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Field Work Blog

Field Work Blog

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Mom's are great!

Posted by Lauren on January 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)

I just got off the phone with mine!  Totally made my day!

She said that she had never been away alone for this long or been away this far and that she wouldn't know how to do it.  What I didn't tell her is that when I'm here and I don't know what to do, I try to think what Becky Cator would do.  She is such a positive person and she makes things happen. 

Thanks mom!

Matt and Andrew's Visit

Posted by Lauren on January 21, 2012 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Well!  We have certainly been keeping busy!  We have placed all of Shalu's data loggers, found An. stephensi larvae and adults, met our catchment area residents, been given tea and kisses, and much more!  Here are some pics!

I've said it once and I will say it again, Culex mosquitoes are gross! Above left spraying larval habitat with BT and right traditional habitat for Culex.

Shalu and Matt looking for Anopheles larvae.  We had just sampled from a very deep well and even so it was positive.

Traffic!

Andrew walking in front a a beautiful example of the kind of variation in house types.  A thatched roofed house is right next to a more sturdy house which is right next to a concrete apartment complex.  What are the temperatures in these and where are the mosquitoes?

Matt placing a data logger.  I hope I can get up there next week to download it!

Matt and Andrew sampling "local" cuisine (it was Indian Pizza Hut!)

My favorite!  Shalu sampling chocolate cake to celebrate finshing placing her data loggers!

First Census Form Completed!

Posted by Lauren on January 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (2)

It was slow going as we are trying figure out how to do this, but we completed the first 6 census forms today and started our hunt for An. stephensi! Here is project scientist Mrs. Reeta completing the first census of the entire project! 

Ready to Rock! (well at least for entomologists)

Posted by Lauren on January 16, 2012 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (2)

The data loggers are launched, collection supplies have been amassed, and the census forms are printed!  Tonight Dr. Read and Dr. Thomas will join us from PSU and in the morning we will start sampling in the Georgetown field site for populations of An. stephensi.  This is the mosquito species responsible for malaria transmission. We will also be placing the data loggers that Shalu will be using in her PhD research to look at temperatures that mosquitoes might experience in Chennai.

Wish us luck!

First day in Chennai

Posted by Lauren on January 13, 2012 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The first day at NIMR Chennai was productive.  Dr. Alex the head of the project at this field site was very helpful and we are all set to start creating a large mosquito colony, placing data loggers to take temperatures within and around homes, and collect some mosquitoes. 

Dr. Alex and Shalu, a graduate student on our project wielding the mighty homemade aspirator I built. They strike fear into mosquitoes hearts!

Then we went to a fabulous performance at Mrs. Alex's (wife of Dr. Alex) school.  She works as a biology teacher for a secondary school. Today marked the begining of the Harvest Festival here in Tamil Nadu.

 

 

In Chennai!

Posted by Lauren on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Well after 4 hour delay in Delhi Airport, I'm checked into the hotel in Chennai.  May all my delays be places with fast internet connections and milkshakes available for purchase.  The best part was that AirIndia then played the Sound of Music as the in flight movie. It is impossible to be cranky while watching that movie.

More Pictures of GIS Workshop in Delhi

Posted by Lauren on January 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I am traveling to Chennai today.  Dr. Gayathri and I will go to the airport together since our flights are at the same time on different airlines.  Neither of us speak Hindi (in the South where Chennai is located they speak Tamil).  The cab ride in Delhi is going to be an adventure!

 

Here are some more pics from the very well done GIS workshop!

What did you think was going to happen when you took mosquito biologists to standing water?

Monkey!  Why do I always take pictures of these?! It is like photographing squirrels.

Dr. Gayathri looking at our GPS coordinates in the lab.  She is going to be helping us in Chennai as a clinician for the epidemiology study. As you can see VERY EXCITED about GIS!

Pictures from NIH GIS Workshop in Delhi

Posted by Lauren on January 11, 2012 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The internet connection today is not so great, but I managed to load one! More to come!

Field Trip!

Posted by Lauren on January 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Yesterday was interesting at the workshop.  We practiced using software called ArcView that allows you to create GIS maps.  Today, we are going to go to a bird sanctuary about 30 km outside of Delhi and take our very own GPS data that we will then try to intergrate into a GIS map.  What a nice idea from the instructors!

The Digs in Delhi!

Posted by Lauren on January 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (2)

A photo of the living room of the project apartment....it speaks for itself.... f.y.i. it rotates!

 

We are still trying to figure out the water system, but I'm confident we will have that worked out tonight when we get home.  We actually are using room heaters and quilts because it is only 40 degrees or so at night! Off to learn about GIS at the National Malaria Institute!


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