Learn about Public Health Entomology Internships and Fellowships

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

ESA and CDC have partnered to provide internships and fellowships to students and graduates of Minority Serving Institutions who are interested in Public Health Entomology. Attend this webinar to learn more about Public Health Entomology for All (PHEFA) internships and fellowships. Selected interns and fellows will work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Fort Collins, or San Juan.

Moderator: Ann Powers

Panelists: C. Ben Beard, Raelin Mamaril, Trinity McNeil, Stacie East

Dr. Powers received her Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in Molecular Arbovirology focusing on molecular determinants of mosquito infectivity and alphaviral evolution.  She served as an Assistant Professor at UTMB prior to joining the CDC in 2000.  Currently, she is Associate Director for Science in the Division of Vector Borne Diseases and previously served as the Virology Team Lead in the Arboviral Diseases Branch.  She has held numerous additional international and national positions including serving as Chair of the Togaviridae Study Group for the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, Chairman of the American Committee on Arthropod-borne Viruses, Deputy Editor for the PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases journal, Associate Editor for Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, and as Councilor for the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  She is the editor of the International Catalog of Arboviruses which is a repository of data on the prototype strain of all registered arboviruses.  She has authored over 170 scientific publications, book chapters, and public health documents on mosquito-borne viruses.
Charles Benjamin (Ben) Beard is the Deputy Director of CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. He also serves as co-chair of CDC’s Climate and Health Taskforce and is CDC’s representative to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. He has served outside of CDC on numerous working groups and advisory panels for the World Health Organization, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and the American Meteorological Society. He served as an editor and lead author for the USGCRP Climate Change and Human Health Group 2016 report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, and he is an author currently on the Human Health Chapter of the USGCRP Fifth National Climate Assessment. He is an Associate Editor for Emerging Infectious Diseases and past president of the Society for Vector Ecology. During his tenure at CDC, his work has focused on the ecology, prevention and control of vector-borne zoonotic diseases, both in domestic and global arenas, and he has published over 140 scientific papers, books, and book chapters collectively.

Raelin Mamaril received their B.S. in iIntegrative Bbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2022. Raelin is a PHEFA fellow being mentored by Dr. William Nicholson, Ph.D.,  of the Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trinity McNeil is a fourth-year student pursuing a B.S. in animal science with a concentration in animal industry from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Trinity will work with Janet McAllister, Ph.D., in the Arboviral Diseases Branch in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Stacie East is Director of Equity and Grants at ESA. Stacie is the PHEFA Project Director for ESA.

*Closed captioning is available*

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