and our partners, please view the video here: https://youtu.be/TlPvPCRuP14
Entomological Surveillance Working Group (ESWG): http://vectormap.si.edu/Project_ESWG.htm
Welcome to San Diego: A Guide to the AMCA Annual Meeting for Young Professionals
Date and Time: 1/19/17 at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST
This webinar is a great intro to the AMCA annual meeting for attendees. The YP team will showcase the exciting annual meeting activities, such as the Pre-conference Workshop, Symposium, and the YP Dinner. Attendees will also get the scoop on the contests and prizes during this webinar.
Delusory Parasitosis: Understanding How This Gets Under People’s Skin
Airdate: 12/15/16 at 2 p.m. EST
While it appears tangential, delusory parasitosis is a topic that vector control personnel inevitably encounter. Many new professionals may not have proper training or knowledge about delusory parasitosis. By the end of the webinar, attendees will understand delusory parasitosis and will be prepared to deal with cases that come their way.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Nancy Hinkle
Dr. Hinkle is an Extension Veterinary Entomologist for the state of Georgia. Dr. Hinkle is charged with research and public education regarding domestic and companion animal ectoparasites, as well as pests of livestock and poultry. Because people frequently assume that they have become infested by parasites transferring from their pets, she is regularly contacted by individuals suffering from Ekbom Syndrome (delusory parasitosis), the condition where people think their bodies are infested with invisible bugs.
Extend Yourself: Beyond the University
Original Airdate: 11/9/16
Industry leaders often urge students to enhance existing knowledge with related courses during their graduate and undergraduate programs. But what would industry leaders advise young professionals? Dr. Roxanne Connelly, a University of Florida professor, provides insight on the need for new professionals to extend themselves beyond what is taught in universities. This webinar is classified as a Professional Development activity.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Roxanne Connelly
Dr. Connelly is Professor and Extension State Specialist of Medical Entomology at the University of Florida. She specializes in mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S., mosquito control, and mosquito biology. She works with mosquito control agencies, county health departments, and county extension offices statewide and provides training in mosquito identification and on other topics in medical entomology.
The Biology of the Triatomines of South-Central Texas and Assessment of the Risk They Pose for Autochthonous Chagas Disease Exposure
Original airdate: October 7, 2016
Speaker Bio: E. J. Wozniak MS, DVM, PhD, MPH
Dr. Edward Wozniak is a veterinary entomologist with a lifelong interest in vector ecology and the epidemiology of vector borne pathogens. Dr. Wozniak received his BS degree in Zoology in from Oregon State University in 1986 and his Master of Science degree in Veterinary Entomology from the University of Florida in 1989 where he studied on the host immune response to soft tick salivary proteins and its use as an epidemiological tool in the study of the epidemiology and ecology of African Swine Fever. Upon completion of his MS degree, Dr. Wozniak applied for and was accepted into a rigorous DVM/PhD program at Purdue University where he elected to further expand his capabilities in the study of vector borne diseases. Dr. Wozniak completed both doctoral degrees in 1993 and 1994 respectively received several prestigious awards from Phi Zeta and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) for his pioneering research on the use of molecular epidemiology in preventive zoological medicine. Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Wozniak was awarded a 3 year NIH extramural postdoctoral fellowship in Comparative Pathology at the University of California where he continued his study on tick borne blood parasites publishing several articles on the immunopathogenesis of human babesiosis.
Dr. Wozniak joined DSHS in 2008 after serving the State of Texas as a Senior Veterinarian and Assistant Professor of Pathology at UTMB for several years and completing a tour of active duty service as a Veterinary Medical Officer in the US Public Health Service. In 2010, Dr. Wozniak elected to of further his practical public health training by enrolling as a part-time MPH student in the UT School of Public Health where he studied epidemiology and ecology of Chagas Disease in South Texas. Since completing his MPH in 2013, Dr. Wozniak has remained with the Zoonosis Control Unit of DSHS where he serves as a subject matter expert on Chagas disease and other vector borne pathogens and is an active research collaborator with several Universities across the state. In addition to his work with DSHS, Dr. Wozniak serves as the Chief Public Health Officer in Texas State Guard Medical Brigade where he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and drills with the Preventive Medicine Unit of the 559th the Medical Wing at Lackland AFB.
Hear from vector ecologist Dr. Michael H. Reiskind on the fascinating, albeit neglected, natural history of mosquitoes.
Moderator: Kristen Hopperstad, AMCA YP committee past-chair, Graduate Research Fellow, Dept of Entomology, North Carolina State University
Speaker Bio: Dr. Michael Hay Reiskind received his AB from Amherst College in 1995 under the direction of Dr. Paul Ewald. After a couple of years bumming around the US, Mexico and southeast Asia, he started a Masters in Public Health from University of Michigan, where he stayed to complete his PhD in 2005 under the direction of Dr. Mark Wilson. He then post-doc’ed with Dr. L. Philip Lounibos at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach, FL until 2008, when he started a faculty position at Oklahoma State University. He moved to North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 2012 as an assistant professor in entomology. Follow him on Twitter: @MichaelReiskind
Download presentation slides here.
Original airdate: May 26, 2016
Hear from entomophagy expert Dr. Marianne Shockley on the history, business, legislation, and farming of insects for consumption.
Speaker Bio: Marianne Shockley received a B.A. in Biology from Georgia College and State University in 1997. Marianne later received her M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2009) degrees from the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia. She is currently an Academic Professional Associate with teaching and research interests in program development in outreach and service, service-learning, entomophagy, forensic entomology, and international education. She currently teaches Entomology Outreach & Service-Learning, Entomology for Teachers, and Medical Entomology in Ecuador. Follow her on Twitter: @DrBugAppetit
Original airdate: April 20, 2016
The YP committee shared meeting info and tips on how to have a great conference experience at the 2016 AMCA Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA. Learn about registration, transportation, housing, and YP-specific events, including a half-day workshop, a special symposium, social events, contests, and more.
Original airdate: Dec. 17, 2015
A good public relations strategy is vital to the image and reputation of a public health agency, yet not every organization has PR staff on-hand. Often, non-PR professionals must respond to public and media inquiries or provide information to local communities. Whether you answer the phones or work in the field, your job will inevitably require you to interact with the public and represent your organization. In this YP webinar Truc Dever, general manager of the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, will take you through the basics of successful public relations and media strategies as it pertains to mosquito and vector control. Find out how to maintain a consistent message that promotes your agency’s mission and activities and learn how to disseminate that message to a widespread and diverse audience.
Original airdate: Dec. 9, 2015
If you are participating in the AMCA Student Competition at the annual meeting in 2016, or plan to do so at future meetings, you will NOT want to miss this webinar. Dr. Brian Byrd, AMCA Student Competition organizer, will present the history and purpose of this popular meeting event, as well as the competition protocols, rules, and judging rubrics. Then, a panel of judges and former student winners will discuss their expectations and experiences, offering unique insider perspectives and invaluable advice for this year’s crop of competitors. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions during a Q&A session following the presentation.
Original airdate: Nov. 9, 2015
“A biorational pesticide is a pesticide of natural origin that has limited or no adverse effects on the environment or beneficial organisms. Biorational pesticides are derived from a variety of biological sources, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa, as well as chemical analogues of naturally occurring biochemicals such as pheromones and insect growth regulators (IGRs).” — Ware, G.W. 1989. The pesticide book, 3rd edition. Thomas Publications, Fresno, Calif.
Pesticide resistance is certainly a hot topic among mosquito control professionals, and resistance management of chemical products is crucial to the success of sustainable integrated mosquito management. Biorational pesticides are an attractive option for mosquito control because of their minimal adverse effects – but are there resistance concerns with them, too? The YP Committee is pleased to welcome Dr. Steven Su, Vector Ecologist and Scientific Program Director of the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District in Ontario, California, who will discuss resistance management for a number of commonly used biorational pesticides, including Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (B.t.i.), Bacillus sphaericus, spinosad, methoprene, pyriproxyfen and diflubenzuron.
Original airdate: Sept 30, 2015
Join us in celebrating World Mosquito Day (Aug. 20) by attending the next YP webinar, “Mosquito Mythbusting” presented by Dr. Stan Cope, AMCA President-Elect. If you work with mosquitoes, no doubt you’ve had to quash rumors and dispense proper information about them to your friends, family, and the public. Most people encounter mosquitoes in their day to day lives, but myths about these pests abound. Which are true and which aren’t? Dr. Cope will present the most commonly held beliefs about mosquitoes and the truth behind them – when you know what preconceived notions your friends, families, customers or constituents may have, education efforts are much more effective. And why has August 20th been declared World Mosquito Day? You’ll learn that at the webinar, too!
Original airdate: August 20, 2015
You have been working night and day on your fascinating project and you’ve gotten great results. Now it’s time to present them to colleagues in your field who are intrigued by your topic and eager to learn what you’ve been working on. Don’t let their initial attentiveness become dulled by a scientific presentation that leaves the audience feeling lost, confused, bored or frustrated because of poorly designed slides and a stilted presentation style. The AMCA YP Committee welcomes Joe Conlon, Technical Advisor for AMCA, who has given and listened to a billionty talks. From his experiences on both sides of the podium, he will share fundamental guidance on every aspect of preparing and giving an oral presentation to best highlight what matters most – your message. Anyone who gives presentations – scientific or otherwise – should not miss this.
Original airdate: June 29, 2015
You’ve found the perfect job, but how do you land it? The application process can be intimidating, stressful, or downright confusing. The AMCA YP committee invite you to learn how to market yourself for a position in science by attending “Stand Out and Get In: From the Cover Letter to the Interview,” presented by Dr. Ann Powers, Chief of the Alphavirus Laboratory at the Division of Vector Borne Diseases, CDC. Through an informative and entertaining presentation, Ann will discuss:
- What to include (and not!) in your CV/resume
- Who to ask for letters of reference
- How to ace the interview
Original airdate: May 15, 2015
Opportunities for professionals in the mosquito industry abound in the federal government. Whether you know for sure you want in on that action, or aren’t quite sure what the feds have to offer – this webinar is for you! The AMCA YP committee invite you to learn the ins and outs of federal government employment from Dr. Ulrich “Uli” Bernier, lead research chemist at the USDA-ARS Mosquito and Fly Research Unit. Through an informative and entertaining presentation, YPs will learn:
- how to get employed with the federal government
- how to stay employed with the federal government
- how to manage employees in the federal government
- how Uli met Geddy Lee of Rush (perk of working in the federal government?…)
Original airdate: March 19, 2015