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September 2003


Faculty Metamorphosis

Four more of our faculty retired over the
summer. The "Fab Four" are Drs. Jerry
Butler, James Lloyd, James Nation and
Grover Smart. Butler retired at the end of
July, while Lloyd, Nation and Smart retired
at the end of June. They were all honored at
a reception early in the summer and the
large teaching room was packed with those
who came to wish them well. However, old
habits are hard to break and some of them
seem to be spending just as much time
around the department as they did when they
were fully employed. Obviously we need a
seminar on how to behave when retired.

These four men have well over 100 years of
service to the department and their
accomplishments are too numerous to
mention. But we will mention some
highlights. For example, Jim Lloyd is well
known as a kindly, well-mannered advisor
to numerous students in many disciplines
whose office resembles a Victorian sitting
room. And just like many of the Victorians,
Jim Lloyd has "Sex On The Brain." At least,
that was the title given to one of his papers
included in the book Insect Lives: Stories
of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden
World, published in 1999. The book lists
for US $27.95, but you can buy it for less
than half that on half.com. However, you
will not find Jim Nation's 2001 edition of


Insect Physiology and Biochemistry
offered at a discounted price. This excellent
book sells for $95 or more on the Internet
and in university bookstores around the
country where it, like at UF/IFAS, is the
recommended text in insect physiology
courses. Perhaps in a year or so you will
find used copies at a bargain on the Web.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni can walk
into hardware stores across the nation and
purchase a bottle of DEET-free
MosquitoSafe, TickSafe or FireAntSafe
repellent, which uses a botanical as its active
ingredient. While paying for it at the
counter, they can boast, "I know the guy
who developed this." While this repellent is
one of Jerry Butler's accomplishments, he
is probably prouder that almost all the
medical entomologists serving on active
duty with the military were once his
students. Nematologist Grover Smart spent
his last years in the department serving as
the graduate student coordinator, but he
shares the honor, along with Khuong
Nguyen, also of this department, of
receiving the first patent ever awarded on a
live organism. Steinernema scapterisci
Nguyen & Smart is known as the mole
cricket nematode as it is an extremely
effective biological control agent of tawny,
southern and shortwinged mole crickets.
The nematode is sold in a commercial
formulation and used on turfgrass across the
southeastern U.S.


LAIVFRSITY OF~I~1 II









Beginning this semester, the Insect
Physiology course, long taught by Jim
Nation, will be taught by Dr. Pauline
Lawrence. Meanwhile, Dr. Philip Koehler
will try his hand at teaching Medical and
Veterinary Entomology, now that Jerry
Butler has retired. However, Jim Lloyd
doesn't trust anyone with his popular
Honors course in fireflies and he has offered
to continue to teach it for awhile.

Dr. Bryon Adams accepted "an offer he
could not refuse" at Brigham Young
University in Utah and left the department
during the summer.

During May a vote was taken on the
candidates for the Insect Taxonomist
position. Duties and responsibilities for this
position are: 70% Teaching (Insect
Classification twice/yr; Immature Insects
twice/yr; General Entomology, e.g. Insect
Diagnostics, Behavioral Ecology; to include
distance education methodologies as well as
classroom presentations), and 30% Research
(conduct and publish research on issues
related to insect taxonomy, natural history,
and conservation of Florida arthropods).

Dr. Marc Branham, a recent graduate of
Ohio State University (OSU) was offered
the position, accepted, and plans to arrive in
December. Don Hall, selection committee
chair, reported that Dr. Branham has
extensive teaching experience as a teaching
assistant, including undergraduate courses in
insect biology, general biology and graduate
courses in economic entomology, insect
behavior, insect morphology, and insect
systematics and diversity. Marc also has
significant experience in outreach activities,
and had an immature insects course. He won
several teaching awards, including the
General Biology Teaching Award at OSU


and the Mary Ellen Clay Teaching Award
from OSU's Department of Entomology.
Marc has an outstanding research record
with a variety of small grants and a very
prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Postdoctoral
Fellowship at the American Museum of
Natural History, where he currently serves.
He also has a strong publication record
including papers in Nature and Cladistics.

Dr. Don Hall assumed Grover Smart's
responsibilities as Graduate Student
Coordinator, while Dr. Carl Barfield
stepped into the Undergraduate Student
Coordinator role vacated by Don Hall.

Retirement Report from Dr. Smart

"Since retiring I have been coming back to
the department volunteering my time to
make microscope slides of nematodes for
our teaching collection. At first, I had a
temporary office, thanks to Dr. Butler.
Before using that office much, I discovered
that I had an inguinal hernia and underwent
surgery to have that repaired. I goofed off
two weeks while healing. Then, after Dr.
Adams left for his new job at Brigham
Young University, I moved to his office (my
old office) and started to work.

"Getting set up to make slides was
frustrating because I had to start from
scratch. I managed to get a stereo
microscope and a compound microscope.
Then I begged some BPI watch glasses from
several sources. Next, thanks to Frank
Woods and Khuong Nguyen I was supplied
with nematodes already killed and fixed. I
picked out desirable specimens and
processed them to glycerin. Next, I began
making the aluminum slide blanks and
cutting tabs used to hold square coverglasses
in the blanks (we use a square coverglass on









the bottom and a round coverglass on top so
that we can turn the slide over if the
specimen can be viewed better that way). By
the time you read this, I will actually have
made a few slides! I hope to make a few
hundred.

"Retirement, all two months or so of it, has
been good. I do not know how long I will
continue to work in the department, but
probably about a year. After that, I plan to
get more involved in teaching Bible classes
at my church, and perhaps working with
Habitat for Humanity"

New Faculty Position

Proctor and Gamble made a cash
contribution to the department to complete
work on a product that P&G is donating
complete rights for to UF/IFAS. As a result
there is support for a faculty position to
perform toxicology research. A search and
screen committee was formed consisting of
Heather McAuslane as Chair, Marjorie
Hoy, Philip Koehler, and Simon Yu. The
position description, see
http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty_pos
.htm, is for a three-year, non-tenured, 100%
research position, which has the potential to
become permanent.

Staff Awards

The department would not run efficiently if
it were not for our outstanding staff.
Recently, three USPS employees received
service award pins for continued service to
the Department and the University. Debbie
Hall, Program Assistant in our graduate
student office 10 years; Sharon
Hoopaugh, Accountant in our fiscal office -
20 years; and Judy Gillmore, Senior
Laboratory Technician for Jim Cuda 25


years. The pins were awarded on Thursday,
August 28, 2003.

New Students

The department welcomed 18 new graduate
students this summer and fall, bringing our
total to 90. Here they are, listed by: name,
(degree sought) major advisor:

Karla Addesso (PhD) and Murugesan
Rangasmy (PhD) McAuslane; Erika
Anderson (MSN) Hall/Mizell; Samuel
Breaux (MS) Boucias; Rodrigo Diaz
(PhD) Overholt; Sandra Garrett (MS)
and Leslie Viguers (PhD) Maruniak;
Laura Hunnicut (MS) and Jerry Mozoruk
(MS) Cave; Crystal Kelts (MS) and Elena
Rhodes (MS) Liburd; Aaron Mullins
(MS) Su; Linda NcHerne (MS) and
Justin Saunders (MS) Koehler; Tobin
Northfield (MS) Funderburk; Rachel
Seman-Varner (MS) McSorley; Frank
Wessels (MS) Cuda; and Yingfang Xiao
(PhD) Stansly.

New Post-Doc

Dr. Un Taek Lim joined Dr. Marjorie Hoy's
laboratory to work on biological control. Dr.
Lim completed his Ph.D. with Dr. Van
Driesche at the University of Massachusetts
and his undergraduate and M. S. degrees in
Korea.

Publications

Alto BW, Lounibos LP, Juliano SA. 2003.
Age-dependent blood-feeding of Aedes
aegypti and Aedes albopictus (Diptera:
Culicidae) on artificial and living hosts. J.
Am. Mosq. Control Assoc. (in press).









Baldwin R. (June 2003). Red flour beetle,
Tribolium castaneum (Herbst). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-289.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/beetles/red
flour beetle.htm

Baldwin R, Fasulo TR, Koehler AD. 2003.
Maxforce Bait Computer Tutorial. UF/IFAS
Label Tutorials. SW-167.

Brammer AS. (March 2003). Southern
lyctus beetle, Lyctusplanicollis LeConte.
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-283.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/beetles/sl
yctusbeetle.htm

Choate PM. (July 2003). Giant water bugs,
Lethocerus, Abedus, Belostoma. UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-301.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/bugs/giant
water bugs.htm

Denmark HA, Cromroy HL. (June 2003).
Tropical fowl mite, Ornithonyssus bursa
(Berlese). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
EENY-297.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/livestock/tropica
1 fowl mite.htm

Dixon WN. (June 2003). Whitefringed
beetles, Graphognathus spp. UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-294.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/field/beetles/whi
tefringedbeetles.htm

Dixon WN. (July 2003). Cypress looper,
Anacamptodes pergracilis (Hulst). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-303.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/moths/cypr
esslooper.htm

Edwards GB, Hibbard KL. (May 2003).
Mexican redrump tarantula, Brachypelma
vagans (Ausserer). UF/IFAS Featured


Creatures. EENY-287.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/spiders/M
redrump.htm

Edwards GB. (June 2003). Tropical orb
weaver spider, Eriophora ravilla (C.L.
Koch). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
EENY-291.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/spiders/trop
ical orb weaver.htm

Edwards GB. (August 2003). Brown
recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa Gertsch
& Mulaik. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
EENY-299.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/spiders/br
ownrecluse_spider.htm

Halbert SE, Choate PM. (June 2003). An
Asian woolly hackberry aphid, .\V/ip/n,\
celti Das. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
EENY-288.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/asianhack
berry.htm

Finn EM. (January 2003). Robber flies,
Asilidae. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
EENY-281.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/beneficial/flies/r
obber flies.htm

Hill SL, Hoy MA. 2003. Interactions
between the red imported fire ant Solenopsis
invicta and the parasitoid Lipolexis
scutellaris potentially affect classical
biological control of the aphid Toxoptera
citricida. Biological Control 27: 11-19.

Mead FW. (June 2003). A leaf-footed bug,
Euthochtha galeator (Fabricius). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-293.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/or/flowers/euth
ochtha_galeator.htm









Medal J, Norambuena H, Gandolfo D.
(editors). 2003. Proceedings (in Spanish)
'Primer Curso Latinoamericano en Control
Biologico de Malezas. University of
Florida-IFAS. Gainesville, FL. 158 p.

Nickerson JC, Fasulo TR. (June 2003).
Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius
(Latreille).
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-298.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/ants/harve
ster ant.htm

Nickerson JC, Harris DL, Fasulo TR.
(June 2003). Pharaoh ant, Monomorium
pharaonis (Linnaeus). UF/IFASFeatured
Creatures. EENY-290.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/ants/phara
oh ant.htm

Persad A, Hoy MA. 2003. Intra- and
interspecific interactions between
Lysiphlebus testaceipes and Lipolexis
scutellaris (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae)
reared on Toxoptera citricida (Homoptera:
Aphididae). J. Econ. Entomol. 96: 564-569.

Stange LA. (June 2003). Cicada killers of
Florida, Sphecius spp. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-295.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/beneficial/cicada
killers.htm

Steck GJ. (May 2003). Mango fruit fly,
Ceratitis cosyra (Walker). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-286
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/fruit/tropical/ma
ngo fruitfly.htm.

Walker A, Hoy MA. (April 2003). Citrus
leafminer parasitoid, Ageniaspis citricola
Logvinovskaya. UF/IFASFeatured
Creatures. EENY-285.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/beneficial/acitri


cola.htm

Walker A, Hoy MA, Meyerdirk D.
(August 2003). Papaya mealybug,
Paracoccus marginatus Williams and
Granara de Willink. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-302.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/fruit/mealybugs/
papaya mealybug.htm

Warner J, Scheffrahn RH. (March 2003).
Caribbean crazy ant, Paratrechina pubens
Forel. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-
284.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/ants/carib
bean_crazy_ant.htm

Wineriter SA, Halbert SE, Cuda JP.
(August 2003). A psyllid, Boreioglycaspis
melaleucae Moore. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-300.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/beneficial/Bmel
aleucae.htm

Awards

In May, Don Hall presented, on behalf of
the University of Florida, a plaque for the
Most Outstanding Department Display at
Gator Encounter honoring the outreach
program of the department headed by
graduate student Justin Harbison. He was
assisted at Gator Encounter by students
Scott Weihman and Cynthia Tucker, but a
number of other students assist Justin
throughout the year. Our outreach program
is extremely popular and Justin reports that
he visits about 10 schools per month as well
as providing insect talks to other groups.
The department considers the program so
important that we support it by providing an
assistantship for a graduate student. In
recognition of this award, the Dean bought
pizza for 70 students.









Dr. Julio Medal received a certificate from
Mr. Charles H. Bronson (Florida Agriculture
Commissioner) and Mr. Richard D. Gaskalla
(FDACS-Division of Plant Industry
Director) in recognition of his years of
"Outstanding Research" in biological
control of tropical soda apple, especially by
the "First Biocontrol Agent (a South
American leaf beetle) Released in Florida"
this summer 2003.

Meetings

Dr. Marjorie A. Hoy attended the Fourth
International Symbiosis Society Congress in
Halifax, Nova Scotia August 17-23. The
meeting was outstanding and included talks
on symbiosis in insects, as well as many
other organisms.

Dr. Marjorie A. Hoy was an invited
speaker at a symposium, Genetics and
Entomological Research, held at the annual
meeting of the Florida Entomological
Society, Stuart, Florida, July 2003, where
she presented a talk on "Genetic Tools for
Biological Control".

Dr. Julio Medal traveled to Canberra,
Australia to participate at the XI
International Symposium on Biological
Control of Weeds, April 27 to May 2.
Medal presented the poster entitled
"Perspectives and Limitations for Biological
Control of Invasive Plants in
Latin-America." He also presented the
poster "Risk Assessment of Gratiana
boliviana (Chrysomelidae), a Potential
Biocontrol Agent of Solanum viarum in the
USA." Medal was also coauthor of Dr.
James Cuda's poster entitled "Biology and
Host Range of the Brazilian thrips
P\letii,1p1hihib ii q, ichini, a Candidate for
Biological Control of Schinus


terebinthifolius: US Quarantine Tests."

Dr. Julio Medal was an invited speaker at
the 18th Annual Florida Exotic Pest Plant
Council Symposium' held in St. Petersburg,
FL., June 4-6. Medal gave a presentation on
"The First Biological Control Agent
Released in Florida for Tropical Soda
Apple."

Dr. Julio Medal traveled to Montpellier,
France from June 22-27 to participate at the
Risk Analysis in Biological Control Course
organized by the Midwest Institute for
Biological Control. Medal gave a
presentation on "Risk Analysis of Biological
Control of Medusahead (Poaceae) in the
USA."

Dr. Julio Medal attended the semi-annual
meeting of the Tropical Soda Apple Task
Force in Dothan, Alabama on July 22.
Medal gave an update on "Research on
Biological Control of Tropical Soda Apple."

Grants

Kathryn Barbara and Cara Congdon each
received a $100 travel grant from the Florida
Entomological Society to attend that
society's annual meeting in July.

Drs. Julio Medal and James Cuda were
awarded a one-year grant for $35,000 from
USDAS-APHIS to initiate the mass rearing
and field release of the leaf-beetle Gratiana
boliviana for biocontrol of tropical soda
apple, which is one of the most invasive
weeds of pastures and natural areas in the
southeastern states.

Drs. Julio Medal and James Cuda received
a one-year grant for $50,000 from
FDACS-Division of Plant Industry to









initiate the implementation strategies for
biological control of tropical soda apple in
Florida.

New Teaching Lab

Over the summer, due to the increased
demand for teaching space resulting from
the large number of graduate students in our
program and the Doctor of Plant Medicine
degree, the faculty discussed converting one
or more research labs to a teaching lab. The
decision was made to convert Jim Nation's
research labs (rooms 3117, 3118, 3119, and
3120), to a teaching lab to be used primarily
for graduate courses. A faculty committee
will work out the details. When work will
commence is anyone's guess, but the west
corridor will be noisy when it does.

Reading Room

"Room 2105 is the department's Reading
Room. It is not a library (no librarian works
there) and so it has a few simple rules: (1) if
you have taken books or journals from the
shelves, please reshelf them (your mother is
not there to tidy up after you), (2) please do
not take food or drinks into the Reading
Room (to discourage cockroaches) and (3)
do not remove from the room any reading
material that is not yours. There is no check-
out system, so nothing may be checked out.
New for this summer is a video surveillance
system, so smile, your use of the room is
being recorded. (We really want to
discourage the temptation to remove books
and journals from the room.)" J. Howard
Frank, for the Reading Room committee.

Fall Seminar Series

09/11 Dr. J. Maruniak (University of


Florida, Entomology/Nematology Dept.)
"RNA interference in uninfected and
baculovirus infected lepidopteran cells."

09/18 Dr. R. Meagher (USDA,
Gainesville) "Population dynamics of fall
armyworm host strains in Florida."

09/25 Dr. R. Koenig (Rosie's Organic
Farm, Gainesville) "An insight into crop
protection practices in organic systems."

10/2 Dr. M. Turnbull (Clemson
University, Division of Entomology)
"Polydnavirus and insect gap junctions a
role in immune regulation?"

10/9 Dr. W. Overholt (University of
Florida, IIREC) "Initiation of a new
program on classical biological control of
invasive plants in Fort Pierce."

10/16 Dr. B. Magalhaes (EMBRAPA,
Brazil) "The use ofMetarhizium anisopliae
var. acridum against the grasshopper
Rhammatocerus schistocercoides in Brazil."

10/23 Mr. G. Jones (University of Florida
and Santa Fe College) "Avian insectivores
as agents of biocontrol in cropping
systems."

10/30 Dr. L. Wiener (St. John's College,
NM) "All about spiders."

11/6 Dr M. Kairo (CABI, Trinidad) Title
pending

11/13 Dr. B. Unruh (University of Florida,
West Florida REC Jay) "The role of the
extension specialist: past, present, and
future."

11/20 Dr. L. Morrison (USDA,









Gainesville) "The island biogeography and
metapopulation dynamics of Bahamian
ants."

11/27 day before Thanksgiving

12/4 Dr. L. Duncan (University of Florida,
Citrus REC Lake Alfred) Title pending

USDA Fire Ants

As part of a multi-year project on Areawide
Suppression of Fire Ants, Dr. Philip
Koehler is developing extension
publications in support of the USDA
demonstrations. As part of this effort,
Koehler and Jane Medley developed two
color brochures that were distributed
nationally. In addition, Joe Jonovich
created a Web site at
http://www.ars.usda.gov/fireant/. When
the site was mentioned in a David Barry
(Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize winning
humorist) column, the resulting traffic
brought down the USDA server. If you wish
to see Joe's work, you should do so quickly,
as he is finishing up his M.S. degree this
semester and gave up the title of Webmaster
to Thomas Fasulo and Andrew Koehler.
Tom and Andy completely redesigned the
Web site and the new version should on the
USDA site soon. When you look at either
version, take time to enjoy the three videos
Richard Martyniak created on interactions
between the red imported fire ant and its
decapitating fly parasites, especially the
"Flight Check" video showing the newly
emerged fly pumping its wings out to full
size. The new version is already available on
a UF/IFAS mirror site at
http://fireant.ifas.ufl.edu.


Biological Control Short-Course

Dr. Julio Medal is organizing the Second
Latin-American Short-Course on Biological
Control of Weeds and provides the
following information.

"The conference will be held on June 7-10,
2004, at the Barcel6 Hotel in Montelimar,
Nicaragua. Participants will gain a basic
understanding of the principles and concepts
of biological control of weeds using insects
and pathogens, and receive training in how
to implement a weed biocontrol program.

"Group discussions will focus on the
prospects for and limitations of biological
weed control in Latin America. About 15
weed biocontrol experts and 100 trainees
from at least 15 developing countries will be
involved. After completing this course,
participants will be able to implement weed
biocontrol programs in their own countries,
as well as work with international agencies
in the region."

See
http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/bcw/reg.pdf
for the registration file. For more
information contact Dr. Medal at
medal@ifas.ufl.edu. For a complete
schedule in Spanish (language of the short
course) see the UF/IFAS Pest Alert site at
http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.edu/PestAlert/.

Graduate E-mail Addresses

"Entomology and Nematology graduate
students should access the graduate student
listing on the departmental Web site at
http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/grdtable.ht
m and check their listed e-mail addresses.
There are problems with the accuracy of
some of these addresses and the list must be









updated. If your listed e-mail address is not
correct, please send the correct address to
me at barfield@ufl.edu or (352) 392-1901
x 131. I will update the list and work with
the Department's Webmaster to make
changes. Attention to this matter as quickly
as possible would be appreciated." Carl
Barfield

While reviewing the list, you might also
notice how few graduate students (actually
only one) have their C.V.s online. Do all the
rest expect a job to fall into their laps when
they graduate?

Final Diapause

Dr. John Heppner of the Division of Plant
Industry informs us that UF Emeritus
Professor Minter Westfall, Jr., of the
Zoology Department, died on July 20, 2003,
in Gainesville, Georgia. He was 87 years
old. Dr. Westfall taught the Aquatic Insects
graduate course for many years while here at
UF.

Natural Area Teaching Lab

In May, Dr. Tom Walker gave an overview
of the proposed road to be built through the
Natural Area Teaching Lab. For more
information you can visit the Web site at
http://natl.ifas.ufl.edu/. Butler Enterprises
is recommending to UF that this would be
beneficial because it would relieve some of
the traffic flow from 34th and Archer Road
and also allow for easier access to Butler
Plaza. Walker went over the procedure that
was followed and the many committees that
were involved in order for permission to be
granted to build this road. Tom felt that this
was not handled properly and he is very
concerned that it will disrupt the Natural
Area Teaching Lab. This has political and


scientific issues and Tom suggested that if
the faculty wished to contest the building of
this road they should submit their concerns
and complaints to the Faculty Senate. He
recommended that the UF faculty needs to
research this more carefully before final
approval is granted.

Recent Graduate Adventures

Angela Brammer came to us with a B.S. in
Journalism and a desire to become a science
writer. James Lloyd was Angela's major
advisor and Thomas Fasulo coordinated her
writing assignments. Angela received her
M.S. in Entomology in August and
immediately took off for Japan, where she is
an employee of the Japanese government in
a Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET)
program. Angela send Tom the following
report.

"I live in Yamagata prefecture ('mountain
shape'), which is about three hours north of
Tokyo by bullet train. It gets quite cold here
(2 meters of snow is not uncommon), and I
have a traditional Japanese apartment, which
means my walls are essentially made of
paper. Winter is going to be ... interesting.

"I have an unusual job. Most people on the
program work only in schools. In addition to
teaching at two senior high schools, I also
work at the Prefectural Education Center,
sort of like the school board. I am the only
gaijin (foreign person) in the building, so I
stick out a bit. I help organize seminars for
English teachers throughout the prefecture
(about 70 senior high schools, 130 junior
high schools), seminars for the other JETs,
etc. My official title is ALT Assistant
Language Teacher.

"Tomorrow will be my first day teaching. I









am a little nervous about it, but also very
excited. In the classroom, I will work
together with Japanese teachers of English.
The English ability of the Japanese teachers
of English varies enormously. One man in
particular, whom I will be working with
tomorrow, can just barely get a sentence out.
It should be an interesting day.

"The two schools I have are both considered
low-ability. One, called Yamanobe Senior
High, has a pre-nursing track, so of the 400
students, only about 10 are boys. That's
where I'm going tomorrow. The other one is
a special school for students who don't go to
regular high school for some reason,
whether it's because they dropped out, or
had behavioral problems, or were bullied,
etc. If they change their minds and want to
come back, they go to this school, called
Kajo Gakuen Senior High.

"The Prefectural Education Center building
is right smack in the middle of an enormous
green rice field. The rice has just started to
appear this past week. I'd never seen rice
growing before I got here. And the cicadas
they have up here are unbelievable. They are
louder than anything in the South. The ones
I've seen are all about 2 inches long, and
they regularly dive bomb me while I'm
biking to work.

"Having fun and eating lots of noodles. -
Angela"

You can contact Angela at
asbrammer@aol.com.

LiveStats

If you manage or include a Web site in your
annual Faculty Accountability System
(FAS) report then you should be using


LiveStats. This is a commercial software
package that UF/IFAS IT has had running
on its server for over a year. While much of
the information that LiveStats provides is
meaningful only to network or server
managers, other information is valuable to
those of us who provide the information that
a Web site displays. For example, the Site
Activity Visits function allows you to
show how many distinct visitors used your
site during a time period: day(s), weeks) or
monthss. A "distinct visitor"is defined as a
user who entered the site, looked at one or
more pages, and then left. Only if a visitor
remains inactive for 15 minutes within your
site (perhaps they took a break for some
reason) and then continues with their search
for information, will they be counted as
another distinct visitor. The Site Activity -
Page Views function allows you to see how
many pages were called up within a time
period. Other functions allow you to monitor
the number of downloads, determine which
pages were the most popular, see where
your visitors are coming from and much
more.

Here is an example why is this important.
We had a counter on the Featured Creatures
Web site that told us that about 100 people a
day were accessing the main menu, but not
how many people were finding other pages
on the Web site directly from search engines
or links to the site. As a result, the figure of
approximately 3,000 visitors a month, or
36,000 a year, was very inaccurate, but we
had no other data. However, using LiveStats
we are able to show that during the twelve
month period ending 31 August 2003,
Featured Creatures recorded 1,041,544
distinct visits and 1,898,317 page views.
Those latter numbers are much more
impressive when included in the annual FAS
report.









The UF/IFAS LiveStats site is located at
http://livestats.ifas.ufl.edu/. It only works
with the Internet Explorer browser. Enter
your top level Web site domain name URL
into the Server ID box, as in
"entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu." You do not need
to enter a Username or Password.

They Eat Bugs

"Entomologists are often interested in
carnivorous plants but do not know where
they can be purchased. Agri-Starts III
(http://www.agristarts3.com/ or 352-589-
8055) produces and markets a variety of
carnivorous plants. This company has two
new pitcher plants for sale in 72-cell liners,
Sarracenia x 'Scarlet Belle' and Sarracenia
x 'Dana's Delight.' The first will grow to
one foot tall and the second can reach two
feet. They can be planted in the landscape of
plant zones 7 to 10 in full or slightly filtered
sun. Propagation is through tissue culture,
division and seed. The company began
raising carnivorous plants to reduce their
collection in nature, especially because
some of them are rare. Agri-Starts III is a
wholesale producer, so if you contact the
company for information or to order some
carnivorous plants, be sure to identify
yourself as being from UF." Norm Leppla

Bug Tutorials

Due to increased sales and recovery of costs,
the UF/IFAS Bug Tutorials developed in our
department were reduced from $25 to $15
per CD-ROM. Twenty-two of these
tutorials, on 11 CD-ROMs, are approved for
pesticide applicator relicensing CEUs in
Florida in many of the commercial pest
control and agricultural categories, as well
as state required technician/ID card holder
training. Many of the tutorials are also


approved for CEUs in Arizona, West
Virginia and Vermont. The 12th CD contains
two tutorials on southeastern butterflies.
Four more tutorials are in different stages of
development.

Two related tutorials come on each
CD-ROM and each tutorial allows licensed
applicators or technician to earn one CEU or
one hour of approved training. The UF/IFAS
Buggy Software Web site at
http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/software/ contains
complete information on these tutorials as
well as the Core and Label Tutorials.

Turfgrass Insects 2 Error

One of the CD-ROM Bug Tutorials, SW
163, has an identified error in Turfgrass
Insects 2. I made a mistake and inserted a
hyphen in a file name. As a result, the text
under the Info Text button in the tutorial
does not display. This error applies only to
the CD-ROM version. If you have the
earlier diskette copy your software runs
properly.

In the CD-ROM version, the file
\uf-mc\turf-2\turf-2.txt should be renamed
to \uf-mc\turf-2\turf2.txt.


If you own this software and make this
change the text that supplies the answers to
the questions in Turfgrass Insects 2 will be
displayed in the tutorial. If you wish you can
return CD-ROM SW 163, to me and I will
replace it with a new one, version 1.01.
Return the CD to:

Thomas R. Fasulo
BLDG 970, Natural Area Drive
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0640









Please don't forget to include your mailing
address.

Featured Creatures

The UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology
Department and the FDACS Division of
Plant Industry now have over 300 UF/IFAS
publications on the Featured Creatures
WWW site at
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/, with more
undergoing development.

In addition to the new files listed under
Publications above, new text and/or
photographs were added to the files on:
blister beetles (photo), plaster bagworm
(photos), red imported fire ant (photos),
lobate lac scale (name change), bed bug
(photo), giant crab spider (photo), olive fruit
fly (text), southern house spider (photos),
squash bug (text), cactus bug (photos),
Colorado potato beetle (text) and golden silk
spider (photos).

A recent comment from a visitor: "Thank
you for your most informative web site on
the common house fly." Michelle Knevel,
Department of Surgery, Hamilton Health
Sciences, Ontario, Canada

Arbrovirus Summaries

Did you know that eastern equine
encephalomyelitis (EEE) virus and West
Nile virus (WNV) activity is far greater in
Florida this year than last? Did you know
that there are at least three cases of malaria
confirmed in the state? You would if you
subscribed to the UF/IFAS Pest Alert
listserv. The Florida Department of Health
Arbrovirus Summaries and Medical Alert
press releases for WNV and EEE are posted


weekly to the UF/IFAS Pest Alert Web site
at
http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.edu/PestAlert/.

Newsletter Minutia

The newsletter is edited by Thomas Fasulo.
Please send submissions to him at
fasulo@ufl.edu. Issues will be published
about the middle of each month. Printed
copies will only be distributed to those in
Bldg. 970. A short notice is sent to all those
on the UF-Bugnews-1 listserv when HTML
and PDF copies are posted on the
Entomology and Nematology Newsletter
Web site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/.
The site contains instructions for
subscribing and unsubscribing to the
listserv. Andy Koehler does the coding for
the HTML version.

During the 12-month period ending 31
August 2003, the UF/IFAS Entomology and
Nematology Departmental Newsletter Web
site recorded 30,515 distinct visits and
48,565 page views. Not bad for a newsletter
about creepy crawlies and the people who
work with them. In addition, the newsletter
is sent to 220 people on the listserv.




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