Pre-med natural science major Shannon Tepe and faculty members Anne and Tom Simmons presented a poster and displayed educational materials at the Mid-Atlantic Tick Summit VI in Laurel, Maryland, on February 22, 2017.
The conference focused on tick and tick-borne disease problems in the mid-Atlantic states, including Pennsylvania. Attendees were from universities, schools of medicine and public health, local and state health departments, government health agencies, and military public health centers.
Tepe, Simmons and Simmons demonstrated new approaches and strategies for teaching elementary and high school students, as well as the general public, about the blacklegged tick life cycle and behavior, personal protective measures, and safe tick removal.
In addition to educational outreach, Tepe is conducting field and laboratory research on the blacklegged tick and its Lyme disease bacterium in Simmons’ Vector and Disease Ecology Laboratory.
Department of Biology