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05/20/97 Entomology and Nematology News Vol. 2, No. 9
A University of Florida Publication
John Strayer was given the 1997 Gamma Sigma Delta Senior Faculty Award.
Tom Walker was presented with this year's IFAS Faculty Superior Accomplishment Award for his
leadership and hard work on the Natural Area Teaching Laboratory.
Pauline Lawrence was the recipient of an outstanding service award from the Entomological Society of
America. She was also appointed to the Editorial Board of the Archives of Insect Biochemistry and
Physiology, effective January 1997.
Our congratulations to James Tumlinson who was inducted into the National Academy of Science this year.
In April, Clay Scherer was inducted as a member of Florida Blue Key (FBK). FBK is recognized as
'Florida's most prestigious organization' where membership is reserved to only those individuals who have
provided outstanding service and leadership to the University of Florida community. The primary activity of
FBK among many is producing the worlds largest student-organized pep rally, otherwise known as "Gator
Growl". Along with Clay, the Spring Tapping class also included Dr. Andrew Sorensen, President of the
University of Alabama (Former Provost of UF), and several distinguished Judges from around the state.
Clay Scherer graduated with his M.S. this May under John Capinera working on the Ecology of
grasshoppers. He will continue working in the Dept. on a Ph.D with Phil Koehler. The primary project Clay
will be focusing on allergens associated with German cockroach and trying to implement IPM into all
Public Buildings in Florida starting with the Public School System.
Also in May, Clay Scherer was appointed "Chief of Staff' under newly elected Student Government
President Chris Dorworth. This puts Clay among the top five ranking officials in UF Student Government.
Utilizing a budget of over $7.0 Million, Clay will be responsible for directing several initiatives the Action
Party campaigned hard and long for, including a solution to the Parking Problem at UF. This marks the first
time a graduate student (non-Law School) has held such a high position within Student Government.
Our own Christopher Tipping finished first in his fencing class tournament. He compiled a 27-1 record
during the two-week competition. Outstanding!
Carla M. Cuda, 15, daughter of James Cuda won the United States National Award in Mathematics and will
be featured in the United States Achievement Academy yearbook. Carla is a sophomore at Eastside High
School. Way to go Jim!
Jason Byrd and his involvement with forensic investigations were the subject of an article on the front page
of the 'Faces' section of the Gainesville Sun(GS). The article, written by Andrea Billups, did an excellent
job covering Jason's life long interest in forensic entomology and the importance of these insects in death
investigations. The article is entitled 'Creepshow' and was featured in the Tuesday, May 20 edition of the
GS. "I see myself as a scientist in a unique position to contribute to the community," Jason said to the
reporter. A unique position indeed, and one that has made many people proud of him. Keep up the good
ENSO's CORNER From the President
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the officers (Marco, Yasmin, and Enrique) for their hard
work and dedication to ENSO. Also, the various chairmen of Ad-Hoc committees were essential to the
functioning of ENSO. Claudia has done an outstanding job coordinating the outreach program which
entertained over 1000 school children this year. John Petti directed ENSO's fund raising efforts and
produced an insect collections which generated hundreds of dollars to support the ENSO travel grant
program. Van Sherwood and Hugh Smith did a fantastic job with revamping the Scott Yocom Memorial
Butterfly Garden. Their innovations should reduce the number of "weeding parties" necessary, so go out and
appreciate their hard work. Denise Johanowicz, noticing the dated material on the ENSO wall poster, took it
upon herself to completely overhaul the descriptive poster which is displayed outside the teaching
laboratory. All of these folks deserve many thanks. ENSO would be little more than a namesake without
their help and support. It has been a pleasure working with such quality leaders that made being President a
I can't express enough to my fellow students the importance of gaining leadership experience while in
graduate school. It's easy to dismiss the roles of ENSO (or any other student organization) officers as little
more than just "filling time". Nothing could be farther from the truth. These are opportunities which teach
us organizational skills, people skills, time management skills, and most of all, communication skills.
Nothing in the world is more difficult than effectively communicating, especially with people from diverse
backgrounds. I believe about only 70% (Max.) of our "graduate education" will come from the classroom or
laboratory. We, as graduate students, should really pursue any opportunities possible to improve our
communication skills if we are interested in a career upon graduation. There are a number of opportunities
on this campus for graduate students to participate and make a real contribution. Without my past
participation in extracurricular activities I would certainly not be in graduate school. I owe much of my
success to a few student-run organizations which I was involved with. These experiences taught me to be
With that I say, congratulations to the new officers of whom I am very confident, and goodbye. Clay
Heather McAuslane and Simon Yu were the recipients of the 1996-1997 ENSO Advisor and Teacher of the
Year Awards, respectively.
The new 1996-1997 elected ENSO officers are Jason Squittier (Treasurer), Claudia Riegel (Secretary), Tim
McCoy (Vice-president) and Yasmin Cardoza (President). Congratulations!
After a year of diligent work from our friend John Petti, our first insect collection has been completed. The
beautiful cockroach collection was on display at the SE Pest Management Conference and has raised a
couple hundred dollars that will go to increase our travel grant fund for graduate students in this department.
Well done John!
Claudia is looking for volunteers to help out with two field trips on May 22 and 23, if you would like to
help, please contact her ASAP.
There will be an ENSO-sponsored picnic on Thursday, May 29 at 12:30 pm in the Entomology and
Nematology lunch area. Everyone is invited. Please come join us for a good time and bring your favorite
salad or side dish to share.
Pamela Howell started work on April 28 in the administrative office filling the position left vacant by
Tammy Browning who received a promotion to the Department of Pharmacy at Shands. If you have not yet
met her please come by the administrative office, say hello and welcome her to the department.
Sofia Grajal-Puche daughter of Alejandro Grajal and Helena Puche, a former student of this department,
was born Friday, May 2, 1997 at 6:30 pm. Helena and Sofia are in excellent condition. Sofia weighed 6 lb.
15 oz. (about 3.2 kg), and her parents think that she is beautiful, all pink and plump. Helena has recuperated
admirably, and their first night at home went smoothly.
Dr. Allen and Jason Byrd have received a grant from the National Institute of Justice. This $35,000 grant is
for dissertation support for research in the use of insects in determining postmortem interval estimations in
death investigations. One focus of this project is to develop a computer model that will simulate insect
development on a human cadaver. This investigative tool will aid law enforcement officials and cooperating
entomologists in establishing more accurate postmortem interval estimations than what is currently possible.
James Cuda was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,
Bureau of Aquatic Plant Management, to evaluate insects for biological control of wetland nightshade,
Solanum tampicense Dunal. Wetland nightshade, a native of Mexico, the West Indies and Belize, occurs in
regularly flooded wetlands such as along rivers and in cypress domes. This solanaceous weed was first
reported in a marsh south of Punta Gorda, Charlotte Co., in 1983. Wetland nightshade apparently does not
pose a threat to upland sites such as pastures or oak hammocks where tropical soda apple and other weedy
On April 26, 1997, the first biocontrol candidate of Melaleuca, Oxyops vitiosa (Curculionidae) or the
Melaleuca weevil, was released at Holiday State Park near Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The weevil feeds on the
young growth ofMelaleuca quinquenervia, an exotic plant/tree from Australia that infests all 10 Florida
counties. Dr. Joe Balciunas, USDA/ARS Research Entomologist and former student of the department,
conducted host-range studies in Australia. Dr. Gary Buckingham, USDA/ARS Research Entomologist and
adjunct professor of the department, conducted host-range studies in quarantine at the Florida Biological
Control Lab, DPI. Dr. Ted Center, USDA/ARS Research Entomologist and former student of the
department, will evaluate the establishment, spread, and effectiveness of the weevil as a biocontrol agent.
Congratulations to all the people involved, specially Dr. Buckingham, who has worked long and hard on the
project. Dr. Dale Habeck was the first to survey melaleuca for biocontrol agents in 1977. More recently, he
has furthered the progress of the melaleuca project by representing the department on the cooperative
research agreement between the USDA/ARS and the university.
Tom Walker gave invitational talks on butterfly migration and the electronic future of entomology at
Kansas State University, April 24 and 25. In preparing these talks, he tried something new: he established a
Web page that has most of the slides used in the talks and has hotlinks to many Web sites pertinent to the
second talk. [Did you know there is a free PowerPoint viewer that "plugs in" to your browser and allows
anyone to view PowerPoint presentations from WWW?]
The Southeast Pest Management conference was held at the Reitz Union May 5-7. This three day event was
coordinated and presented by UF professors Philip Koehler, Richard Patterson, Rudy Scheffrahn, Nan-Yao
Su, Gary Simone, Don Short, and Robert Dunn. Presentations covering current concepts in the management
of general household pests, lawn and ornamental pests, and termites. Dina Richman, Chuck Strong, Dini
Miller, Hussein Sanchez-Arroyo, John Petti, and Tim McCoy each gave presentations on various topics in
Urban Entomology. Special thanks goes out to Glenda Barnett who worked tirelessly to ensure this
conference ran smoothly.
James Cuda attended the 1997 Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Workshop held at the Whitney
Laboratory, Marin eland, FL., 9-10 May. The workshop was sponsored by the University of Florida.
Marjorie Hoy presented the 1997 Mike Duke Seminar in the Department of Entomology, North Carolina
State University, Raleigh, North Carolina on April 4.
Marjorie Hoy also presented an invited seminar, "Transgenic Arthropods for Pest Management Programs:
Pragmatism, Prophecy, and Prudence", to the Entomology and Ecology Departments at the University of
Georgia, Athens, Georgia on May 1.
Julieta Brambilla gave a short talk in Spanish on Spartocera batatas (the giant sweetpotato bug) on April 15
at the Dade Co. Agricultural Extension Center on the Workshop of the Pests of Tropical Vegetables and
Fruits for Spanish-speaking growers in Dade Co. and translated the circular from DPI on this species into
Spanish for local distribution.
Pauline Lawrence and Michael Miller were invited to present their work on the parasitic wasp Biosteres
arisanus to the Department of Citrus, Board of Directors in Lakeland, Florida in February. B. arisanus is an
egg-pupal parasite of the Medfly and Oriental fruit fly in Hawaii and Malaysia and is currently being
evaluated as a potential biocontrol agent for the Caribbean fruit fly in Florida.
Ken Prestwich, from Holly Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, will be visiting Tom Walker and
studying the acoustic physiology of crickets for the next three weeks. He will set up his equipment in the
Insect Ecology Lab (EYN 2116). You know how helium will make a person sound like Mickey Mouse?
Well, what do you think a cricket sounds like if you substitute helium for the nitrogen in its normal
atmosphere? Stop by, and Ken may have found out.
Dr. Jerome Gaspard from Nematec Co. in Japan visited Don Dickson's laboratory 24-25 March to discuss
research on Pasteuria spp. It appears that Nematec is going to produce Pasteuria for sell to the Japanese
Dr. Ulrich Zunke from Institut fuer Angewandte Botanik, Hamburg, Germany visited our department 27th
March. During his visit he presented a seminar on the behavior of the lesion nematode, Pratylenchus
penetrans. Dr. Zunke is an expert in video-enhanced microscopy.
Dr. Koichi Komaki, Chief Researcher from Japan visited Don Dickson's laboratory to discuss biological
control work on plant-parasitic nematodes.
Tom Fasulo (room 3103) still has some whitefly publications with lots of pretty pictures that Phil Stansly of
the SWFLREC sent up for distribution. Also, a color poster of 35 urban pests. Stop by and get a copy of one
McAuslane, H.J. (April 1997). Giant swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes Cramer. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-8. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/citrus/giantswallowtail.htm
McAuslane, H.J. (April 1997). Oleander caterpillar, Syntomeida epilais Walker. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-9. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/or/ole cpillar.htm
Dr. Jim Castner and Jason Byrd have begun work on a book entitled "Entomological Evidence: Utility of
arthropods in legal investigations" to be published with CRC Press. This will be an edited work whose
target audience is crime scene technicians, death investigators, attorneys, medical examiners, and coroners.
It will discuss all aspects of forensic entomology and bring many unique aspects of the use of insects in
human death investigation together in one work. It is only the third work ever published that deals
exclusively with forensic entomology.
Zeneca Professional Products, Tom Fasulo and Phil Koehler of this department have cooperated in
developing four computer-verified training tutorials on Zeneca Labels. These labels are Demand CS,
Demon WP, Talon-G and Prelude. These tutorials are DOS-based and can be run from the diskette or
copied to a hard drive for faster performance. These are the last DOS-based programs to be developed by
the Entomology and Nematology Department. While the tutorials display a graphic before each set of
questions, the best way to use the tutorials is to take them with a copy of the label in hand. Each of the
tutorials are authorized for one (1) CEU in CORE by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services' Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control. Zeneca is giving away the tutorials to its customers.
Contact your Zeneca Professional Products representative for more information.
Where Is Your CV?
Evidently few of the graduate students are aware that the department will post a curriculum vitae for each of
us online on the departmental web site. Presently there are only six students that have a link to their C.V. If
you are interested in placing your CV online give a copy of it to Skip Choate.
Dr. Robert Dunn has posted a file to Pest Alert on "Nematicides for Lawns, Landscapes and Gardens." Pest
Alert is available at http://PestAlert,ifas.ufl.edu/
The Pest Alert and Florida Insect and Nematode Management databases are also available, through the
World Wide Web, on the home page (under Publications) of the University of Florida's Department of
Entomology and Nematology at: http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu
Tom Fasulo also has WordPefect files of the listings of the different circulars produced by DPI in
Entomology, Nematology, Pathology and Botany. These listings are useful for searches to see if DPI has a
circular on the arthropod or plant you wish information on. If you'd like a copy send him a 3.5" diskette.
The next newsletter will be published Thursday, June 19. Deadline for contributions is Monday, June 16.
You can obtain an electronic subscription by joining the listserv.
This version of the newsletter is edited and published for the Web by Tim McCoy.
Editors: Yasmin Cardoza & Tim McCoy
May 1997. Revised March 2003.
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