Ag is America and University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology to Host Twitter Town Hall on Zika Virus

July 25, 2016

One of the leading experts on Zika from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will partner with Agriculture is America, a national communications initiative aimed at highlighting the nation’s land-grant institutions, to host a Twitter Town Hall on July 27 at 2 PM ET.

Entomologist Dr. Grayson Brown is heading an international effort to investigate sustainable control methods for the Zika virus and will be answering questions surrounding the disease.

A Twitter Town Hall, like a public meeting or webinar, gives the opportunity for a live question and answer period with subject matter experts. To follow the conversation or submit a question, include the hashtag “#agischat” in your tweet. All agriculture-related organizations, industry leaders, friends, and supporters are invited to join the discussion.

WHAT: Twitter Town Hall on the Zika Virus


  • Grayson Brown, Professor of Entomology, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, Director, University of Kentucky’s Public Health Entomology Laboratory
  • Glenn Skiles, Research Assistant, University of Kentucky

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Participating Twitter handles include: @agisamerica and @UKAgriculture

About Dr. Grayson Brown

Grayson Brown has worked with mosquitoes since his first job at the Palm Beach County Mosquito Control while he was still a high school student in South Florida. From there, Brown went on to Florida State University for a bachelor’s degree and then to Washington State University for his doctorate.  He joined the University of Kentucky faculty in 1978.

At UK, he has worked to control some of the largest mosquito-borne disease outbreaks in the world, including a yellow fever outbreak in Peru and dengue and chikungunya outbreaks in Brazil. Most recently, he’s been the leading entomologist combatting Zika virus.  All of these diseases are transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Closer to home, Brown has worked to control the Asian tiger mosquito. This is the most common mosquito in Kentucky and the primary vector of canine heartworm and it could be a potential vector of Zika. He does much of his local work in conjunction with county health departments and the Kentucky Department of Public Health. 

About the University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology

The Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky is one of the top ten entomology programs in the United States. We offer three graduate degrees in Entomology; Ph.D., M.S. Plan A (Thesis), and M.S. Plan B (Non-thesis). In addition, undergraduates at the University of Kentucky may choose to Minor in Entomology or pursue a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with an emphasis in Entomology. We also offer a number of individual courses that fulfill requirements for students across a variety of majors.

About Agriculture is America (Ag is America)

The agriculture industry – sustained in large part by the American land-grant university system through Colleges of Agriculture, Agricultural Experiment Stations, and Cooperative Extension – is integral to jobs, national security, and health.  Ag is America works to promote research and news from land-grant universities across the United States. To learn more, visit


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