Student Competition for President's Prize, SVPHS: Medical Entomolgy

Monday, December 14, 2009: 8:15 AM-11:00 AM
Room 205, Second Floor (Convention Center)
J. Chad Gore
Ronda L. Hamm
8:15 AM
Introductory Remarks
8:39 AM
Characterization of a novel Wolbachia infection in Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae)
Elizabeth S. Andrews, University of Kentucky; Yuqing Fu, University of Kentucky; Stephen L. Dobson, University of Kentucky
8:51 AM
Mosquito vision: molecular evolution and functional characterization of the opsins in Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti
Gloria I. Giraldo-Calderon, Purdue University; Michael J. Zanis, Purdue University; Catherine HIll, Purdue University
9:03 AM
The effect of polydomy on food distribution in the odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile)
M.T. VanWeelden, Louisiana State Univeristy; Grzegorz Buczkowski, Purdue University
9:39 AM
9:51 AM
Genetic characterization of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) in Virginia
Hamilton R. Allen, Virginia Tech; Steven M. Valles, USDA - ARS; Dini Miller, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
10:03 AM
The attraction of red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) to soft baits that vary in nutritional content
Hannah J. McKenrick, Texas A&M University; Shawn Wilder, Texas A&M University; Spence Behmer, Texas A&M University; Roger E. Gold, Texas A&M University; Micky Eubanks, Texas A&M University
10:15 AM
Food shortage or toxin overload? How inputs of eucalyptus organic material affect larval mosquito development (Diptera: Culicidae)
Jennifer Henke, University of California, Riverside; William E. Walton, University of California
10:27 AM
Impact of life-shortening Wolbachia infection on immature competitiveness in Aedes aegypti
Eunho Suh, University of Kentucky; David R. Mercer, University of Kentucky; Stephen L. Dobson, University of Kentucky
10:39 AM
The temporal dynamics of appetitive olfactory-based associative learning in Culex quinquefasciatus Say
Michelle R. Sanford, Texas A&M University; Jeffery Tomberlin, Texas A&M University; Randy Olson, Texas A&M University
10:51 AM
Is there an alternative to using the western mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis? Meet the Arroyo chub, Gila orcutti, a California native
Adena M. Why, University of California, Riverside; Bonnie Nash, Orange County Water District; Richard Zembel, Orange County Water District; Kerwin Russell, Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District; William E. Walton, University of California
11:03 AM
Concluding Remarks