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States' Response to Mosquito-Borne Disease Topic for March 29 Talk

Are states across the nation prepared to deal with continued outbreaks of West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases? Political ecology geographer Paul Robbins examines this question in his presentation “The Mosquito State: How Insects Manage Bureaucracies in the Age of Vector Disease Control” as guest speaker for the USU College of Natural Resources Distinguished Geographer Lecture Monday, March 29.
 
Robbins’ talk, free and open to all, begins at 6 p.m. in Room 105 of the Natural Resources building.
 
“The recent outbreak of West Nile Virus in the American Southwest and the associated risks of other mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue fever and malaria, have raised questions about the capacity of state, county and municipal government to deal with impending disease crises,” says Robbins, professor and head of the University of Arizona’s School of Geography and Development.
 
Robbins will discuss his research, funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, examining the variability of state responses aimed at managing mosquito-related hazards. His project, which unites entomology, land cover analysis, climate and insect modeling and institutional ethnography, focuses on managers’ diverse approaches to allocating precious resources and dealing with public fears.
 
Robbins’ visit is made possible by support from the Association of American Geographers Visiting Geographical Scientist Program, along with USU’s Department of Environment and Society and Department of Watershed Sciences.
 
“This is our first Distinguished Geographer Lecture, which we offer to the USU and Cache Valley community to highlight our newly combined geography degree program,” says lecture coordinator Claudia Radel, assistant professor of human geography in USU’s ENVS Department.
 
The College of Natural Resources introduced a revised, interdepartmental undergraduate geography degree program at the start of the 2009-2010 academic year that allows students to choose between emphases in human-environment geography, physical geography or geographical analysis and bioregional planning.
 
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Contact: Claudia Radel, 435-797-0516, claudia.radel@usu.edu
Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517, maryann.muffoletto@usu.edu
Mosquito illustration

The Buzz on Mosquitoes: Managing mosquito-borne disease outbreaks is the topic of the College of Natural Resources' March 29 Distinguished Geographer Lecture. All are welcome. Photo by Joaquin Alves Gaspar.

Paul Robbins will speak at USU

Political ecology geographer Paul Robbins, professor and head of the University of Arizona's School of Geography and Development, speaks at 6 p.m., Monday, March 29, in Room 105 of the Natural Resources building.

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