On October 4 and 5, 2018, the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and the Emerging Pathogens Institute are hosting a symposium in honor of Dr. Melvin J. Fregly. This symposium is intended to address social, cultural, and scientific issues raised by mosquito-borne illness, a subject that is vitally important to public health in Florida, the southeastern United States, and Latin America. It will highlight and discuss interdisciplinary approaches by bringing together experts in different fields to describe how each discipline addresses these problems, and in the process, promote discussion among participants as to how interdisciplinary collaboration can enhance the development of innovative solutions. It also will feature current research addressing concerns about emerging mosquito-borne pathogens.
Speakers for the symposium include:
-Dr. Gordon Patterson, a historian from the Florida Institute of Technology, whose work focuses on vector control and the history of mosquito control
-Dr. Phil Lounibos of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory who works on insect ecology and behavior, especially as applied to mosquito vectors of human diseases
-Dr. Chelsea Smartt, also from of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, who studies virus-vector interactions
-Capt. Jeffrey Stancil, commander of the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE)
In addition to these speakers, the symposium will include a Collaboration with Strangers (CoLab) workshop; a film screening and discussion; exhibits on the history of mosquito-borne illnesses; and a student art show.
There is no cost to attend the symposium, but advance registration is required. Light refreshments will be served at most events. To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-fregly-symposium-tickets-49050633766 For more information about the symposium, see the event LibGuide: https://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/fregly