Brian Byrd, an associate professor in Western Carolina University’s Environmental Health Program, has received a prestigious statewide award for his work in protecting the public from mosquito-borne pathogens.
Brian Byrd, associate professor of environmental health at Western Carolina University and an adviser to state health officials on the Zika virus, will join other WCU faculty members and students in a public program focusing on best practices for reducing the risk of mosquito-borne illness.
Some of Team USA’s most prominent athletes have chosen not to compete at the summer Olympics because of concern over the Zika virus, but WCU mosquito researcher Brian Byrd says that, although there are risks, he would go to Rio de Janeiro if he had the chance.
Before the first week in February -- when the the mosquito-borne Zika virus was declared a public health emergency -- WCU's Brian Byrd was providing expert advice for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
A multidisciplinary science team from Western Carolina University recently published a manuscript in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association detailing the recognition of a mosquito species (Aedes pertinax) found for the first time in the United States.
The diagnosis is in and the long-term prognosis for the condition of health care in Western North Carolina is improving, with the dedication of WCU’s new 160,000-square foot Health and Human Sciences Building.
Inclement weather did not prevent students from several Western North Carolina school systems from taking top honors at Western Carolina University’s 55th annual Western Regional Science Fair, which this year celebrated “Women in Science.”
Four Western Carolina University students majoring in environmental health have been selected to present their research at the National Environmental Health Association’s annual conference, which will be held in Atlanta in mid-June.