James R. Carey: Distinguished Teaching Award from ESAJames R. Carey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology is now nationally and internationally recognized for his groundbreaking teaching program that centers on the strategic use of digital technology.
Carey, a 35-year member of the UC Davis faculty, is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award from the worldwide Entomological Society of America (ESA), announced Richard Levine, ESA's communications program manager.
The award, presented annually to one of the 7000 members of ESA, singles out “what is deemed to be the most outstanding teacher of the year,” Levine said. Carey is the second UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology to receive the honor. Diane Ullman was awarded the prize in 2014.
Carey will receive the honor at the ESA's Nov. 15-18 meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. -more-
Michael Parrella Named Dean of Ag at University of IdahoMichael Parrella, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, has been named the dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho, effective Feb. 1, 2016.
He will step down as department chair on Dec. 31, 2015.
Parrella announced his decision at a departmental coffee on Monday, Oct. 5. In a press release issued Oct. 1 by the University of Idaho communications office, Parrella is quoted as saying:
“I am excited about joining the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho. The president and provost have a wonderful vision to move the university forward, and CALS has a critical role to play. As the dean, I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students and stakeholders to make the college all that it can be.”
Said John Wiencek, UI provost and executive vice president in the news release: “Michael has extensive experience as a department chair and in the dean’s office at UC Davis, giving him an understanding of the complexity of an organization like ours, and will enable him to be an effective leader at the University of Idaho. See UI news release.
Rick Karban's New Book: Plants Can Eavesdrop, Sense Danger in Environment
So says ecologist Richard Karban, professor of entomology in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, in his newly published book, Plant Sensing and Communication (University of Chicago Press).
The 240-page book is a “landmark in its field,” said Graeme Ruxton of the University of St. Andrews, UK, co-author of Experimental Design for the Life Sciences and Plant-Animal Communication. -more-
Hammock and Haj Labs: Ground-breaking Discovery on Neuropathic PainBruce Hammock lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology/UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Ahmed Bettaieb of the Fawaz Haj lab, Department of Nutrition. The ground-breaking discovery, published July 6 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “should ignite the discovery of a new generation of therapeutics,” paving the way for more efficient and effective ways to alleviate neuropathic pain, the researchers said. -more-
(Editor's Note: This research has been recommended as a F1000 Prime, signifying that it's among the top published research studies worldwide. F1000 Faculty member John Imig of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, recommended the research, “Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in the Peripheral Nervous System Is a Significant Driver of Neuropathic Pain," published July 6 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. See news story.)
Saving the Wild Bees: Neal Williams, Robbin Thorp Involved in Major PublicationNature Communications, an open-access journal based in London. "This study provides important support for the role of wild bees to crop pollination through a comprehensive global summary,” said co-author and pollination ecologist Neal Williams, associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. “At the same time, we found that in any one region, much of the pollination services from wild bees to a given crop come from just a few species, thus we need to be careful about using a simplistic economic ecosystem-services argument for biodiversity conservation and maintain actions that target biodiversity as specific goal. " -more-
Christian Nansen: Radiometric Energy Indicates When Beetles Are 'Terminally Ill'
But non-healthy insects, just like sick humans, can also show changes in body reflectance.
Newly published research led by a University of California, Davis agricultural entomologist shows that radiometric energy reflected by pesticide-exposed adult beetles indicates when they become “terminally ill.”
Christian Nansen, lead author of “Detection of Temporal Changes in Insect Body Reflectance in Responses to Killing Agents,” published in PLOS ONE, said the first-of-its-kind research is “completely non-destructive and completely non-invasive.” -more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Brian Johnson Quoted in San Francisco Chronicle on Africanized Bees
- Eric Mussen Interviewed, Africanized Bees
- Are Argentine Ants Threats to Honey Bees? (Quoting Elina L. Niño)
- Fall Seminars Announced
- Neal Williams Interviewed on Jefferson Public Radio
- Watch UC Davis Bee Symposium Presentations on YouTube
- Ag Communicators Win Gold Awards
- James R. Carey's African Odyssey Presentation Is Online!
- Alfred Chan: One of Chancellor's 22 Stars
- Sacramento Bee story on bees, bee garden
- Robbin Thorp, Kim Fondrk on Radio-Canada Video
- Our Team (Department photo)
- Bohart Museum's Schedule of Open Houses
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- History of Our Bee Garden
Blogs, Books, and Other Connections
- Alex Wild's Compound Eye Blog: Some of Best Nature/Science Photographs
- Stephen Buchmann, Ph.D at UC Davis: Birds, Bees And The Power of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives of Flowers (NPR)
- 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
- Peter Cranston, Penny Gullan: New Edition of 'The Insects'
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (note new site, Elina L. Niño)
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (archived copes, Eric Mussen)
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
|Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes||10/12/2015|
|Luke Alphey Seminar||10/14/2015|
|Parama Roy Lecture on Pests||10/30/2015|
|CVEC 20th Anniversary||4/7/2016|
Bee Biology (Website, the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is under construction. 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)