Biology students Tashi Bharathan, Austin Edwards, William Gerardi,
Rebecca Kruise, Sara McBride, and Victoria Stone presented the workshop “Safely
Exploring the Woods in the Age of Ticks and Lyme disease” at the Northern
Appalachian Folk Festival on September 12, 2015.
This community service experience provided the IUP
students with the opportunity to educate the public about Lyme disease risk. At the workshop, information was shared about
the abundance of blacklegged ticks and how the incidence of Lyme disease is
dramatically increasing in Western Pennsylvania. The IUP students also explained why this is
happening, how Lyme disease is spread, where it is found, and how it is
prevented, diagnosed, and treated.
The students are
working with Biology Professor Tom Simmons in his Disease and Vector Ecology
Laboratory at IUP.
Pictured are: first row, from left: Tashi Bharathan and Sara McBride; and second row: William Gerardi, Rebecca Kruise, Victoria Stone, and Austin Edwards.