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04/31/99 Entomology and Nematology News
A University of Florida Publication
Sparkle, shimmer, dip and glow;
Males above, females below.
Engaged in timeless flashing dance,
They meet together, not by chance.
For tiny eyes
each other's glowing golden prize.
Juan Manuel Alvarez brought home three different awards this month. He received the Second Prize for
a poster presentation in biological sciences during the Graduate Student Forum of the University of
Florida. The College of Agriculture selected him to receive an award as "Outstanding International
Student" for 1998-99. President Lombardi also gave him a Presidential Recognition on April 15, in
recognition of outstanding achievement and contributions to the University of Florida.
Clay Scherer was presented with the Alpha Zeta Graduate Student of the Year Award at this year's
Convocation (March 26). His contributions to the department and university are well deserving of this
Marjorie Hoy presented an invited talk, "Current Status of Biological Control of Insects" at the
International IPM Conference, which took place in Raleigh, NC in March 1999.
FIELD TRIP, CDC STYLE
The Virology Society of the University of Florida, with the help of their advisor James E. Maruniak, who
unfortunately due to a conference could not make it, went to the CDC in February. Tom Merritt, who
supervised the trip along with his trusty navigator Aissa Doumbouya, got to explore part of the main
"campus" of the CDC including Building 15, which is where they work with Ebola and others hemorragic
viruses and where the Small Pox virus is kept. Tom was also able to take the Virology Society to the
entomology lab at the CDC where former UF Graduate student Jennifer Anderson and recent speaker and
former Graduate student Mark Benedict work. Fun was had by all. Ask Tom or Aissa to see their cool
CDC Level 4 suit pictures!
American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) invites you to point your browsers to www.aibs.org and
click on the "Government Affairs" entry on the opening page. This will take you to our new Government
Affairs section. Included here is a link to our new Legislative Information Center, which is an important
new web resource that AIBS is making available to all web visitors. Here you will find interactive screens
that give you a searchable directory of members of Congress (by name, state, zip code, committee, etc.), a
bill-tracking mechanism linked to the LOC's Thomas, committee schedules, and templates for writing to
your Congressional rep (under your name, not AIBS's).
Founded in 1947, the American Institute of Biological Sciences is a non-profit member association of more
than 6,000 individuals and 55 professional scientific societies and organizations, the latter with a collective
membership of more than 125,000 individuals. AIBS activities and services include publishing the journal,
BioScience, convening meetings and other coalition events, facilitating education, research, and public
outreach programs, providing society support services, and conducting scientific peer review and advisory
services for government agencies and other clients.
Dr. Ken Prestwich, Assoc. Professor at Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, is once more using Tom
Walker's laboratory and locally caught crickets for his studies of the mechanics and energetic of cricket
calls. He arrived about a week ago and will be with us through early June. Ken has taken an active
interest in NATL from its start and has contributed many hours toward restoring the upland pine
ecosystem--mostly by girdling and felling laurel oaks (which satisfies his pioneering instincts). When not
torturing crickets or trees, he is an avid bike rider and SCUBA diver. At Holy Cross he teaches physiology
and animal behavior. He has much class material on the Web that can be accessed from his home page at
http://www.holycross.edu/departments/biologv/website/biofacultv/bear.html. Of special note is his
explanation of game theory as it applies to the evolution of behavior. Using interactive simulations,
students can explore the theory as it applies to scenarios they propose.
There is now a practice site for the new computer adaptive test (CAT) which will replace the paper version
of the GRE. Students wishing to try the test should go to our academic programs web page and select the
link to the GRE site:
Medley, J.C. and T. R. Fasulo. Florida Butterflies #1 Computer Tutorial. UF/IFAS Publication SW-132.
This tutorial is available from the Buggy Software WWW site available through http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/
software/. Florida Butterflies #2 is also available from this site.
Scheffrahn, R.H., and N. Su. (April, 1999). West Indian powderpost drywood termite, Cryptotermes
brevis, (Walker) UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-79. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/termites/
west indian drvwood termite.htm
Computer viruses more common protect yourself.
The advent of macro viruses coupled with the e-mailing of attachments has made virus proliferation a real
problem. Everyone should take steps to protect themselves. You can download and install the latest version
(4.02) of McAfee's VirusScan from the UF Software site http://www.software.ufl.edu. If you already have
McAfee software you can check your version by running the program and going to the Help, About menu.
In addition, there is a service pack that is recommended for those few that are using Outlook 98.
Once the software is installed it is a simple but important matter to update the virus definition files on a
regular basis so that your protection remains as strong as possible. See Steve Lasley with any questions.
On Saturday, May 1, volunteers led by Jody Rosier of the Paynes Prairie Native Plant Chapter will plant a
native plant hedge (mostly wax myrtle) along the east DPI fence. The planting will begin at 8:30am and
YOU are invited to help. DPI is cooperating by supplying the water for transplanting and by letting coral
honeysuckle be planted to grow on its fence. The hedge will visually separate DPI and NATL as requested
by Florida Museum of Natural History docents, who lead groups of K-12 students through NATL. Oh yes,
if you come to help plant, please bring a shovel.
On April 17 the Wetlands Club dedicated its Stormwater Ecological Enhancement Project (SEEP) and held
a community planting of native wetland species in NATL's re-contoured retention pond. The count of
native wetland species in SEEP is now more than 200, up from the pre-SEEP count of 32 species. Keeping
the transplants alive until the summer rains begin has required frequent watering. One of three sources of
water is our greenhouse area, so during dry spells don't be surprised at seeing a hose stretched across
Natural Area Drive in the late afternoons.
In mid May, a six-foot-high earthen berm will be constructed along 34th Street south of the DPI
compound. It will protect persons in the restored longleaf pine in NATL's low-use area from the sights and
sounds of six lanes of continuously heavy traffic. The dirt will come from the pile made on one of the
successional plots during SEEP's re-contouring a year ago. The low bidder for the berm is the contractor
who did the SEEP re-contouring. Thus he'll be paid twice for moving the same dirt: too bad there was too
little money for SEEP to allow the berm to be done at the same time.
Chris Tipping's team won the softball class tournament this semester. They finished 5-0.
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Editor: Michael Patnaude
This version of the newsletter is prepared for the Web by Kathryn Jones.
April 1999. Updated May 2003.
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