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entomologists in face masks and blue protective body suits posing for a group selfie

Karen Poh, Ph.D. (left), is a research entomologist at the USDA-ARS Animal Disease Research Unit, in Pullman, Washington, whose work in public health, animal and medical entomology earned her a spot in the Early Career Professional Recognition Symposium at the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia. Here, Poh and students Max Pasquinelli (middle) and Madison Berger (right) suit up in two layers of personal protective equipment to check and replace bed bug traps in poultry facilities. This research was in collaboration with the Penn State University Vector-Borne Disease Team, Poultry Extension Team, and poultry producers to determine possible surveillance tools that can monitor for bed bug populations in poultry facilities.

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