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.
Saving the Wild Bees: Neal Williams, Robbin Thorp Involved in Major Publication
Thank You, Professor Thomas Scott
Rei Scampavia: Protecting the Pollinators
Scampavia, who is studying how farming practices affect bee nesting for her doctorate in entomology, recently won the top graduate student poster award at the first-ever UC Davis Bee Symposium, and provided the popular “Pollinator Pavilion” at the UC Davis Picnic Day.
“Even if you only have a small balcony or patio, you can still provide food, nest, and pesticide-free resources for pollinators, including the 4,000 species of bees found in North America.” (See feature story.
Bee Scientist Brian Johnson Selected a UC Davis Hellman Fellow
Two Grad Students from Same Lab Named Recipients of NSF FellowshipsNational Science Foundation's Graduate Research Program (NSF GRFP) Fellowship Awards. They were among 2,050 recipients selected from a national pool of 16,500 applications.
The awards are designed to “ensure the nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation,” according to Maria Zacharias of NSF. Since 1952, NSF has provided fellowships to individuals based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Washington and Pagan are both first-year graduate students seeking their doctoral degrees. The GRFP provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution) for graduate study that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree in science or engineering. -more-
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.” “The results may be of considerable relevance to insect physiologists and toxicologists studying responses to treatments and/or to behavioral entomologists studying adaptations and behavioral responses,” he said. -more-
Chris Casey: Creating a Bee Friendly Garden
Amina Harris: 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."
Alex Nguyen Interviewed for KQED Article
UC Davis undergraduate researcher Alex Nguyen was interviewed for a KQED article on an elusive millipede that glows in the dark. It was found near San Luis Obispo. A quote: "According to UC Davis undergraduate researcher Alexander Nguyen, the animals on Alcatraz belong to a well-known Northern California species. And the new species from San Luis Obispo (SLO) is likely to fluoresce too. But the SLO species can also produce its own light from scratch, a process called bioluminescence." See more.
UC Davis Bees 'Buzz' in National GeographicMay edition of National Geographic.
Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk, now with Project Apis m., worked with and assisted photographer Anand Varma's needs for a year in the development of the illustrated article. Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen, who retired last June after 38 years of service, served as a research fact-checker, contacted by National Geographic. The article, authored by Charles Mann asked “Can the world's most important pollinators be saved?' and pondered “how scientists and breeders are trying to create a hardier honeybee.” -more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- 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
- 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
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|International Congress of Entomology (ICE)||9/25/2016|
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)