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1/15/98 Entomology and Nematology News Vol. 3, No. 4
A University of Florida Publication
A New Addition On December 27, 1997 Nancy Sanders gave birth to Clay Lane Sanders bringing a new
addition to the Entomology and Nematology extended family. Clay was 6.5 pounds and 17 inches long at
birth, and after a brief stay with the hospital staff he is now at home along with his mother. Nancy is doing
fine and will be taking two months off to spend some time with Clay.
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to serve as a member of the Steering Committee for the Natural Resources
Forum "Linkages in Ecosystem Science, Management and Restoration," to be held at the Radisson Hotel,
Gainesville June 9-10, 1998. The purpose of this conference is to emphasize solutions through linkages and
will focus on bringing together people within agencies and institutions to study, manage, and restore natural
resources, especially ecosystems and ecosystem processes.
The following students graduated in December 1997 receiving their Ph. D. degree: Tom Dykstra, Denise
Johanowicz, Enrique Perez, and Andrei Sourakov. Additionally, Margaret (Peggy) Johnson, and Dina
Richman graduated with their Masters of Science degree. The entire department extends our congratulations
to the new graduates!
The Department of Entomology and Nematology has nominated two recent graduates for the IFAS
Excellence for Graduate Research Award. Denise Johanowicz was nominated in the Best Dissertation
category and Van Sherwood won the nomination for the best thesis within the department. Their
publications will compete with others within IFAS and the winners will receive a plaque and a check for
$1000 and $600 for the best dissertation and best thesis respectively. We wish both of them, and their major
professors, luck in the IFAS competition.
ESA at Opryland
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the 1997 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America at
Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee, 14-18 December. He organized and moderated an informal conference for
the International Organization for Biological Control, Nearctic Regional Section, Biological Control of
Weeds Working Group. Dr. Cuda also served as a moderator for the section Cd Student Paper Competition.
Tom Fasulo and Skip Choate co-authored a 30-minute invited presentation on electronic knowledgebases,
computer-verified training tutorials and their WWW sites at the ESA meetings.
Congratulations to Hugo Aguilar for receiving an award for Best Paper by a Graduate Student by the
Acarological Society of America. His presentation entitled "Tydeidae associated with citrus in Florida" was
part of the ASA student paper competition during the ESA National Meetings. The competition was tough
this year, and he did an outstanding job!
Rejane R. Moraes won honorable mention for sections Cb, Cc, Ce for her poster presentation entitled
"Baculovirus persistence and movement: Molecular techniques for detection ofAnticarsia gemmatalis
nucleopolyhedrosisvirus in soil." The poster was co-authored by Dr. James Maruniak, and Dr. Joseph
Juan A. Villanueva-Jim6nez won the Presidential Award first prize for his poster presentation entitled
"Relative toxicity of pesticides to the citrus leafminer and its parasitoid Ageniaspis citricola." The poster
was co-authored by Dr. Marjorie Hoy. Juan's poster is now on display outside room 3307, and if anybody
wants to review the judging sheets, feel free to ask.
Chris Tipping presented a paper entitled, "A new parasitic species is an important natural enemy of tobacco
thrips in peanuts" in the student competition subsection Ca (Biological Control).
In our thoughts
On Wednesday January 7, Dr. John Strayer suffered a mild heart attack and was hospitalized for
observation. He is now at home recuperating and plans to return soon safe and healthy.
Departmental Christmas party
The party was held at the Austin Carey forest on December 6 and was a smashing success. The food was
delicious, the entertainment was unique and everyone had a good time. Dini Miller and Tim McCoy
performed an adaptation of "The Night Before Christmas" which included a dung-slinging "Scarabeid Santa
Claus." Haze Brown and Tim Robson performed Christmas carols on electric bass guitars, and the night was
made complete with a visit from the vertebrate Santa Claus, Greg McDermott. Unconfirmed reports claim
the two Santas squared off in a wrestling match after the party and Scarabeid Santa was crushed. The results
of the Christmas contests were announced and the winners were: Ornament contest winners: Elke Fulton
(1st), John Hewlett (2nd), and Yasmin Cardoza (3rd); Cookie contest winners: Lane Selman (1st), Paul
Rupert (2nd), and Dina Richman and Dorota Porazinska (shared 3rd). The winner of the M&M contest was
Dr. Robert Dunn. His guess of 976 M&Ms was the closest to the actual total of 930.
Chen, Z. X., and D. W. Dickson. 1997. Estimating incidence of attachment of (Pasteuriapenetrans)
endospores to Meloidogyne spp. with tally thresholds. Journal of Nematology 29:289-295.
Byrd, J.H. (January 1998). Secondary screwworm, Cochliomyia macellaria (Fabricius). UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-22. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/livestock/secondary screwworm.htm
Byrd, J.H. (January 1998). Hairy maggot blow fly, Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart). UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-23. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/livestock/hairy maggot blow fly.htm
Gahlhoff, J. (December 1997). Black carpet beetle, Attagenus unicolor (Brahm). UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-18. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/fabric/black carpet beetle.htm
Gahlhoff, J. (December 1997). Furniture carpet beetle, Anthrenusflavipus (LeConte). UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-19. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/fabric/furniture carpet beetle.htm
Sanchez-Arroyo, H. (December 1997). Common cattle grub, Hypoderma lineatum (Villers). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-20. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/livestock/cattle grub.htm
Selman, L. (January 1998). Papaya fruit fly, Toxotrypana curvicauda Gerstaecker. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-21. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/fruit/tropical/papava fruit fly.htm
WWW Citations Faculty and students who contribute publications to Featured Creatures should use the
above format when referencing WWW files or sites. The proper listing of electronic citations is a new
experience for many publications.
ENSO meeting On Tuesday January 20, ENSO will have its first meeting of 1998. It will be held in one of
the conference rooms at 5:30PM so undergraduates may more easily attend. We will discuss activities for
this semester and as always refreshments will be provided. So bring your appetite, bring your ideas, and
bring your enthusiasm, because more people mean more possibilities.
So what's bugging you? The Southeast Urban Pest Management Conference at the University of Florida has
been rescheduled for May 3-6, 1998. For complete information on registration fees, training (GHP, L&O,
Termites, Fumigation, and Core), CEUs, etc., see the file posted on the University of Florida's PEST
ALERT WWW site. Pest Alert is available on the WWW at http://PestAlert,ifas.ufl.edu/
Employability Seminar- Thursday, February 12th
If you are a student in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, you cannot afford to miss this
seminar. A panel of distinguished experts will discuss their experiences and perspectives on seeking
employment after graduate education. The forum will allow each panelist 10 minutes to discuss various
aspects of the job search process. Then the floor will be opened for questions from the audience. Panelists
will include: Dr. Marjorie Hoy- will discuss how academic candidates enhance or sabotage themselves
during the interview process. Dr. John Zenger- will discuss how he prepared for the application and
interview process in our department. Lee Bloomcamp (Zeneca Professional Products, Technical sales
Lead)- will discuss how to approach and negotiate with employers for positions in industry. Dr. Herb
Oberlander (Center Director USDA-ARS CMAVE)- will discuss the employment structure and application
requirements for research positions with the United States government. Come prepared with all of your
questions. This may be the only chance you have to ask specific questions about expected salaries (what
will be offered), negotiating salaries (how much can you ask for), stalling employers while waiting for
alternative offers, evaluating your own employability, and preparing for interviews. The panel discussion is
expected to run the full seminar period so refreshments will be served at 3:15 PM and we will begin
promptly at 3:30.
It is all about exposure The Graduate Student Council cordially invites all graduate students to participate
in the Graduate Student Forum. The purpose of this one-day symposium is to provide an opportunity for
graduate students to present a paper, poster, or creative endeavor (old or new) and thus share new ideas
from a wide range of disciplines. All submissions are judged and cash prizes will be awarded. It will be held
at the Reitz Union April 3, 1998. Abstracts are due by February 27.
A position has become available for an Army Reserve entomologist in a small unit here in Gainesville. The
Army wants someone with a Masters or Ph. D.
Two unbound issues of the Journal of Chemical Ecology (September and November 1997) are missing from
the departmental reading room. Please return them to the reading room immediately so that they can be
bound. If the issues are not returned, current issues of the journal will not be placed in the reading room
until they can be bound for security. Whoever has the journals, please don't jeopardize other people's access
to this valuable resource.
As of January 1, 1998, Pest Alert is no longer available through the OnLine Database on the UF/IFAS
"VAX." Instead, individuals interested in timely announcement of new and reoccurring pest problems in
entomology, nematology and plant pathology can access Pest Alert on the World Wide Web at http:/
Rumor has it that Clay Scherer (Ph.D student with Dr. Koehler) has been spending a couple mornings a
week at various elementary schools around Alachua County. No, Clay is not looking for a date, he has been
assisting school nurses with head lice inspections. Apparently head lice have become a major pest in our
schools over the last decade as lice develop resistance to the most common treatments. As part of his School
IPM project Clay is working with local school officials to develop alternative treatments for head lice.
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This version of the newsletter is edited and published for the Web by Tim McCoy.
Hardcopy Editor: Tim McCoy
January 1998. Updated March 2003.
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