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Science on Tap with Dr. Lee Ann Sporn: What makes ticks tick in the North Country Calendar

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Tuesday, September 12
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Bitter and Bones
65 Broadway Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

The Wild Center is taking science to the people. Science on Tap brings experts into the bars and breweries of the North Country to let you know about what’s happening in your backyard. Drop in for your beverage of choice and hear local scientists talk about cutting edge research in the Adirondacks. Come out and learn something new and exciting about this beautiful place we call home.

While blacklegged tick populations in the North Country are still patchy, the risk of acquiring tick borne diseases locally is real. Paul Smith’s College biology professor, Lee Ann Sporn, a team of students and interns, and the New York State Department of Health monitor tick populations throughout the North Country and test them for the disease-causing agents they carry including Lyme disease, babesiosis, and Powassan/deer tick virus. Dr. Sporn will discuss her findings and will provide tips to avoid tick bites.

Dr. Sporn is a biology professor at Paul Smith’s College, where she conducts research on ticks and Lyme disease. In addition to her research, Dr. Sporn is now heading up a new human health and the environment program at the college. Her other interests include Development of non-invasive methods for molecular analyses of environmental and wildlife samples, and painting. She earned her PhD in Toxicology from the University of Rochester

Bitters and Bones is a smattering of travels, personalities, and experiences mixed in with a whole lotta Real Hometown. Born and raised in the Saranac Lake, the owners of Bitters and Bones set out to see the world, only to find there was no true competition to the beauty and vibe happening in the Adirondack​ Mountains. They are back with a vengeance to create a place for the whole town to call home.

This event is free and open to the public.

It will be held at Bitters and Bones, 65 Broadway St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.