Diane Ullman: ESA's 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award
Evolutionary Biology Techniques Crucial in Solving Global Challenges
The paper appears in the Sept. 11 in Science Express, which makes important papers available to readers before they appear in the journal Science. The first-of-its-kind study will appear in a November edition of the journal.
“Evolutionary biology is often overlooked in the study of global challenges,” said Carroll, lead author of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and the Institute for Contemporary Evolution, also in Davis. “By looking at humanity's problems across the domains of nature conservation, food production and human health, it is clear that we need to strengthen evolutionary biology throughout the disciplines and develop a shared language among them.” -more-
Special ESA Recognition for Kelly Hamby, James Campbell
- Kelly Hamby, recently named the recipient of the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), will be honored at the national ESA meeting set Nov. 16-19 in Portland, Ore.
Hamby received her doctorate in entomology at UC Davis in March 2014, studying with major professor Frank Zalom. She has just accepted a position with the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Starting in November, she will be an assistant professor of sustainable agroecosystems and will be involved in integrated pest management research, extension, and teaching. See more.
- Research entomologist James F. Campbell, who received his doctoral in entomology from UC Davis, studying with Professor Harry Kaya, will be honored with a special recognition award in entomology, sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection, for his significant contributions to agriculture. Campbell is a research entomologist with the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research Service of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, Manhattan, Kansas. See more.
Newly Published: Seasonal Flight Behavior of Walnut Twig Beetle
Exciting Cancer Research from the Hammock Lab: Combination Drug that Controls Both Tumor Growth and Metastasis
Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School have created a combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis. By combining a COX-2 inhibitor, similar to Celebrex, and an epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitor, the drug controls angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), limiting a tumor's ability to grow and spread. The study appears July 14 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We've been studying the effects of COX and sEH inhibitors, both by themselves and in combination, for several years,” said senior author and UC Davis Distinguished Professor Bruce Hammock. “We were surprised to find that the dual inhibitor was more active than higher doses of each compound, either individually or together. By combining the two molecules into one we got much greater potency against several diseases and completely unique effects in terms of blocking tumor growth and metastasis.” -more-
Bohart Museum's Open House Schedule: First One on Sept. 27
"Parasitoid Palooza,” “Insect Myths” and “Pollination Nation” will be among the themes of the open houses scheduled at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis, for the 2014-15 academic year. All are free and open to the public.
“Parasitoid Palooza” may be the first public celebration dedicated to parasitoids, said Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and professor of entomology at UC Davis, and Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator. “Parasitoids are animals that feed internally or externally on a host to complete their development to an adult, ultimately killing it,” Kimsey said. “These insects are important biological control agents. We use them as biological control agents because they kill the host, sometimes as an egg or a larva.” -more-
Robbin Thorp Co-Authors Book, Bumble Bees of North America, 2nd Book Due
So begins the introductory chapter in the newly published book, Bumble Bees of North America: an Identification Guide (Princeton University Press, 2014).
Described as a comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees, it's the first publication of its kind in more than a century.
Co-author Robbin Thorp, a native pollinator specialist and emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, says bumble bees have been around for more than 100 million years but their distribution and diversity are not well known. Bumble bees are just one of the some 20,000 species of bees that populate the world. Of that number, however, only about 250 species are bumble bees, and they all belong to the genus Bombus. -more-
Read interview on how to garden for bumble bees!
Peter Cranston, Penny Gullan Finish Fifth Edition of The Insects
The fifth edition will be published later this year. The expected date is prior to the Entomological Society of America's annual meeting, to be held Nov. 16-19 in Portland, Ore.
“The economics and contractual obligations placed upon textbook authors require major updates every four to five years, retired or not,” Cranston said. “Thus for the past year we have been reviewing the whole field of entomology and our retirements have been ‘on hold.'” They delivered the completed fifth edition to Wiley in July. -more-
Yigen Chen: Wood-boring Insects-more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Catch the Buzz: Bohart Museum and the Bee Garden
- Bruce Hammock in Newsweek
- Frank Zalom Off to Brazil for ESA Meeting
- Honors: James R. Carey: Distinguished Professor, Thomas Scott: Distinguished Professor; Mary Lou Flint: James Meyer Award; Eric Mussen Receives UC ANR Distinguished Award
- Eric Mussen: Keynote Speaker at Bee Conference
- Medical Entomologist Donates Collection of Kissing Bugs to Bohart
- See Bruce Hammock in a Hammock (Photo Gallery)
- Learn How to Make Mead
- Get Your Honey Flavor Wheel!
- Scott Carroll on Good Morning America
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- Communication Awards
- Alex Wild's Compound Eye Blog: Some of Best Nature/Science Photographs
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Work Featured in Wired.Com
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of Bumble Bees of North America
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- UC Davis Entomology Club (Undergraduate)
- Bug Squad blog on UC ANR
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
- Eric Mussen's from the UC apiaries
- Honey and Pollination Center
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Spring 2013
|Christine Casey Talk||9/25/2014|
|Bohart Museum Open House: How to Be an Entomologist||9/27/2014|
|Yigen Chen Seminar||10/1/2014|
|Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Open House||10/3/2014|
|LASER-UC Davis: Rick Karban- Speaker||10/9/2014|
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