Dr. Efat Hammad Abou Fakhr joined Dr.
Heather McAuslane's lab in July for a
year-long Fulbright-funded sabbatical. Dr.
Hammad Abou Fakhr is an associate
professor in the Department of Plant
Sciences at the American University of
Beirut, Lebanon where her main
responsibility is teaching (Principles of
Entomology, Plant/Pest Interactions,
Biological Control, Introduction to
Beekeeping, Integrated Pest Management).
During her sabbatical, she plans to study the
toxicological effects of extracts of Melia
azedarach, the chinaberry tree, on Liriomyza
sativae and Bemisia argentifolii and their
natural enemies. She also hopes to learn new
technologies and skills that she can take back
to her students in Lebanon. Please take a
moment to stop by her office (room 3105) or
my lab (room 2128), introduce yourself, and
welcome her to the department. H.
Dr. James P. Cuda was selected for
inclusion in the forthcoming 59th edition of
Who's Who in America.
Dr. James P. Cuda and Kenyatta Nichols,
one of his student workers, were featured in
an article entitled, "Living on the Edge"
published in the summer issue of IMPACT
Magazine. The article highlighted Cuda's
research program on biological control of
Brazilian peppertree in Florida.
Drs. James P. Cuda, Scotty Long, and
Bruce Stevens of the UF College of
Medicine were issued United States Patent
(No. 6,766,613) on 27 July for developing
new materials and methods for controlling
certain arthropod pests. Long is a former
graduate student currently on duty as a
captain in the US Army Reserves.
This month we award degrees to five
graduate students. Listed are their names,
degrees, committee chair and immediate
plans (if known):
Deanna Branscome PhD Koehler FMC
Susan Gruner MS continuing to PhD
Jay Cee Turner MS Buss
Ricky Vasquez MS Porter continuing
to PhD w/Koehler
Craig Welch PhD Frank postdoc at
Dr. John Capinera announced that a
welcoming reception for our 20+ new
graduate students and an employee service
pin award ceremony will be combined and
followed by a social luncheon for the new
and current students, staff, and faculty on
August 26. The reception will begin at 10:30
in room 1031 with the luncheon afterwards.
Let Myrna Litchfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
know if you plan to attend as she needs to
order the eats and sweets.
The following students took 1st, 2nd and 3rd
place respectively in the Florida
Entomological Society (FES) Student Paper
Competitions recently held at the recent FES
annual meeting in Ft. Lauderdale: (Ph.D
level): Rebecca Baldwin, Katie Barbara,
Rui Pereira; (M.S. level): Scott Weihman,
Daniel Frank and Linda NcHerna.
FES recently awarded $500 scholarships to
the following students: Matt Aubuchon,
Katie Barbara and Rui Pereira.
Vetter RS, Edwards GB, James LF. 2004.
Reports of envenomation by brown recluse
spiders (Araneae: Sicariidae) outnumber
verifications ofLoxosceles spiders in Florida.
Journal of Medical Entomology 41: 593-597.
McAuslane HJ, Chen J, Carle RB,
Schmalstig J. Influence of Bemisia
argentifolii (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae)
Infestation and Squash Silverleaf Disorder on
Zucchini Seedling Growth. Journal of
Economic Entomology 97:1096-1105.
Stevens BR, Cuda JP, Long LS. 2004.
Material and methods for controlling pests.
United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Speaking of publications... There are plenty
of them available in the department's reading
room, and that is where they are suppose to
stay. The Reading Room committee once
again reminds us that no one is allowed to
take materials out of the reading room, and
no one is allowed to take food or drink in.
You are also reminded that Reading Room
users are monitored on closed-circuit TV, so
wave and say hi. In addition, the committee
asks that you to tidy up after yourself before
leaving the room. Those who wish to use the
in-room copier should visit the stock room to
get a PIN from Nick Hostetler.
FES awarded $100 travel grants, used to
attend its recent meeting, to the following
students: Alejandro Arevalo, Rebecca
Baldwin, Katie Barbara, Crystal Kelts,
Rui Pereira, Elena Rhodes, Mirian Hay
Roe, Justin Saunders and Jay Cee Turner.
FES also awarded $100 mini-grants (for
research) to the following students:
Alejandro Arevalo, Rebecca Baldwin,
Katie Barbara, Eugene Head, Crystal
Kelts, David Melius, Rui Pereira, Elena
Rhodes, and Mirian Hay Roe.
Dr. Gregory Evans (1993) recently left his
Gainesville position with the Division of
Plant Industry for points north. On 4 June,
Greg began work as the National
Coccidologist Specialist (scale insect
taxonomist) for USDA/APHIS/PPQ. Greg
states, "Although I work for APHIS, my
office is in Beltsville, Maryland, where the
national scale insect collection and its vast
library is housed. I work beside several of the
Systematic Entomology Laboratory
taxonomists who work on scale insects,
whiteflies, mites, aphids, psyllids and thrips.
My primary job is to identify scale insects
and sometimes whiteflies that are intercepted
at the ports. It's very challenging since
shipments are coming in from all over the
world." Dr. Evans' Whitefly Taxonomic and
Ecological Web site is available at:
Dr. Marian Hay-Roe experienced a media
blitz recently when her "talking" butterflies
attracted the attention of the press. UF/IFAS
generated a story on this aspect of her work
and it appeared in several newspapers as well
as becoming a lead story on UF Web site's
main menu. All as a result of a paper she and
USDA researcher Dr. Richard Mankin
published in the Journal of Insect Behavior.
For details see http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.edu/
Dr. Hanife Genc reports that she and her
family are now living in Canakkale, Turkey,
her homeland. It is a nice town and close to
Greece, as well as Istanbul, Izmir and many
other areas attractive to tourists. She and
Levent, her husband, both have new jobs at
the university there Canakkale Onsekiz
Mart Universitesi. Hanife is in the Plant
Protection Department (Entomology) and
recently she and Levent applied for assistant
professor positions. Hanife will be teaching
general entomology courses and doing
research in insect pest management. Levent
will be also teaching and doing research in
GIS and remote sensing. Hanife can be
reached at email@example.com.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. John Foltz participated in the 48th
Southern Forest Insect Work Conference in
Tampa, Florida, 2-5 August. As an invited
speaker in the workshop on forest
defoliators, he presented "Orgyia detrita
(Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae), a common and
often unrecognized tussock moth in the
South." During the poster session, he
displayed "Corticeus Species (Coleoptera:
Tenebrionidae) of the Southeastern United
States," co-authored with graduate student
Drs. James P. Cuda and William A.
Overholt co-authored a poster entitled,
"Genetic Evidence for Two Introductions of
Brazilian Pepper into Florida,"at the annual
meeting of the Association of Tropical
Biology, held in Miami, FL, 12-15 July. Dr.
Colin Hughes, Florida International
University, was also a co-author.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the joint annual
meeting of the Florida Entomological
Society and International Caribbean
Conference held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 25-28
July. Cuda, an invited speaker for the Weed
Biological Control Symposium, delivered a
PowerPoint presentation entitled,"Effect of
Experimental Field Releases of the Thrips
P\ett, l~ ,phii nh il,' ichini (Thysanoptera:
Phlaeothripidae) on the Growth of Brazilian
Peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius, in
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to attend the
2004 Everglades Invasive Species Summit
held in Homestead, FL, 29-30 July. The
purpose of the summit was to provide
participating agencies involved in Everglades
restoration with an opportunity to gather and
share information about invasive species in
the Everglades region. Biological control of
Brazilian peppertree, the focus of Cuda's
research program, has been identified as a
high priority because the plant is an
important invader of the Everglades National
Park, and poses a significant threat to
ongoing restoration efforts.
On 5 August, Dr. James Cuda participated
in a joint meeting of scientists and biologists
affiliated with USDA-ARS, South Florida
Water Management District, Natural
Resources Conservation Service and
UF/IFAS to address the invasive plant
problem in southwest Florida. The meeting
was held at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida
REC, in Immokalee.
The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and
Biodiversity, the world's largest research
facility devoted to Lepidoptera, opens 14
August 2004, on the UF campus in
Gainesville, Florida. Visit its Web site at
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflies/ to see
the schedule of events for that day and later.
The two credit course on Ant Identification,
Biology, and Control, held at the Ft.
Lauderdale REC in July (see the January
issue for details), was a success. Ph.D.
student John Warner, the class coordinator,
reported that in addition to a number of local
students and residents (mostly pest control
types), several people came down from
Gainesville, as well as from three other
states. Student comments were very positive
and all said they learned a great deal andwere
grateful for the resource CD-ROM and
The five-day, one week intensive course
included three field trips and hours of lab
time keying out ants and putting together
individual collections. Graduate student
David Melius commented, "I have taken
many entomology classes over the course of
my undergraduate and short graduate career,
and this has been one of the most interesting
and informative classes yet!" Even several
instructors commented on the good time they
had. Warner created a photographic review
of the course at http://whitefootedant.
Dr. Brian J. Cabrera, entomologist with the
UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale REC, announces
that registration is now open for the annual
School of Structural Fumigation. This is the
first year it will be conducted at UF/IFAS.
The previous 16 years it was held at Broward
Community College. For details see
Jane Medley reports that the department's
new HP DesignJet 800 PS plotter is up and
running in Room 1023, with most of the bugs
worked out. It can print your PowerPoint
poster as large as 56" x 42", with much
greater resolution and brighter color than our
former large-format printer. Please see Jane,
Pat Hope, Kathy Milne or Mike Sanford to
help you print your poster or display.
If you have a group coming to our building
for a meeting that will need parking permits,
please contact Myrna Litchfield
(firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can contact
Transportation and Parking to obtain the
permits. The Department has only a few on
hand and they go pretty fast each day. Myrna
needs at least three to four days notice.
"The foreign policy aim of ants can be
summed up as follows: restless aggression,
territorial conquest, and genocidal
annihilation of neighboring colonies
whenever possible. If ants had nuclear
weapons, they would probably end the world
in a week." from Journey to the Ants by
Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson
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 1,376,018 distinct visitors and
2,584,945 page views.
The Top Ten Featured Creatures (and
authors) for the period April-June 2004 were:
brown recluse spider (GB Edwards DPI);
deer flies (J Squitier UF/IFAS); bed bug (S
Brooks UF/IFAS); common house spider
(GB Edwards DPI); black flies (JD Butler
- UF/IFAS, and JA Hogsette, USDA-ARS);
house fly (H Sanchez-Arroyo, UF/IFAS);
yellowjackets (EE Grissell, DPI); deer tick
(M Patnaude, UF/IFAS and TN Mather,
University of Rhode Island); German
cockroach (S Valles, USDA-ARS), and lady
beetles (JH Frank and RF Mizell,
New text and/or photographs were added to
melaleuca weevil, click beetles (major
revision), glassywinged sharpshooter, papaya
fruit fly, twospotted spider mite, oriental fruit
fly, crabhole mosquito, Florida SLE
mosquito, corn earworm, pine shoot beetle,
cyclamen mite, green peach aphid, and
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