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04/15/97 Entomology and Nematology News Vol. 2, No. 8
A University of Florida Publication
This a Slovenian insect proverb was taken from the arthropod proverb web compilation made by Dr. Don
"An ant is over six feet tall when measured by its own foot-rule."
Kevina Vulinec received a certificate of merit designation from the Lindbergh Foundation Board of
Directors in the 1996 Grants Program. Certificates of Merit are awarded for proposed projects which, while
not receiving funding, are considered particularly worthy of recognition. Kevi's project is entitled "Dung
beetles, rainforest conservation, and biological control of dung-breeding pests in Rodonia, Brazil."
Dr. John Strayer is the recipient of the 1997 Gamma Sigma Delta Senior Faculty Award. The Senior Faculty
Awardee is highly competitive and is based on a comprehensive peer review of the nominees' career
accomplishments. Dr. Strayer was honored at the Gamma Sigma Delta Banquet on March 31.
Juan Villanueva received the Presidential Recognition for Outstanding Achievement Award Thursday,
March 4, for his involvement in the creation of the Gainesville's Mexican Student Association, of which he
is president. Juan was also invited to a cocktail party at Dr. John Lombardi's house later that evening.
Julieta Brambila received a certificate of recognition at the Multicultural Student Leadership ceremony held
April 8 at the J. Wayne Reitz Union.
Congratulations to the winners of the Graduate Student Forum presentation awards. Claudia Riegel, second
place, and Dorota Porazinska, third place in Biological Sciences (BSc) I; Dina Richman, second place, and
Cecilia Ritzinger, third place in BSc II; Rejane Moraes, second place in BSc III and John Petti, second place
in BSc IV.
Juan Alvarez, Janet Brito and Juan Huang received the Academic Achievement Award given by the
International Studies Office. This award is given to students who maintain a 4.0 GPA.
We are happy to announce that we have two brand new additions to our Entomological and Nematological
families. Alina Maruniak was born, 6 lbs and 20 inches, to Drs. James and Alejandra Maruniak. Fernando
Pratta Ritzinger, 8 lbs and 20 inches, was born to Cecilia and Rogerio Ritzinger. Both babies came on
March 2, 1997. Congratulations to the proud parents!
Naji Al Kattan, Wayne Grush, Jon Morehouse, Clay Scherer and Chuck Strong have all successfully
defended their theses and passed their final examinations. We all look forward to attending their exit
Dr. Julio Arias has accepted a job with the Department of Agronomy of the Instituto Tecnologico de Costa
Rica (ITCR, Costa Rica's Institute of Technology). He will take the position of coordinator for the Center
for Research and Development on sustainable Agriculture for the Humid Tropics (CIDASTH). His new
Julio M. Arias-Reveron, Ph.D. Coordinador Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo de Agricultura Sostenible
del Tropico Humedo (CIDASTH) Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica Sede Regional San Carlos Apdo. 223-
4400 Ciudad Quesada, San Carlos, Costa Rica Ph. (506)475-5033 x 241 Fax. (506)475-5083 JMArias@sol.
KANAPAHA SPRING FESTIVAL
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the members of the department that pitched in to help staff our
departmental tent at the Kanapaha Spring Garden festival. Our tent received third place ribbon for best
informational booth despite the fact that everything was thoroughly saturated as our tent was blown down
by wind and rain for the second year in a row! Unfortunately we had not yet dried out as the judges passed
Our setup crew consisted of Hugh Smith, Van Sherwood, Doug Burkett and Jason Squitier. Our tent was
staffed by Hugo Aguilar, Doug Burkett, John Capinera, Yasmin Cardoza, Yong Zeng, Juan Huang, Jim
Castner, Avi Eitam, Elke Fulton, Tim McCoy, Dini Miller, Dina Richman, Clay Scherer, Van Sherwood,
Alonso Suazo and Pieter VanEssen.
Also due thanks are the individuals that helped take the tent down and pack everything away until next year:
Doug Burkett, Jim Castner, Tim McCoy, Dina Richman, Clay Scherer and Pieter VanEssen.
A special thanks to Doug Burkett and Jim Castner for working a shift on both days, and to Tim McCoy for
his assistance in coordinating this event. Jason Byrd
GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL
Thanks to the coordination of Dorota Porazinska and the participation of graduate students, particularly
from the Entomology and Nematology department, this year's Graduate Student Forum was a success!
There were four biological sciences sessions and our department was represented in all of them. Drs. Robert
McSorley, Carlyle Brewster, Steve Valles and Jim Maruniak served as judges. Maria Bertorelli, Hugh
Smith, Yasmin Cardoza and Jaw-Ching Liu helped moderating some of the sessions.
The graduate student Council (GSC) has announced that it will be paying Baby Gator Childcare to look
after graduate students' children during finals week. Contact Dorota Porazinska for detailed information.
FES SCHOLARSHIPS AND MINI-GRANTS
This year's Florida Entomological Society application deadlines are June 16 for the scholarships and mini-
grants and May 9 for the student paper competition. The applications should be submitted to the Student
Affairs Committee chair, Dr. Heather McAuslane. Please contact her in room 2109 if you need further
Paper slips for ENSO officers, teacher of the year and advisor of the year nominations will be in your mail
box Monday, April 14 in the morning. They are due in Clay Scherer's mailbox by Thursday, April 16 in the
The Kanapaha Moonlight Walk will be 7 11 pm. You can come out and enjoy the night air and beautiful
flora of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Stroll candlelit walkways, gaze at the stars through a telescope
provided by the Astronomy club, or enjoy a picnic, which guests are encouraged to bring. Dr. Lloyd will be
providing a firefly exhibit. They may have a moth attractant area and there will be a band for your listening
enjoyment. Children are welcome. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children.
The Final ENSO meeting for this semester will be held. Officers and Teacher/Advisor of the year will be
announced. As always free pizza will be provided.
The Entomology and Nematology Spring Picnic will start at 12 noon Saturday at Lake Wauburg. ENSO
will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and condiments. You are invited to share your favorite salad,
dessert or side dish. Bring your student or faculty ID as well as boating, swimming and volleyball attire.
ON THE ROAD
Dr. Tom Sanford is on sabbatical in southern France. In addition to studying beekeeping he has made
several entomological posts to the Entomo-L discussion list. One had to do with a local exhibit by a French
insect collector. Another concerns seeking the "black gold" of France, truffles: Instead of using a trained pig
or dog, truffles can also be found by looking for a special fly associated with the mushroom. Getting back to
bees, Dr. Sanford has given his first talk in French to a beekeeping organization in Frejus. He will be in
Spain at the big beekeepers meeting at Castilla la Mancha just outside of Madrid.
On March 28 Dr. Jim Lloyd gave a seminar at the University of Kentucky. Topics covered fireflies, sex and
poetry. He then competed in an informal session of the Linnean Games and attended a potluck dinner.The
conversation was said to be invigorating but the roast beef was a bit tough.
April 12 14 found Dr. Lloyd at the Buffalo New York Museum of Science giving another scholarly
presentation followed by a less-formal conference with some of the elementary school teachers of the region
on ways to incorporate insects in the classroom as teaching tools.
Also in April Dr. Lloyd was featured in a three-page article in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's Sunday
magazine. The article appears to have been well received and Dr. Lloyd reports an increase in subscription
requests for the Fireflier.
Speaking of the Fireflyers, the current and alumni members held a weekend long event at Camp McConnell
April 4 -6. Thirty-four people and a dog named George attended. Capture-the-flag was played and a good
time was had by all.
Drs. Jorge Pena (SWREC), Jerry Stimac and Julio Medal (Gainesville) attended the Brazilian
Entomological Congress, which took place March 2 7 in Salvador, Bahia.
Thomas Fasulo and Philip Koehler attended the Certified Pest Control Operators annual meeting in Davie,
FL. Koehler was part of a roundtable discussion with other structural pest control industry experts and
Fasulo demonstrated the department's insect knowledgebases and tutorials in the exhibit hall. They ate
dinner both nights at The Rustic Inn in Fort Lauderdale, the "best place for garlic crabs in the world!"
Dini Miller has just returned from beautiful Vancouver, B.C., where she was the guest of the Public Health
Department. Dini was invited to present a two-day workshop on German cockroach control in multi-unit
residences. The goal of the workshop was to educate property managers, public health officials and pest
control operators about how human activities, including current control methods, were contributing to the
cockroach problem. In addition, a new integrated pest management program was presented including the
use ofhydramethyl non-baits and IGRs. The workshop turned out to be a major media event. The news that
B.C. had cockroaches was so shocking that Dini was interviewed by CBC radio, CBC television (both
English and French) and UTV.
After the discussion at the last faculty meeting concerning our department's voice mail, Tom Fasulo wanted
to share with everyone this message from Jean-Paul Sartre's answering machine:
I'm not here.
You're not here.
Don't leave a message.
There is no beep.
NEW E-MAIL PROGRAM
MailDrop, a new free e-mail program for Baylor University. The difference from Eudora is that the mail
resides on the server, IFAS VAX for us. This makes it possible to access the mail from home or office.
Furthermore, it can be configured for computer-lab use so that the settings can be changed but not saved. It
is installed in the computer lab on the two Macs. The program, version 1.2, is still under development, and
does not have all the bells and whistles of Eudora Pro. There is currently no PC version. Contact Nik
Hostettler if you would like further information.
MISSING JOURNAL ISSUE
While processing journal issues donated to the ENY Reading Room for shipping to the bindery, a missing
issue of the journal Ecology was noted. If you borrowed Ecology, vol. 77, #3 (1996) from the Reading
Room, please return it ASAP. Thanks!
CIVITAN'S BLOOD DRIVE
Which would you prefer? It takes less than 30 minutes to donate a pint of blood in the Civitan Bloodmobile.
It would take a much longer time to give a pint of blood to about 80,000 mosquitoes. Civitan will process
the blood to help other people. Mosquitoes will process the blood to produce more mosquitoes. How do you
want your blood to be used? The choice is yours. The Civitan Bloodmobile will be in the Entomology/
Nematology parking lot Wednesday, April 15, 1 4 pm. Contact Dr. Butler if you'd prefer to feed the
NATURAL AREA TEACHING LAB (NATL) NEWS
The Stormwater Ecological Enhancement Project (SEEP) for the NATL retention basin is underway. The
$65,000 project, described in the last newsletter, has been funded by the combined contributions of College
of Agriculture, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, and St.
Johns River Water Management District.
UF's Physical Plant Department is in charge of implementing SEEP and has hired engineering firm Blum,
Schu-macher & Associates to do the design and supervise construction. If all goes well, the engineers will
complete the design and write the construction documents in time for digging to start during the first dry
spell this fall or winter.
A grant request to the Dunn Foundation for a NATL nature trail that starts at Powell Hall (Florida Museum
of Natural History) includes $20,000 for a boardwalk and interpretation of SEEP.
The other big NATL news is that the fence along its south and east boundaries is complete except for a 250'
section which must await settlement of a boundary dispute between UF and the owner of the Insurance
World property. IFAS Facilities Operations will clean up the big debris next to the apartments along the
south NATL fence, but picking up the hundreds of bottles and cans will have to be by volunteers. Anyone
want to help?
Z.X. Chen, D.W. Dickson, L.G. Freitas, and J.F. Preston. 1997. Ultrastructure, morphology, and
sporogenesis of Pasteuria penetrans. Phytopathology 87:273-283.
Li, J and M.A. Hoy. 1996. Adaptability and efficacy of transgenic and wild-type Metaseiulus occidentalis
(Acari: Phytoseiidae) compared as part of a risk assessment. Exp. Appl. Acarol. 20: 563-574.
McDermott, G.J. and M.A. Hoy. 1997. Persistence and containment ofMetaseiulus occidentalis (Acari:
Phytoseiidae) in Florida: Risk assessment for possible releases of transgenic strains. Florida Entomologist
Presnail, J.K., A. Jeyaprakash, J. Li, and M.A. Hoy. 1997. Genetic analysis of four lines ofMetaseiulus
occidentalis (Acari: Phytoseiidae) transformed by maternal microinjection. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 90:
The Florida Entomologist began publication on the Internet in 1994, and all its authors now receive
unlimited "electronic reprints." The small extra cost ($2.40/page) of electronic publication is taken from the
page charges that the authors pay. The Florida Center of Library Automation, which produces LUIS, posts
the Florida Entomologist articles without charge, at modest cost to FCLA, at http://www.fcla.ufl.edu/FlaEnt/
fehmpg.htm. Other journals are beginning to move toward e-publication. Most noteworthy are these
journals published by CAB International: Bulletin of Entomological Research, Biocontrol News and
Information, Review of Agricultural Entomology, and Nematological Abstracts. The last two are literature
indexes with abstracts that can be searched online.
Access to these journals is free to those with Internet addresses that match a library that subscribes. You
should be able to log on without impediment at http://pest.cabweb.org/.
Also noteworthy is that authors in all Entomological Society of America journals will soon have the
opportunity to have e-reprints of their articles posted (in perpetuity!) on WWW at prices comparable to
what they now pay for 100 paper reprints. Academic Press has put its 175 journals on line, but FCLA has
not yet paid for access for Florida's universities. Among the titles are Animal Behavior, Biological Control,
Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, Journal of Molecular Biology, and Virology.
The tables of contents and abstracts for many journals are now on WWW in searchable format. For
example, all the Academic Press journals, the 160 Oxford University Press journals, and all Annual
Reviews are included.
Elsevier, which publishes Journal of Insect Physiology, Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and
International Journal of Insect Morphology and Embryology, encourages persons to register to receive via e-
mail the tables of contents of their journals free of charge.
The URLs for these services are:
The next newsletter will be published Tuesday, May 20. Deadline for contributions is Friday, May 16.
Edited by: Yasmin Cardoza and Tim McCoy
This version of the newsletter is published for the Web by Tim McCoy.
April 1997. Revised March 2003.
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