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ESA Disease Ecology Section News

Don’t forget to check the details for outstanding student paper and outstanding poster award nominations for this year’s annual meeting in New Orleans!


  1. Student Awards (Outstanding Student Paper & Poster awards)


The ESA Disease Ecology section will sponsor an outstanding student paper award and an outstanding student poster award this year. Graduate students who are active members of the section, or undergraduates who have an advisor that is an active section member, are eligible. To be considered for these awards, materials must be received by June 1, 2018


Outstanding student paper:

Instructions for outstanding student paper nominations are available here. All nomination materials should be sent to Dr. Meggan Craft (craft@umn.edu) on or before the deadline. 


Outstanding student poster:

Instructions for outstanding student poster nominations are available here. If you would like to have a poster considered for this award, please notify Dr. Elizabeth Borer (borer@umn.edu) on or before the deadline.


  1. Elections for Vice Chair


We are holding our section’s annual election for a new vice chair for 2018-2019. If you are interested in serving as vice chair, please email the current section chair, Dr. Meggan Craft (craft@umn.edu) by June 1, 2018 with a <500-word description of your qualifications and any other information that will be useful to voters. This information will appear on the ballot. 


DUTIES OF THE VICE-CHAIR. The Vice-Chairperson shall serve as program officer and shall arrange the scientific program for the annual Section meetings. The Vice-Chairperson shall assume the duties of the Chairperson whenever that person is unable to act. The Vice-Chairperson serves for a 1-yr term, after which time the Vice-Chairperson will assume the office of Chairperson and serve in that capacity for one additional year. Following the term as Chairperson, there will be a one-year term as Past-Chairperson.


  1. Elections for Student Liaison


After three years of service (and attaining his PhD!), Dr. Dan Becker is handing off the torch as our section student liaison. If you are interested in serving in this capacity (or know someone who would be), please contact Dan (daniel.becker3@montana.edu). The person in this position contributes to many of the section activities, including organizing live tweeting of ESA disease talks and student-faculty meet-ups.
(This position does not have a 3-year term. Dan is just very generous.)


  1. ESA Disease Section t-shirts!!


You still have the opportunity to purchase an ESA Disease Ecology t-shirt! This is a fundraiser – 100% of the proceeds go toward student awards, better mixers, supporting future technical workshops at ESA, expanding networking opportunities at annual meetings, and other new initiatives. 


There are 5 designs to choose from, and all orders will be shipped directly to you. A limited number may be available for purchase at the meeting in New Orleans, but designs/sizes will be limited.


  1. New Orleans, here we come!


Watch for details about the 2018 student/faculty meetups


Our annual mixer will be held this year at The Rusty Nail, approximately a 10 min walk from the conference center, on Wednesday (8 August) from 6:30-8pm. The food and drink on offer will be a big improvement from the convention center mixers, so be sure to join us early!


Please stop by and say hi to us at the Disease Ecology section booth at the meeting in August. This year, we’re planning some fun activities – take a quiz, win a prize! make your own pipe cleaner pathogen! – and we’ll have fabulous section stickers and t-shirts for sale.



Last chance to present this year! Abstracts for Latebreaking posters are due Thursday, May 3rd at 5:00 PM Eastern time. Submit here!
The Infectious Disease Evolution Across Scales (IDEAS) RCN will be hosting its 2018 workshop Immunity Across Scales in Glasgow, Scotland May 28-29th (just before EEID). Clay Cressler from the University of Nebraska is organizing the workshop. No longer accepting applicants . For more details  visit: 
This is also a reminder that the deadline for the Infectious Disease Evolution Across Scales (IDEAS) RCN’s first round of 2018 Research Exchange applications deadline has passed . For information visit: 

ESA Disease Ecology Section t-shirts

On Sale here