Diane Ullman: ESA's 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award
Spotlight on Grad Student Cindy Preto: a True Success StoryVirginia Creeper leafhoppers or the parasitized leafhopper eggs in a UC Davis research vineyard, or sharing insect photos of everything from assassin bugs to praying mantids. Preto, a former foster care youth, is an incredible success story who hurdled the obstacles heaved in her path and lets nothing—absolutely nothing--block her education, enthusiasm, research or goals. She turned a disadvantaged childhood into a college diploma, and a college diploma into graduate school. “I'm the first in my family to graduate from college and to attend graduate school,” said Preto, who calls Los Angeles “home.” In June, UC Davis awarded her a bachelor's degree in viticulture and enology with an entomology minor in agricultural pest management. Now she's studying for her master's degree in entomology with major professor and integrated pest management specialist Frank Zalom, distinguished professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. -more-
Our ESA President in Brazil
Evolutionary Biology Techniques Crucial in Solving Global Challenges
The paper appears in the Sept. 11 in Science Express, which makes important papers available to readers before they appear in the journal Science. The first-of-its-kind study will appear in a November edition of the journal.
“Evolutionary biology is often overlooked in the study of global challenges,” said Carroll, lead author of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and the Institute for Contemporary Evolution, also in Davis. “By looking at humanity's problems across the domains of nature conservation, food production and human health, it is clear that we need to strengthen evolutionary biology throughout the disciplines and develop a shared language among them.” -more-
Bee Garden Open House Oct. 3
The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology has scheduled an open house at its Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. It is the last scheduled open house of the year. Plans call for a guided tour at 6 p.m. Bee specimens will be showcased. Also, bee condos or bee houses for native bees will be offered for sale, with proceeds benefitting the garden. The haven, installed in the fall of 2009, is a half-acre garden on Bee Biology Road. It is open to the public from dawn to dusk.
Special ESA Recognition for Kelly Hamby, James Campbell
- Kelly Hamby, recently named the recipient of the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), will be honored at the national ESA meeting set Nov. 16-19 in Portland, Ore. Hamby received her doctorate in entomology at UC Davis in March 2014, studying with major professor Frank Zalom. She has just accepted a position with the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Starting in November, she will be an assistant professor of sustainable agroecosystems and will be involved in integrated pest management research, extension, and teaching. See more.
- Research entomologist James F. Campbell, who received his doctoral in entomology from UC Davis, studying with Professor Harry Kaya, will be honored with a special recognition award in entomology, sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection, for his significant contributions to agriculture. Campbell is a research entomologist with the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research Service of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, Manhattan, Kansas. See more.
Newly Published: Seasonal Flight Behavior of Walnut Twig Beetle
Exciting Cancer Research from the Hammock Lab: Combination Drug that Controls Both Tumor Growth and Metastasis
Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School have created a combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis. By combining a COX-2 inhibitor, similar to Celebrex, and an epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitor, the drug controls angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), limiting a tumor's ability to grow and spread. The study appears July 14 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We've been studying the effects of COX and sEH inhibitors, both by themselves and in combination, for several years,” said senior author and UC Davis Distinguished Professor Bruce Hammock. “We were surprised to find that the dual inhibitor was more active than higher doses of each compound, either individually or together. By combining the two molecules into one we got much greater potency against several diseases and completely unique effects in terms of blocking tumor growth and metastasis.” -more-
Yigen Chen: Wood-boring Insects-more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Catch the Buzz: Bohart Museum and the Bee Garden
- Peter Cranson, Penny Gullan: New Edition of 'The Insects'
- Bruce Hammock in Newsweek
- Honors: James R. Carey: Distinguished Professor, Thomas Scott: Distinguished Professor; Mary Lou Flint: James Meyer Award; Eric Mussen Receives UC ANR Distinguished Award
- Eric Mussen: Keynote Speaker at Bee Conference
- Medical Entomologist Donates Collection of Kissing Bugs to Bohart
- See Bruce Hammock in a Hammock (Photo Gallery)
- Learn How to Make Mead
- Get Your Honey Flavor Wheel!
- Scott Carroll on Good Morning America
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- Communication Awards
- Alex Wild's Compound Eye Blog: Some of Best Nature/Science Photographs
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Work Featured in Wired.Com
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of Bumble Bees of North America
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- UC Davis Entomology Club (Undergraduate)
- Bug Squad blog on UC ANR
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
- Eric Mussen's from the UC apiaries
- Honey and Pollination Center
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Spring 2013
|Yigen Chen Seminar||10/1/2014|
|Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Open House||10/3/2014|
|LASER-UC Davis: Rick Karban- Speaker||10/9/2014|
|Thomas Sparks Seminar||10/16/2014|
|Louie Yang Seminar||10/29/2014|
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