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2024 YPs Program

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8:30 am – 3:00 pm: Pre-Conference YPs Workshop
Sponsored by Central Life Sciences

Theme: Placing your best tarsi forward: How to be prepared for anything

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check-in
    • Join us for coffee and tea
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Morning Sessions
    • 9:00 am – 9:10 am: Welcome/Opening remarks
    • 9:10 am – 9:30 am: Icebreaker
    • 9:30 am – 10:15am: Panelist introductions and power talks
      • Panel: Dr. Brian Byrd, Dr. Scott Larson, Jodi Holeman, Dr. Joe Iburg, Andrew Rivera, Dr. Lawrence Reeves
    • 10:15 am – 10:45 am: Break
    • 10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Invasive species and responses activity
  • 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch (provided)
  • 1:15 – 2:50 pm: Afternoon Sessions
    • 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: Interview preparation and scientific writing and publishing by Dr. Christopher Bibbs
    • 2:15 pm – 2:50 pm: Activity
    • 2:50 pm – 3:00 pm: Closing remarks

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Panelist Bios



YPs Dinner
Sponsored by Clarke
**Registration and ticket required**
Waitlist is now open.

  • Pick up tickets the YPs Pre-conference workshop or at the YPs booth
  • All unclaimed tickets will go to those on the waiting list



7:15 am – 8:15 am: Welcome Networking Breakfast (Location: Dallas BC)                                  Hosted by the Diversity and Inclusivity Subcommittee

1:45 pm – 5:30 pm: YPs Symposium – The Odyssey from Larvae to Leaders: Crafting your Career Path in Mosquito Control (Meeting room: D2)

  • Symposium I will feature a career panel that aims to highlight different careers within the mosquito control industry. The panel will consist of four speakers with 15 minutes each to share their unique career journeys, insights, challenges, and advice for YPs. After the presentations, there will be a Q&A session.
  • Symposium II will allow attendees to rotate between career roundtables to discuss career information and advice with experts representing a variety of career paths. Small groups of YPs will discuss with two experts per table, then move to the next career, allowing each person to explore five out of seven different featured careers: Abatement/Public Health Agencies, Academia, Consulting/Entrepreneurship, Federal/State Service, Industry, Military, Mosquito Control, and PR/Education. Come with questions ready!
  • Be sure to stay until we take our group photo at the end!

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Young Professionals Symposium I: Career Panel (Location: D2)Moderators: Caroline Gongora, Carla-Cristina Edwards, Vilma Montenegro Castro, Kyndall Braumuller, Chloe Wang  1:45  Welcome and Introductions  1:55 Career Panel

  • 1:55 – 2:10   Academia – Dr. Christopher Barker
  • 2:10 – 2:25   Abatement District – Dr. Mark Breidenbaugh 
  • 2:25 – 2:40   Industry – Emily Boothe
  • 2:40 – 2:55   Public Relations/Education – Michael Mut

2:55   Q&As

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm: Break

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Young Professionals Symposium II: Career Roundtables (Location: D2)Moderators: Caroline Gongora, Carla-Cristina Edwards, Vilma Montenegro Castro, Kyndall Braumuller, Chloe Wang

4:00 Overview of the Career Roundtables and Introduction of Experts

Young Professionals will discuss career information and advice with experts representing a variety of career paths.Abatement or Public Health Agencies  Bethany Bolling – Texas Department of State Health Services   Jason Fritz – Williamson County and Cities Health DistrictAcademia  Christopher Barker – University of California, Davis  Joseph McMillan – Texas Tech UniversityConsulting/Entrepreneurship  Shelley Whitehead – Whitehead Entomology Consulting LLC  David Brown – LookOut AdviceFederal/State Service  Kristy Burkhalter – Centers for Disease Control  Michael Doyle – North Carolina Department of Health and Human ServicesIndustry  Mir Bear-Johnson – Central Life Sciences  Mitchell Kirsch – SC JohnsonMilitary  Michelle Colacicco-Mayhugh – US Department of Defense  Mark Breidenbaugh – US Air ForcePublic Relations/Education  Tammy Gordon – Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District  Michael Mut – Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control Division

Rotations4:10 Rotation #14:25 Rotation #24:40 Rotation #34:55 Rotation #45:10 Rotation #55:25 Group Photo

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Young Professionals Social (Location: Press Club)All YPs and Speakers are welcome.Sponsored by Valent



7:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Banquet (Location: Dallas BC)