Why Valentine's Day Isn't the Real Reason for FlowersThe Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change Our Lives.
“Flowers feed the world, keep us healthy and make us smile,” says Buchmann, who received his doctorate in entomology in 1978 from UC Davis and is a longtime pollination researcher and adjunct professor in the departments of entomology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona.
But flowers, especially red roses, the most commonly gifted flower on Valentine's Day, can't hold a candle to what most people never think about—that flowers feed the world, thanks primarily to honey bees, bumble bees, syprhid flies and other pollinators.-more-
Butterfly Research: Surprising ResultsLouie Yang, a community ecologist with the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
The research, published in the early online version of the print journal Ecography, examined the natal origins of butterflies at four overwintering sites. Each of the four sites showed substantial variations in wing morphological values, indicating local and long-distance, the researchers said. -more-
Biodiversity Museum Day on Feb. 13
UC Davis will celebrate its fifth annual Biodiversity Museum Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 with a campuswide open house showcasing 11 specialized research and teaching collections, five more than last year. The event is free and open to the public.
New to the Biodiversity Day are the Nematode Collection, Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, California Raptor Center, Phaff Yeast Culture Collection and the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.
They will join the Center for Plant Diversity, Botanical Conservatory, Paleontology Collections, Anthropology Collection, Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, and the Bohart Museum of Entomology for a day of science exploration. -more-
Davis LASER Event on Feb. 11
“Tools of the Pornithologist: Using Robots to Spy on the Sex Lives of Birds” by UC Davis professor Gail Patricelli will be among the talks at the UC Davis Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) event, set Thursday, Feb. 11 in Room 3001 of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Building.
The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will begin with socializing and networking from 6:30 to 7 p.m. It is affiliated with the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, co-founded by Diane Ullman, professor of entomology at UC Davis and artist Donna Billick. -more-
Hammock-Founded Company: $4 Million for Diabetes Neuropathy ProjectEicOsis LLC, a newly formed company that distinguished professor Bruce Hammock of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology founded to alleviate neuropathic and inflammatory pain, has received a $4 million federal grant to advance his compound discovery through Phase 1 clinical trials.
The grant, “Development of an Oral Analgesic for Neuropathic Pain," is funded by the Blueprint for Neuroscience Research. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The clinical trials, scheduled to begin in 2017, will target diabetic neuropathic pain, occurring in an estimated half of the world's 347 million diabetics, and 29 million Americans.
The compound “is an inhibitor of the soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) enzyme,” said Hammock, whose fundamental research on the developmental biology of insects led to the discovery. “It is a key regulatory enzyme involved in the metabolism of fatty acids and treats pain by stabilizing natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory mediators.” -more-
Wild Bee Decline Study Released
The new study suggests that wild bee populations likely declined in areas comprising 23 percent of the nation between 2008 and 2013, a decline associated with conversion of natural wild bee habitat into intensive agriculture.
The paper, titled “Modeling the Status, Trends and Impacts of Wild Bee Abundance in the United States,” is published today in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences.
Gene Robinson Coming to UC Davis
His presentation, part of the Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speakers Series, is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Registration is underway on the Chancellor's Colloquium series website. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.
Robinson pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior and led the effort to sequence the honey bee genome. -more-
Show at Pence Gallery: Art/Science
In conjunction with the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, the work of 33 artists is being showcased at the Consilience of Art and Science exhibit Jan. 19 through Feb. 28 at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St., Davis.
A reception (free admission and open to the public) will take place Friday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening will include juror talks from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., and an awards presentation at 7:30. This is the fourth biannual multi-media display of the artists' work. -more-
Seminar Speaker: Patrick O'Grady
The seminar, open to all interested persons, is part of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's noonhour seminars. It also will be recorded for later posting on UCTV. (See seminar schedule)
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Steve Nadler, Chair of Department
- Winter Noon-Hour Seminars
- Wade Spencer's Peacock Jumping Spider Dance Goes Viral
- James R. Carey: National Teaching Award
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Book
- Watch UC Davis Bee Symposium Presentations on YouTube
- Ag Communicators Win Gold Awards
- 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
- 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
|UC Davis LASER Event||2/11/2016|
|Consilience of Art and Science Reception||2/12/2016|
|Planning for Your First Hive: Short Course||2/13/2016|
|UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day||2/13/2016|
|Patrick O'Grady Seminar||2/17/2016|
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)