Press About M-EID
Speaker: Humans have ability to spread disease worldwide
By: Rob Chaney
We can blame infected chickens or fruit bats or mosquitoes for the new crop of infectious diseases afflicting humans, but the most dangerous suspect may lurk in the mirror.
“Of the 450 wildlife-borne emerging diseases that have been investigated, we didn't find a single one that was not related to human behavior in some form,” said Peter Daszak, director of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine and this month's University of Montana presidential lecturer. In other words, while mosquitoes spread West Nile virus, humans spread mosquitoes.
Scientific heritage: University of Montana opens country's first laboratory for Native students
By: Jodi Rave
Michael Ceballos couldn't believe there wasn't a national Native research institute somewhere in the United States, so he set out to create one.
On Tuesday, Ceballos placed his first order for laboratory chemicals and science equipment as he and University of Montana students begin working in, arguably, the country's first university research lab created for Native graduate and undergraduate students.
Pursuing the parasite path
UM Women of Science
By: Beth Judy
Two people walk into a room. One becomes infected by a disease there. The other doesn’t. As a disease ecologist in the Division of Biological Sciences at UM, Vanessa Ezenwa wants to find out why. “First you need to understand what factors determine disease distributions,” she says. “Then you can predict how things will change if a situation is disturbed -— and possibly, prepare.”
NSF grant to help boost study of diseases
By: Betsy Cohen
Some of the best scientific minds in the country will be enrolling at the University of Montana next fall thanks to a recently awarded $3.2 million National Science Foundation grant.
The funding will help UM launch a doctorate program that specializes in the study of infectious disease, and will attract top students because it will allow UM to offer students significant financial incentives, research assistant positions, and salaries for their work.