A Rousing Standing Ovation for Eric Mussen at ABF Conference
“I am basically all pro-bee; whatever I can do for bees, I do it,” Mussen told the American Bee Journal in a two-part interview published in 2011. “It doesn't matter whether there is one hive in the backyard or 15,000 colonies. Bees are bees and the bees' needs are the bees' needs.”
Today a nationally awarded plaque “bee-speaks” of his work.
Mussen is the recipient of the 2018 Founders' Award from the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, presented Jan. 12 at the 75th annual American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) conference in Reno.
“He received a well-deserved rousing standing ovation!” said president Gene Brandi of Los Banos, who presented him with the plaque and praised him as a outstanding liaison between the academic world of apiculture and real world beekeeping and crop pollination.
Considered by his peers as one of the most respected and influential professional apiculturists in the nation, Mussen was known as the “pulse on the bee industry” and as "the go-to person" for consumers, scientists, researchers, students, and the news media. Mussen retired in 2014 but continues answering bee questions. -more-
Three-Year Grant: Hammock Lab Collaborating with Zagazig University, Egypt
The grant, “Food Quality in Egypt: Screening for Contamination with Pesticides using Innovative VHH Antibody-Based Assays and Biosensors,” was one of 15 collaborative projects selected for funding by the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Board. The grants foster research collaboration between Egyptian and U.S. scientists.
“Zagazig is one of the world's premier agricultural institutions,” said 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. “I am thrilled to have this support to expand our long collaboration with Zagazig. This is very practical work with potentially profound outcomes on reducing exposure of consumers and workers to pesticides. We are using a very sophisticated new antibody technology to allow on site monitoring of potentially dangerous pesticides.”
“Our postdoctoral scientist Natalia Vasylieva is the star on the project,” Hammock said, “but it encompasses our entire immunoassay group. We have a long-term collaboration with Zagazig University.”-more-
It's Bugged: Insects' Role in DesignIt's Bugged: Insects' Role in Design, set Jan. 8-April 22 at the UC Davis Design Museum, explores the connections between people and insects, and includes work by Department of Design faculty and graduate students, as well as displays from the Bohart Museum of Entomology.
The event is free and open on weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. The Design Museum, located in Room 124 of Cruess Hall, is part of the College of Letters and Science.
The Bohart Museum is showcasing insect specimens from its collection, and images from celebrated insect photographer Alex Wild, curator of entomology at the University of Texas, Austin. Wild received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis in 2005, studying with major professor Phil Ward. -more-
Honoring Louie Yang, Outstanding Advisor
Louie Yang, associate professor of entomology, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, is the recipient of a major academic advising award.
NACADA, also known as the Global Community for Academic Advising, singled him out as the winner of the Faculty Advisor Award of Excellence in Pacific Region 9, comprised of California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Yang will be honored at the Pacific Region 9 meeting set for March 21-23 in Santa Rosa. NCADA promotes students' success by advancing the field of academic advising globally.
"Dr. Yang excels in fostering creative and critical thinking, challenging his students to succeed by linking their academic studies to research and other career goals," said Steve Nadler, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomolgy and Nematology. -more-
Discovery of Sex Pheromone of Asian Citrus Psyllid: 'Significant Breakthrough'
Integrated pest management specialist Frank Zalom, distinguished professor of entomology, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, calls the newly announced discovery of the sex pheromone of the Asian citrus psyllid: "a significant breakthrough in preventing the spread of this serious citrus insect, and may offer a less toxic method for its control." UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal, who led the international team of researchers, a six-year project, announced the discovery today (Dec. 5) at the 10th Annual Brazilian Meeting of Chemical Ecology in Sao Paulo. See Bug Squad.
Enroll in a UC Davis Beekeeping Course
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño and her lab have announced a series of short courses for the new year--and folks can register now and/or purchase gift certificates. All will take place at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis campus, beginning Saturday, March 24, with the last course ending June 16.
The schedule and capsule information:
- Planning Ahead for Your First Hives: Saturday, March 24
- Working Your Colonies: Sunday, March 25
- Queen-Rearing Techniques Short Course: Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22 course; Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29 course
- Bee-Breeding Basics: Saturday, June 9
- Varroa Management Strategies: Saturday, June 16
David Gonthier Seminar on Jan. 24David Gonthier, postdoctoral fellow, Clare Kremen lab, UC Berkeley, will present the next UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology seminar from 4:10 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24 in 122 Briggs. His topic: "The Phylogenetic Diversification of Agriculture for Pest and Disease Suppression." His primary research objective is to understand the importance of biodiversity across natural and managed ecosystems. He seeks to:
- Evaluate the viability of agricultural management systems to curtail environmental problems, promote sustainable pest control and biodiversity conservation while maintaining productivity and profitability.
- Use ecological and evolutionary theory to better identify and design agroecological practices that promote improved farm multi-functionality.
- Describe the intersection between ecology and socio-economic forces that form incentives and barriers to the adoption of sustainable food systems through collaboration in interdisciplinary teams.
UC Davis Entomology Ranked Among Best in the WorldTimes 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-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- UC Davis Entomology Seminars Posted on UCTV
- Order a EGSA T-Shirt!
- Migrant Education Program Visited Students Visit the Bohart
- Christian Nansen: Drone Program
- 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
- 'I Wanna Be an Entomologist' by Heather Wilson
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
|Art Exhibit: It's Bugged: Insects' Role in Design||1/8/2018|
|Editorial Careers at Nature Research||1/25/2018|
|UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day||2/17/2018|
|UC Davis Bee Symposium||3/3/2018|
|9th International IPM Symposium||3/19/2018|
Bee Biology Website, the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is under construction. (See archives. 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)