Moth Night July 21 at Bohart MuseumBohart Museum of Entomology located in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building, Crocker Lane, is hosting a "Moth Night" from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Free and open to the public, this is a "family friendly event all about moths," according to Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator. Events will take place both inside and outside the insect museum.
The Bohart Museum Moth Night is being held in conjunction with National Moth Week, July 21-29, which celebrates the beauty, life cycles and habitats of moths. The UC Davis event is one of only two public events scheduled in California during the week; the other is in San Mateo County on July 28.
Bohart scientists will be on hand to discuss moths and answer questions. They include three Bohart associates: entomologist Jeff Smith of Rocklin, curator of the the moth and butterfly specimens; and "Moth Man" John DeBenedictis and naturalist and photographer Greg Kareofelas, both of Davis, who will staff the light traps/blacklighting displays. The best time to see the moths in the light traps is later in the evening, closer to 10.
"We will focus on colorful moths of the night--night rainbows if you will and the biodiversity of tropical moths," Yang said. A family craft activity is planned. Last year the family craft activity featured making moth-shaped window ornaments resembling stained glass.
Free refreshments--cookies and hot chocolate--will be served. -more-
Christian Nansen Research Paper: How Plants Are Like Animals in Response to Predators
If you're a plant and an insect is attacking you, you can communicate your stress to nearby plants as a way to alert them about potential danger--very similar to how animals communicate or respond to predators.
In groundbreaking research published in the journal Plant Methods, UC Davis agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen of the Department of Entomology and Nematology and his team of six colleagues from Brazil discovered that plant-plant communication causes physiological changes in plants and these subtle changes can be detected via analyses of leaf reflectance or hyperspectral imaging. The article is titled “Hyperspectral Imaging to Characterize Plant-Plant Communication in Response to Insect Herbivory." -more-
Hashimoto-Hammock Research: NIEHS Paper of the Month
A research paper on Parkinson's disease that's the work of scientists at Chiba University, Japan, and the University of California, Davis, has been selected as an “Extramural Paper of the Month” by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
The paper, which indicates that a brain enzyme could play a key role in curbing or preventing the progression of Parkinson's disease, is one of four singled out as exemplary on the NIEHS website.
he paper, which indicates that a brain enzyme could play a key role in curbing or preventing the progression of Parkinson's disease, is one of four singled out as exemplary on the NIEHS website.
“This could be a “revolutionary paper that could cure Parkinson's disease,” commented co-author Bruce Hammock, a UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology with a joint appointment with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is the 30-year director of the UC Davis NIEHS Superfund Program, which helped fund the research. "A related compound to the drug used in the paper will enter human safety traials sponsored by NIH in early 2019." -more-
Frank Zalom: Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Economic EntomologyFrank Zalom, distinguished professor of entomology, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and a past president of the Entomological Society of the America (ESA) is the newly selected editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology, the largest and most cited of ESA's family of scientific journals.
The ESA Governing Board today announced that Zalom will succeed John Trumble, distinguished professor of entomology at UC Riverside. Trumble, editor-in-chief for 20 years, informed ESA in late 2017 of his intent to leave the role in 2018. In January, the journal's editorial board launched a widespread search for his successor.
A 43-member of ESA and the 2014 president, Zalom will serve a five-year term as editor-in-chief. The journal publishes research on the economic significance of insects. It includes sections on apiculture and social insects, insecticides, biological control, household and structural insects, crop protection, forest entomology, and other topics. -more-
Bill Hazeltine Research Awards Assist Our Graduate Students
They are alike in that they share the passion of the late William Emery Hazeltine (1926-1994), who worked tirelessly in mosquito research and public health.
Hazeltine, a native of San Jose, was a U.S. Navy veteran who studied entomology at UC Berkeley and received his doctorate in entomology from Purdue University in 1962. He managed the Butte County Mosquito Abatement District, Oroville, from 1966 to 1992, and the Lake County Mosquito Abatement District from 1961-1964. -more-
Big Balloon Battle at Briggs
Water balloons, water guns, super sprayers, and buckets prevailed when dozens of scientists participated in the 15th annual Bruce Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle on the Briggs Hall lawn at the University of California, Davis.
The July event, also known as "Bruce's Big Balloon Battle at Briggs," proved to be an international soakfest. That's because the 28 researchers in the Hammock lab hail from seven countries: the United Stares, China, France, Ukraine, Lebanon, Japan and Korea. They include postdoctoral scholars, researchers, graduate students, visiting scholars, visiting graduate students, visiting summer students, short-term visiting scholars and student interns.
The annual battle amounts to 15 minutes, or "15 Minutes of Aim." That's how long it takes for the some 40 water warriors to toss 2,000 water balloons. Joining in were scientists from the Aldrin Gomes lab, UC Davis Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior; Frank Zalom lab of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology; and the UC Davis Department of Mathematics, plus family and friends. -more-
Bee Haven Now Staffed on Friday Mornings
The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematolgy's bee garden, the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is now being staffed on Friday mornings from 10 to noon. Visitors can view the display case, and check out a "catch and release" bee vacuums. Bee guides and plants will be for sale. The site is located on Bee Biology Road, next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility.
In addition, the haven is serving as a collection point for local food banks. Additional produce can be donated there between 7 and 9 a.m. on Wednesdays.
Watch the UC Davis Museum Biodiversity Day Video
Watch the newly published UC Davis Museum Biodiversity Day video on YouTube. UC Davis undergraduate student Alexander Fisher-Wagner filmed and edited the video. UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day, free and open to the public, is a celebration of the vast diversity of life on Earth, both past and present, said coordinator Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. This year's event, the seventh annual, took place Saturday, Feb. 17 and was an opportunity to explore 13 different biodiversity-related collections on the UC Davis campus, many of which are not usually open to the public. The 2019 event is scheduled Feb. 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-
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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)