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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-
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 Open House: Spiders!
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-
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-
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-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Scott Carroll on Good Morning America
- Mary Lou Flint: James Meyer Award
- Eric Mussen Receives UC ANR Distinguished Award
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- Cover Story on Triclosan Features Research from Bruce Hammock Lab
- Communication Awards
- Bee Haven Featured on TV
- Jay Rosenheim: Award of Excellence
- Bruce Hammock Research on Audio Podcast
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
- Eric Mussen's from the UC apiaries
- Honey and Pollination Center
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Spring 2013
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|Bruce Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle||7/24/2014|
|Dori Edson Nava Seminar||7/25/2014|
|Bohart Museum Open House||7/26/2014|
|Introduction to Mead Making||11/14/2014|
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