Karban Lab: How 'Bears' Will 'Predict' the Presidential Election
Forget the elephants and the donkeys. Think “bears.”
The Republicans tout their elephants. The Democrats, their donkeys. But UC Davis ecologists believe that their “bears” will successfully predict which political animal will win the U.S. presidential election, as they've done for the past three decades.
Bears? That would be the woolly bear caterpillars, the immature form of the Ranchman's Tiger Moth, Platyprepia virginalis.
Professor Richard “Rick” Karban of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and his graduate students study the woolly bear caterpillars that dine primarily on lupine along the cliffs of Bodega Bay. Sometimes the population booms; other times, it's a bust. When the population thrives, a Democrat heads to the White House. When the population dives, the Republicans take over. -more-
Lynn Kimsey Receives Academic Senate's Distinguished Public Service Award
Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at UC Davis, received the Academic Senate's Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award May 2 at a ceremony in the Buehler Alumni Center.
Gathering for a photo: Andre Knoesen, chair of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate; Lynn Kimsey; Acting Chancellor Ralph Hexter; and Robin Erbacher, chair of the Academic Senate's Public Service Award Committee.
Bee Symposium on Saturday, May 7
The daylong symposium, themed “Keeping Bees Healthy,” will begin at 8 a.m. in the UC Davis Conference Center. Open to the public, it is sponsored by the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science and the Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Other speakers include assistant professors Rachel Vannette and Brian Johnson, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology; assistant professor Quinn McFrederick, Department of Entomology, UC Riverside; and professor Claire Kremen, UC Berkeley and MacArthur Foundation Fellow. -more-
Amy Rand: Prestigious Fellowship
Rand, honored at AACR’s meeting April 19 meeting in New Orleans, won the highly competitive international award for her proposal, “Regulation of Cancer Angiogenesis from the Metabolism of Epoxy Omega-6 Fats.”
“We’re so 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.
Rand joined Hammock’s biological analytical chemistry lab in 2013 and was a fellow on the Oncogenic Signals and Chromosome Biology T32 Training Grant, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, administered by Wolf-Dietrich Heyer, professor and chair, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. -more-
Patricia Bohls: Dean's Award
Bohls, a first-year doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, received a $1000 prize. The two-day symposium took place April 7-8 in the UC Davis Conference Center.
In addition, to the Dean's Award, Bohls recently received the American Association of Professional Apiculturists Research Scholarship Award, a $1000 research scholarship. -more-
Sand Protects Plants from Predators
Now UC Davis researchers have found that some plants excrete a stickylike glue to entrap sand so predators won't eat them.
Graduate student Eric LoPresti and his major professor, ecologist Rick Karban, professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, found that two plants, sand verbena Abronia latifolia and the honeyscented pincushion plant Navarretia mellita appear to deliberately make themselves unappealing with a coat of “sand armor.”
Sand entrapment on plant surfaces is called psammophory or sand armor, they said in newly published research in the journal Ecology. -more-
UC Davis Communicators Win Seven International Awards
Five UC Davis-based communicators won a total of seven awards in a competition sponsored by the international Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences. They are Kathy Keatley Garvey,Diane Nelson, Steve Elliott, Cheryl Wilen and Scott Parker. Awards encompassed writing, photography and special projects. -more-
The noon seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Room 230 of Wellman Hall through June 1. This is a change of venue from the winter seminars. Coordinating the seminars is Diane Ullman, professor of entomology. Download the latest PDF.)
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Our Department's Spring Seminars (PDF)
- Ed Lewis: IPM Award from PBESA
- Shirley Luckhart: Outstanding Teacher and Mentor
- William Reisen: National Honor
- Steve Nadler, Chair of Department
- 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
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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)