Three Universities Receive Grants to Fight Bed Bugs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is doing its share to combat bed bugs. The government agency announced on Thursday that it is giving $550,000 in grants to five organizations, three of which are universities. The EPA hopes these grants will create innovative methods in bed-bug pest control.

These grants will be used to serve immigrant, low-income and minority neighborhoods where bed-bug infestations are most prevalent.

“Low-income communities suffer disproportionately higher bed bug infestation rates,” Rutgers University entomologist Changlu Wang wrote in his grant proposal. “Unfortunately, low-income communities lack the necessary resources and knowledge to cope with rapidly expanding bed bug infestation.”

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Christine Todd Whitman Education Background

Former head of the EPA Christine Todd Whitman.

Former head of the EPA Christine Todd Whitman.

Christine Todd Whitman was born to Webster and Eleanor Todd on September 26, 1946 in New York City. She grew up in New Jersey, and was a student at Far Hills Country School as well as Chapin School in New York City.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in 1968, and shortly following graduation, she began work on Nelson Rockefeller’s presidential bid.

Whitman is a descendant of two of New Jersey’s most powerful political families, the Todds and the Schleys, and she married John R. Whitman with whom she had two children. Read the rest of this entry »


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