Past Conferences

Summary of the 44th Annual Conference

The 44th  Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists was held from September 5th-7th, 2013 at the University of Nebraska, Cedar Point Biological Station located on the south shore of Lake Ogallala in western Nebraska.

The customary reception was held on Thursday evening in Goodall Lodge where participants renewed friendships while sampling a variety of tasty brews and hors d’oeuvres.   Friday morning President Matt Bolek welcomed all and called the meeting to order.  Paper and poster sessions were held all day Friday and Saturday morning, and approximately thirty seven participants learned of the latest research taking place in the laboratories of colleagues.  Sixteen oral presentations were given of which six were contributed by undergraduate students and four by graduate students.  There were three posters representing research by one undergraduate and two graduate students.

Augustin Jimenez-Ruiz, University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale presented the seventh Memorial Lecture honoring Newton Kingston, Wonderful and Wandering Worms:  Nematodes in the New World.  Following the Friday night banquet, Ben Hanelt, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque delivered the Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Lecture in Jerry’s honor, From Species to Genes; What Hairworms Have Taught Us About How Parasites Work.

Following the Saturday morning paper session, President Bolek called the business meeting to order. The membership elected Rich Clopton, Peru State College to the Office of President-Elect.  At the end of the business meeting, the Marquardt gavel was passed to our new President, Karl Reinhard, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Student awards of $100 and an engraved plaque were given as follows:  Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Paper Presentation by a Graduate Student—Francisco T. Melo, Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil; William C. Marquardt Award for Best Paper Presentation by an Undergraduate Student—Delina E. Barbosa, University of Wyoming at Casper; Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Poster Presentation by a Graduate Student—Heather A. Stigge, Oklahoma State University; and the William C. Marquardt Award for Best Poster Presentation by an Undergraduate Student—Emily R. Hannon, University of Colorado, Boulder.

The 2014 annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists will again be held at the University of Nebraska, Cedar Point Biological Station during the 4th, 5th, and 6th of September.

Submitted by Ron Hathaway, Secretary and Treasurer, RMCP

Summary of the 43rd Annual Conference

     The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists was held from September 6th-8th, 2012 at the University of Nebraska, Cedar Point Biological Station located on the south shore of Lake Ogallala in western Nebraska.

      A workshop considering the related topics of parasite biodiversity, climate change, and emerging diseases was organized by Dan Brooks, Scott Gardner, and Eric Hoberg.  Workshop participants shared their collective expertise during the three days prior to the RMCP meeting.   The RMCP membership was invited to a Thursday afternoon discussion led by Eric Hoberg in which he elaborated on some of the workshop findings.

      The annual reception was held on Thursday evening in Goodall Lodge.  Jon Garbisch and the Cedar Point staff, as usual, provided a tasty variety of hors d’oeuvres.   President Scott Gardner welcomed all and called the meeting to order Friday morning.  Paper and poster sessions were held all day Friday and Saturday morning.  There were sixty five participants at the meeting, and 18 papers and two posters were presented.  Seven papers were contributed by undergraduate students and another seven by graduate students.  Both posters represented student research, one undergraduate and one graduate.  In addition to his Thursday afternoon informal presentation, Eric Hoberg spoke about the U.S. National Parasite Collection and why it is important.  Scott Gardner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, presented the Newton Kingston Memorial Lecture, and Walter Boeger, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil honored us by delivering the Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Lecture.

           Following the Saturday morning paper session, President Gardner called the annual business meeting to order. The membership unanimously elected Karl Reinhard, University of Nebraska-Lincoln to the Office of President-Elect.  At the end of the business meeting, the Marquardt gavel was passed to our new President, Matt Bolek, OklahomaStateUniversity.

           Student awards of $100 and an engraved plaque were given as follows:  Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Paper Presentation by a Graduate Student—Sarah A. Orlofske, University of Colorado; William C. Marquardt Award for Best Paper Presentation by an Undergraduate Student—Alison Eckert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Poster Presentation by a Graduate Student—Crystal Wiles, Oklahoma State University; William C. Marquardt Award for Best Poster Presentation by an Undergraduate Student—Ryan Shannon, Oklahoma State University.  The membership voted to award RMCP Honorary Membership to Walter Boeger, and Life Membership to Ron Hathaway.

   The 2013 annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists will again be held at the University of Nebraska, Cedar Point Biological Station during the 5th, 6th, and 7th of September.

Submitted by Ron Hathaway, Secretary and Treasurer, RMCP

 Summary of the 42nd Annual Conference

           The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists was held September 7-10, 2011 at the University of Nebraska, Cedar Point Biological Station located on the south shore of Lake Ogallala in western Nebraska.  

            A workshop, organized and conducted by Rick McKown and Skip Sterner, was a new addition to the 2011 meeting.  The purpose of the all day workshop (held on Wednesday, the 7th) was to teach participants techniques of collecting, staining, and mounting protozoan specimens.  A printed procedures manual was provided for each student.

             Following the reception on Thursday evening, paper and poster sessions were held all day Friday and Saturday morning.  A total of 42 people attended the meeting, and 17 papers and 5 posters were presented.  Besides the scenery and excellent paper presentations, highlights of the meeting included an invited paper by Dan Brooks, University of Toronto; the Newton Kingston Memorial lecture presented by Janice Moore, Colorado State University; and the Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Lecture presented by Robin Overstreet, University of Southern Mississippi. 

            After the Saturday morning paper session, President Bill Granath called the business meeting to order. The membership voted unanimously to award a Lifetime RMCP Membership to John Janovy, Jr. and an Honorary Membership in RMCP to Robin Overstreet.  Matt Bolek was elected to the office of President-Elect.  At the end of the business meeting, the Marquardt gavel was passed to President, Scott Gardner.

            Student awards of $100 and an engraved plaque were given as follows:  Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Paper Presentation by a Graduate Student—Robert C. Jadin, University of Colorado, Boulder;  Datus M. Hammond Award for the Best Poster Presentation by a Graduate Student—Sarah A. Orlofske, University of Colorado, Boulder; William C. Marquardt Award for Best Paper Presentation by an Undergraduate Student—Bailey Griscom, Colorado College; William C. Marquardt Award for Best Poster Presentation by an Undergraduate Student—Delina E. Barbosa, University of Wyoming/Casper College Center. 

Summary of the 41st Annual Conference
 

            The 41st  Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists was held September 9-11, 2010 at the University of Nebraska, Cedar Point Biological Station located on the south shore of Lake Ogallala in beautiful western Nebraska.

             Following the reception on Thursday evening, paper and poster sessions were held all day Friday and Saturday morning.  A total of 35 people attended the meeting, and twelve papers and posters were presented.  Besides the scenery and excellent paper presentations, highlights of the meeting included an invited paper by Scott L. Gardner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; the fourth Newton Kingston Memorial lecture presented by Eric S. Loker, University of New Mexico; and the Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Lecture given by Daniel R. Brooks, University of Toronto. 

            Following the Saturday morning paper session, President Rick McKown called the annual business meeting to order. The membership unanimously elected Scott L. Gardner to the Office of President-Elect.  At the end of the business meeting, the Marquardt gavel was passed to President, Bill Granath, University of Montana.            

            Student awards of $100 and an engraved plaque were given as follows:  Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Paper Presentation by a Graduate Student—Sarah A. Orlofske, University of Colorado; William C. Marquardt Award for Best Paper Presentation by an Undergraduate Student—Nicole Searcey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; William C. Marquardt Award for Best Poster Presentation by an Undergraduate Student—Emily Rees, Metropolitan State College of Denver. 

            The 2011 annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists will be held again at the University of Nebraska, Cedar Point Biological Station during the 8th, 9th, and 10th of September.

 

Summary of the 40th Annual Conference
 

           The 40th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists was held September 10-12, 2009 at the Heart Six Guest Ranch located beneath the shadows of the Grand Teton Mountains and within throwing distance to the Buffalo Fork of the Snake River in beautiful Moran, Wyoming.

             Following the reception on Thursday evening, paper and poster sessions were held all day Friday and Saturday morning.  A total of 31 people attended the meeting, and sixteen papers and posters were presented.  Besides the scenery and excellent paper presentations by faculty and students, highlights of the meeting included a visit and paper presentation by ASP Vice President Janine Caira of the University of Connecticut, the third Newton Kingston Memorial lecture by Matt Bolek of Oklahoma State University, and the Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Lecture by Bill Granath of the University of Montana.  The RMCP was pleased to welcome our newest members and meeting participants, Dr. Gabrielle A. Stryker and Dr. Blaise Dondji along with their students from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA.

             After the Saturday morning paper session, President Delane Kritsky called the annual business meeting to order. The membership unanimously elected Bill Granath to the Office of President-Elect.  The 2010 annual meeting will be held at the University of Nebraska, Cedar Point Biological Station September 9, 10, 11, 2010.  The meeting promises to be outstanding, and Dr. Dan Brooks has already agreed to deliver the Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Lecture.

             Student awards of $100 and an engraved plaque were given as follows:  Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Paper Presentation by a Graduate Student—Cheryl A. Mandich, University of Wyoming; Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Poster Presentation by a Graduate Student—Cassandra M. Monteiro, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro; William C. Marquardt Award for Best Paper Presentation by an Undergraduate Student—Corbin J. Smith, University of Utah.

Summary of the 39th Annual Conference
 

The 39th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists was hosted by Matthew Bolek and held September 18-20, 2008 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Cedar Point Biological Station in Ogallala, Nebraska. Following the Thursday evening dinner and reception, paper sessions were held on Friday and Saturday morning.A total of 40 people attended the meeting and 19 papers and posters were presented. Highlights of the meeting included excellent paper and poster presentations by students and faculty, field trips of Cedar Point Biological Station by Dr. John Janovy Jr., the second Newton Kingston Lecture given by Dr. Richard E. Clopton of Peru State College, and the Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Lecture given by Dr. John Janovy Jr. of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Following the Saturday morning session, the annual Business Meeting was called to order by President Matthew Bolek. The membership elected Dr. Delane Kritsky and Dr. Dick Spall, both form Idaho State University, as Life members of RMCP. The membership unanimously elected Dr. Richard D. McKown to the Office of President Elect. President Elect Delane Kritsky and Scott Seville offered to check on the possibility of holding the next meeting at the University of Wyoming Field Station in Jackson Hole Wyoming, contingent on working out details with the research station staff.

Student awards of $100 and an engraved plaque were given to: Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Paper Presentation by a Graduate Student. Ms. Alaine K. Knipes, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Poster Presentation by a Graduate Student. Ms. Heather Tracy, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University. William C. Marquard Award for Best paper Presentation by an Undergraduate Student. Ms. Erica Costello, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming/Casper College Center. William C. Marquard Award for Best poster Presentation by an Undergraduate Student. Ms. Ashlee N Hartman, Department of Biology, University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The gavel was passed to President Kritsky, and the meeting was adjourned. Information on the meeting and a podcast of the Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Lecture given by Dr. John Janovy Jr. can be found on

http://www.matthewbolek.com/RMCP%202008/RMCP2008index.htmlSubmitted by: Matthew G. Bolek – Past President of Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University Stillwater OK, 74078
 


Summary of the 38th Annual Conference

The 38th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists was held on the campus of Metropolitan State College of Denver on September 20th -22nd, 2007. Cynthia Church, President and Program Chair, welcomed members during a reception at the Tivoli Center on Thursday evening.
 There were a total of 18 presentations during sessions on Friday and Saturday morning. Dale H. Clayton from the University of Utah delivered the Newton Kingston Memorial Lecture, The Ecological Basis of Coevolutionary History: Lessons of Lice, and Mauritz Sterner, from the USGS National Wildlife Health Center gave a keynote presentation, What are Parasitologists Doing in the United States Geological Survey?
 Following the banquet on Friday night, Dr. Robert S. Desowitz presented the Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Lecture, America the Malarious: A Political and Social History.
 

The Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Paper presented by a graduate student went to Alaine K. Knipes, University of Nebraska, Larval Morphology Reveals Factors Determining the Distribution of Parasites in Nature: The Case of Dactylogyrus. The Datus M. Hammond Award for Best Poster presented by a graduate student went to Jessica L. Waite, University of Utah, Testing for Monophyly of the Avian Malaria Subgenera (Genus Plasmodium). The William R. Marquardt Award for Best Paper presented by an undergraduate student went to Stephanie Jensen, University of Wyoming, Parasitology and the Secondary Science Classroom. The William R. Marquardt Award for Best Poster presented by an undergraduate student went to Jason Crouch, University of Wyoming, DNA Sequence Diversity of Eimeria callospermophili.
 

At our annual business meeting, Delane C. Kritsky, Idaho State University, was elected to the office of President Elect, and the Marquardt gavel was passed to our new President, Matt Bolek.
 

Mauritz Sterner was elected to a Life Membership in the RMCP.
 

Robert S. Desowitz was elected to an Honorary Membership in the RMCP.

 


Summary of the 37th Annual Conference
 

The 37th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists was held at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO during September 21-23, 2006. Eleven papers were presented at the Friday session, and three papers and posters were presented on Saturday morning. We were especially honored to have Dr. Ting-Bao Yang from Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China in attendance. Following the Friday evening banquet our guest of honor, Gerald W. Esch delivered the Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Lecture. Awards for the best student papers went to Clint E. Oliver, a graduate student at the University of Wyoming/Casper Center, and to Samantha Tolve, an undergraduate student at Colorado College. An award for the best poster went to Andrea Neill and Anna Hodd both undergraduate students at Metropolitan State College, Denver. Omar M. Amin was given a Life Membership Award, and Gerald W. Esch was given an Honorary Membership Award in the R.M.C.P.New officers for 2006-07 are Cindy Church, President, and Ron Hathaway, Secretary/Treasurer. Matt Bolek is the President Elect and will serve during 2007-08.
The 38th annual meeting will be held on the campus of Metropolitan State College, Denver in mid September.Submitted by Ron Hathaway, Regional Representative to ASP 

 

Summary of the 36th Annual Conference

 

The University of Wyoming/Casper Center and Casper College hosted the 36th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists for the second year in a row. It was held in Casper, Wyoming on April 28th – 30th, 2005. Some members were unable to attend the meeting do to road closures from snowstorms.Murray Dailey, The Marine Mammal Center, presented the Gerald Schmidt Memorial Lecture entitled, “Parasitic eye infections in young Galapagos sea lions by a digenetic trematode of the genus Philophthalmus.” The Datus Hammond award for the best graduate student paper went to Matthew G. Bolek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for his paper entitled, “ Transmission patterns in amphibian coccidian (Apicomplexa): implications for arthropods as mechanical vectors for transmission.” Cindy K. Cordery, Arizona State University, received the Datus Hammond award for the best graduate student poster, entitled “Maturation of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Chytridiales).” The President’s Award for the best undergraduate student paper went to Alyssa Gehman, Colorado College, entitled “An investigation of cellular sheaths surrounding gameto-cysts and gametocytes of Monocystis sp. in the seminal vesicles of earthworms.” The William C. Marquardt Award for the best undergraduate student poster went to Ashley Lavering, University of Wyoming/Casper Center, entitled “Eimeria spp. in Wyoming ground squirrels (Spermophilus elegans) on the Casper College campus, Wyoming.” Each graduate student also received a $100 stipend donated by the late Albert Grundmann, and each undergraduate student received a $75 stipend.

The RMCP meeting dates have been changed from April to September to minimize blizzards blocking the roads, and to maximize student attendance. Our next meeting will be in approximately 1.5 years in September 2006. This meeting will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cindy K. Cordery, Arizona State University, is designing a new RMCP logo. She is also designing new t-shirts for sale.

Elections for all offices were conducted. Ron Hathaway, Colorado College, was elected as president. Cynthia Church, Metropolitan State College of Denver, was elected as president-elect. Gary L. McCallister, Mesa State College, was elected as Secretary/Treasurer. Cindy K. Cordery, Arizona State University, was re-elected as ASP Representative.

Submitted by Cindy Cordery, Regional Representative to ASP