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Elina Lastro Niño: Our New ApiculturistElina Lastro Niño of Pennsylvania State University (PSU), University Park, known for her expertise on honey bee queen biology, chemical ecology, and genomics, is the newly hired Extension apiculturist at the University of California, Davis. She will join the Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty in September, replacing Eric Mussen, who is retiring June 30 after 38 years in the position. Niño currently works with Professor Christina Grozinger, director of the PSU Center for Pollinator Research. Niño holds a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA).
“We are excited about Elina joining the Bee Biology program at UC Davis,” said Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. “We have been in a rebuilding mode for the past few years and Elina joins the team of Dr. Neal Williams, pollination ecology and bee biology with emphasis on foraging behavior; and Dr. Brian Johnson, genetics, behavior, evolution, and health of honey bees. Dr. Niño will conduct problem-solving research focused on honey bees and those crops in need of pollination services.” -more-
Bill Reisen: Four Decades of Mosquito Research and Protecting the Public's HealthWilliam “Bill” Reisen has done or what he will do.
Internationally known for his mosquito research and publications spanning more than four decades, Bill Reisen officially retired in July from the University of California, Davis, but mosquitoes shouldn't breathe a collective sigh of relief and go about their blood-sucking business.
Reisen, now a professor emeritus with the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (PMI), School of Veterinary Medicine, vows to continue his mosquito research; manage the vector-borne disease surveillance diagnostics lab; advise graduate students in the School of Veterinary Medicine; mentor several new PMI faculty members; direct the Center for Vectorborne Diseases (CVEC) and edit the Journal of Medical Entomology. In between, he and his wife Norma will travel throughout the United States and Europe and to their mango farm in the Philippines. -more-
Neal Williams: Champion of Alternative Bees
When it comes to almond pollination, it’s more the merrier for growers when wild bees work alongside honeybees, says pollination ecologist Neal Williams.
For Williams, pollination isn’t just a buzzword. "Pollination by bees is a critical input to many crops — as essential as irrigation, fertilizer or labor," says the associate professor of pollination and bee biology in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. One of Williams’ main goals is to provide practical information to California farmers for improving the long-term stability of pollination. He also wants to promote pollinator conservation and management. -more-
Cover Story on Triclosan Features Research from Bruce Hammock Lab
The controversial antibacterial chemical is grabbing nationwide attention with the recent cover story of “Triclosan Under the Microsope” in Chemical Engineering News. The article quotes Bruce Hammock, a UC Davis distinguished professor who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Entomology and Nematology and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“I'm getting love notes and hate mail,” he said, adding "“My colleagues and I are continuing to look at the positive and negative aspects of triclosan. It clearly has some negative effects on mammalian biology, but it is a very potent microbial and quite inexpensive, and relatively safe.”
Triclosan, first used in healthcare settings in the 1960s, is now found in products throughout the home—in everything from hand sanitizers, toothpastes, mouthwashes, deodorants and cosmetics to beddings, clothes, toys, carpets and trash bags. -more-
Mary Lou Flint: James M. Meyer AwardMary Louise “Mary Lou” Flint, a longtime leader of the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management (UC IPM) Program and an Extension entomologist with the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, is the recipient of the 2014 James M. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the university. Flint, UC IPM's associate director for Urban and Community IPM, and who will be retiring from the university at the end of June, is the third entomologist (Frank Zalom, 2004, and Thomas Leigh, 1988) to receive the Academic Federation award, first presented in 1971. A dinner honoring her will take place in the fall. “This is a special award for me because of my father-in-law (formerUC Davis Chancellor James Meyerfor whom the award is named) and his strong support for the Academic Federation and the Cooperative Extension Specialists, Agricultural Experiment Station researchers and other non-Senate academics it represents,” Flint said. -more
Eric Grissell: Why He Became an Entomologist and How He Is Giving BackEdward “Eric” Grissell chased insects, pursued toads and snakes, admired nasturtiums and scotch broom, and hunted for fossils that he acknowledged he never found. Dragonflies, cabbage white butterflies, skippers, and honey bees especially drew his attention. His choice of a career—entomologist, botanist, paleontologist, anthropologist, herpetologist, everything with an “ist”—“rested largely on what I could sneak into the house,” Grissell quipped, recalling that his mother wasn't terribly enthusiastic about bugs or snakes. In fact, she hated them. “But I could hide a lot more bugs in my bedroom than I could snakes—take my word on it!”
Read how Grissell, who received his doctorate in entomology at UC Davis, is giving back.
Jay Rosenheim Receives Excellence in Undergraduate AwardJay Rosenheim of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology has received the 2014 "Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award" in the College of Biological Sciences from the Associated Students of UC Davis. Rosenheim was the winning recipient among several faculty nominated in the College of Biological Sciences. He teaches "Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution (BIS 2B)." This is an introduction to basic principles of ecology and evolutionary biology, focusing on the fundamental mechanisms that generate and maintain biological diversity across scales ranging from molecules and genes to global processes and patterns, according to the course catalog. The ceremony honoring Rosenheim and other nominees took place Monday, June 2 in the King Lounge of the Memorial Union. -more-
UC Davis Researchers Lead International Team in Making the Most Precise Estimates of Dengue Transmission Rates EverThomas Scott of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, is published May 19 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Robert Reiner is the lead author. See more information on the 12-year study.
Watch Robert Reiner dengue video on YouTube, created by Professor James Carey.
Eric Mussen Receives Distinguished Service Award from UC ANREric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, is the recipient of the 2013-14 Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Extension from the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). Barbara Allen-Diaz, vice president of UC ANR, announced the recipients of the Distinguished Service Awards May 20. Mussen, who will retire in June, was honored for 38 years of outstanding service. He devotes his research and extension activities toward the improvement of honey bee health and honey bee colony management practices. Mussen, who joined the UC Davis department in 1976, is known throughout the state, nation and world as “the honey bee guru” and “the pulse of the bee industry" and as "the go-to person" when consumers, scientists, researchers, students, and the news media have questions about honey bees. -more-
Note: He is also featured in Western Farm Press.
In the Spotlight
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- Lynn Kimsey Talks About Bed Bugs
- Marek Borowiec Receives National Science Foundation Grant
- Frank Zalom: President of ESA
- Alex Wild's Compound Eye Blog: Some of Best Nature/Science Photographs
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Work Featured in Wired.Com
- Bruce Hammock Interviewed: Anti-Bacterial Soaps
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of Bumble Bees of North America
- Phil Ward in New York Times
- Lynn Kimsey Interviewed by National Geographic News: Hornets!
- Robert Kimsey Featured in UCOP Feature Story
- How to Help UC Davis Bee Research: Haagen-Dazs App
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- UC Davis Entomology Club (Undergraduate)
- Guided tours of Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven: contact Christine Casey at email@example.com.
- Bug Squad blog on UC ANR
- Advanced Honey Bee Classes. Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey continues to teach her popular queen bee-rearing and instrumental insemination classes. Queen bee rearing: http://entomology.wsu.edu/apis/. Insemination classes: http://honeybeeinsemination.com. For more information, email Cobey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Eric Mussen's from the UC apiaries
- Honey and Pollination Center
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Spring 2013
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