Larry Godfrey: 1956-2017
Dr. Godfrey was internationally acclaimed for his research on rice and cotton. He was heavily involved in developing IPM to maintain the sustainability of California agriculture, seeking “to reduce the ‘footprint’ of agriculture on the environment and society, and to advance the science of entomology and applied insect ecology.”
At UC Davis, he taught arthropod pest management and agricultural entomology. He developed IPM strategies for not only rice and cotton but for such field and vegetable crops as alfalfa, dry beans, timothy grass, melons, mint and onions.
A member of the entomology department since April 1991, Dr. Godfrey served as its vice chair in 2008, and also that year, as president of the Pacific Branch, Entomological Society of America. -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-
How Sweet It Is! Honey Tasting Exhibit A Big Winner at UC Davis Picnic Day
How sweet it is!
The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology’s honey tasting exhibit, coordinated by Extension apiculturist Elina Niño, won a special award at the UC Davis Picnic Day last Saturday, April 22.
It won the popular vote in the category, “Hunger Fix.” Some 500 people voted, according to Helen Xiu, exhibits coordinator. The favorite varietals? Meadowfoam, followed by citrus.
In the photo above, serving the public, are Yao Cai (far left) of the Joanna Chiu lab; and Wei Lin of the Brian Johnson lab. Graduate student Brendon Boudinot coordinated the department's Picnic Day Committee. See text and more photos on Bug Squad.
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.
- University of Florida, 100
- University of California, Riverside, 95.23
- Cornell University, 91.95
- Kansas State University, 91.29
- North Carolina State University, 90.88
- Michigan State University, 90.74
- University of California, Davis, 89.88
- University of Georgia, 88.98
- Nanjing Agricultural University, China, 86.74
- University of São Paulo in Brazil, 86.74
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-
Why Super Weed Could Not Be So Super: Christian Nansen
In first-of-its-kind research, a 10-member international team of scientists, led by Maor Matzrafi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ittai Herrmann from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and UC Davis agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen, used hyperspectral technologies to successfully predict the viability of the weed seeds and herbicide response.
The research, published in the current edition of Frontiers of Plant Science, (https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017.00474) offers growers of cotton, soybean, corn, watermelon and other crops a new tool in their toolbox to thwart the growth of the herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth, a fast-growing and highly aggressive weed which cripples crop yields.
The newly published research indicates that through hyperspectral technologies and analysis, growers may soon more accurately predict seed germination and response to the herbicide trifloxysulfuron-methyl (sold as Envoke and Monument). Correlation between leaf physiological parameters and herbicide response (sensitivity/resistance) was also demonstrated. -more-
UC Davis Linnaean Games Team Does Well at PBESA Meeting
The UC Davis Linnaean Games Team of graduate students Brendon Boudinot and Emily Bick scored a total of 175 points, just five points behind runner-up Washington State University at the Linnaean Games won by UC Riverside on April 3 at the annual meeting of the Pacific Branch, Entomological Society of America (PBESA). The event took place in Portland, Ore. The Linnaean Games are a college-bowl type competition dealing with entomology facts and trivia. Boudinot's major professor is Phil Ward. Bick studies with major professor Christian Nansen. UC Davis team captain Ralph Washington Jr. was unable to participate. See photos on Twitter.
Frank Zalom: Distinguished Public Service Award from Academic SenateFrank Zalom, distinguished professor of entomology, is one of three recipients of the UC Davis Academic Senate's 2017 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award for his outstanding leadership and public service at the regional, state, national and international levels.
"The award is given in recognition of significant contributions to the world, nation, state and/or local community through distinguished public service," according to awards committee chair Hollis Skaife, professor, Graduate School of Management.
Zalom joins previous UC Davis entomology recipients Lynn Kimsey (2016), James Carey (2015) and Robert Washino (2012).
Zalom is a past president of the 7000-member Entomological Society of America (ESA) and the service-oriented Entomology Foundation. Highly honored by his peers, he is an elected fellow of four scientific organizations: ESA, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Entomological Society (London) and the California Academy of Sciences. -more-
Louie Yang: Faculty Advising AwardLouie Yang, associate professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, has been named the faculty recipient of the 2017 Eleanor and Harry Walker Academic Advising Award from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES).
The award will be presented at the college's Celebration of Advising Reception, set from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 2 in the Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Theater, Old Davis Road. Also honored will be student advisor Emma Martinez of the Student Affairs Officer, Animal Science.
The committee was especially impressed with Yang's focus on student diversity, his efforts in helping students link their academic studies to research and other career goals, and his innovative programs working with high school students and connecting these students with undergraduate and graduate student mentors, said Sue Ebeler, the CA&ES associate dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs. -more-
Mark Your Calendar: Big Bee Weekend Coming May 6-7
On Saturday, May 6 is the inaugural California Honey Festival in downtown Woodland, an event coordinated by the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center.
On Sunday, May 7 is the third annual UC Davis Bee Symposium, sponsored by the Honey and Pollination Center and the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and to take place in the UC Davis Conference Center. Keynote speaker is Steve Sheppard, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. See more at:
Precision Ag Seminars: Latest Science and Technology Trends
Agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology is among the speakers booked for the monthly Precision Ag Seminar Series, sponsored by the World Food Center and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.
Nansen and engineering professor Zhaodan Kong will discuss “Technologies for Crop Pest Control” from 4:10 to 6 p.m. on May 23 in Room 1003 of Kemper Hall. The seminars are free and open to the public; no registration is needed.
Each month, experts from campus and industry share ideas on the latest science and technology trends at the forefront of the precision agriculture movement. -more-
Stacy Hishinuma Seminar on 'Thousand Cankers Disease' April 26
Host is Steve Seybold, chemical ecologist/affiliate, 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.
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Department's Spring Seminars
- Bohart Museum's Special Weekend Open Houses
- Shirley Gee: 40 Years of Service
- Anthony Cornel: Novel Way to Render Female Mosquitoes Infertile
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Book
- Watch UC Davis Bee Symposium Presentations on YouTube
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- History of Our Bee Garden
Blogs, Books, and Other Connections
- Ecology 180 Blog; class led by Louie Yang
- 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
|California Honey Festival||5/6/2017|
|UC Davis Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy||5/7/2017|
|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)