Biology students Tashi Bharathan and Shannon Tepe and Professor Emeritus Jan Humphreys were recognized for their research and scholarship in the field of vector biology at the Pennsylvania Vector Control Association annual conference on November 8, 2017,
in State College, Pennsylvania.
The association awarded its Dr. Jan Humphreys PVCA Academic Award for Student Research to Bharathan and Tepe in recognition of their outstanding undergraduate research. They gave a platform presentation on the “Infection Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in Adult Blacklegged Ticks from the Pittsburgh Regional City Parks” to an audience of more than 100 attendees from government agencies, colleges and universities, and pest control companies.
Bharathan and Tepe are pre-medicine natural sciences majors working in the disease and vector ecology laboratory of biology professor Tom Simmons. This interdisciplinary research project is being conducted in collaboration with biology associate professor
Joe Duchamp, the IUP Forensic Microbiology Laboratory, Muhlenberg College biology professor Marten Edwards, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Vector Management Laboratory.
Humphreys, for whom the student research award is named, received the Gary E. Jones Award. This is the highest honor given by the PVCA in recognition of contributions to improving the protection of public health in the field of vector biology.
Photograph: Shannon Tepe, Jan Humphreys, and Tashi Bharathan
Department of Biology