The number of time periods in which each county fell within a high-risk cluster of La Crosse virus neuroinvasive disease from 2003–2021 in the eastern United States (data obtained from ArboNET). CC: Corey Day

La Crosse Virus Disease in the Appalachian Region

    Corey Day, an entomology and plant pathology graduate student, recently published a paper entitled β€œ Geographically persistent clusters of La Crosse virus disease in the Appalachian region of the United States from 2003 to 2021” in collaboration with Rebecca Trout Fryxell, associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and Agricola Odoi, professor of epidemiology and assistant dean for research and graduate studies in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences. The full article can be found here.

Portrait Dr. Becky Trout Fryxell

Diversifying the Halls of a Middle School Science Wing

  Professor Rebecca Trout Fryxell published an article entitled “Diversifying the Halls of a Middle School Science Wing”. The article discusses how images of scientists can shift student perceptions of who a scientist is and what a scientist does. To read the full article, visit                


Community Efforts to Monitor and Manage Aedes Mosquitoes in East Tennessee

    East Tennessee is burdened by mosquito-borne La Crosse virus disease, but minimal resources for mosquito surveillance, management, or related community education exist in the region. To address these needs, we developed a program to train middle and high school educators in basic medical entomology. The educators then used their skills in the classroom to teach students about La Crosse virus disease and conduct mosquito collection experiments. As a case study of a potential application of classroom-collected data, we also partnered with a local non-profit organization to assess the potential for a volunteer litter cleanup to reduce mosquito populations in a Tennessee neighborhood. To learn more about community efforts to monitor and manage Aedes mosquitoes in east Tennessee, visit

Cavendar Award Winners standing with UTIA leaders

Cavender Outstanding Award for Best Publication

  The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and Extension experts at UTIA’s annual awards and promotions luncheon on August 16, 2022. The ceremony, which was hosted by UTIA Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President Carrie Castille, celebrated the accomplishments of many faculty, staff, and students. The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is excited to announce that during the awards ceremony, Rebecca Butler, Jennifer Chandler, Rebecca Trout Fryxell, and Karen Vail were presented the Cavender Outstanding Award for Best Publication. To view their publication, visit Managing Ticks on School Grounds (PB 1895). If you would like to view the entire list of award winners, visit UTIA 2022 Awards & Promotions.

Portrait Dr. Becky Trout Fryxell

Winter 2022 issue of π˜–π˜Άπ˜³ π˜›π˜¦π˜―π˜―π˜¦π˜΄π˜΄π˜¦π˜¦ Mentions Vector Biology

  Have you explored the Winter 2022 issue of Our Tennessee?Β The article, One Health for All, covers many UT faculty members and their contributions to the One Health Initiative, an initiative that focuses on animal and environmental health conditions that impact society. One of their examples featured some of the vector biology work conducted in Dr. Becky Trout Fryxell‘s laboratory. To review the article, visit To read more about Trout Fryxell and the work that her lab does, visit her page at