Jerome Goddard is an Extension Professor of Medical and Veterinary Entomology in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University.  He is also Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Medicine, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.  Dr. Goddard received his bachelor's (B.A.E.) and master's degrees (M.S.) in biological science from the University of Mississippi in 1979 and 1981, and his Ph. D. degree in medical entomology from Mississippi State University in 1984. In December of 1985, he was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and served as a Medical Entomologist in the Epidemiology Division of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas, for three and a half years. In 1988 he was named Best Academic Instructor in the Residents in Aerospace Medicine Course and also Company Grade Officer of the Year. For two decades, Dr. Goddard served in the capacity of State Medical Entomologist at the Mississippi Department of Health, Jackson, Mississippi, where he designed, implemented, and supervised all vector control programs relating to public health throughout the state of Mississippi.

      Dr. Goddard has authored or co-authored over 180 scientific publications in the field of medical entomology and is the author of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases Affecting Military Personnel, published by the U.S. Air Force, Infectious Diseases and Arthropods, Second Edition, published by Humana Press, and Physician's Guide to Arthropods of Medical Importance, Sixth Edition, and Public Health Entomology, both published by Taylor and Francis (CRC). In 2003, and again in 2013, the physician's guide reference book won an award in the British Medical Association's "best medical book of the year" competition. Dr. Goddard has been featured in Reader's Digest and on a series entitled "Living with Bugs" on the Learning Channel. In 2001, Dr. Goddard published a novel about a mosquito-borne disease outbreak entitled, The Well of Destiny, and in 2006-07, published two more novels, this time about virus behavior (Vital Forces) and unethical scientific research (Endless Present). Since then, he has published two more novels with his wife, Rosella, as a co-author. Dr. Goddard frequently presents seminars and guest lectures nationally and internationally on "Arthropods and Medicine" and related topics. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Mississippi Mosquito and Vector Control Association, and the Mississippi Entomological Association. His main research interests are the ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne diseases and the health effects of bed bugs, but he also publishes on a wide range of other medically important arthropods.

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