Dr. Mike Scharf recently joined the
Gainesville faculty as an Assistant Research
Scientist in Insect Toxicology. This
appointment is a 100% research appointment
with PI status. Mike's main research project
will investigate the basic toxicology of low
molecular weight insecticides donated to UF
by Proctor & Gamble Inc. These investigations
will focus on efficacy, mode of action and
metabolism of the insecticides in model insect
systems. Mike also has interests in termite
genomics (understanding the molecular and
physiological bases of caste differentiation)
and insect flavin-containing monooxygenases
(a newly discovered group of detoxification
enzymes in insects). Mike comes to us from
Purdue University, Cornell University-
Geneva, and the University of Nebraska, and
has over 40 publications in insect toxicology
and molecular biology to his credit. He is
joined by his wife Dancia, who also works in
insect molecular biology and currently is
seeking employment at UF.
Dr. Barbra Larson recently left to accept a
position in the Department of Environmental
Horticulture. She is now the Statewide
Coordinator of the Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods Program, a partnership of
concerned citizens, the UF/IFAS Extension
Service, the National Estuary Program, Florida
Sea Grant College Program, Florida's water
management districts, Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, and numerous other
non-government agencies. See
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/fyn/ for details.
Dr. Joseph Funderburk, a professor of
entomology at the UF/IFAS North Florida
Research and Education Center in Quincy, was
one of three UF/IFAS scientists who received
a USDA Honor Award for their research on
controlling tomato spotted wilt virus. The
deadly virus is vectored by thrips, which
Funderbunk specializes in. Visit his Thrips
Biology and Management Web site at
Dr. James Cuda recently received word of his
promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.
Cuda has responsibilities in the area of insect
biological control, and is a specialist in the
biological control of weeds.
The red tape is complete, and we are pleased
to announce that Dr. David Hahn is our new
Insect Physiologist. Hahn received his Ph.D.
at the University of Arizona, is currently on a
post-doc at Ohio State University and expects
to be in Gainesville by January 2005.
There is still time to apply for our Veterinary
Entomology position. See the department's
Web site at http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/ for
details. Deadline is 3 August 2004.
UF/IFAS entomologists recently elected to
serve on the UF Faculty Senate are Drs. Bill
Howard (Ft. Lauderdale), Marjorie Hoy
(Gainesville), and Roxanne Rutledge (Vero
Beach). With the movement to self governance
endorsed by both our recent and new
university presidents, election to the Senate is
now more than just an honorary appointment.
James Kocher joined our department as a
Senior Teaching Laboratory Specialist. Mr.
Kocher will be assisting with the development
of the distance education curriculum.
Jay Cee Turner successfully defended her
Master's thesis, "Biology and management of
Allokermes kingii (Hemiptera: Kermesidae) on
oak trees," on 29 June 2004. Ms. Turner began
working on her M.S. with Dr. Eileen Buss in
May 2002, and will graduate next month.
Pine Beetle Work
Dr. Bud Mayfield, forest entomologist with
FDACS-Division of Forestry is seeking
applicants for a Southern Pine Beetle Program
Assistant position. This one-year, grant-funded
OPS position is stationed in Gainesville.
Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or
(352) 372-3505 ext. 119.
Thomas MC, Dixon WN, Fasulo TR. (April
2004). Pine shoot beetle, Tomicuspiniperda
(Linnaeus). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
Garcia-Maruniak A, Maruniak JE, Zanotto
PMA, Doumbouya AE, Liu J-C, Merritt
TM, Lanoie JS. (2004). Sequence analysis of
the genome of the Neodiprion sertifer
nucleopolyhedrovirus. Journal of Virology 78:
Halbert SE. 2004. The genus Greenidea in
the United States. Florida Entomologist 87:
Drs. Julio Medal and James Cuda received
two USDA-APHIS grants: $50,000
(March-December 2004), and $40,000
(July-December 2004). The purpose of the
grants is to continue the mass rearing, field
release, and post-release monitoring of the
leaf-beetle Gratiana boliviana for biocontrol
of tropical soda apple. Tropical soda apple is
one of the most invasive weeds of pastures and
natural areas in the southeastern states.
McGuire Lepidoptera Center
Faculty, who attended the June faculty
meeting, were treated to a tour of the new
McGuire Lepidoptera Center hosted by Dr.
Tom Emmel, the Center's Director. Most of
the displays and posters that will be in place
for the grand opening on August 14th were not
up yet, but the building was still very
impressive. In late June, Dr. Emmel also gave
many of our staff a tour of the new facility.
The new UF/IFAS Biological Control
Research and Containment Laboratory was
recently dedicated at the Indian River
Research and Education Center. The 17,000
square foot facility will be used by scientists to
contain, evaluate and release host-specific
organisms for biological control on invasive
plants and arthropods. Drs. Bill Overholt and
Ron Cave will conduct research in this joint
UF/IFAS and Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services
laboratory. The building featured two sections,
one for quarantine and another for non-
quarantine. The quarantine section includes
several components: two laboratories (one for
arthropods and another for invasive plants);
six greenhouses, a maximum security
laboratory, a fumigation room; and six
climate-controlled rooms for rearing biological
control agents. Within the non-quarantine
section are two laboratories, a conference
room and seven offices.
Most of us already know of Dr. Andrei
Sourakov and his reputation with a camera.
Although Andrei now works at the local
USDA lab, he has traveled the world on grants
from nature magazines and organizations
taking photographs of insects. Recently he
spent a period of months visiting museums
across the country taking literally thousands of
photographs of butterflies and moths for the
exhibits in the new McGuire Lepidoptera
Center. Sourakov periodically exhibits his
work at the Florida Museum of Natural
History, which is on campus. He has a new
exhibit, "For the Love of Bugs: Portraits of
Select Insects," at Terranova (near
Marketstreet Pub Gainesville's first micro-
brewery), on 14th 1st Avenue SW. The exhibit
runs until 30 July 2004.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Julio Medal was an invited speaker at the
4th International Weed Science Society
Meeting held in Durban, South Africa, 20-24
June. Medal gave a presentation on "Progress
and Prospects for Biological Control of
Solanum viarum in the USA."
Dr. Julio Medal traveled to Montelimar,
Nicaragua during 7-10 June to participate in
the II Latin-American Weed Biological
Control Course that he organized in
collaboration with the Universidad Nacional
Agraria of Nicaragua. Medal gave two
presentations entitled: "Overview of Weed
Biocontrol Worldwide" and "Procedures to
initiate a Weed Biocontrol Program" to 51
participants from seven Latin-American
countries that attended this intensive training
workshop. The second presentation was
co-authored by Dr. James Cuda.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended a technology
transfer team meeting for the interagency
TAME melaleuca project at the St. Lucie Co.
Cooperative Extension Office, Ft. Pierce, 16
June. The goal of TAME (The Areawide
Management Evaluation project) is to
demonstrate the effectiveness of an Integrated
Pest Management (IPM) approach for
controlling melaleuca in Florida.
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to participate
in a forest stewardship workshop entitled,
"Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control"
held at the Liberty Co. Cooperative Extension
Office, Bristol, 18 June. Cuda delivered a
PowerPoint presentation entitled "Biological
Control of Weeds: Basic Principles and
Prospects for North Florida".
Dr. James P. Cuda attended a Noxious Weed
and Invasive Plant Review Committee
Meeting held at the FLDACS- DPI Doyle
Conner Building, Gainesville, 23 June.
@UFL.EDU and Spam
With the new PeopleSoft system UF has
converted to, most of us are required to obtain
a @ufl.edu GatorLink address, even if it just
forwards e-mail to another address. But for
those of us who use @ufl.edu as our primary
address, UF has a new spam mail filter based
on an judgement system. The UF mail server
assigns asterisks to an e-mail based on how
much it "thinks" the message is spam. Users
can create a mail filter to send to a trash folder
any e-mail with a certain number of asterisks
assigned. UF suggests five asterisks, but users
can assign a higher or lower number. See
http://www.cns.ufl.edu/spam for detailed
instructions on creating the filter in your e-
mail program. The following Web browsers
are supported: GatorLink, Webmail,
Mozilla/Netscape/Thunderbird, Eudora, Pine,
and Outlook (but not Outlook Express).
Note: If you are still a Netscape user, then you
should consider converting to Mozilla. The
conversion process is simple, and there is only
a slight difference in the WWW and e-mail
interfaces as Mozilla is based on Netscape.
However, Mozilla is undergoing active
development, whereas Netscape is just
lingering. There are definite benefits as
Mozilla, (current version is 1.7) like Netscape
7.2, has additional junk mail filters and free
pop-up ad controls. Or you can also just install
Thunderbird, the stand alone e-mail client. See
Filing for Homestead
If you are a graduate student in our
department, and have taken squatter's rights
on a vacant desk and chair, you might want to
ensure that it is "legally" yours. Debbie Hall,
student services coordinator, suggests that
students in the graduate room mark desks with
their names in the space provided. Why?
According to Dr. Don Hall, graduate
coordinator, while we will be graduating five
to six graduate students this summer, they will
be replaced by at least 20 new graduate
students this September, with four others
trying to complete their packages in time.
Science Service, sponsors of the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair,
presented Matthew Jess Richardson, 16, of
Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs, FL,
with a check for $3,000 to go with his First
Place award in the Botany Division, which had
more than 60 worldwide entrants, some as far
away as China and India. Richardson won for
his study, "Effectiveness of Biofumigants vs.
Natural Antagonists for Meloidogyne
incognita Management in Lycopersicon
esculentum," which is the use of nematodes
and green manure to kill damaging root-knot
nematodes in tomatoes.
"His work is cutting edge in the Science of
Nematology and not a repeat or rehash of
previous research and ideas," said Dr. Jim
Rich, a nematologist with the UF/IFAS North
Florida Research and Education Center in
Quincy. While conducting his own research,
Richardson was advised by Dr. Rich, whose
research focuses on management of plant-
parasitic nematodes damaging field and
vegetable crops in North Florida.
"Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch
small flies, but let wasps and hornets break
through." from A Critical Essay Upon the
Faculties of the Mind by Jonathan Swift
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 1,350,427 distinct visitors and
2,500,944 page views.
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