Elina Lastro Niño: Our New ApiculturistElina Lastro Niño of Pennsylvania State University (PSU), University Park, known for her expertise on honey bee queen biology, chemical ecology, and genomics, is the newly hired Extension apiculturist at the University of California, Davis. She will join the Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty in September, replacing Eric Mussen, who is retiring June 30 after 38 years in the position. Niño currently works with Professor Christina Grozinger, director of the PSU Center for Pollinator Research. Niño holds a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA).
“We are excited about Elina joining the Bee Biology program at UC Davis,” said Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. “We have been in a rebuilding mode for the past few years and Elina joins the team of Dr. Neal Williams, pollination ecology and bee biology with emphasis on foraging behavior; and Dr. Brian Johnson, genetics, behavior, evolution, and health of honey bees. Dr. Niño will conduct problem-solving research focused on honey bees and those crops in need of pollination services.” -more-
Newly Published: Seasonal Flight Behavior of Walnut Twig Beetle
James Carey: Distinguished ProfessorJames R. Carey, professor of entomology at UC Davis, is a newly selected “distinguished professor,” an honorary title bestowed by the provost. The distinction recognizes outstanding professors who have achieved the highest level of scholarship, in that they are globally recognized for their research and also known for their excellence in teaching. Carey, whose work spans four decades, is considered the world's foremost authority on insect demography; a worldwide authority on the demography and invasion biology of tephritid fruit flies, particularly the Mediterranean fruit fly; and a preeminent authority on biodemographics of human aging and lifespan. He is also a pioneering force advocating the educational use of digital video technology, work that he is sharing throughout much of the state, nation and the world. An innovative teacher and scientist, Carey this year received a UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award and the C. W. Woodworth Award, the highest honor given by the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), for outstanding accomplishments in entomology. -more-
Thomas Scott: Distinguished ProfessorThomas Scott, professor of entomology and director of the Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory at UC Davis, has been selected a “distinguished professor,” an honorary title bestowed by the provost “to recognize outstanding faculty in the professional series who have achieved the highest level of scholarship.” Distinguished professors are scholars whose work has been internationally recognized and acclaimed and whose teaching is excellent. The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology now has four distinguished professors: entomologists Bruce Hammock, Frank Zalom and Thomas Scott and nematologist Howard Ferris. Scott, internationally known for his work with on the ecology and epidemiology of dengue, joined the then UC Davis Department of Entomology 18 years ago. He focuses his work on contributing to improved public health in the United States and in the developing world, where resources are inadequate and help is desperately needed. -more-
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-
Bohart Museum Open Houses
"Parasitoid Palooza,” “Insect Myths” and “Pollination Nation” will be among the themes of the open houses scheduled at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis, for the 2014-15 academic year. All are free and open to the public.
“Parasitoid Palooza” may be the first public celebration dedicated to parasitoids, said Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and professor of entomology at UC Davis, and Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator. “Parasitoids are animals that feed internally or externally on a host to complete their development to an adult, ultimately killing it,” Kimsey said. “These insects are important biological control agents. We use them as biological control agents because they kill the host, sometimes as an egg or a larva.” -more-
Robbin Thorp Co-Authors Book, Bumble Bees of North America, 2nd Book Due
So begins the introductory chapter in the newly published book, Bumble Bees of North America: an Identification Guide (Princeton University Press, 2014).
Described as a comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees, it's the first publication of its kind in more than a century.
Co-author Robbin Thorp, a native pollinator specialist and emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, says bumble bees have been around for more than 100 million years but their distribution and diversity are not well known. Bumble bees are just one of the some 20,000 species of bees that populate the world. Of that number, however, only about 250 species are bumble bees, and they all belong to the genus Bombus. -more-
Read interview on how to garden for bumble bees!
Peter Cranston, Penny Gullan Finish Fifth Edition of The Insects
The fifth edition will be published later this year. The expected date is prior to the Entomological Society of America's annual meeting, to be held Nov. 16-19 in Portland, Ore.
“The economics and contractual obligations placed upon textbook authors require major updates every four to five years, retired or not,” Cranston said. “Thus for the past year we have been reviewing the whole field of entomology and our retirements have been ‘on hold.'” They delivered the completed fifth edition to Wiley in July. -more-
Nobel Laureate Peter Agre to Keynote ICE Conference
Nobel laureate Peter Agre, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016), to be held Sept. 25-30, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. Agre shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering aquaporins, a family of water-channel proteins found throughout nature that underlie numerous physiological processes and clinical disorders. He is deeply involved in multiple global issues, and is the current director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, which conducts research in Zambia and Zimbabwe. -more-
Honey Flavor Wheel: Can You Describe The Honey You Just Tasted?
You probably will when you use the UC Davis Honey and Pollinator Center's newly published Honey Flavor Wheel.
“This gives a huge lexicon to the tastes and aromas we find when tasting honey,” said Amina Harris, director of the Honey and Pollinator Center, affiliated with the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science and the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
The Honey Flavor Wheel production involved six months of research and development. “We brought together a group of 20 people--trained tasters, beekeepers and food enthusiasts--who worked together with a sensory scientist to come up with almost 100 descriptors,” Harris said. “This wheel will prove invaluable to those who love honey and want to celebrate its nuances.” -more-
Frank Zalom to Address Brazilian Entomologists
Two UC Davis professors will participate in the opening ceremony of the 25th annual Brazilian Congress of Entomology conference, set Sept. 14-18 in in Goiânia. Integrated management specialist Frank Zalom, president of the 7000-member Entomological Society of America (ESA), and a distinguished professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, will invite the attendees to the 62nd annual ESA meeting, to be held Nov. 16-19 in Portland, Ore. He will spotlight the events planned; the theme is “Grand Challenges Beyond Our Horizons.” -more-
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- 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
- Mary Lou Flint: James Meyer Award
- Eric Mussen Receives UC ANR Distinguished Award
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- Cover Story on Triclosan Features Research from Bruce Hammock Lab
- Communication Awards
- Bee Haven Featured on TV
- Jay Rosenheim: Award of Excellence
- Frank Zalom: President of ESA
- 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
- Phil Ward in New York Times
- Robert Kimsey Featured in UCOP Feature Story
- How to Help UC Davis Bee Research: Haagen-Dazs App
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- UC Davis Entomology Club (Undergraduate)
- Guided tours of Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven: contact Christine Casey at email@example.com.
- 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
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