Three Doctoral Candidates Receive 2011 Hazeltine Fellowship Awards
Dec. 29, 2011
DAVIS—Three doctoral candidates affiliated with the UC Davis Department of Entomology are recipients of the 2011 William Hazeltine Memorial Research Fellowship Awardsto support their mosquito research.
Brittany Nelms Mills
Sharing a total of $4800 are Brittany Nelms Mills, $1,900; Kelly Liebman, $1,900 and Jenny Carlson, $1000.
MIlls studies with major professor William Reisen, Department of Entomology/Center for Vectorborne Diseases. Reisen does research on Culex mosquitoes, which transmit West Nile virus.. Liebman studies with major professor Thomas Scott, who researches Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit dengue. Carlson's major professor is Anthony Cornell, an associate professor of entomology at UC Davis who studies anopheline (malaria) mosquitoes. His lab is based at the Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier.
Carlson received a Hazeltine felllowship in 2010, and Liebman in 2009.
The annual Hazeltine awards single out student research that is of a practical nature and is designed to help solve problems in the area of mosquito and vector control. The intent is to encourage students to prepare for and become contributors in the field of applied public health entomology.
The award memorializes William “Bill” Hazeltine (1926-1994), who managed the Lake County Mosquito Abatement District from 1961-64 and the Butte County Mosquito Abatement District from 1966-1992. He was an ardent supporter of the judicious use of public health pesticides to protect public health. He continued work on related projects until his death in 1994.
Hazeltine studied entomology in the UC Berkeley graduate program from 1950-53, and received his doctorate in entomology from Purdue University in 1962.
He maintained close ties with UC Davis entomologists. UC Davis medical entomologist Bruce Eldridge eulogized him at the 2005 American Mosquito Control Association conference. His talk was later published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. (See PDF)
Hazeltine's three sons assist with the memorial fellowship awards. They are Craig of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lee of Woodland, Calif.; and Jeff of Los Angeles.
Prior Recipients of Hazeltine Awards:
2010: Tara Thiemann and Jenny Carlson (see story)
2009: Kelly Liebman and Wei Xu (See story)
2008: Ashley Horton and Tara Thiemann (See story)
2007: Lisa Reimer and Jacklyn Wong (See story)
2006: Christopher Barker and Tania Morgan (See story)
2005: Nicole Mans
2004: Sharon Minnick
2003: Hannah Burrack
2002: Holly Ganz and Andradi Villalobos
2001: Laura Goddard and Linda Styer
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology