The 2014 meeting is over and a good time was had by all.  The talks were very informative and ranged over a variety of topics including vector surveillance, emerging arboviruses, weather patterns, predictive models, and interspecific larval competition. You can view the following photos of excited attendees enjoying the conference presenters and our keynote speaker for the banquet – Abraham Lincoln impersonator Fritz Klein.  The 16th President of the United States even helped us select our Raffle Prize Winner!  More information about Fritz can be found here.

On Thursday, November 20th, we conducted a Student Competition where participants gave presentations related to their current scientific research.  The results of the student competition are listed here.

First Prize – Keeley Morris, Loyola University

Runner Up – Tyler Hedlund, University of Illinois

Runner Up – Phil Scheibel, Western Illinois University

See you in Champaign next year!


Hilton Springfield, Springfield, IL Nov. 20-21, 2014

IMVCA 2014 Program – FINAL

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Refreshments – Courtesy of ADAPCO

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Student Competition

Introduction – Jack Swanson & Joy Joyce

10:15 – 10:30 Lindsay Shand, University of Illinois, “A Real-time Prediction model for Mosquito Infection Rate: Refining our Determinants”

10:30 – 10:45 Keeley Morris – Loyola University-Chicago, “Risk factors for West Nile Virus Transmission in Mosquitoes and Humans in Northern Cook County: A Spatio-Temporal Approach”

10:45 – 11:00 Tyler Hedlund, University of Illinois, “The Spread of Ixodes Scapularis and Borrelia burgdorferi Throughout the Chicago, IL Metropolitan Area.”

11:00 – 11:15 Phil Scheibel, Western Illinois University, “Arbovirus Surveillance in Rural Western Illinois: New Distribution Records and a Vector Biology Educational Initiative.”

11:15 – 11:30 Peter Brabant, Illinois State University, “Effects of Invasive Aedes albopictus on the Competitive Ability of Native Aedes triseriatus.”

11:30 – 11:45 Surendra Karki, University of Illinois, “Landscape Features and Vectors in a West Nile virus Hotspot.”

11:45 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch – Courtesy of VALENT BIOSCIENCES

1:00 – 1:10 President’s Welcome – Tom Velat

1:10 – 1:40 Mike Szyska – AMCA North Central Regional Director, “American Mosquito Control Association Update.”

1:40 – 2:10 Linn Haramis, Illinois Department of Public Health,  “The ‘Mosquito Paradox’ and other Vector Control Issues for 2014.”

2:10 – 2:40 John-Paul Mutebi, CDC, “A National Review of Mosquito-Borne Arbovirus Activity in 2014.”

2:40 – 3:00 Justin Harbison, Loyola University Chicago, “Loss of Larvicides in North Shore Catch Basins During the 2014 Season.”

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Afternoon Break – Courtesy of  VECTOR DISEASE CONTROL, INTERNATIONAL

3:30 – 4:30 District Reports

4:30 – 4:45 Closing Remarks, Announcements

5:00 – 5:45 Business Meeting

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Hospitality Hour – Courtesy of CLARKE

7:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. Banquet, President’s Address

8:50 – 9:00 Charity RaffleCourtesy of UNIVAR

Friday, November 21st, 2014

6:30 – 8:15 Breakfast – Courtesy of Hilton Springfield

8:30 – 8:40 Incoming President’s Welcome – Robert Berry, North Shore M.A.D.

8:40 – 9:00 Nancy Westcott, Illinois State Water Survey, “Climatic Variation in West Nile Virus Incidence.”

9:00 – 9:20 Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz, University of Illinois, Alan Bolds, Wheaton MAD. “Prediction of Mosquito Infection in Real-time in DuPage County: Progress and Challenges.”

9:20 – 9:40 Ephantus Juma Muturi, Illinois Natural History Survey – “Interaction of dengue and sindbis viruses in Aedes albopictus (Diptera:Culicidae)”

9:40 – 10:00 Chang-Hyun Kim, Illinois Natural History Survey, “Diversity is the Spice of Life for Mosquito Development.”

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Mid-Morning Break – Courtesy of CENTRAL LIFE SCIENCES

10:20 – 10:40 Brian Allen, University of Illinois. “Invasion of the BLTs: The Expanding Distribution of Lyme Disease in the Midwestern U.S.”.

10:40 – 11:00  Lina B. Flor-Weiler, U.S.Dept. of Agriculture, “Ovicidal Activity of Metarhizium brunneum (Mb F52) on dengue fever vector, Aedes aegypti.”

11:00 – 11:20 Jeffrey Bara, Illinois Natural History Survey, “The Extrinsic Incubation Period of La Crosse virus in Oc. triseriatus and Oc. japonicus.”

11:20 – 11:40 Brian Price , Indiana State Department of Health, “Arborvirus Surveilance Report for Indiana.”

11:40 – 11:55 Noon Door Prizes – Courtesy of IMVCA