NEWS BRIEFS
November 3, 2017
MVCAC Planning Meeting: Nov. 30 - Dec. 1
Four Points by Sheraton Emeryville
1603 Powell St, Emeryville, CA 94608

Last chance to book your room(s) for the MVCAC Planning Workshop at the MVCAC room rate.

Hotel Information:
Room rate is $139 plus taxes
Book by Phone: 1-800-325-3535 mentioning the group name MVCAC
Or

Book by Monday, November 6th!

Schedule:
The standard schedule will be planning meeting all day on November 30
th and board meeting (if needed) the morning of the 1st.  The meeting should wrap up late morning/early afternoon on the 1st

Transportation Information:
The easiest airport is Oakland. From there you can take BART to the Ashby Station or the MacArthur Station.   If you take the train to MacArthur, you could then catch the local shuttle to the hotel. Either way, you can take an Uber or Cab the short distance to the hotel.


For Sacramento, the Capitol Corridor stops right near the hotel.  Here's that schedule:

Super Shuttle is also available and good if you have a group of people arriving at the Oakland Airport at the same time:

More information for this meeting will be posted on our website as it becomes available. 
In This Issue
Visual Gateway Workshop Interest Form
Hosted by Lab Technologies and Information Technology Committees
Sunday January 28th, 12pm-4pm

Note: Estimated cost $60 per participant, Box Lunch Included
 
This workshop will provide hands-on training to learn how to visualize your surveillance and application data with custom reports, charts and graphs using Tableau website software which has been setup to connect to CalSurv Gateway agency data.  Bring your own laptop and receive assistance importing application data to get the most out of this workshop. Sign up using the form link below if you are interested so a final cost can be provided. A registration form and payment details will be sent out later this fall. A Calsurv Tableau subscription at roughly $25/month/user is highly recommended but not required - information about subscription pricing and early access will be sent separately after receiving your interest form.
 
Link to form -  Deadline Extended!  Please submit by Friday, November 3, 2017:
 
View powerpoint about Visual Gateway from Joel Buettner, Placer MVCD:
IT Survey and GIS Survey

Information Technology and Geographical Information Systems Surveys
The IT Committee has developed surveys to help identify and share resources and solutions across districts and to get a picture of technology usage and projects. Please submit one of each survey per District by the end of 2017.
 
2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17

Applications for the 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award will be accepted through Friday, December 1, 2017. The William C. Reeves New Investigator Award, memorializing Dr. William C. Reeves, who was a renowned University of California entomologist, is sponsored by the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC). The award is presented to the best scientific paper submitted and presented at the annual MVCAC conference.
 
Please  click here for more information.
From ESA - Hurricane Recovery: Your Help is Needed

As communities from Texas to the U.S. Virgin Islands begin the recovery efforts from this season's series of hurricanes, those affected are seeking help from entomologists and the scientific community:






When Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were detected for the first time in the Coachella Valley in May 2016, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District developed a response based on lessons learned by other vector control districts already fighting the invasive species. One refrain heard time and again was "you can't get rid of this mosquito without the help of the community." With a backyard breeder like Ae. aegypti, education efforts need to focus on changing people's behavior as it pertains to yard maintenance. Any progress reducing the invasive species through surveillance and control efforts are temporary if mosquito breeding sources are not eliminated from people's yards.

Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight

D oes your agency have a success story, a staff member you would like to publicly recognize, or an innovation by your agency that you would like to highlight? "Agency Spotlight" on the MVCAC website is one way to share your story! Each submission which meets the specified criteria will be reviewed and posted on the MVCAC website on the Agency Spotlight page and highlighted on the homepage in the rotating feature box. Each story will remain posted for 1-2 months before being moved to a publicly archived page. 

Interested?  Click here   to fill out an application!

Applications can be submitted to the MVCAC office at mvcac@mvcac.org
86 th  Annual MVCAC Conference - January 28-30, 2018


Registration is now OPEN!
Click here to register online now
Click here to download the registration form

Join us at the wonderful Monterey Marriott hotel!
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940
Room rate: $189 plus taxes
Hotel cut off date: December 29, 2017 or until the block is full
Room Deposit: You will be charged a first night's deposit for your hotel room, per the MVCAC policy
Click here to book your rooms

Highlights for this year's conference

Annual Munzy Golf Tournament
Sunday, January 28 11 AM
Pacific Grove Golf Links
77 Asilomar Boulevard
Pacific Grove CA 93950

The annual Munzy Golf Tournament will be featured at this year's conference! To register, please click  here and return to the MVCAC Office no later than January 4, 2018.

MVCAC IT committee and Lab Technologies Workshop
Visual Gateway Training
Sunday January 28 th
1:00-5:00 PM
Monterey Marriott

2nd Annual Outrunning Mosquitoes 5K
Sunday, January 28 2:00 PM

What better way to start off your conference experience than a fun run/walk through the streets of Monterey? This year's course takes you right along the bay, through cannery row and back to the Marriott hotel. Not a runner? No problem! Walkers will enjoy this flat and easy course as well. Coveted mosquito trophies will once again be highly sought after!

Your registration fee includes some race swag, a free drink ticket for the opening reception and of course bragging rights!

District Trustee Information Form

This year's Yearbook Questionnaire did not ask for emails for the Trustees of your district.  The Trustee Council is interested in this information in hopes to get more Trustees involved with the council. Please fill in the  following form  and return to  rhickerson@amgroup.us  or via fax at 916-444-7462.
MVCAC News Briefs - Zika Updates
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding Zika.
MVCAC News Briefs - Other Outbreaks
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding other outbreaks.

11/1/17: Ontario Reports EEE and WNV Cases in Horse Population - EquiManagement

10/31/17: Virus-Spreading Mosquitos Confirmed Locally - The Los Feliz Ledger

10/31/17: Smart mosquito trap could prevent spread of deadly diseases - Fox News

10/31/17: Stanford researchers seek citizen scientists to contribute to worldwide mosquito tracking - Stanford News

10/31/17: Officials Concerned About Mosquitoes Breeding In Fire-Ravaged Backyard Pools - CBS SF Bay Area

10/31/17: Mosquito Control Efforts In Areas Affected By Recent Fires - Marin/Sonoma MVCD

10/30/17: Mosquito Surveillance - Part 1: The Art of Hunting Mosquitoes - VDCI

10/28/17: West Nile infections top 200 in LA County, probably because of hot weather - 89.3 KPCC

10/27/17: L.A. County death toll from West Nile virus climbs to 17 - Los Angeles Times
Do you have important news to share about your district or mosquito and vector issues?  

If you would like your news to be included in the MVCAC News Briefs, please send press releases and/or links to relevant news articles to  mvcac@mvcac.org
Jobs

Interested in a career in mosquito and vector control? Check out the MVCAC Job Board  at  www.mvcac.org
 
Have a Job or RFP to post to MVCAC.org?  
Requests to post job listings (no more than 500 words in length) should be submitted to the webmaster at  rhickerson@amgroup.us.
MVCAC Sustaining Member Corner
Note: MVCAC does not endorse the products below, but we do support our Sustaining Members
Central Life Sciences has announced the release of Aqua Zenivex™ E20, a reduced-risk adulticide for mosquito control professionals.