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

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ACME Breakthrough in Medical Entomology Award

ACME seeks to award funding of $1,000 to outstanding recent contributions (within the past 5 years) to the study and/or practice of Medical Entomology that ultimately will contribute to reducing the burden of human diseases transmitted by arthropods. This award is designed to encourage and acknowledge significant advances in the field by investigators at any career stage. Examples of such advances include breakthrough research findings in vector biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, ecology, evolution or significant advances in technologies for vector surveillance or control.

Nominees/applicants must be a member of ASTMH and ACME. This award is supported by a generous donation from SC Johnson to the American Committee of Medical Entomology. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Award Recipients

Stephanie James
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

Alvaro Molina-Cruz
National Institutes of Health

Zhijian Tu
Virginia Tech

Serap Aksoy
Yale University School of Medicine

ACME Future Leaders Fellowship in International Medical Entomology

The Future Leaders fellowship is a competitive award that will be offered to an outstanding junior medical entomology researcher (must be at the undergraduate to post-doctoral level) to showcase individuals that have matched interests to ACME's objectives of promoting medical entomology and reducing the burden of human diseases transmitted by arthropods globally. Applicants must be a non-US citizen from an LMIC.
Up to two awardees will receive $2,000 each to be used towards attending the ASTMH Annual Meeting and/or research supplies. The awardee must present their research at ASTMH and acknowledge the ACME Future Leaders Fellowship in their presentation and when publishing research supported by the fellowship. This award is supported by a generous donation from SC Johnson to the American Committee of Medical Entomology. Women are encouraged to apply.

Award Recipients

Adélaïde Miarinjara
National Institutes of Health

Mabel Taracena
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Puja Tiwary
Banaras Hindu University

Nsa Dada
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Eric Ochomo
Kenya Medical Research Institute

ACME Travel Awards for Young Investigators

These awards are now closed. Please check back here in Spring 2021

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. 

Award Recipients

Young Investigator Award - Graduate

Diana Nyanting'a
Kenya Medical Research Institute

Kristine Werling
Harvard School of Public Health

Young Investigator Award - International
Renee Ali
University of West Indies

Marilyn Murindahabi
University of Rwanda

Young Investigator Award - Post Doc
Deepani Fernando
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Emily Gallichotte
Colorado State University

Young Investigator Award - Graduate

Leticia Smith
Cornell University

Olivia Winokur
University of California Davis

Young Investigator Award - International
Fabien Aubry
Institut Pasteur

Young Investigator Award - Post Doc
Sarah Merkling
Institut Pasteur

Young Investigator Award - Graduate

Carolyn Hodo
Texas A&M University

Young Investigator Award - International
Om Prakash Singh
Banaras Hindu University

Young Investigator Award - Post Doc
Hannah Romo
Colorado State University

Young Investigator Award - Graduate

Rebecca Love
University of Notre Dame

Young Investigator Award - International
Allan Muhwezi
Makerere University

Young Investigator Award - Post Doc
Laura Dickson

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 Ellen Dotson 2020
Chair-elect Gabriel Hamer 2020
Past-chair Matt Thomas 2020
Secretary/Treasurer  Molly Duman Scheel 2020
Councilor Laura Harrington 2020
Councilor Matt Thomas 2020
Councilor Diana Ortiz 2020
Councilor Christopher Barker 2021
Councilor Ellen Dotson 2021
Councilor Gabriel Hamer 2021
Councilor Molly Duman Scheel 2022
Councilor Audrey Lenhart 2022
Councilor Douglas Norris 2022
Councilor Marco Neira 2023
Councilor Eleanore Sternberg 2023
Councilor Jennifer Stevenson 2023
Student Representative Olivia Winokur 2020
Hoogstraal Medal Coordinator  Matt Thomas 2020
Awards Coordinator Laura Harrington 2020*

(*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 online during the Call for Nominations. Each year, the Executive Council shall consider all nominations so submitted as well as any nominations submitted during the previous three years, 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

Frank Collins, 2019
University of Notre Dame

Thomas Scott, 2018
University of California Davis

Willem Takken, 2017
Wageningen University

Patricia Nuttall, 2016
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

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 Arthropod Containment Guidelines are an important product of the work ACME does to support and advocate for vector biology research nationally and globally. The guidelines provide a reference for research laboratories to assess risk and establish protocols for the safe handling of arthropod vectors of human and animal disease agents. The guidelines were originally published in 2004 in Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, and have been updated and published in 2019 to reflect the spectrum of vector taxa under investigation, and the demands of working with vector arthropods in the context of the Select Agent Rule.  ACME produced the updated guidelines and supported Open Access in Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, February 2019, Vol 19, No. 3 . 


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 Alvaro Molina-Cruz, ACME Secretary/Treasurer.


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 Ellen Dotson, ACME Chair.

For More Information

For more information on ACME, contact Buffy Finn, Manager, Membership.