The three-year, non-tenure Toxicology
position is filled and Dr. Mike Scharf will
join the department on July 1, 2004.
Dr. Marjorie Hoy reports that candidates for
the Insect Physiology position will visit the
Department during April. Dr. Jeff Fabrick is
scheduled for April 12-13, Dr. Dan Hahn on
April 19-20, and Dr. Daphne Pham on April
26-27. Interested faculty can visit with the
candidates on Mondays betweenl0 and 11:30
AM. Please call M. Hoy, search committee
chair, to request appointments. Students are
invited to a luncheon, organized by Jason
Meyer and Luis Matos, for each candidate
on Monday. Also, all are invited to the
Research Seminars on Monday mornings
from 9 tol0 AM during these three weeks
and to the teaching lectures on Tuesdays
from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Titles of each
presentation will be announced.
Dr. Skip Choate reports that the committee
on the Lepidoptera Curator Position, to be
housed at the new Museum, selected three
candidates from six very good applicants.
The position is primarily that of a curator,
but some teaching requirements are expected
with the position. All of the chosen
applicants have some teaching experience.
The department received approval to replace
the Vet/Med faculty position. Dr. Phil
Koehler will form a search committee.
The department also received approval to
hire a Youth/Apiculture position, in the next
fiscal year, if the UF/IFAS budget is not
reduced by the legislature.
New Teaching Lab
The new teaching lab in 3118 is ready for
use. In addition to the costs of converting
three research labs into one teaching lab, the
Dean for Instruction also contributed
$130,000 for new microscopes. The lab is
fully functional and has an automated screen.
A demonstration of the lab's features will be
scheduled for faculty and teaching assistants
in the future. The entrance door to the lab
will be keyed so that any key to the building
will open the door. The door to the
preparation room will have a separate key.
Myrna Litchfield will maintain a sign-out
sheet for that key (and access to the
designated laptop computer) and the keys to
the microscope cabinets. While not designed
for lectures and/or seminars, the lab could
certainly be used for this when all other
conference and seminar rooms were in use.
Dr. Capinera suggests that when ordering
supplies for teaching a lab, instructors need
to include protection paper to keep chemicals
from harming table surfaces.
Meetings and Presentations
Choate PM. (March 2004). Florida wrinkled
bark beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae:
Choate PM. (March 2004). Metallic
wood-boring beetles: identification of
Florida Chalcophora (Coleoptera:
Edwards GB. (March 2004). Orb weavers,
Neoscona spp. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
Steck GJ. (March 2004). Bee killers,
Mallophora spp. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-315. http://creatures.ifas.uf
The department nominated Ricky Vazquez
for membership in Gamma Sigma Delta, a
honor society of the College of Agriculture,
due to his scholastic achievement and
leadership accomplishments. Gamma Sigma
Delta is an elite honorary organization whose
membership and alumni include leaders in
many fields of agricultural and related
sciences, human ecology and natural
resources. The society accepted Mr. Vazquez
as a member in March, and he will graduate
this summer with a M.S. in Entomology
under the guidance of Dr. Sanford Porter
At the 2004 American Mosquito Control
Association meeting, in Savannah, Georgia
(February 22-26), Aissa Doumbouya
reported on "Sindbis Virus in Two Unlikely
Mosquito Species that also Vector North
American Encephalitides." in the Student
Presentation Competition. Coauthors
included Sandra Allan, Dr. Jonathan Day
and Dr. James Maruniak.
Leslie Viguers Rios attended the Florida
Medical Entomology Lab Advanced
Mosquito Identification and Certification
Workshop held at the UF/IFAS Florida
Medical Entomology Laboratory, in Vero
Beach, Florida on March 8-19.
On March 25-26, Andy Rasmussen attended
the hosted by the American Museum of
Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and
Conservation spring symposium in New
York City. The title of this year's symposium
was "Expanding the Ark: The Emerging
Science and Practice of Invertebrate
Conservation." The title of Andy's poster
presentation was "Biodiversity Hot Spots,
Exploring Below the Tip of the Iceberg: A
Case Study of Caddisfly (Insecta:
Trichoptera) Species Diversity in Northern
Dr. Marjorie Hoy attended the Steering
Committee meeting on "Designer Insects"
organized by the Pew Initiative on Food and
Biotechnology, March 29, 2004 in
Washington, DC. The meeting goal was to
develop an agenda for a two-day conference
on the scientific, ethical and public policy
issues surrounding the release of genetically
modified insects, which will take place in the
fall of 2004 in Washington, DC.
Dr. Michael Rogers, Citrus Research and
Education Center, received the 2004 John
Henry Comstock Graduate Student award
from the Entomological Society of America's
north-central branch and will receive an
all-expenses paid trip to the society's annual
meeting in Salt Lake City this November.
Drs. Robin Stuart, Fahiem El-borai (Citrus
Research and Education Center), Phil
Stansly (Southwest Florida Research and
Education Center), Jorge Pefia (Tropical
Research and Education Center) and nearly
30 University of Florida/IFAS scientists
participated in the International Society of
Citriculture (ISC) Xth Congress on February
15-20 in Agadir, Morocco. The meeting
included oral and poster presentations,
symposia and optional tours to citrus
operations, research facilities and cultural
sites in Morocco. Their oral and poster
Oral: Food Web Involvement in the
Regulation of Citrus Pests and Diseases by
Entomopathogenic Nematodes Duncan L,
Oral: Impact of Paenibacillus sp. on the
Effectiveness of Entomopathogenic
Nematode Steinernema diaprepesi -
El-Borai FE, Duncan LW, Preston JF,
Oral: Reducing the Risk of Citrus Canker in
Florida Through Improved Biological
Control of Citrus Leafminer Stansly P,
Jaques J, Urbaneja A.
Poster: Diaprepes Root Weevil Management
Zones Related to Characteristics of a Sandy
Alfisols in Florida Citrus Hong Li,
Syvertsen JP, Stuart RJ, McCoy CW,
Poster: Recovery of Parasitoids
(Hymenoptera: Eulophidae and
Trichogrammatidae) Released for Biological
Control of Diaprepes abbreviatus
(Coleoptera : Curculionidae) in Florida -
Pefia JE, Hall DG, Nguyen R, McCoy CW,
Amalin D, Stansly P, Adair R, Lapointe S,
Duncan R, Hoyte A.
Poster: Entomopathogenic Nematodes And
Biological Control of the Citrus Root Weevil
Diaprepes abbreviatus: Virulence of New
Strains of Steinernema riobrave Stuart RJ,
Shapiro-Ilan DI, James RR, Nguyen KK,
Announce new posters or other displays in
Building 970. Send authors) and title to
email@example.com. Include location so
interested parties can find them.
4/15 Dr. Oscar Liburd (University of
"Developing an IPM program in Small Fruit
4/12 Roi Levin "Woody and perennial
ornamental plants susceptibility to four
4/19 Marisol Davila "Heat units required
for Meloidogyne spp. for development."
Dr. Don Dickson and Jon Hamill received a
grant from the Florida Tomato Growers
Association in the amount of $23,155 for a
project titled "Reduction of rates of methyl
bromide and Telone C35 through the use of
virtually impermeable film technology and
its impacts on weeds and nematodes on
primary and second cropped vegetables."
Drs. Kris Braman (University of Georgia)
and Eileen Buss (UF) received $72,680 from
the Southern Regional IPM program for
"Optimizing alternative pest management for
turfgrass in the Southeast." They seek to
integrate biocontrol with host plant resistance
and alternative pesticide technologies against
fall armyworms, southern chinch bugs, and
tawny mole crickets.
Dr. Michael Rogers, Citrus Research and
Education Center, received a National
Science Foundation (NSF) travel grant to
attend the XXII International Congress of
Entomology scheduled for August 15-21 in
After a year working on green peach aphids
on lupins in the land down under (Oz, a.k.a.
Australia), Dr. Yasmin Cardoza is now in
Madison, Wisconsin, working on bark-beetle
associations with Ophiostomatoid fungi in
forest systems. She has a 2 1/2 year
postdoctoral research appointment with Dr.
Kenneth Raffa in the Department of
Entomology there. Dr. Cardoza send her best
regards and the URL for her Web site
case she can be of service to her old (?)
colleagues at UF.
Erika Andersen (M.S. graduate student) is
our current Insect Outreach Program
Coordinator. You can contact her at 352-392-
1901 or UFBugs@ifas.ufl.edu for
information and scheduling.
Erika reports below on recent Outreach
activities, but first of all, she wishes to thank
everyone who helped out with the
department's booth at the Florida State Fair
in Tampa from February 6-16th.
On February 4th, Rebecca Baldwin, Dr. Carl
Barfield, Jennifer Steill and Erika
Andersen spoke with undergraduate students
considering various career and graduate
opportunities at the UF College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Fair.
Later that same day, Erika presented a
program on insects to about 30 children at
the Tower Road Library, Gainesville.
On February 12th, Erika gave another
presentation to 3rd through 5th graders at the
Mi Casa Su Casa program, Sandhill
Elementary in Haines City, FL. Our Outreach
personnel usually do not travel that far, but
the Mi Casa Su Casa program is a federally
funded program for children of low income
families and Erika had the opportunity to talk
to over 300 children of citrus grove workers.
Although Haines City is about 120 miles
south of Gainesville, it was not as far as State
College, PA. On February 26-29th, Erika
attended a Penn State University teachers'
workshop on Integrated Pest Management in
Philadelphia, participated in an
IPM/entomology outreach at the Science
Museum of Harrisburg, and toured and
learned about the outreach program (with the
BugMobile) at the State College campus.
Other activities included presentations at
Lake Forest Elementary School (March 4th),
where Erika worked with about 30 1st
graders; Lincoln Middle School (also March
4th), with Erika presented to about 100 6th
through 7th graders; Cornerstone School (on
March 19th), when Jason Meyer and Erika
spoke to about 25 1st graders; Gainesville
Country Day Preschool (March 24th) where
Karla Addesso and Erika visited to about 16
3- to 4-year-olds; and finally (for this issue)
at the Florida Museum (March 20th) where
Jason Meyer and Erika Andersen taught the
wonders of arthropods to about 100 6th to 8th
graders from Lincoln Middle School.
All this because our department has an
assistantship to support a graduate student to
do outreach activities. Students (usually a
M.S. student) are offered the assistantship,
when it becomes vacant, due to their prior
experience and statement of purpose in their
application. Most receive the assistantship
for the course of their degree program (often
two years at the Master's level). Sometimes
their program limits this. For example,
Justin Harbison, the previous Outreach
Coordinator, is spending eight months in
Africa doing research. In any case, the
assistantship is not used as a crutch to
support an unfunded student, but is assigned
to a student who has shown a real interest
and has experience in outreach activities at
the undergraduate or graduate level. Erika
Anderson, the current Outreach Coordinator,
was very active in this area as an
"It would appear that socialism really works
under some circumstances. Karl Marx just
had the wrong species." from Journey to
the Ants by Bert Holldobler and Edward O.
PhinisheD is a support group for people who
cannot seem to finish their thesis or
dissertations. Its Web site is located at
This popular UF/IFAS Department of
Entomology and Nematology and FDACS
Division of Plant Industry Web site is
available at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/.
New files are added every month and older
files are updated as information becomes
available. Looking for some exposure for
you and your favorite creature? During the
last 12 months, the Featured Creatures Web
site recorded 1,259,063 distinct visitors and
2,336,889 page views.
New text and/or photographs were added to
the files on: Caribbean crazy ant and fig wax
The Top 10 Featured Creatures (with the
most page views) for the first quarter of 2004
were: bed bug (by S. Brooks), house fly (H.
Sanchez-Arroyo), brown recluse spider
(G.B. Edwards), soil nematodes (R
McSorley), lady beetles (H. Frank / R.
Mizell), German cockroach (S. Valles),
brown garden snail (G. Dekle / T. Fasulo),
common house spider (G.B. Edwards), cat
flea (D. Zentko / D. Richman), and the red
imported fire ant (L. Collins / R.
A recent comment about Featured Creatures:
"Featured Creatures is outstanding!" Dr.
Fred Santana, Sarasota County IPM
Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor.
Please send submissions to him at
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the middle of each month. Items for each
month's issue should be sent no later than the
9th of that month.
Printed copies are distributed only within
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UF-Bugnews-l listserv when HTML and
PDF copies are posted on the newsletter Web
site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/, which
contains instructions for subscribing and
unsubscribing to the listserv. Andy
Koehlerdoes the coding for the HTML
During March, the newsletter Web site
recorded 3,645 distinct visitors and 7,193
page views. The newsletter listserv has 239