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Last modified: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

SPEA faculty member to lead environmental health training program

Dec. 16, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Marc Lame, assistant clinical professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, has been named national training coordinator for an insect and rodent-control program offered by the National Environmental Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lame, an expert and advocate for Integrated Pest Management, will serve as an instructor, recruit faculty, update curricula and coordinate three regional workshops per year for the agencies.

The position grows out of an insect and rodent control training workshop offered at the National Environmental Health Association national meeting for the past three years. The CDC and the National Center for Environmental Health have sponsored the workshop to help educate county and state health officials about arthropod-transmitted diseases, the risks of pesticide use and the threat of bioterrorism, including intentional onset of plague, tularemia or other infections.

"My role has been to discuss better pest monitoring and the implementation of Integrated Pest Management," Lame said. "Workshop faculty also include CDC vector control entomologists, experts in bioterrorism, urban pest management and rodent control."

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) uses common-sense strategies to reduce or eliminate sources of food, water and shelter for pests, thereby cutting costs and lessening human exposure to pesticides.

Now, due to increased interest by state agencies, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has decided to expand the annual workshop and offer three regional workshops a year, giving more environmental professionals a chance to take part in the training.

The first two workshops have been scheduled in Gallup, N.M., for the Indian Health Service, and in Des Moines, Iowa, for environmental health professionals from the North Central states.

Lame, in addition to teaching at Indiana University SPEA, has developed policies and published articles related to the implementation of IPM in schools. He frequently presents programs and works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on implementing IPM in schools and day-care facilities.

The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs is committed to teaching, research and service in areas such as public and nonprofit management, public policy, environmental science, criminal justice, arts administration and health administration. SPEA has earned national distinction for innovative educational programs that combine administrative, social, economic, financial and environmental disciplines.