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Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford, Professor
Emeritus and former extension beekeeping
specialist, is portraying the lead role of John
Adams, in the musical 1776 at the High
Springs Community Theater's 24 June 23
July. Performances are Friday and Saturday
at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Visit
his Web site at http://beeactor.vze.com/ for
more details on his acting career and other
interests, including his continual involvement
with apiculture worldwide. Tom once played
the role of John Quincy Adams, John
Adams' son, in a production of The Amistad
Case, so playgoers will notice the "family
Dr. Rajagopalbabu Srinivasan (also known
as Babu) recently joined Dr. Marjorie A.
Hoy's laboratory as a postdoctoral scientist.
Dr. Srinivasan completed his Ph.D. at the
University of Idaho where he worked on
"Influence of hairy nightshade on
potato-potato leafroll virus pathosystem." His
major professor was alumnus Dr. Juan
Manual Alvarez (Ph.D. 2000).
Michele Linette, Lisa Hightower, Bill
Zettler, and Dr. Jennifer Gillett received an
UF/IFAS 2005 Silver IMAGE Award, in the
Educational Materials category, for "Mission
Icy Hot, Ooze, Spore Wars, Virulent, Yuck,
and Nematodes." This was a distance
education lab series for PLP 3002, General
Plant Pathology. It included instructional
DVD's and printed material.
"Poster Girl" Jane Medley, her actual title is
Senior Art and Graphics Specialist, recently
drafted new posters for the two kiosks in the
Natural Area Teaching Laboratory. Dr. Tom
Walker states that "...both posters are more
enticing to view, thanks to Jane's graphic
skills. They are also easier to print and
replace." To view one of the new posters,
check out the east side of the kiosk in the
Natural Area Park. Since Jane works to some
degree on many of the posters generated by
this department for meetings, presentations
and for-sale items, it was nice of Dr. Walker,
and typical of him, to express appreciation
for one of her latest projects.
Art and Publications Specialist Mike
Sanford announced his acceptance of
another job and will leave the department in
this month. Although Mike spent five years
concealed in the far corner cubicle of the
reception area, his graphical efforts were
appreciated throughout the department.
Olga Kostromytska, a M.S. student with Dr.
Eileen Buss, was awarded the Col. Frank
Ward Memorial Scholarship by the Florida
Turfgrass Association, which comes with a
nice cash award. Olga will receive the award
at the association's annual conference and
show in Bonita Springs on 14 September.
This scholarship recognizes her excellent
grades and hard work as a student in a
Ph.D. student Jennifer M. Zaspel was one
of three students awarded the Henry K.
Clench award for best student paper at the
Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists'
Society. Her paper was "Two independent
origins of skin-piercing and blood-feeding in
the vampire moth genus Calyptra
(Lepidoptera: Erebidae)." Dr. Marc
Branham was co-author.
The following undergraduate students
qualified for the Dean's List for the Spring
2006 semester: Jessica Awad, Jerome
Dewberry, Stephen Illsley, Kimberly
Jameson, Valerie McManus, Daniel Pitt,
and Samuel Watson. Congratulations to all
of them! Each will receive a certificate to
note this achievement.
Gyeltshen J, Hodges AC. (May 2006).
Fuller rose weevil, Pantomorus cervinus
(Boheman). Featured Creatures. EENY-375.
Mead FW. (May 2006). False-mastic psylla,
Ceropsylla sideroxyli Riley. Featured
Creatures. EENY-370. http://creatures.ifas.
Zhou X, Tarver MR, Bennett GW, Oi FM,
Scharf ME. 2006. Two hexamerin genes
from the termite R. flavipes: sequence,
expression, and proposed functions in caste
regulation. GENE 376: 47-58.
Scharf ME, Nguyen SN, Song C. 2006.
Evaluation of volatile low molecular weight
insecticides using Drosophila melanogaster
as a model. Pest Management Science 62:
Saarinen EV. 2006. Differences in worker
caste behaviour of Oecophylla smaragdina
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in response to
larvae ofAnthene emolus (Lepidoptera:
Lycaenidae). Biological Journal of the
Linnean Society 88:391-395.
Weihman SW, Liburd OE. 2006. Mating
disruption and attract-and-kill- as
reduced-risk strategies for control of grape
root borer, Vitacea polistiformis
(Lepidoptera:Sesiidae) in Florida vineyards.
Florida Entomologist 89: 245-250.
Meetings and Presentations
Drs. Jacqueline Miller and Thomas Emmel
organized a joint meeting of the
Lepidopterists' Society, the Association for
Tropical Lepidoptera, and the Southern
Lepidopterists' Society in Gainesville, 14-18
June, at the Hilton University of Florida
Conference Center. The combined meeting
had participants from 13 countries.
Ph.D. student Emily Saarinen co-organized
the second annual student symposium on
"Lepidopteran Conduct: Developments in
Ethology," at the combined Lepidoptera
meeting. She also presented the paper "A
Tale of Two Lycaenids: Symbioses from
Malaysia and Florida."
Dr. Dave Carlson, Adjunct Associate
Professor, presented an invited lecture on
"Mating Behavior in Diptera: Sex
Pheromones of Flies," at the FAO/IAEA
Interregional Training Course on "The Use
of the Sterile Insect and Related Techniques
for the Integrated Area-wide Management of
Insect Pests." University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL; 5 June.
Dr. Marjorie A. Hoy attended the Caribbean
Food Crops Society meetings in San Juan,
Puerto Rico, 9-14 July, where she spoke on
"Classical Biological Control of Pests in
Citrus in Florida and the Caribbean:
Interconnections and Sustainability."
Drs. Norm Leppla and Jennifer Gillett
presented a poster on "IPM Florida Building
Through Partnerships: The UF, IFAS
Statewide IPM Program," at the National
Extension Technology (NETC) Conference,
Gainesville, 8-11 May.
Also at NETC, Drs. Jennifer Gillett, Norm
Leppla, Amanda Hodges and Joan Dusky
gave the presentation "Cost Effective
In-Service Training Via Interstate
Drs Jennifer Gillett and Norm Leppla set
up an information booth on "IPM Florida
Partnerships: The UF/ IFAS Statewide IPM
Program" at the IFAS Extension
Symposium, Gainesville, 15-18 May. While
there, they distributed 110 IPM Florida
DVD's, 200 IPM Florida hand lenses and
500 Fire Ant IPM Guides.
Dr. Jennifer Gillett, Gary Brinen, Dr. Eileen
Buss, Dr. Bily Crow, Dr. Phil Harmon, Pam
Mattis, S. Williams and Dr. Barbra Larson
provided Instructor Training for Landscape
IPM Short Course at the IFAS Extension
Symposium, 16 May.
Dr. Norm Leppla, Dr. Jennifer Gillett and
DPM student Heidi HansPetersen were
authors of the invited presentation "Mass
Production and Quality of Biological Control
Agents," at the IV Congreso Control
Biologico, Cali, Colombia, 1 June.
Ph.D. student Jim Dunford presented the
poster "The distribution and genitalic
morphology of Speyeria atlantis and
Speyeria hesperis (Nymphalidae:
Heliconiinae)" at the Annual Meeting of The
Dr. Julio Medal was an invited speaker a
the IV International Neotropical Region
Meeting on Biological Control held at the
International Center of Tropical Agriculture
(CIAT) in Cali, Colombia during 31 May 2
June. His one-hour plenary section
presentation focused on "Overview of
Biological Control of Invasive Plants." The
meeting had approximately 250 participants
from 32 countries.
Dr. Julio Medal organized the Third
Latin-American Short-Course on Biological
Control of Weeds' held 12-15 June in
Managua, Nicaragua. He also gave three
presentations: History of Biological Control
of Invasive Plants, Procedures to Initiate a
Weed Biocontrol Program, and
Host-Specificity & Risk Assessment. This
intensive course, dedicated to the memory of
USDA-ARS Argentinean researcher Daniel
Gandolfo, included 11 speakers and 43
trainees from twelve countries (Argentina,
Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador,
Nicaragua, Mexico, Paraguay, Venezuela, St.
Vincent & Grenadines, USA). The course
was rated very good to excellent by 98% of
the attendees. The next course is scheduled
Doctor of Plant Medicine student Denise
Thomas, who works in our department for
Florida IPM, received $400 from CALS and
$250 from the Graduate Student Council to
assist with travel to present the poster
"University of Florida's Certificate of Plant
Pest Risk Assessment and Management" at
the American Phytopathological Society
Symposium, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
on 29 July 3 August. Denise also received
the J. Artie and Arra Browning Student
Travel Award ($500) for the same meeting.
Graduate student Christian Salcedo received
$600 from The Hovanitz Memorial Award
Program For Student Research Grants from
The Lepidoptera Research Foundation.
The 2006 Florida Entomological Society
meeting is scheduled for 23-26 July, at the
Jupiter Beach Resort in Jupiter, Florida. For
information see http://www.flaentsoc.org/.
Graduate Student Travel Funds
Starting 1 July, graduate students will have
an additional funding source available to
them for travel from the Office of Research
and Graduate Programs. Currently, there is a
notation on these forms that says "Graduate
Students whose faculty/staff mentor is in
IFAS or Engineering are not eligible for this
program." However, this notation as it
pertains to IFAS will be removed 30 June
Highest priority will be given to doctoral
level students and students in other terminal
degree programs, who are invited to give
major talks, are in their final year of their
programs and are presenting work at a
national meeting, or have a unique research
or collaborative opportunity at an off-site
location. These one-time awards are limited
to $300 per trip and require a dollar for dollar
match from the college and/or department.
There are special guidelines and forms (See
Submit requests a minimum of one month in
advance of the desired travel date.
Area-wide Pest Management
The recent Area-wide Pest Management
training course, made possible with U.S.
funding and sponsored by the International
Atomic Energy Agency, our Department and
the USDA, held session from early May
through June 8. There was plenty of activity
with 22 international participants, over 30
instructors from both the campus and as far
away as Japan, and non-stop classroom,
laboratory and field events. It was a learning
experience not only for the participants but
also for Dr. Mirian Hay-Roe, Josh Crews
and Dr. David Dame, who provided
technical support and coordinated their visit
and worked with them on a daily basis, 24/7.
Each participant was a practicing
entomologist or veterinarian, selected as their
country's single nominee for the course in
competition with other nominees from the
more than 140 United Nations Member
States. They lodged nearby at the Hilton,
which allowed easy access to the Department
- where they enthusiastically enjoyed the
friendly interaction provided by our students,
staff and faculty. The course included a
three-day field trip to visit the Sterile Medfly
Release Facility in Sarasota and the Fly-free
Citrus Production Program in Ft. Pierce. In
the classroom and in the field they were
exposed daily to leading international experts
in a wide variety of topics selected to provide
instruction on the details, economics,
advantages, and limitations of area-wide
At the end of the course each participant was
required to participate in a small group
presentation designed to address specific pest
management issues. The PowerPoint
presentations that they prepared revealed
their in-depth understanding of the principles
and strategies on which the month's studies
had focused. A graduation ceremony was
held at Mr. Han's on the last night of the
course. The following day they departed for
China, Lebanon, Brazil, Dominican
Republic, Bangladesh, Uganda, Armenia,
etc., where they join close to 500 others who
have benefitted from similar training here in
Gainesville over the last four decades.
Graduate Student Proposals
A discussion on required statistics courses
for our graduate students resulted in a new
seminar requirement for graduate students.
The discussion originally concerned a
suggestion regarding statistics made by the
recent review team. Although required for
new students starting in the Fall 2006
semester, the seminar is also suggested for
current students at the recommendation of
their committee. Graduate students will e-
mail their research proposals to the faculty,
and faculty and students can attend the
required proposal seminars. Attending
faculty can provide oral, constructive
criticism on the experimental design and
proposed statistical analysis. Faculty would
also provide a yet-to-be-designed one-page
evaluation. Students at RECs will present
their seminars using the PolyCom system. In
late 2007 or during 2008, departmental
faculty will review the effectiveness of the
proposal seminar requirement.
Presentation of a research proposal will
benefit students by providing feedback from
a wider audience than their committee, and
let them know that statistical analysis is an
integral component of their research that
needs to be considered before beginning that
research. The proposal must contains an
adequate review of the literature, hypotheses
to be tested and the methods to be used, and
the statistical analysis appropriate for that
type of data. Sample discipline-appropriate
proposals will be made available on the Web
as models for students.
M.S. students will present their seminars in
their second semester, while Ph.D. students
must do so the semester before they take
their qualifying exams. Some fine tuning of
this requirement by the graduate committee
might take place before its enactment.
Dr. Bill Kern of the Ft. Lauderdale REC
reports that the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel
recently released a Web presentation on
Africanized bees. He states, "There are some
nicely done animated graphics that explain
Africanized honey bee (AHB) movement,
differences between AHB and European
honey bees, and how the honey bee stinger
works." See http://www.sun-sentinel.com/
LIFE in the Department
The July 7h issue covers electrical penetration
graph monitoring and George Washington
Carver, and a tour of Orkin University.
The June 23rd issue covers the summer
Medieval Bug Faire, thanking Orkin, the
Molecular Biology Techniques course, and
the three-societies of lepidopterists meeting at
the McGuire Center.
The June 9th issue covers dissecting insects,
the ENSO camping trip, the national butterfly
recovery workshop, and school IPM.
Mike Sanford edits this photographic journal
of our department, located at
Wildlife officials in Mexico, the United States
and Canada have agreed to work together to
protect the monarch butterfly. However, some
who praise the agreement say it will not work
unless illegal logging in Mexico ends. See
"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar
is as valuable to the child as it is to the
caterpillar." Bradley Millar
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