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Free lecture "Blood Theft: a Mosquito's Obsession with Humans and What We Can Do About It" at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (September 29, 2016)

The "Speaking Sustainably" lecture series, presented by FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and hosted by the Deering Estate, offers an opportunity to engage the community with critical environmental issues of the twenty-first century and to inspire action. The lecture series kicks-off on Friday, October 28th at 7:00 pm with "Blood Theft: a Mosquito’s Obsession with Humans and What We Can Do About It." The presenter is Matthew DeGennaro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomolecular Sciences Institute and Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University.

About the lecture
The Aedes aegypti mosquito has been plaguing humans for thousands of years. This mosquito is the vector of Zika, Dengue, Yellow Fever, and Chikungunya. By biting us, females have the opportunity to spread these diseases. This talk will explore how mosquitoes detect their human hosts and the use of molecular genetics to understand this deadly behavior. Current approaches in mosquito control and personal protection will be described. In addition, new techniques will be discussed that could end our reliance of insecticides to control mosquito populations.

About FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society
By bringing together the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, the School of Environment, Arts and Society(SEAS) at Florida International University (FIU) is transforming the way we conduct research, educate students and engage the community. Because the world's environmental challenges are multi-dimensional, the school's revolutionary approach to a full spectrum education will ensure our students become innovative leaders of the 21st century. SEAS includes three signature departments: Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, and English. The school also houses many of FIU's prominent centers and programs.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided Historic House tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.
This year the Deering Estate celebrates 30 years on the National Register of Historic Places and the 100th anniversary of Charles Deering's purchase and restoration of the Richmond Hotel for his winter residence. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!