Archive for the 'Maryland Issues' Category

12
Oct
10

community response to bedbugs

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS DAWN BIEHLER

Since just before the year 2000, the U.S. has witnessed a resurgence of bedbugs, insects that had been mostly eradicated here in the middle of the twentieth century. In just the past few weeks, we have heard about infestations in an array of places: from federal government offices in Washington, to a public housing high-rise right here in Baltimore, to high-end Manhattan department stores. As bedbugs infiltrate public and private spaces alike, city governments, pest management professionals and regular people are scrambling to respond.

As a geographer and environmental historian, I look to our past experiences with bedbugs and other pests to reflect on responses to the current resurgence. History is an especially helpful tool for examining bedbugs because two generations of Americans have grown up with almost no exposure to these insects. Health officials and pest management professionals must reconstruct long-forgotten knowledge of bedbugs. My historical research on bedbugs and other pests reveals several key lessons for the way we deal with bedbugs today, and past experiences with bedbugs reinforce the importance of community involvement for successful bedbug control.

Dawn Biehler is the author of the forthcoming book, “Pests and the People: An Environmental History of Animals, Chemicals, and Health in the Home”

10
Nov
08

Kratovil Wins Tough Seat to Hold

Don Norris, Professor and Chair, Department of Public Policy

BIO CONTACT

29
Sep
07

Don Norris, Director, Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis & Research (MIPAR)

Don Norris
Director, Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis & Research (MIPAR)
Professor and Chair of Public Policy
Phone: 410-455-1080
Email: norris@umbc.edu
http://www.umbc.edu/mipar/dir.htm
Norris is a specialist in public management, urban politics and the application, uses and impacts of information technology in public organizations. As MIPAR director, he oversees the work of a research institute with annual external funding exceeding $6 million.

29
Sep
07

Edward Orser, Professor of American Studies

Edward Orser
Professor of American Studies
Phone: 410-455-2106
Email orser@umbc.edu
Orser specializes in community and urban studies, the history of Baltimore and its neighborhoods
and 20th- and 21st-century American society and culture. His students have investigated the social
and cultural aspects of communities near Baltimore such as Irvington and Leakin Park.




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