NRES 2021 – 2022 scholarship

Two NRES undergraduate students working in the Novakofski & Mateus Chronic Wasting Disease Collaborative Labs, Lauren Brunk and Yi-Ying Tung, received an NRES scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year.

Lauren is the recipient of the Ralph Lorenz Memorial Scholarship, and Yi-Ying received the Knoebel Scholarship.

Congrats to Lauren and Yi-Ying on this accomplishment!!! 

 

Reproductive characteristics of white-tailed deer.

By Yi-Ying Tung, Nelda A. Rivera, Kelsey Martin, Evan London, Nohra Mateus-Pinilla.

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In this short article, Yi-Ying summarizes the exciting findings of the tight and complicated relationships between female white-tailed deer and their fetuses, based on the research study entitled “Reproductive Characteristics of Female White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Midwestern USA published in the Journal Theriogenology (Green et al., 2017).

Yi-Ying Tung is a James Scholar, who, as a member of the Novakofski and Mateus Chronic Wasting Disease Collaboratives Labs, is involved in a project that explores the transmission of chronic wasting disease from white-tailed deer to their offspring.

Great work Yi-Ying!!!

 

IDNR Announces Closure of CWD Check Stations for 2020 Firearm Deer Season

SPRINGFIELD, IL – In response to rising positivity rates of COVID-19 and in an effort to help ensure the health and safety of Illinois hunters and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) staff, the IDNR today announced the closure of all Deer Check Stations during the upcoming firearm deer hunting seasons, slated for Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 3-6, 2020. For more information please visit the IDNR website, here.

“Deer hunters, statewide, are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling from adult deer they harvest.”

 

 

CWD SAMPLING VENDORS: The following locations are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads from October 1, 2020 thru Jan. 17, 2021 [CWD Sampling Vendors]

CWD HEAD DROP-OFF STATIONS: The following sites are serving as self-serve drop-off sites where hunters can fill out a sample submission card and leave adult deer heads [CWD Head Drop-off stations]

 

Here is a complete list of CWD Sampling Locations.

Test results will be posted by hunter phone number on the IDNR website at: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/programs/CWD/Pages/TestResults.aspx

A Genetic Key to CWD Management?

Jacob, a master student in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of the Novakofski & Mateus Chronic Wasting Disease Lab, explains the importance of examining the Prion protein gene to evaluate differences in genetic vulnerability to CWD for susceptible species like white-tailed deer in his article entitled “A Genetic Key to CWD Management? This article appears in the Outdoors Illinois Wildlife Journal. Read the whole story here.

Great work Jacob!!!

Celebrating Our Diversity

An undergraduate student of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of the Novakofski & Mateus Chronic Wasting Disease research lab., Yi-Ying Tung, provides her experiences as a member of a multicultural and multidisciplinary research laboratory, in her article titled “Celebrating our diversity.” This article appears as part of the BEHIND THE SCENES stories published in September by the University of Illinois News Bureau. Read the whole story here.

Great Job Yi-Ying!!!

The Damaging Effects of Feeding Wildlife

A recent graduate of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of the Novakofski & Mateus Chronic Wasting Disease research lab., Kelsey Martin, provides the need-to-know facts about the adverse effects of feeding wildlife in general, and deer in particular, in her article titled “The Damaging Effects of Feeding Wildlife.” This article appears in the Outdoors Illinois Wildlife Journal. Read the whole story here.

Excellent work Kelsey!!!

Zombie Deer in Illinois: Facts vs. Fiction

 

This article originally appeared in the Illinois Audubon Society’s quarterly magazine, available to members through annual membership. See illinoisaudubon.org for more information.

A senior student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of our laboratory, Shannon Callahan, provides the need-to-know facts about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Illinois in her article titled ” Zombie Deer in Illinois: Facts vs. Fiction.” This article appears in the Illinois Audubon Society’s quarterly magazine.

Great work Shannon!!!

Zombie Deer in Illinois – Shannon Callahan [pdf]

Research assistant presented research on the design of primers for the study of genetic variation in the Thrill Seeking Gene of Illinois white-tailed deer.

Evan London presented his research entitled “Variation in the Thrill Seeking Gene (DRD4) of White-tailed Deer (O. virginianus)”at the Annual Meeting of The Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society (ICTWS) showcase at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Student Union, in April 2019.

Evan has been working on designing and validating primers that can be used to study genetic variation of the gene coding for DRD4 in white-tailed deer. Genetic variation within DRD4 gene could potentially be an underlying factor in some behaviors of deer, such as automobile collision, migration patterns, the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, urban habitation, etc. Great job Evan!

 

 

Undergraduate student presents work at regional annual meeting of the Wildlife Society (April 14-16, 2019)

Congratulations to undergraduate students Kelsey Martin and Roshni Mathur who did an amazing job presenting posters at the Annual Meeting of The Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society (ICTWS) showcase at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Student Union.

 

Roshni Mathur presented results on the exposure of raccoons and opossums to seven Leptospira Spp., and their potential role as host reservoirs on her poster entitled “Do opossums and raccoons shed Leptospira?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsey Martin presented how to identify key differences between bovine and avian tuberculosis in white-tailed deer, focusing on how to detect signs of disease and how to mitigate transmission to humans during field dressing on her poster entitled “Differences between Bovine and Avian Tuberculosis in white-tailed deer”