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Those nasty biting insects --Mosquitoes-- may be carriers of life-changing diseases.

That recurring pool of water or neglected pile of debris and junk may be harboring carriers of life-changing diseases. Mosquitoes are not just those pesky bugs. Mosquitoes are insects and part of the Phylum: Arthropoda. They are exoskeletal, external parasites which take blood meals, but as vectors many transmit pathogenic viruses or bacteria into their victims via their bites.

In the second in the mini-series on arthropod-borne infectious diseases and prevention,    Dr. Shannon L. LaDeau will explain why mosquitoes are ideal vectors and the disease risks they carry. In her lecture Invasive Mosquitoes, Emergent Pathogens, and Human Risk in the Eastern US, Dr. LaDeau will outline mosquito ecology, thereby giving examples of the environmental conditions that support and encourage the enlarging of the scope of persistent mosquito infestations. She will also clarify the real risk factors associated with mosquito-borne disease in the northeast. Then, she will describe measures that can be taken to protect oneself as well as property from this everyday environmental health issue.

Come at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 to the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering for this informative program which is free and open to the public and requires no registration.

LaDeau is an associate scientist, specializing in disease ecology at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. Her research interests include the ecologies of  community, disease, and forest, plus ecological modeling. She received her BA in Biology from Mount Holyoke College and her PhD in Biological Sciences from Duke University. In addition, she has done postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Washington, DC and a National Science Foundation Program in Biological Informatics at Ohio State University. She has received ten scholarly awards, co-authored 41 research publications, written or been interviewed in 20 newspaper articles, and spoken on NPR.

Free parking can be found on street and in several college parking lots as well as the parking garage across the street.

 Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and website:

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs