Charles Judson: 1926-2015Charles L. Judson, a UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology widely recognized for his work on the feeding and oviposition behavior of mosquitoes, died July 26 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 88.
A resident of Davis, Judson served as a faculty member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology (now UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology) for 30 years, from 1961 until his retirement in 1991.
"The Department of Entomology and Nematology lost one of its pillars with the passing of Dr. Judson," said Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the department. "Although the department's national and international reputation is based on the work of current faculty, it cannot be denied the prestige of the department can also be attributed to our retired faculty. It sounds cliched, but we are standing on the shoulders of giants and Dr. Judson was one of these. Dr. Judson continued to be an active member of the department -- coming regularly to our seminars and participating in social events. Up until a few years ago, he helped teach our core course in Insect Physiology. Chariie Judson's contributions to the science of entomology and to the department will never be forgotten." -more-
Congratulations, Bohart Museum Associate Jeff Smith, Friend of the College!Bohart Museum of Entomology who has saved the museum some $160,000 over a 27-year period through his volunteer service, will receive a 2015 “Friend of the College” award from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Smith, who curates the 400,000 butterfly and moth collection at the Bohart Museum, will be honored Friday, Oct. 2 at the college's Award of Distinction ceremony in the UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) Pavilion.
“Alumni, students, staff and faculty will gather to celebrate the contributions made by our college,” said coordinator Carolyn Cloud. “This year the college will present the Award of Distinction to seven outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to our college's success.”
Smith was nominated by Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and professor of entomology. -more-
Rick Karban's New Book: Plants Can Eavesdrop, Sense Danger in Environment
So says ecologist Richard Karban, professor of entomology in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, in his newly published book, Plant Sensing and Communication (University of Chicago Press).
The 240-page book is a “landmark in its field,” said Graeme Ruxton of the University of St. Andrews, UK, co-author of Experimental Design for the Life Sciences and Plant-Animal Communication. -more-
Hammock and Haj Labs: Ground-breaking Discovery on Neuropathic PainBruce Hammock lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology/UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Ahmed Bettaieb of the Fawaz Haj lab, Department of Nutrition. The ground-breaking discovery, published July 6 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “should ignite the discovery of a new generation of therapeutics,” paving the way for more efficient and effective ways to alleviate neuropathic pain, the researchers said. -more-
(Editor's Note: This research has been recommended as a F1000 Prime, signifying that it's among the top published research studies worldwide. F1000 Faculty member John Imig of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, recommended the research, “Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in the Peripheral Nervous System Is a Significant Driver of Neuropathic Pain," published July 6 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. See news story.)
Save the Date! UC Davis Conference on Neonics on Sept. 9California Center for Urban Horticulture. “We are pleased to have such a knowledgeable lineup of UC Davis researchers who will clarify the issue of impact of neonicotinoid impacts on pollinators by summarizing and presenting the past and current science-based research,” Fujino said. “We are also fortunate to have additional presentations on the regulation guidelines on neonicotinoids and their role in controlling invasive pests in California, and a diverse group of stakeholders participating in a panel discussion on the neonicotinoid issue.” -more-
Saving the Wild Bees: Neal Williams, Robbin Thorp Involved in Major PublicationNature Communications, an open-access journal based in London. "This study provides important support for the role of wild bees to crop pollination through a comprehensive global summary,” said co-author and pollination ecologist Neal Williams, associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. “At the same time, we found that in any one region, much of the pollination services from wild bees to a given crop come from just a few species, thus we need to be careful about using a simplistic economic ecosystem-services argument for biodiversity conservation and maintain actions that target biodiversity as specific goal. " -more-
Best Wishes in Retirement: Janet Brown-Simmons
She joined us in 2000 as the MSO (Management Services Officer) in the Department of Entomology (now the Department of Entomology and Nematology). Janet moved back and forth as the MSO for the departments of entomology, plant pathology and nematology and she was able to foster positive and effective changes to departmental operations that made sharing administrative units across departments possible. When the mandate to administratively cluster these departments came from the Dean’s office, we were way ahead of the curve due to Janet’s leadership.
Along the way Janet has found time to simultaneously serve as MSO for the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program, become the interim CAO for the Metro Cluster (Departments of Environmental Toxicology, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, and Land, Air and Water Resources), assume management responsibilities for Foundation Plant Services, and conduct administrative reviews of many other CA&ES departments. “I wanted to give back to the CA&ES staff, faculty, and chairs partnering with me through the years,” Brown-Simmons said. “The results of this synergy have been incredibly rewarding to me personally—knowing I have made a difference in some small way.”
Janet has received numerous honors and awards from the campus including the UC Davis Staff Assembly’s “Citation for Excellence” award and the prestigious 2013 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award of Distinction being honored as “Outstanding Staff”.
Faculty and staff colleagues of Janet’s often describe her as energetic and creative in her efforts to foster team spirit and a shared commitment to the academic mission. Janet has always been a very strong advocate for the staff. She holds high performance standards for her staff, encourages her staff to acquire new skills for career development, and is sensitive to work-life balance issues. Her ability to use humor to diffuse tensions when conflicts arise is legendary. Professors Thomas Gordon and Richard Bostock (past chairs, Department of Plant Pathology) state: Janet has succeeded in creating a positive environment for our staff. This enhances their sense of job satisfaction and their performance. As a consequence, the full department enjoys the benefits of a capable and enthusiastic support team. Dave Rizzo, Professor and current chair of Plant Pathology notes: Janet will certainly be missed. Her dedication to the smooth running of the two departments has been amazing. Professor Michael Parrella (current Chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology) comments on what Janet has meant to the departments: It would have been very difficult to administratively cluster departments without Janet’s leadership. Faculty students, postdocs, research scientists, visiting scientists, etc. across all departments enjoy an unprecedented level of service from the staff and esprit de corps among all remains high. We have one of the best performing clusters on the campus and this contributes to the high national ranking of the departments. Janet’s positive impact on the Departments of Entomology and Nematology and Plant Pathology will never be forgotten.
Thank You, Professor Thomas Scott
Bee Scientist Brian Johnson Selected a UC Davis Hellman Fellow
Christian Nansen: Radiometric Energy Indicates When Beetles Are 'Terminally Ill'
But non-healthy insects, just like sick humans, can also show changes in body reflectance.
Newly published research led by a University of California, Davis agricultural entomologist shows that radiometric energy reflected by pesticide-exposed adult beetles indicates when they become “terminally ill.”
Christian Nansen, lead author of “Detection of Temporal Changes in Insect Body Reflectance in Responses to Killing Agents,” published in PLOS ONE, said the first-of-its-kind research is “completely non-destructive and completely non-invasive.” -more-
Chris Casey: Creating a Bee Friendly Garden
Amina Harris Says: You're Tasting Honey All Wrong
Amina Harris, director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, is featured in an article in Civil Eats. Read why she wants to change Americans' relationship to a controversial sweetener. Read what inspires her and what she considers her most difficult challenges. Civil Eats, founded in January 2009, is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. It is a community resource of more than 100 contributors "who are active participants in the evolving food landscape from Capitol Hill to Main Street."
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Neal Williams Interviewed on Jefferson Public Radio
- Watch UC Davis Bee Symposium Presentations on YouTube
- Elina Niño Featured in Journal
- Eric Mussen Interviewed by KQED
- See video about James R. Carey's public service award
- Ag Communicators Win Gold Awards
- James R. Carey's African Odyssey Presentation Is Online!
- Alfred Chan: One of Chancellor's 22 Stars
- Sacramento Bee story on bees, bee garden
- Robbin Thorp, Kim Fondrk on Radio-Canada Video
- Our Team (Department photo)
- Bohart Museum's Schedule of Open Houses
- Honors: James R. Carey: Distinguished Professor, Thomas Scott: Distinguished Professor; Mary Lou Flint: James Meyer Award; Eric Mussen Receives UC ANR Distinguished Award
- 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
- Stephen Buchmann, Ph.D at UC Davis: Birds, Bees And The Power of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives of Flowers (NPR)
- 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
- Peter Cranston, Penny Gullan: New Edition of 'The Insects'
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (note new site, Elina L. Niño)
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (archived copes, Eric Mussen)
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
|"Planning Ahead for Your First Hives" (1st)||9/13/2015|
|"Planning for Your First Hives" (2nd)||9/20/2015|
|Dragonflies at Bohart Museum Open House||9/20/2015|
|Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes||10/12/2015|
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)