Dr. Jennifer L. Gillett recently joined IPM
Florida in the Entomology and Nematology
Department as our new Assistant IPM
Coordinator. Jennifer is already a colleague,
mentor or friend to many of you, since she
has served as a technical assistant and
molecular biologist at USDA-ARS CMAVE,
an instructor in the Plant Pathology
Department, and a part-time employee at
IPM Florida. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S.
degrees in Plant Pathology at the University
of Florida. Her knowledge, talents and
experience will enable IPM Florida to further
balance our efforts among the IFAS units and
better serve the Extension community. In
previous positions, Jennifer has contributed
significantly to the success of distance
education in plant pathology and has
received several awards, including the North
American Colleges & Teachers of
Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching
Award of Merit, the UF Graduate School
Graduate Student Teaching Award 2002-
2003, and the CALS Jack L. Fry Graduate
Teaching Award in 2003. Jennifer also
served as a Peace Corps volunteer in
Morocco where she worked in rural
agricultural extension. She enjoys golf,
gardening, cooking and mushroom hunting.
Jennifer is very professional and personable,
and already has become a valuable member
of our team. Please welcome Jennifer as she
assumes her new full time duties with us. -
Drs. Oscar Liburd and Eileen Buss were
elected into Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor
society of agriculture, based on their
achievements and nominations by thoughtful
Dr. Oscar Liburd was one of the 26 faculty
selected by the IFAS Administrative Council
to participate in a series of workshop
entitled: Leadership Enhancement and
Administrative Development (LEAD). The
first workshop will be held 15-17 March in
Haines City, Florida.
Dr. Oscar Liburd's Fruit and Vegetable
IPM Web site highlights his research,
teaching and extension programs, and also
provides profiles of his staff and students.
On 23-25 February, Dr. Rudi Scheffrahn, of
the UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale REC, was
invited to attend and speak at a workshop on
"Decontamination, Cleanup, and Associated
Issues for Sites Contaminated with Chemical,
Biological, or Radiological Materials." The
meeting, held in Washington DC, was
sponsored by the Department of Homeland
Security and the USEPA. Scheffrahn
discussed his research on the efficacy of
methyl bromide as a whole-structure
decontaminant of bacterial spores, including
Bacillus anthracis, the spore that causes
The department will experience a 10-year
external review in February, 2006. Drs.
Leppla and Tabachnick volunteered to co-
chair the review process. We need additional
volunteers to lead development of review
material for each program area (IPM,
Nematology, etc.) and department function
(research, extension, teaching). The
department will have a retreat to discuss our
programs and plans for the future. Non-
Gainesville faculty volunteers are needed to
help with different aspects of the review and
participate in the review process.
The key elements for development of each
section are accomplishments, goals,
strategies and constraints. Dr. Capinera is
requesting nominations for the external
review team members and suggestions for a
protocol to include state faculty in this
process. He also suggested that alumni be
invited to talk to the review team about their
experiences here. Groups that receive
departmental services, such as trade
associations and Florida government
organizations (FDACS, etc.) might also wish
to talk to the review team about their
experiences with us.
Rebecca Baldwin is the editor-in-chief of
"Pest Press," a monthly School IPM
newsletter for the Brevard County, Florida,
IPM pilot program and future expansion
project. The first issue became available last
month. These newsletters can be downloaded
as they are (PDF file) or pieces cut and
pasted (from a DOC file) into school district
newsletters. See the School IPM site at
http://schoolipm.ifas.ufl.edu/ under "Latest
Additions." Almost 36,000 copies of this
type of file were downloaded form the
School IPM Web site in 2004.
The State of Arizona recently authorized
Rebecca Baldwin's Label Tutorial on
Maxforce Bait for CEUs. Licensed pesticide
applicators in that state can now use this
computer-verified training tutorials, as well
as a number of other UF/IFAS tutorials, to
train themselves and their technicians.
Kathryn Barbara successfully defended her
Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "Management of
pest mole crickets using the insect parasitic
nematode Steinernema scapterisci," on 24
Craig Roubos joined us in January as a new
Ph.D. student in Dr. Liburd's lab. He plans
to work on management of the blueberry gall
midge in blueberries. Craig received his MS
in entomology from Purdue University in
Graduate student Seth Bybee, of Dr.
Branham's Lab, won First Place in the
"Microptics" macrophotography photo
contest with his photo of damselfly wing
venation taken under oblique illumination.
This photograph will be included in
Microptics 2006 calender. Microptics is a
company that develops and distributes a "one
shot" digital microphotography system. The
contest was held on the WWW.
Graduate Research Assistant wanted: Ph.D.
student with background or willingness to
learn molecular genetic techniques toward
the understanding of termite/nematode
systematics and phylogeny. To begin
summer/fall 2005. Contact Dr. Rudolf H.
Scheffrahn (email@example.com) or Dr. Robin
Giblin-Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) Ft.
Lauderdale Research and Education Center.
Graduate Research Symposium
The 5th Annual IFAS Graduate Research
Symposium is scheduled for Friday, March
11, in the Reitz Union, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Each academic program (through its
Graduate Coordinator) was asked to select
two graduate students to each present a 15-
minute oral presentation and three graduate
students to present posters.
Oral presentations are 15 minutes in length
and given during concurrent sessions in
rooms 284, 285, 286, 287 of the Reitz Union
at 9:00 and 10:20 am. Posters are available
for viewing during the breaks and presented
during the official poster session from 1:00-
Students representing our department are:
oral presenters Barry Alto and Murugesan
Rangasamy; poster presenters Julie Cara
Congdon, Jason Meyer, and Leslie Rios.
Andy Koehler, who worked for Tom Fasulo
the summer after his junior high school year
(for free yet) and continuously (paid) since
his graduation from high school, became a
UF graduate student in January. Andy is a
M.S. student in the Engineering College and
chose Electrical Engineering as his major
because, as he said, it requires the fewest
courses in chemistry.
The State of Arizona also authorized Dr.
Hanife Genc's Label Tutorial on Gentrol
IGR for CEUs, developed while she was a
student here. Dr. Genc now teaches at a
university in Turkey. For more on these
tutorials see the UF/IFAS Buggy Software
Web site at http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/software/.
Dr. James Maruniak went to Guatemala
from February 26 to March 6 (Spring break
week) taking 11 students from the University
of Florida Society for Virological Studies.
They went to the Center of Disease Control
(CDC) where they heard presentations on
Chagas, malaria, dengue, HIV, and other
CDC programs in Guatemala and Central
America. They saw insect vectors of Chagas,
malaria and dengue. They also visited the
Pan American Health Organization where
they heard more about the diseases and the
international approach to diagnosis and
treatment of the diseases of Central
America. They learned that many immigrants
from Central America who go to Florida and
other states have diseases that are atypical
and initially not diagnosed properly by
American physicians. They also went to
CARE International (an NGO), where they
learned about maternal- infant health issues
including nutrition, diseases and income
generation. This is Dr. Maruniak's third
consecutive year traveling overseas with the
Virology students to promote awareness of
viral, bacterial and protozoal diseases and
control measurements in Central America
and the Caribbean region. Dr. Allen Burns,
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, provided
partial funding for the trip and welcomed Dr.
Maruniak and the students upon their return
at 11:30 pm, March 6.
In mid-February, Dr. Marc Branham and
graduate students Gino Nearns, Jennifer
Zaspel and Emily Heffernan spent a week
in Cuba doing collections-based research and
meeting Cuban entomologists. They traveled
on a U.S. State Department License that
allows UF staff and students to visit Cuba to
Scharf ME, Ratliff CR, Scharf DW, Zhou
X, Pittendrigh BR, Bennett GW. 2005.
Effects of juvenile hormone III on
Reticulitermesflavipes: changes in
hemolymph protein composition and gene
expression. Insect Biochemestry and
Molecular Biology 35: 207-215.
Scharf ME, Scharf DW, Zhou X,
Pittendrigh BR, Bennett GW. 2005. Gene
expression profiles among immature and
adult reproductive castes of the termite R.
flavipes. Insect Molecular Biology 14:
Dunford JC, Barbara KA. (March 2005).
Tetrio sphinx, Pseudosphinx tetrio
(Linnaeus). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
White JC, Liburd OE. 2005. Effects of soil
moisture and temperature on reproduction
and development of twospotted spider mite
(Acari: Tetranychidae) in strawberries.
Journal of Economic Entomology 98:
Graduate student Christian Salcedo received
the following grants: a IFAS travel grant for
$200, an Entomology Department travel
grant for $200, and a Graduate Student
Council travel grant for $250. This assistance
will allow Salcedo to present a talk at the
Meeting on Neotropical Lepidoptera, 17-22
April, in Campinas, Brasil.
Graduate student Murugesan Rangasamy
received a Graduate Student Council travel
grant for $250 and an IFAS travel grant for
$200 to attend the SEB-ESA meeting at
Tunica, Mississippi, 6-9 March. Rangasamy
also received a Graduate Student Council
research grant (under the Mentoring
Opportunity Program) for $300 to do
research electronic monitoring of southern
chinch bug feeding behavior on St.
Dr. Oscar Liburd and graduate student
Scott Weihman received a $7,500 grant
from the Florida Grape Growers Association
to continue evaluating reduced-risk tactics
for controlling grape root borer in Florida
Meeting and Presentations
Dr. Eileen Buss and graduate students Cara
Congdon and Olga Kostromytska attended
the 2005 National Turfgrass Entomologists'
Meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, on 20-21
February. Drs. Buss and David Held
(Mississippi State University) co-organized
the meeting and obtained a $20,000 grant
from the USDA CSREES Southern Region
Pest Management Center to reduce meeting
costs. Attendees included university faculty,
students, product manufacturers, and
personnel from the USDA, IR-4, Golf Course
Superintendents Association, and Golf
Course Management Magazine. The purpose
of the meeting was to identify research,
teaching, and extension needs in turfgrass
entomology in the United States and foster
collaboration to meet those needs. E. Buss
Our 'UFear Factor' Booth
"Courage is not the lack of fear but the
ability to face it." Lt. John B. Putnam, Jr.
Booth visitors large and small faced their
fear of creepy crawlies at the Florida State
Fair in Tampa, 10-21 February. Volunteers
from our department encouraged, informed
and cajoled the crowds to great success: It's
fair to say at least 5,000 conquered their
entomophobia at our popular booth, in
exchange for a colorful sticker that
proclaimed "I touched a roach" or scorpion
or tarantula. The more faint of heart helped
themselves to departmental giveaways such
as EDIS publications, ruler/bookmarks, and
four insect recipe cards known collectively
as Entomology Digest.
Our celebrity creatures managed to survive
their 12 days of fame. Indeed, it would
appear the bugs have conquered their
anthropophobia. And you'll no doubt be
pleased to know the scorpion's stinger is
Esther Dunn, Jennifer Gillett, Sue Gruner,
Heidi Hans-Petersen, Nick Hostettler,
Norm Leppla, Richard Martyniak, Jane
Medley and Gino Nearns helped plan and/or
prep the exhibit. The following bug
wranglers each kindly took a day to entertain
and educate fairgoers: Eileen Buss, Lyle
Buss, Seth Bybee, John Capinera, Marsha
Capinera, Tracy Conklin, Cheryl Foltz,
John Foltz, Jason Froeba, Nick Hostettler,
Paul Kaiser, Kevin Kobylinski, Carol
Leppla, Norm Leppla, Jee Cee Turner,
Jane Medley, Levi Medley Jason Meyer,
Jennifer Meyer, Mike Miller, Corey
Monteiro, Robyn Raban, Leslie Rios, Mike
Sanford, Tom Sanford, Faith Oi, Susan
Webb, and Frank Wessels. Props to all! J.
Faculty who wish to have an undergraduate
in their lab for the fall semester to experience
research, need to have their proposal to Dr.
Carl Barfield, departmental undergraduate
coordinator, no later than 1 April. He will try
to match the student to the professor. The
concept is to provide mentoring in research
for these students.
Graduate students Luis Matos, Sean
McCann, Veronica Manrique and
Murugesan Rangasamy are seminar
coordinators. Seminars begin at 3:45 p.m. in
room 1031, Entomology and Nematology
(Bldg. 970). A listing of seminars is available
in the January 2005 issue on the newsletter
Web site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/.
The following seminars will be held in the
McGuire Center Conference Room (12
noon-1:00 p.m). Lunch will be served.
Mar 15 Emily Heffernan, Expedition to
Cuba (Cuba Part II)"
Mar 22 Dr. Mirian Medina Hay-Roe,
"Where Can Our Passion Take Us?," by
Apr 5 Dr. Andrei Sourakov, "The
Dominican Republic (Part I)"
Lichtenberg, German physics professor and
In 2004, the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore
sold 490 of Tom Fasulo's CD-ROMs,
mostly the computer-verified training
tutorials authorized for CEUs in four states
and used for training in many more. Total
monetary returns were $10,550. Seventy
percent is returned to Tom and his
cooperators to continue additional work in
software development, hire OPS help and
purchase computer equipment and hardware.
The UF Faculty Senate requested that faculty
vote on whether or not they wish the tenure
process to be extended for a longer period of
time, seven years as opposed to six. When
faculty request tenure at six or seven years
and are denied, they can be hired for an
additional year and reapply at the end of that
year. Tenured faculty were asked at the
recent departmental faculty meeting to vote
on a period of time recommended for
requesting tenure (shorter period 6 years, or
longer period (7 years). The tenured faculty
voted overwhelmingly for the longer period.
The result was forwarded to the Faculty
Senate where the proposal will be discussed
"Some men come by the name of genius in
the same way as an insect comes by the name
of centipede not because it has a hundred
feet, but because most people can't count
above fourteen." Georg Christoph
There are now 346 Featured Creatures
publications online or undergoing review.
During 2004, the Featured Creatures Web
site recorded 1,389,090 distinct visitors and
2,796,086 page views. A distinct visitor is
anyone who enters the site for any length of
time, and who is only counted again if
inactive (as in stepped out for lunch, took a
nap at their desk, etc.) for 30 minutes.
Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor.
Send submissions to him at email@example.com.
Issues are published the middle of each
month. Submit items for an issue by the 7th of
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