American Committee of Medical Entomology (ACME)

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ACME Objectives

The American Committee of Medical Entomology (ACME), is organized under the auspices of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) and exists to work toward the following objectives:

  1. To promote medical entomology in the ASTMH and in organizations whose scopes of activities include the area of human diseases transmitted by arthropods
  2. To organize symposia or workshops annually that emphasize, but are not limited to, the contributions of medical entomology to tropical medicine
  3. To encourage active participation of medical entomologists in the ASTMH
  4. To recognize outstanding contributions by medical entomologists
  5. ACME meets at least annually in conjunction with the ASTMH annual meeting.


For details on the ACME charter, governance and membership structure, click here

Leadership Documents

To access Council documents, click here.

2014 ACME Annual Business Meeting Slides

View the ASTMH Clinical Consultants Directory.


ACME Student Travel Award

ACME now offers three Young Investigator Travel Awards: Masters, Doctoral and Post-doctoral and International. All research must involve arthropods of medical importance. Recipients will receive a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting and up to $900 to support travel and accomodation costs. 

Previous Recipients


Young Investigator Award - Graduate
Marissa Grossman
Emory University

Bahjat Marayati
University of North Carolina

Young Investigator Award - International
Marlon Saavedra Romero
Asociacion Benefica Prisma, Peru

Young Investigator Award - Post Doc
Claudia Rueckert
Colorado State University

Marta Moreno Leirana
University of California, San Diego

Christina Newman
University of Wisconsin

Margaret Paternina Gomez
University de Sucre

Robert McCann
Michigan State University

Anthony Clemons
University of Notre Dame

Julia Brown
Yale University

Cara Halldin
Case Western Reserve University, Center for Global Health & Disesase

Lauren Cator
Cornell University
Win Surachetpong
University of California, Davis

Nicole Gottdenker
University of Georgia
Meera Venkatesen
Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network

Maria Julia Dantur
INSUE School of Natural Sciences and Miguel Lillo Institute UNT
Lisa Purcell
McGill University

Luca Facchinelli
University of California, Davis
Sonja Kos


Rebekah Kent
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Sharon Minnick
University of California, Davis

Executive Council Membership

ACME Executive Council Members

Position  Member Term Expires 
Chair, Councilor Lyric Bartholomay  2016 (2017)*
Chair-elect, Councilor Gonzalo Vazquez  2017
Past-chair, Councilor Nicole Achee  2015 (2016)*
Secretary/Treasurer  Rebekah Kading  2017
Councilor Kristin Michel  2016
Councilor Dan Kline  2016
Councilor Maria Diuk Wasser  2017
Councilor Michael Reddy  2018
Councilor Philip Armstrong  2018
Councilor Michel Slotman  2018
Councilor Kate Aultman  2020
Councilor Alvaro Molina-Cruz  2020
Councilor Jason Richardson  2020
Hoogstraal Medal Coordinator  TBN  
Student Award Coordinator TBN  
(*date indicates Council term limit)

Hoogstraal Award

The Harry Hoogstraal Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Entomology. Nominations for the Harry Hoogstraal Medal for outstanding Achievement in Medical Entomology may be submitted in writing by any ACME member to the ACME chairperson. Each year, the Executive Council shall consider all nominations so submitted as well as any nominations submitted orally by Council members, and decide whether to make an award at the business meeting to be held during the current year Annual Meeting. Any living medical entomologist not serving on the Executive Council is eligible to be selected to receive the award. 

Recipient, Year

Durland Fish, 2015
Yale School of Public Health

Robert Lane, 2014
University of California, Berkeley

Barry Beaty, 2013
Colorado State University

William Reisen, 2012
Center for Vectorborne Diseases

Abdu Azad, 2011
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Willy Burgdorfer, 2010
Rocky Mountain Lab

William E. Collins, 2009
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Daniel Sonenshine, 2008
Old Dominion University

Bruce Eldridge, 2007
University of California, Davis

Mario Coluzzi, 2006
Instituto Di Parasitologia, Universita Degli Studi Di Roma

Robert Washino 2005
University of California, Davis

John D. Edman 2004
University of California, Davis

Andrew Spielman 2003
Harvard School of Public Health

Michael Service 2002
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

No award 2001

Chris Curtis 2000
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

No award 1999

Gene DeFoliart 1998
University of Wisconsin, Madison

No award 1997

George B. Craig, Jr. 1996
University of Notre Dame

A. Ralph Barr 1995

No award 1994

Thomas H. G. Aitken 1993

James H. Oliver 1992
Georgia Southern University

William L. Jellison 1991

William R. Horsfall 1990

Robert Traub 1989

Lloyd E. Rozeboom 1988
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

William C. Reeves 1987
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Arthropod Containment Guidelines (ACG)

The following links are to the various versions of the ACG as well as ancillary materials that have been produced during the development of the Guidelines. Many must be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The Arthropod Containment Guidelines were published in Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases in 2003 and are available free at the publisher's Web site.


Perspectives - The idea has been accepted that ACME should take a more active role toward activities that promote the safe and effective conduct of activities in vector biology and disease transmission research. The following resources are intended to provide the ACME membership access to resources related to such efforts.

Considerations for the Use of Human Participants in Vector Biology Research: A Tool for Investigators and Regulators 
Achee Nicole L., Youngblood Laura, Bangs Michael J., Lavery James V., and James Stephanie. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. February 2015, 15(2): 89-102. doi:10.1089/vbz.2014.1628."

The Science of Science Communication

Know of a resource that you would like ACME to consider for broader awareness? Please contact Lyric Bartholomay, ACME Chair.



Advocacy - The ACME is committed to advocating the role of medical entomology in public health, both domestic and abroad. This includes raising awareness of research issues with policy makers, highlighting the importance of research and making specific funding requests for areas of concern or minimal focus. The following resources are intended to provide the ACME membership access to resources related to such efforts.

Top Ten Rules for Working with Congress 

ACME Members Visit the Hill 

Know of an important issue that you would like ACME to consider as part of its advocacy efforts? Please contact the ACME Chair.


For More Information

For more information on ACME, contact Lyric Bartholomay at