This issue's release finds us in the middle
(February 6-10) of our Comprehensive
Review. The External Review Team arrived
in Gainesville and Orlando on Sunday, split
into three groups and spent Monday
reviewing our programs across the state.
Now they are in Gainesville. The team
consists of Drs. Pedro Barbosa, University
of Maryland; David Denlinger, Ohio State
University; John Edman (Chair), University
of California; Robin Huettel, Auburn
University; Marshall Johnson, University of
California; Robert Nowierski, CSREES,
Washington, D.C.; Doug Pfeiffer, Virginia
Tech University; and Coby Schal, North
Carolina State University.
The team will make their report on Friday,
10 February. In some way or another, all of
us will have input into their comprehensive
evaluation of our department. Since their
review takes as much time, if not more,
preparing for this hectic week, as well as
time afterwards completing their formal
report, we wish to thank them for their
efforts and let them know that we deeply
appreciate the time they will spend away
from their normal duties.
The four candidates for the Apiculture/
Youth Programs position scheduled for
interviews and seminars are: Dr. Alonso
Suazo (Feb. 13-14), Dr. Tim Haarmann
(Feb. 15-16), Dr. James Strange (Feb.
20-21), and Dr. James Ellis (Feb. 23-24). If
you would like to meet with a candidate, or
attend any of the lunches and dinners with
the candidates, please contact Pam Howell
(352-392-1901 ext. 104).
Graduate student Michael Bentley (M.S.) is
the new Outreach Coordinator. Contact Mike
at (352) 392-1901, extension 169.
Lindsay Griffin, a senior entomology major,
was accepted into medical schools at Boston
University and Mount Sinai. She will start
classes this September. Lindsay has been a
leader among our undergraduates for the past
two years and was the driving force behind
the organization of a new entomology club
for undergraduates The Insect Collecting
Society. We wish her well as she begins the
long trek to board certification in medicine.
Congratulations, Lindsay. Dr. Carl S.
Barfield, Undergraduate Coordinator
The department's 2005 Mulrennan
Outstanding Graduate Student Awards
were awarded to Frank Wessels (M.S.) and
Rui Pereira (Ph.D.). In addition to the honor
of being selected for developing an
outstanding thesis and dissertation, each
recipient receives a cash award of $500.
Rui Pereira's dissertation is titled "Influence
of a Juvenile Hormone Analog and Dietary
Protein on Male Caribbean Fruit Fly,
Anastrepha suspense (Diptera: Tephritidae),
Frank Wessels' thesis is titled "Biology and
Host Specificity of Tectococcus ovatus
(Hemiptera: Eriococcidae), a Potential
Biological Control Agent of the Invasive
Strawberry Guava, Psidium cattleianum
(Myrtaceae) in Florida."
On 15 January, David Serrano (MS 2001)
and Esther Dunn (Doctor of Plant Medicine
2005) were married in Miami, FL. Although
still pursuing a Ph.D. in Forest Entomology
with Dr. John Foltz, David works for the
Broward County School District (teaching
high school Biology and Environmental
Science). Esther, who worked out of our
department in the IPM program, is employed
with the USDA Citrus Canker Eradication
Program as a plant pathologist.
New year! New look!
Checked our Web site lately? It has a
colorful new look and some new features, yet
retains Dr. Skip Choate's excellent
organizational structure. As with any
website, it is a work in progress.
The home page (http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/)
features a photo of our building with active
links to "Research," "Teaching" and
"Extension." The Research page is brand
new and would benefit from your help to
make it more interactive. If you know a good
research-related link that should be included,
please e-mail me the link at
Another new feature you might like to check
is Department>Our People in the News.
This page lists pertinent news stories of the
last four or five years. If I missed a story or a
new one comes out you would like to add,
e-mail me the link and I'll add it.
As you navigate through the pages and see
any small insect or nematode, those images
each link to a Featured Creatures or EDIS
article about the critter.
Still to come are at least one slide show,
some insect video footage, your links the
possibilities are endless. Jane Medley
Seminar Series Spring 2006
This semester's seminar coordinators are
Seth Bybee, James Dunford, Luis Matos,
Murugesan Rangasamy and Jennifer
Zaspel. Seminars begin at 3:45 p.m. in room
1031, Entomology and Nematology (Bldg.
970). A listing of the topics and speakers is
in the January 2006 issue, available online at
McGuire Center Seminars
The McGuire Center Seminar Series is held
Tuesday in room 233 on the second floor.
Lunch is served at noon and the seminar
begins at 12:15.
2/14 "The Student Conservation
Association Changing Lives Through Service
2/22 Drs. Jaret Daniels, Thomas Emmel,
Paul Goldstein, Keith Willmott "Synopsis
of Basic Research Grant Projects Underway
at the McGuire Center"
Bybee S. (December 2005). Libelulas y
caballitos del diablo. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-363. http://creatures.ifas.
Nearns EH, Branham MA, Rodriguez NG,
Garcia IF. 2005. Curiuspunctatus (Fisher),
new combination (Coleoptera:
Cerambycidae). Insecta Mundi 19: 172.
Nearns EH, Turnbow RF. 2005. First record
of Plectromerus exis Zayas in the Dominican
Republic (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Insecta Mundi 19: 158.
Schiefer TL, Dunford JC. 2006. New state
record for Merope tuber Newman in
Alabama. Journal of Entomological Science
Novak RJ, Gerberg EJ. 2005.Natural-based
repellent products: efficacy for military and
general public use. Journal of the American
Mosquito Control Association 21 (4):
FES Pioneer Lecture
The Florida Entomological Society's (FES)
Pioneer Lecture Award Committee is
seeking two new members, one from regular
and the other from student membership.
Candidates should have an interest in the
history of entomology in Florida and be
willing to participate in one committee
meeting each year and the annual FES
conference activities. The committee meeting
provides an opportunity to help select the
honoree and lecturer, and the conference
activities include the Pioneer Lecturer
dinner, presentation, student luncheon and
associated events. Please refer to
(Committee Memberships and Guidelines)
for more information. Contact Dr. Joe
Funderburk (firstname.lastname@example.org) if
There is something new being installed in all
undergraduate degree programs at SUS
institutions Student Learning Outcomes
and Competency Exams. All degree-granting
departments have been instructed to develop
individualized Student Learning Outcomes
(SLOs) for their majors and design methods
to determine each student's competency at
meeting each SLO. Specifically excluded
from the competency determination is a
passing course grade in required courses.
We are now required to state explicitly our
individual SLOs for entomology and
nematology majors and have groups of
faculty develop and administer the
competency exams. Many UF faculty are
convinced that we have now the moral
equivalent of the K-12 FCAT being installed
within the SUS institutions. In any case, we
have no choice as this came to us as a
mandate from the Board of Governors. What
has been developed and how we propose to
administer it will be presented in an
upcoming faculty meeting. Dr. Carl S.
Barfield, Undergraduate Coordinator
LIFE in the Department
The February 3rd issue covers phorid flies,
tree-climbing fireflies, aquatic weed control,
a $25,000 "scholarship" award winner in our
department, and our distance education
The January 20th issued covers insect
collections; Lt. Katie Barbara, one of our
military entomologists; the redesigned Web
site; and a "Walkabout" tour of our people
Mike Sanford edits this photographic
journal of our department, located at
Looking for an unusual gift for someone who
is hard to buy for, such as your domineering
boss, an unpleasant in-law, or an ex-spouse?
Then the Cockroach Images CD-ROM would
be ideal. Developed by newly minted Dr.
Rebecca Baldwin and Thomas Fasulo, this
CD with 60 images of 14 different species in
three different resolutions (Web-optimized,
display-sized for large audiences, and print
quality) is for sale at the UF/IFAS Extension
Bookstore for only $15. See
htm for details.
This makes a total of 30 CD-ROMS
developed in the department that are for sale
through the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore.
For details on all the CDs, visit the Buggy
Software Web site at
Reusing the CEU Tutorials
Licensed Pesticide Applicators in Florida
may now reuse the over 30 UF/IFAS
computer-verified training tutorials to earn
CEUs to renew their licenses. Previously,
once a licensed operator used a specific
tutorial, he or she could not use that tutorial
again for CEUs. This has now changed and
operators may reuse the tutorials every four
years for CEUs. See detailed information at
28 New Species!
It is not uncommon to discover new
arthropod species, but 27 at once and in
California of all places? In the deep, dark
caves under the Sierra Nevada mountains in
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks,
twenty-seven previously unknown species of
spiders, centipedes, scorpion-like creatures
and other animals were discovered. For
details, see http://www.cnn.com/2006/
"We hope that, when the insects take over
the world, they will remember with gratitude
how we took them along on all our picnics."
- Bill Vaughan
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