Bohart Museum Open House on Nov. 18: Parasitoid Palooza!Bohart Museum of Entomology will host a "Parasitoid Palooza!" open house from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building.
The event, free and open to the public and family friendly, is an annual open house focusing on parasitoids.
"An insect parasitoid is a species whose immatures live off of an insect host, often eating it from the inside out," said Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator of the Bohart Museum. "It is part of their life cycle and the host generally dies."
Among the presentations or topics:
- Bohart Museum senior museum scientist Steve Heydon, a world authority on Pteromalids, or jewel wasps, a group of tiny parasitoids.
- Entomology PhD student Jessica Gillung who researches the Acroceridae family "a remarkable group of endoparasitoids of spiders." -more-
Bruce Hammock and Colleagues: Promising Therapeutic Strategies for Those Suffering from Acute Kidney Injury
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Newly published research by an international team of scientists, headed by the Jun-Yan Liu lab of Tongji University, Shanghai, China, and the Bruce Hammock lab at the University of California, Davis, may provide promising therapeutic strategies for those suffering from acute kidney injury (AKI), formerly called acute renal failure.
AKI, common in hospitalized patients—especially among older adults in intensive care--occurs when the kidneys suddenly fail to filter waste products from the blood. Many of these patients do not recover or require dialysis or transplantation, or partly recover and are thus at risk for worsening kidney disease.
The paper, published in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that a small molecule inhibitor of soluble epoxide hydrolase developed in the Hammock lab at UC Davis, helped alleviate AKI in mice and prolonged their lives. -more-
Congratulations, Kelly Hambyassistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, on her selection as the recipient of the Entomological Society of America's Early Career Professional (ECP) Extension award.
She received her master's degree and doctorate at UC Davis, studying with major professor and integrated pest management specialist Frank Zalom, distinguished professor of entomology and a past president of ESA.
The ESA annual meeting took place Nov. 5-8 in Denver, Colo. The theme: "Ignite. Inspire Innovate." -more-
Surprising Discovery from Vannette Lab: Nectar-Living Microbes Influence Pollinator's Foraging Preference
Nectar-living microbes release scents or volatile compounds, too, and can influence a pollinator's foraging preference, according to newly published research led by UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette.
The groundbreaking research, published in the current edition of New Phytologist journal, shows that nectar-inhabiting species of bacteria and fungi “can influence pollinator preference through differential volatile production,” said Vannette, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
“This extends our understanding of how microbial species can differentially influence plant phenotype and species interactions through a previously overlooked mechanism,” Vannette said. “It's a novel mechanism by which the presence and species composition of the microbiome can influence pollination.” -more-
Cindy McReynolds Receives Major NIH Training GrantBruce Hammock lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and is a newly enrolled doctoral student at UC Davis, is the recipient of a 2017-18 National Institutes of Health T32 training grant, awarded through the UC Davis Chemical Biology Program (CBP).
CBP supports students engaged in pre-doctoral training at the chemistry-biology interface, preparing them for careers in the biomedical workforce. McReynolds is one of four students selected for the 2017-18 CBP training grant program.
“We are very proud of her,” said Hammock, distinguished professor of entomology, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, who holds a joint appointment with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
A member of the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group, McReynolds focuses her research on “developing chemical tools to elucidate the biological relevance of chemical compounds (dihydroxy diols) in biological systems.” -more-
Neal Williams Featured on 'Your Call' Program, San Francisco
Professors Neal Williams of UC Davis and Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex were recently featured on the "Your Call, One Planet Series" program, KALW, San Francisco, about the declining pollinators. "Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth, but since 2006, honey bees and other pollinators have experienced rapid population declines. New research has found that the flying insect population in nature reserves across Germany has plummeted by 75 percent in the past 25 years. Scientists warn that this trend can lead to an ecological Armageddon. What is causing this? And what can be done to stop it?" -more-
NIH Spotlights Bruce Hammock
DERT Success Story
Renowned scientist and NIEHS grantee Bruce Hammock, Ph.D., has made groundbreaking discoveries in biology and biochemistry that have implications for improving the health of both humans and the environment. Originally trained as an insect developmental biologist, Hammock has since expanded his research into developing safe therapeutics for humans and animals, as well as developing tools to monitor exposure to environmental contaminants.
“It is fun to look back and see how this research has expanded over time,” said Hammock, who has been supported by NIEHS since obtaining his first job in 1975. “Every time we learn something new about the fundamental biology of humans and animals, it raises ten times more questions.”
Hammock directs the UC Davis NIEHS Superfund Research Program Center, which has been funded since 1987. -more-
Christian Rabeling to Give Seminar on Ant Social Parasites on Nov. 29
Christian Rabeling, Arizona State University, will speak on“Ant Social Parasites Repeatedly Evolved Reproduction Isolation from Their Hosts in Sympatry” at the next UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology seminar, set from 4:10 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29 in 122 Briggs Hall.
The fall quarter seminars, coordinated by Rachel Vannette, assistant professor, are held Wednesdays from 4:10 to 5 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall. See seminar schedule.
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
- Tabatha Yang: Citation for Excellence!
- Migrant Education Program VisitedStudents 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
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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)