Moth Night is Saturday, July 30 at Bohart Museum of Entomology
The Bohart Museum of Entomology will celebrate Moth Night at its open house from 8 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 30. The theme: "Celebrate Moths!"
Activities, free and open to the public, will take place inside the museum, located in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane, and outside the building where black lighting will be set up to observe and collect moths and other insects.
Entomology graduate student Jessica Gillung will participate, "so there will be an entomologist fluent in Spanish and Portuguese on site," said Tabatha Yang, the Bohart Museum's education and outreach coordinator.
Visitors are invited to view the Bohart Museum's vast collection of worldwide moth specimens and participate in family friendly craft activities featuring a moth motif. Scientists will explain how to differentiate a moth from a butterfly. Free hot chocolate will be served. -more-
Edward Caswell-Chen Named Recipient of International Teaching Award
The Society of Nematologists (SON) will present him with its Teaching Excellence Award at its 55th annual meeting, set July 17–21 in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Caswell-Chen, who joined the UC Davis Department of Nematology (now the Department of Entomology and Nematology) in 1989, was praised as being an “exemplary teacher who loves to teach and interact with his students.”
“Ed is known for his enthusiasm, dedication, high-quality instruction and keen interest in helping his students understand and appreciate nematology—from the undergraduate level to the graduate level and beyond,” his nominators said. -more-
Hammock Lab Research: One of Top 100 Science Stories--It's No. 76
Groundbreaking neuropathic pain research emanating from the Bruce Hammock lab at the University of California, Davis, has made Discover magazine's Top 100 Science Stories of 2015.
Hammock, a distinguished professor who holds a joint appointment with the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, just received a copy of the magazine listing the research as No. 76. The space exploration of Pluto made No. 1. The top stories ranged from medicine, paleontology and the environment to the Hammock lab discovery.
The Hammock lab was singled out for its research, “Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in the Peripheral Nervous System is a Significant Driver of Neuropathic Pain,” published in July 2015 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. -more-
How Do You Weigh a Bee? UC Davis Teams Collaborate to Solve Problem
How do you weigh a bee? That’s the question that brought together UC Davis insect specialists and two teams of UC Davis engineering students this year, to try and solve what turns out to be a tricky technical problem.
But the consequences are important: ultimately, understanding how California’s native bumblebees respond to changes in the environment and the availability of flowers, and how we can protect these insects that are so vital to both agriculture and wild plants. Neal Williams, associate professor of entomology who heads up the “bee side” of the project, called it a great example of interdisciplinary work. “This is a great example of what should happen at a research university,” he said.
Williams’ team wants to understand everything about the life of a bumblebee colony, and especially how a colony reacts to change in the availability of pollen and nectar from flowers, their primary food source. (See UC Davis story by Andy Fell)
Your Coffee May Be Grounds for Concern: Christian Nansen
And that's grounds for concern, researchers say.
Agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and four colleagues analyzed 15 brands of roasted coffee beans, purchased at an area supermarket on two dates about six months apart, and using hyperspectral imaging technology, found “they were all over the board.”
“There was no consistency in the protein/sugar content and within the roasting classes of light, medium, medium dark, and dark or between sampling dates,” said Nansen, who specializes in insect ecology and remote sensing and uses imaging technology to quantify variability and identify trends and patterns in biological systems. “I thought this would be interesting to apply my hyperspectral imaging technology to a commercial system rather than a biological system.” -more-
A Lesson in Plant Communication Gone Viral Through TED-Ed
And now UC Davis ecologist Richard “Rick” Karban's research is “talking” in TED-Ed Original Lessons and drawing international attention from thousands of teachers, their students and other Internet viewers.
Karban's work on plant communication is featured in an interactive lesson plan where "words and ideas of educators are brought to life by professional animators.” Teachers can customize the lesson plan to engage their students. As of May 13, nearly 130,000 have accessed the lesson plan.
Plants can eavesdrop, sense danger in the environment, and can distinguish friend from foe, says Karban, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, who recently published a 250-page comprehensive book, Plant Sensing and Communication (University of Chicago Press), hailed as a landmark in its field. -more-
UC Davis Medical Entomologist: Novel Way to Render Female Mosquitoes InfertileAnthony Cornel, Ph.D. is targeting the potential spread of the Zika virus mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti, using a novel control strategy that renders the female mosquitoes sterile.
Male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with a bacterium, Wolbachia pipientis, are being released in Clovis, Fresno County, where this mosquito was discovered in June 2013. Although this mosquito is now found in California, there has been no locally transmitted case of the Zika virus in the state.
The project, to determine dispersal and survival, began Monday, May 10.
“The daytime-biting mosquito, which feeds predominantly on humans, has spread to at least seven counties since its discovery in Clovis,” said Cornel, a mosquito researcher and faculty member with the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier.
“The biting nuisance and potential of the mosquito Aedes aegypti to transmit Zika, Chikungunya and dengue viruses in California is cause for concern,” he said. “Efforts to curb its spread and reduce populations have not been very effective. Control efforts have included educating the public to remove standing water (source reduction) insecticide barrier sprays and bacterial larviciding.” -more-
Hammock Lab Knows How to Keep Cool and Keep the Camaraderie
With temperatures hitting 97 degrees, the 13th annual Bruce Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle--marked by cool and camaraderie--took place from 3 to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, July 22 on the north lawn of Briggs Hall.
Here Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor of entomology, gets doused by Alifia Merchant, who just received her master's degree in ag and environmental chemistry from UC Davis. In the foreground is executive administrative assistant Louisa Lo (back to camera) and at right is researcher Christophe Morisseau, who coordinated the event. -more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Walter Leal: Distinguished Professor
- Ed Lewis: IPM Award from PBESA
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Book
- Watch UC Davis Bee Symposium Presentations on YouTube
- Bohart Museum's Schedule of Open Houses
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- History of Our Bee Garden
Blogs, Books, and Other Connections
- Alex Wild's Compound Eye Blog: Some of Best Nature/Science Photographs
- UC Davis Department of Entomology (Facebook)
- Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility (Facebook)
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (Facebook)
- E.L. Niño Bee Lab (Facebook)
- Bug Squad blog (Kathy Keatley Garvey)
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of California Bees and Blooms
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of Bumble Bees of North America
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (Elina L. Niño)
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (archived, Eric Mussen)
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
|Bohart Museum Open House: Celebrate Moths!||7/30/2016|
|International Congress of Entomology (ICE)||9/25/2016|
Bee Biology (Website, the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is under construction. 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)