Scientists Issue Wake-up Call: Natural Hazard Threats to Pollinators and Pollination
Two scientists—lead author Charlie Nicholson, a UC Davis postdoctoral scholar formerly with the University of Vermont (UVM), and senior author Paul Egan, a senior researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences--analyzed 117 published research papers on natural hazards that threaten pollinators and pollination.
Their paper, “Natural Hazard Threats to Pollinators and Pollination,” published in the journal Global Change Biology, sounds the alarm to scientists and policy makers to place the impacts of natural hazards at the center of future research in order to emphasize conservation and reduce disaster risks.
Previous research on threats to pollinators primarily focuses on direct human impacts, but scientific knowledge of natural hazard impacts has not been synthesized yet, they said. -more-
Neal Williams: Fellow of California Academy of SciencesNeal Williams, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, is now a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, a group of more than 450 distinguished scientists who have made notable contributions to science.
Williams and 13 other Fellows were inducted Tuesday night, Oct. 15 at the annual Bay Area gathering of the Fellows. Among the inductees: dermatologist and associate professor Emanual Michael Maverakis of UC Davis Health. (See list of 2019 inductees)
Fellows, nominated by other Fellows, and elected by the California Academy of Sciences' Board of Trustees. James R. Carey, distinguished professor of entomology, nominated Williams, with Claire Kremen of the University of British Columbia, formerly of UC Berkeley, seconding the nomination. -more-
Robert Kimsey Wins UC Davis Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
Forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and master advisor of the animal biology major, is the recipient of the 2019 UC Davis Outstanding Faculty Advising Award.
Kimsey was honored at the UC Davis Fall Welcome on Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Student Community Center. The annual campuswide awards program, launched in 2015, honors the outstanding faculty advisor, staff advisor, advising administrator, new advisor, peer advisor, campus collaborator and the advising equity champion.
Kimsey, known as "Dr. Bob," earlier received the 2019 Eleanor and Harry Walker Faculty Advising Award from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES). -more-
Hammock-Founded Company Gets Green Light to Begin Clinical Trials
EicOsis LLC, a pharmaceutical startup, has received Investigational New Drug (IND) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to test the drug candidate, EC5026. Clinical trials are expected to begin this year.
"EicOsis is developing a new class of oral non-narcotic analgesics based on inhibition of the soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) enzyme," said EicOsis chief executive officer Hammock, who holds a joint appointment with the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. UC Davis has licensed EC5026 exclusively to EicOsis. -more-
Geoffrey Attardo: Landmark Research on Genomics of Tsetse FliesGeoffrey Attardo provides new insight into the genomics of the blood-sucking tsetse fly, an insect that transmits the parasite that causes human and animal trypanosomiasis.
In humans, the disease is commonly known as sleeping sickness: the parasite invades the central nervous system and disrupts the sleep cycle. If not treated, the disease can result in progressive mental deterioration, coma, systemic organ failure and death.
The newly published research in the journal Genome Biology compares and analyzes the genomes of six species of tsetse flies and could lead to better insights into disease prevention and control. “It was a behemoth project, spanning six to seven years,” said Attardo, an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. “This project represents the combined efforts of a consortium of 56 researchers throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and China.” -more-
Guest Editor Christian Nansen: A Call for Articles on Remote SensingChristian Nansen, the newly selected guest editor of a special issue of the journal Remote Sensing, has issued a call for contributions.
Nansen, associate professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, is serving as the guest editor of the issue, "Remote Sensing to Detect and Diagnose Organismal Responses." The journal (impact factor 4.118) is a leading outlet for research articles and reviews on all aspects related to remote sensing. "I'm inviting authors to submit studies that go beyond the detection of an optical reflectance response and tie a thorough analysis of remote sensing data to other types of data (physiological, molecular, genetic, biochemical)," Nansen said. "In other words, the special issue will embrace a phenomics approach, in which the overall goal is to, at least partially, explain why and how organisms exhibit an optical reflectance response to stressors and/or treatments." -more-
Water Bear Sculpture to Grace Bohart Museum Entrance
A water bear or tardigrade sculpture may soon grace the entrance to the Bohart Museum of Entomology.
"I've been in touch with the sculptor Solomon Bassoff (Faducciart) in Roseville," said Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and professor of entomology at UC Davis. "He did the caterpillar in the Davis Central Park. I'm thinking of a concrete sculpture roughly 4 feet by eight feet."
"The reason for this is that we have one of the world's largest tardigrade collections, which was compiled by Steve Heydon's predecessor, Bob Schuster," she said. "Tardigrades are really popular with kids in part because of their representation in the movies Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, Star Trek and Family Guy." -more-
Bohart Museum's GoFundMe Account for Visiting Scholar
The Bohart Museum of Entomology has set up a GoFundMe account for visiting scholar Syed Fahad Shah, who was robbed at gunpoint Sept. 20. See news story. Access GoFundMe account at https://bit.ly/2ldZ3ZF
Julián Hillyer: 'Not So Heartless'
Julián Hillyer, director of the program in career development and associate professor of biological sciences, Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation, Nashville, Tenn., will be the next speaker at the weekly UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology seminars.
Hillyer will speak on "Not So Heartless: Functional Integration of the Immune and Circulatory Systems of Mosquitoes" at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 in 1222 Briggs. Host is Olivia Winokur, graduate student, Chris Barker lab. Coordinating the seminars is Rachel Vannette, assistant professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology. (See list of seminars)
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-
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