The Deer Tick and Lyme Disease Pathogen in Michigan

Bay College’s winter 2015 Math Science Colloquia series continues with a free presentation at 4PM on Thursday, March 26 in Room MS122 (with iTV link to West Campus room 107).  Dr. Isis Kuczaj  will present a talk titled Tracking the emergence of the deer tick and Lyme disease pathogen: the past, present, and future of tick-borne disease in Michigan.

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.  In Michigan, deer tick (vector of Lyme disease) populations have been described in the Upper Peninsula since the mid-1980s.  In the UP, the incidence of human Lyme cases are an order of magnitude higher than in lower Michigan.  Case numbers continue to be on the rise, suggesting increased exposure rates in this area.  While the geographic range of the deer tick appears to be fairly stable in the UP, fluctuations in population size have not been well monitored.  More recently (2000s), deer tick populations have invaded the south west corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, spreading up the coast of Lake Michigan and placing more citizens at risk for exposure to tick-borne diseases.  In this talk, Kuczaj will discuss the history of tick-borne disease in Michigan as well as the ecology, epidemiology, and strategies for prevention of these diseases.   

Two additional talks remain in this year’s series. At 4PM Thursday April 9 in room MS122 (with iTV link to West Campus 107) Utica College Mathematics Professor Dr. John Peter will address “What is Topology?”  The series wraps up at 4PM Thursday April 16 when Dr. Matt Barron, Bay College Dean of Arts and Sciences presents research on predictors of student success.   These events are all free of charge. 

For a registration fee of $15, area educators may enroll to attend the remaining three events and receive 3 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH - formerly SB-CEU’s).  Registration forms are available online at
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