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URI seeks nominations for 2010 ‘Think Tick, Take Action’ awards

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – March 22, 2010 -- The University of Rhode Island’s Tick Encounter Resource Center, led by internationally recognized tick expert Thomas Mather, is seeking nominees for its annual “Think Tick…Take Action!” awards. The annual awards, which are co-sponsored by WJAR Channel 10, recognize individuals or groups that have demonstrated a significant commitment to raising awareness about ticks and their diseases or have taken noteworthy action to prevent tick-borne disease.

The awards will be presented in conjunction with Rhode Island’s Tick Control Awareness Day celebration, “The BIG TICK Gala,” being held this year on Friday, June 4 at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center greenhouses. Deadline for nominations is April 30.

In the past, awards have been presented in several categories, including individuals, non-profit and philanthropic groups, and government. Nominations should highlight the nominee’s efforts to provide significant insight and application of resources to protecting citizens in Rhode Island and beyond from the impacts of diseases associated with tick bites, including Lyme disease, babesiosis and anaplasmosis. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges after reviewing nominating letters and supporting materials.

Nominations should be submitted via email to terc@uri.edu or mail to Thomas Mather, University of Rhode Island, 9 East Alumni Ave., Suite 7, Kingston, RI 02881. For additional information, contact Mather at 401-874-2928, or visit www.tickencounter.org.