Crickets Aren't All They're Cracked Up to Be as a Human Food Source to Replace Livestock Consumption
Three UC Davis Entomologists Honored at PBESA MeetingPacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America (PBESA) meeting, April 12-15 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
James Carey and Thomas Scott, and doctoral candidate Mohammad-Amir Aghaee received awards.
Carey is the winner of the distinguished teaching award and his nomination packet will now advance to the national level.
Aghaee, who studies with Extension entomologist Larry Godfrey, won the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student award, the highest graduate student award given by PBESA.
The department's Linnaean team--Ralph Washington of the Steve Nadler lab, Brendon Boudinot of the Phil Ward lab and Jessica Gillung of the Lynn Kimsey lab--won the championship in the Linnaean Games. This is a college-bowl type quiz with randomly selected questions about insects, entomologists, and entomological facts. They will now compete in the national ESA Linnaean Games.
It's UC Davis Picnic Day on April 18: Bring on the Bugs!
Ants? Yes. Bees? Sure. Other pollinators? Definitely. The focus is on pollinators.
Theme of the campuswide picnic is “The Heart of Our Community,” but over at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, the theme is “The Good, the Bad and the Bugly.” The museum, directed by Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology at UC Davis, will feature pollinators. The museum houses nearly 8 million specimens. It also houses a live “petting zoo,” comprised of Madagascar hissing cockroaches, walking sticks and a rose-haired tarantula named Peaches, a crowd favorite. -more-
Thrips Expert Cheryle O'Donnell: A UC Davis Success Story
You could, but you wouldn't.
O'Donnell, a noted USDA thrips expert and educator with three degrees from the University of California, Davis, knows well those tiny insects that cause billions worth of damage annually to U.S. agricultural crops. She's studied thrips for 18 years and worked on thrips programs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the last seven years.
Today O'Donnell continues to target thrips in her new position with the USDA. As of April 6, she is the National Thysanoptera Taxonomist with the National Identification Services (NIS) at the Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) in Beltsville, MD. -more-
Danny Klittich Receives Prestigious Scholarship from Floral IndustryPaul Ecke Jr. Memorial Scholarship through the American Floral Endowment (AFE), headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Klittich, who grew up in the nursery business, will receive a two-year $10,000 scholarship, or $5000 per year.
The scholarship is awarded to a master's or doctoral candidate studying horticulture or a related field and seeking a career as a researcher, scientist or educator. Klittich, who plans to receive his doctorate in entomology in 2016, aspires to be a floriculture scientist and educator. -more-
UC Davis to Co-Host Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium
UC Davis Bee Symposium on May 9
Interest is building for the UC Davis Bee Symposium on "Keeping Bees Healthy," set Saturday, May 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Conference Center. The event, presented by the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, and the Department of Entomology and Nematology, will feature keynote speaker Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight Professor, University of Minnesota and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. Spivak will speak on "Helping Bees Stand on Their Own Six Feet." The educational program is designed for beekeepers of all experience levels, including gardeners, farmers and anyone interested in the world of pollination and bees, said Amina Harris, director of the Honey and Pollination Center. Among the UC Davis speakers will be Extension Apiculturist Elina L. Niño, Associate Professor Neal Williams and Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven manager Chris Casey. -more-
Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Sets 5th Anniversary Celebration: May 2
John Lane and the Hargy Caldera ProjectJohn Lane, an adjunct professor at California State University and a California-registered professional geologist, will speak on “The Hargy Caldera and Surrounding Watersheds Project: West New Britain, Papua New Guinea” at the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology seminar on Wednesday, April 22. The seminar will be in Room 122 of Briggs Hall from 12:10 to 1 p.m. He will be introduced by his host, Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at UC Davis. “The Hargy Caldera and Surrounding Watersheds Project was developed in 2007 to discover and describe the unique features of the Lake Hargy/Nakanai Mountains of West New Britain, Papua New Guinea and to help promote world heritage status to this region,” Lane said in his abstract. “The project’s focus for this year, 2015, will be fivefold: continued mapping of the Hargy Caldera, including forest density and diversity studies, continued swabbing for the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, continued sampling of herpetofauna, collection of butterflies, and lastly, sampling of avifauna.” -more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- 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; Communication Awards
- 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
|Annamaria Vezzani Seminar||4/20/2015|
|Joel Garbow Seminar||4/22/2015|
|Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium||4/24/2015|
|Shirley Luckhart Seminar||4/28/2015|
|Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven 5th Anniversary||5/2/2015|
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)