Memorial Set June 7 for Larry GodfreyLarry Godfrey, a 26-year member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty, is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 7 in the Putah Creek Lodge, located off Garrod Drive, UC Davis campus.
Coordinating the memorial are his longtime friends and colleagues, Extension entomologist Frank Zalom, distinguished professor of entomology, and entomology project consultant Vonny Barlow, both of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. Barlow, the third graduate student in the Godfrey lab (1997) and who holds a doctorate (2006) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), is assembling a slide show.
The attendees will be invited to speak in celebration of his life. Light refreshments will be served.
Dr. Godfrey, who was widely known for his research on applied insect ecology and integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, died April 18, succumbing to a six-year battle with cancer. He was 60. -more-
Joanna Chiu on How Circadian Clock Affects Our LivesJoanna Chiu, associate professor and vice chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, recently wrote a piece for the Sacramento Bee on circadian clocks: "Why You Should Wake Up at 6 a.m., Work out at 5 p.m. and Be in Bed by 10 p.m. Every Day."
She also delivered a presentation to the department's Wellness event on Friday:
"All living things on our planet, from bacteria to humans, organize their daily activities around the perpetuating 24-hour day-night cycles, the result of earth rotating on its own axis and orbiting around the sun," Chiu says. "In order for organisms to anticipate predictable variations in their environment that naturally occurs over the 24-hour cycle and coordinate their physiology and behavior to perform at their best, they rely on an internal biological clock. I will discuss how this internal clock, termed the circadian clock, affects many important aspects of our lives, including the timing of when we feel tired and want to go to bed, the time-of-day our immune systems are most susceptible to pathogen attack, and even when medicines should be taken to give you 'the most bang for your buck.' In addition, I will discuss the consequences of when the circadian clock is 'broken' or 'off-kilter' because of diseases, work-schedule, jetlag, and light pollution."
LASER Event: From 'Geophysical Dance' to Tethered Image' to 'Tuba Thieves'
A bio-micrometeorologist, an artist, and a visual artist/filmmaker will speak on topics ranging from “Geophysical Dance” and “The Tethered Image” to “Tuba Thieves” at the next UC Davis Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) event, set Wednesday night, May 24 in the Music Building, UC Davis campus.
- Bio-micrometeorologist Ian Faloona, associate professor in the Department of Land, Water and Air Resources, who will speak on “The Universality of Our Fluid Motions: An Experiment in Geophysical Dance”
- Artist Chris Fraser of San Francisco, whose topic is “The Tethered Image”and
- Visual artist/filmmaker Alison O'Daniel of Los Angeles, who will discuss “Quasi-Closed Captions: The Tuba Thieves.”
The event, free and open to the public, takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 115 of the Music Building. A reception begins at 5:30, with the speaker presentations booked at 6 p.m., followed by conversations and rapid fire sharing at 6:45. Reservations are recommended; see ucdlaser03.eventbrite.com. -more-
Rice Farmers May Want to 'Bank on' This Research: Co-Author Christian Nansen
First-of-its-kind research, published in Scientific Reports of the journal Nature by a nine-member team, including UC Davis agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen, indicated that attracting alternative hosts to parasitoids of rice insect pests, can help protect a rice crop. The players: a grass species, a planthopper, and an egg parasitoid.
The field and laboratory work, done in China, targeted the brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens, or BPH, the economically most important rice pest in Asia. Results showed that BPH densities were “significantly lower in the rice fields with the banker plant system compared to control rice fields without banker plant system,” the scientists said. -more-
Hammock Lab Research: Potential to Block Cancer Growth and Target Other Diseases
Earlier research by the Judah Folkman laboratory of Harvard Medical School showed that cutting off blood vessels that feed a cancerous tumor can stop its growth.
The seven-member research team—five from the Bruce Hammock laboratory of UC Davis—“characterized a novel lipid signaling molecule that can change fundamental biological processes involved in our health and disease,” said lead author and researcher Amy Rand. “We've found that a novel product derived from the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids stimulates angiogenesis, which may contribute to enhanced tumor growth by providing tumors with oxygen and nutrients.” -more-
UC Davis Entomology Ranked Among Best in the World: No. 7Times 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-
Molecular Neurbiologist Leslie Vosshall to Speak May 24 on World's Most Dangerous AnimalLeslie Vosshall of Rockefeller University, New York City, will speak on "Neurobiology of the World's Most Dangerous Animal"--the mosquito--at a seminar set for 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 in the Student Community Center, UC Davis.
The seminar, open to all interested persons, is sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences and the Storer Life Sciences Endowment. Host is molecular geneticist Joanna Chiu, associate professor and vice chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
The Vosshall laboratory studies the molecular neurobiology of mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes require a blood meal to complete egg development, she explains. "In carrying out this innate behavior, mosquitoes spread dangerous infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika, Chikungunya and yellow fever." -more-
Jay Rosenheim to Address UC ANR Pesticide Workgroup on June 6
Jay Rosenheim, professor of entomology, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, will be among the speakers at a meeting on Tuesday, June 6 of the Pesticide Use Report (PUR) Analysis Workgroup, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The half-day meeting takes place in the UC ANR Building, 2801 2nd St., Davis, beginning at 8 a.m. with registration. Rosenheim will speak at 10:45 a.m. on "Using Farmer Data to Improve Pest Management in California Citrus." -more-
Omar Akbari Seminar on May 24
Omar Akbari, assistant professor of entomology, UC Riverside, will speak on
"Developing Gene Drives to Manipulate the Fate of Wild Populations" from 4:10 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 in 122 Briggs Hall. Host: Joanna Chiu, assistant professor and vice chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Here's the list of speakers for the department's spring quarter seminar series, as announced by coordinator Christian Nansen, assistant professor. All seminars are scheduled on Wednesdays through June 7 in 122 Briggs Hall from 4:10 to 5 p.m.
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- 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)
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- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
|Leslie Vosshall Seminar||5/24/2017|
|UC Davis LASER Event||5/24/2017|
|Pesticide Use Report Analysis Group||6/6/2017|
|Memorial for Larry Godfrey||6/7/2017|
|Western Apicultural Society 40th Anniversary Conference||9/5/2017|
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)