At the recent meeting of the Florida Entomology Society (FES), several of our faculty received awards:
Three of our undergraduates received 2008-2009 scholarships through the office of Dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:
At the recent FES meeting, the following students received acclaim for their presentations:
For the Ph.D. presentations:
In addition, FES Scholarships for 2008 were awarded to graduate students Gaurav Goyal, Hou-Feng Li, and Kelly Sims.
Dr. Hugh Smith (Ph.D. '99) left his former position in California and now works for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
Dr. Juan Manuel Alvarez (Ph.D. '00) was invited to speak on the "Role of weeds and aphid vectors in the epidemiology of Potato Virus Y (PVY)" at the 1st PVY-wide International meeting, Paris, France, June 2008. He was also invited to present a seminar on "Characterization of host plant-aphid-virus interactions and their effects on the epidemiology of potato viruses" at the UMR Biologie des Organismes et des Populations Appliquee a la Protection des Plantes INRA, Le Rheu, France.
Gomez C, Mizell III RF. (2008). Clover mite, Bryobia praetiosa Koch. Featured Creatures. EENY-437. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/mites/clover_mite.htm
Larrick S, Connelly R. (2008). Human bot fly, Dermatobia hominis (Linnaeus Jr.). Featured Creatures. EENY-440. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/flies/human_bot_fly.htm
Baldwin RW, Koehler PG. 2007. Toxicity of commercially available household cleaners on cockroaches, Blattella germanica and Periplaneta americana. Florida Entomologist 90: 703-709.
Baldwin RW, Koehler PG, Pereira RM, Oi FM. 2008. Public perceptions of pest problems. American Entomologist 54: 73-79.
Stelinski LL, Miller JR, Rogers ME. 2008. Mating disruption of citrus leafminer mediated by a non-competitive mechanism at a remarkably low pheromone release rate. Journal of Chemical Ecology 34: 1107-1113.
Encyclopedia of Entomology
The release of the Encyclopedia of Entomology (Second Edition) is scheduled for 4 October 2008. This Second Edition, edited by Dr. John Capinera, consists of four volumes containing articles written by more than 450 entomologists, including many from our department. The content of the First Edition was revised and updated with almost 600 new entries added, resulting in almost 5,300 entries. The entire Encyclopedia is fully indexed.
The Encyclopedia places special emphasis on insect relationships with people, medical entomology, biological control and insect pathology. The Second Edition includes more than 1,500 illustrations and 128 color plates.
The Second Edition is available in both print and eReference versions. The print version is cross referenced between related articles in two colors for easy navigation. The eReference version (available 3 September) provides instant access to all content whenever and wherever you need it. The eReference is fully searchable and hyperlinked.
See http://www.springer.com/life+sci/zoology/book/978-1-4020-6359-6 for details and pricing.
Meetings and Presentations
The International Congress of Entomology met in Durban, South Africa, during 6-12 July. Dr. Norm Leppla, of our department, and Des Conlong, of the South African Sugar Cane Research Institute, co-chaired the symposium "Education and Training in Rearing Insects for Private and Public Ventures." The symposium had 12 presentations attended by about 75 international participants. The symposium included speakers from eight countries, counting the posters. In addition, the presentation and wrap-up was provided by Frank Davis through distance communication from Mississippi State University. Attendees expressed interest in expanding distance presentations at the next International Congress of Entomology in South Korea.
Dr. Susan Webb attended the 2008 American Phytopathological Society Centennial Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, 26-30 July. She presented a poster and accompanying Flash-and-Dash oral presentation on "Characterization of whitefly transmission of squash vein yellowing virus," co-authored by Scott Adkins (USDA-Fort Pierce) and Carlye Baker (Plant Pathology-DPI). She was a co-author on two other posters. Abstracts of the posters are published as a supplement to Phytopathology.
The following students received FES travel grants: Rosie Gill, Gaurav Goyal, Hou-Feng Li, Elena Rhodes, Craig Roubos, Hardy Sandhu, Kelly Sims, and Ricky Vazquez.
FES mini-grants were awarded to: Spencer Ingley, Hou-Feng Li, Craig Roubos, and Kelly Sims.
Ticks on a plane delay flight for six hours. See http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/09/ticks.on.plane.ap/index.html?iref=mpstoryview for details.
Brightly colored beetles or butterfly larvae nibbling on a plant may signal the presence of chemical compounds active against cancer cell lines and tropical parasitic diseases. See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080708171536.htm for details.
Are Varroa mites passing on a virus that may be a cause of honey bee colony collapse disorder? See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080629191259.htm for details.
Eighteen years after our "new" Entomology and Nematology building was completed the University of Florida finally got around to putting in sidewalks along the road between our building and the large retention pond. Insect Rights activists now have a safe place to hold protests.
Did you know that the current U.S. population of red imported fire ants can be traced back to nine to 20 queens in Mobile, Alabama? See http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2008/080730.htm for details.
California Institute of Technology researchers found a rare kind of signaling molecule in the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans that serves a dual purpose, working as both a population-control mechanism and a sexual attractant. See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080731140315.htm for details.
Perfectly proportioned legs keep water striders striding. See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080804121631.htm for details
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