Phillip Armstrong, associate agricultural scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, will present the lecture, “West Nile Virus: Ecology and Evolution of an Invasive Pathogen in Northeastern United States,” when he addresses chapter of Sigma Xi on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 12:30 p.m. in the Clarice L. Buckman Center, Room 129, at Quinnipiac.
Armstrong received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his doctorate degree in tropical public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has conducted research on several arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) including dengue, La Crosse, and West Nile virus.
Armstrong participates in the Connecticut Mosquito and Arbovirus Surveillance Program. His primary research interests are the ecology, epidemiology and evolutionary genetics of mosquito-borne viruses.
Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. The Greek letters "sigma" and "xi" form the acronym of the society's motto, "Spoudon Xynones," which translates as "companions in zealous research."
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