Frank Zalom to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at IPM SymposiumFrank Zalom, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology and Extension entomologist, will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Ninth International IPM Symposium March 19-22 in Baltimore.
Officials praised Zalom for his outstanding leadership and public service at the regional, state, national and international levels; his stellar academic accomplishments in agricultural sustainability and IPM; his strong work ethic, service, courage and integrity, all driven by “his insatiable curiosity and passion to solve problems in the agricultural landscape”; and his tireless advocacy for IPM as THE way to address pest concerns in a sustainable, economical and environmentally acceptable manner. “
Dr. Zalom continues to advance the science and implementation of IPM,” said Steve Nadler, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. “His integrity, service and respect for all are legendary.” -more-
John Mola Wins Graduate Student Research Poster Competition at Bee SymposiumNeal Williams lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, won the graduate student research poster competition at the fourth annual UC Davis Bee Symposium for his work on "Bumble Bee Movement and Landscape Genetics." He received the $850 cash prize.
Judges were Tom Seeley, professor at Cornell University, the symposium's keynote speaker; speaker Santiago Ramirez, assistant professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis, and native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor at UC Davis. Master beekeeper/journalist Mea McNeil of San Anselmo served as the timer and coordinator for the panel.
Second place went to Maureen Page, Neal Williams lab, for “Impacts of Honey Bee Abundance on the Pollination of Eschscholzia californica (California golden poppy).” ($600)
Third place winner: Emily Kearney of UC Berkeley, for “How Does Landscape Context Affect the Pollinator Community of Chocolate (Theobroma cacao) ($400)
Fourth-place tie: Jacob Francis of the University of Nevada, for his “A Sweet Solution to the Pollen Paradox: Nectar Mediates Bees’ Responses to Defended Pollen” and Katie Uhl, UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology, for her “Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds in Mono-Floral Honey Using HS-SPME/GC/MS” (Each received $250)
Also honored: Kimberly Chacon of UC Davis Geography Graduate Group for her “A Landscape Ecology Approach to Bee Conservation and Habitat Design” ($150). -more-
Professor Jay Rosenheim: Why the War on Cancer Is WinnableJay Rosenheim researches, lectures, and publishes his work on predator-prey interactions, but he's now targeting another kind of predator: an insidious foe that can be as stealthy and powerful as it is terrifying.
A six-letter word: Cancer.
But it's a foe that society eventually will defeat, declares Rosenheim in his newly published article, Short- and Long-Term Evolution in Our Arms Race with Cancer: Why the War on Cancer is Winnable, in the journal, Evolutionary Applications.
“Human society is engaged in an arms race against cancer, which pits one evolutionary process – human cultural evolution as we develop novel cancer therapies – against another evolutionary process – the ability of oncogenic selection operating among cancer cells to select for lineages that are resistant to our therapies,” wrote Rosenheim, a 28-year member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty who has battled chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) for the past seven years.
Despite individual setbacks, society's “cumulative progress in developing anti-cancer therapies is giving us a bigger and bigger lead in our arms race against cancer,” the professor wrote. “That's why the war on cancer is winnable.” -more-
A Cuckoo Wasp Like No OtherIf a camel is a horse designed by a committee, then what about this odd cuckoo wasp?
Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, has just published a journal article about a rare cuckoo wasp that should shake a few heads.
“The genus, Rhadinoscelidia, is a very weird chrysidid--kind of if you wanted to create something too weird to be real,” she said.
“They have weird, long, skinny hinged necks, long skinny legs, and the wing bases are covered by a structure that looks like a large hub cap,” Kimsey said. “Also, unlike most other chrysidid cuckoo wasps--which are lovely metallic blues and greens--they are flat brown. We have no idea how they make a living.”
“Unlike other cuckoo wasps that lay their eggs in the nests of bees and wasps killing the unsuspecting hosts, these wasps may very well be parasites of walking stick eggs, like other members of their group,” Kimsey said.
The paper, Morphology and Review of the Odd Genus Rhadinoscelidia Kimsey, 1988 (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae, Loboscelidiinae) is published in current edition of the Journal of Hymenoptera Research. -more-
Honoring Louie Yang, Outstanding Advisor
NACADA, also known as the Global Community for Academic Advising, singled him out as the winner of the Faculty Advisor Award of Excellence in Pacific Region 9, comprised of California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Yang will be honored at the NACADA meeting March 21-23 in Santa Rosa. NCADA promotes students' success by advancing the field of academic advising globally.
"Dr. Yang excels in fostering creative and critical thinking, challenging his students to succeed by linking their academic studies to research and other career goals," said Steve Nadler, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomolgy and Nematology. -more-
Enroll in a UC Davis Beekeeping Course
Are you ready to become a beekeeper…or are you ready to learn more about the bees you're keeping?
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño and her lab have announced a series of short courses for the new year--and folks can register now and/or purchase gift certificates. All will take place at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis campus, beginning Saturday, March 24, with the last course ending June 16.
The schedule and capsule information:
- Planning Ahead for Your First Hives: Saturday, March 24
- Working Your Colonies: Sunday, March 25
- Queen-Rearing Techniques Short Course: Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22 course; Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29 course
- Bee-Breeding Basics: Saturday, June 9
- Varroa Management Strategies: Saturday, June 16
UC Davis Entomology Ranked Among Best in the WorldTimes Higher Education World University Rankings.
The rankings show UC Davis as No. 7 globally, scoring 89.88 of a possible 100. Of the top 10, two are in California. UC Riverside is ranked as No. 2.
Performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff students and research) and industry outcome (knowledge transfer). -more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Schedule of Events at the Bee Haven
- Eric Mussen Honored
- UC Davis Entomology Seminars Posted on UCTV
- Order a EGSA T-Shirt!
- Migrant Education Program Visited Students Visit the Bohart
- Christian Nansen: Drone Program
- Shirley Gee: 40 Years of Service
- Anthony Cornel: Novel Way to Render Female Mosquitoes Infertile
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Book
- Watch UC Davis Bee Symposium Presentations on YouTube
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- History of Our Bee Garden
- 'I Wanna Be an Entomologist' by Heather Wilson
Blogs, Books, and Other Connections
- Ecology 180 Blog; class led by Louie Yang
- Alex Wild's Compound Eye Blog: Some of Best Nature/Science Photographs
- UC Davis Department of Entomology (Facebook)
- Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility (Facebook)
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (Facebook)
- E.L. Niño Bee Lab (Facebook)
- Bug Squad blog (Kathy Keatley Garvey)
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of California Bees and Blooms
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of Bumble Bees of North America
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (Elina L. Niño)
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (archived, Eric Mussen)
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
|Art Exhibit: It's Bugged: Insects' Role in Design||1/8/2018|
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|Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Spring Open House||4/7/2018|
|Planting the Bee Garden||4/14/2018|
|Bee Watching for Beginners||4/14/2018|
Bee Biology Website, the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is under construction. (See archives. See history of bee garden)
Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Also see Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Annual Report
Apiary Newsletters (archived copies, Eric Mussen)
How to Write Like a Professor (James R. Carey)
What's This Bug? (CDFA)