In September, Dr. Lance Osborne received the Society of American Florists Alex Laurie Award for Research and Education. This award was established in 1948 and is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to research and education in the floriculture industry. Dr. Osborne is only the third entomologist, and the first entomologist from Florida, to receive this award.
Drs. Greg Hodges, Gary Leibee, Lance Osborne and David Schuster were part of a 12-member team that received the Florida Entomological Society's 2009 Team Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. The title of the team's effort was "Investigating the Q Invasion - Distribution of Bemisia tabaci Biotypes in Florida."
Dr. Mike Scharf visited the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University as a distinguished lecturer. Dr. Scharf spent two days visiting with students and faculty, and presented the seminar "New molecular insights into termite caste differentiation and lignocellulose digestion".
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to serve on the International Programs Advisory Teamís Planning Committee. The duties of the Planning Committee are to decide on the date, topics, and theme for the Annual Spring Workshop as well as to identify and invite speakers for the workshop.
Boudanath (Vinda) Maharajh passed away on 22 August at the intensive cardiac care facility in Miami after suffering from heart problems. Born in Trinidad, Vinda worked as a biological scientist in the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (FLREC) termite section under Dr. Rudolf H. Scheffrahn for 15 years. In addition to his regular research duties, Vinda participated in termite collecting expeditions to numerous countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. Vinda was known for his warm and friendly nature and will be missed by all at FLREC. Vinda was cremated following Hindu traditions.
Dr. Mike Patnaude ('01) still keeps track of the blacklegged tick Featured Creatures publication he wrote while a student in the department and occasionally provides updates. In the first nine months of 2009, this publication recorded over 13,700 page views. Mike recently reported that his photograph of the female in this publication will be featured in an exhibit at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Lapointe SL, Stelinski LL, Evens TJ, Niedz RP, Hall DG, Mafra-Neto A. 2009. Sensory imbalance as mechanism of orientation disruption in the leafminer Phyllocnistis citrella: elucidation by multivariate geometric designs and response surface models. Journal of Chemical Ecology 35: 896-903.
Scott C, Kaufman PE. (September 2009). Buck moth, Hemileuca maia (Drury). Featured Creatures. EENY-464. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/moths/buck_moth.htm
Gill HK, McSorley R, Treadwell DD. 2009. Comparative performance of different plastic films for soil solarization and weed suppression. HortTechnology 19: 769-774.
McSorley R, Wang K-H, Rosskopf EN, Kokalis-Burelle N, HansPetersen HN, Gill HK, Krueger R. 2009. Nonfumigant alternatives to methyl bromide for management of nematodes, soil-borne diseases, and weeds in production of snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus). International Journal of Pest Management 55: 265-273.
Espinosa A, Hodges A, Hodges G. (September 2009). Palmetto scale, Comstockiella sabalis Comstock. Featured Creatures. EENY-465. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/palms/palmetto_scale.htm
Cuda JP, Gordon DR, DiTomaso, JM. 2009. Cultivating non-native plants in Florida for biomass production: Hope or harm? Wildland Weeds 12: 21.
Cuda JP. 2009. Chapter 5: Aquatic plants, mosquitoes and public health, pp. 31-34. In Haller WT, Gettys LA, Bellaud M (editors), Best Management Practices Manual for Aquatic Plants. Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation, Marietta, GA. http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/pdfs/AERF_handbook.pdf
Cuda JP. 2009. Chapter 8: Introduction to biological control of aquatic weeds, pp. 47-54. In Haller WT, Gettys LA, Bellaud M (editors), Best Management Practices Manual for Aquatic Plants. Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation, Marietta, GA. http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/pdfs/AERF_handbook.pdf
Cuda JP. 2009. Chapter 9: Insects for biocontrol of aquatic weeds, pp. 55-60. In Haller WT, Gettys LA, Bellaud M (editors), Best Management Practices Manual for Aquatic Plants. Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation, Marietta, GA.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to participate in an extension training workshop on Natural Areas Weed Control held at the Lee County Extension Office, Ft. Myers, FL, on 23 September. Cuda conducted a training session on "Biological Control Agents for Invasive Species Management in Florida."
Dr. James Cuda was an invited speaker for the Fall Semester Seminar Series held at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity on 6 October. Cudaís presentation was "Episimus unguiculus Clarke (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), a candidate for biological control of Brazilian peppertree in Florida: biology, host range, and impact studies."
Drs. Betty Dunckel, Jaret Daniels and Joy Jordan received a National Science Foundation supplement award of $86,757 for "Project Butterfly WINGS: Winning Investigative Network for Great Science."
Drs. Betty Dunckel, Jaret Daniels, Joy Jordan and Paul Boyle received a National Science Foundation award of $494,509 for "Call the Wild: Fostering Understanding of the Nature of Science." This technology project explores the use of mobile technology at enhancing the public's understanding of the nature of science through wildlife viewing.
Dr. Mike Scharf received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy in collaboration with Chesapeake-PERL Inc., in Savage, Maryland. The project title is "Identification, production and characterization of novel lignase proteins from termites for biomass pre-treatment". The total award amount is $750,000, with $200,000 coming to UF.
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