Dr. Rajinder Singh Mann joined Dr. Phil
Kaufman's lab in Gainesville as a
Postdoctoral Associate. Dr. Mann's will
work to identify new insecticides for control
of medically important Diptera. Before
coming to Gainesville, Raj was a
Postdoctoral Associate in Dr. David
Schuster's program at the Gulf Coast REC.
Drs. Howard Frank and Ron Cave were
interviewed by the Sun-Sentinel about the
threat to Florida's bromeliads posed by the
Mexican bromeliad weevil. See the article at
The Board of Regents of the Association of
Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recently sent a
letter to Dr. John Capinera complimenting
the department for Dr. Jaret Daniels'
participation in the AZA Professional
Training Program's Techniques for
Butterfly Conservation and Management
course, held at the UF McGuire Center for
Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. The AZA
noted that it was "delighted by the response"
it received from participants in the course
and acknowledged that it owed "a significant
measure of our success to Jaret for his role."
This was the first year AZA held such a
course and the letter indicated that it looked
forward to "many more years of fruitful
Dr. James P. Cuda was featured in the 29
September edition of IFAS News.
Cuda provided recommendations to Florida
drivers on dealing with the recent lovebug
Dr. James P. Cuda participated in a one-day
workshop/demonstration project on
biological control of tropical soda apple in
Ft. Pierce, FL. The workshop, organized by
Drs. William A Overholt and Julio C.
Medal, consisted of a series of presentations
during the morning session and tour of
several field sites in the afternoon session
where biological control of tropical soda has
been very successful.
Biological Scientist Jay Cee Turner, who
previously worked for Dr. Oscar Liburd,
made a lateral move and now works for Dr.
Susan Webb. Jay Cee filled Mike Miller's
old position. Unfortunately, Mike had to
leave our department due to some
circumstances beyond his control.
Dr. Elke Weibelzahl is the new Biological
Scientist for Dr. Oscar Liburd's Small Fruit
and Vegetable IPM Laboratory. Elke, as
many of you may recall, is originally from
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Germany. She studied at UF under Dr. Don
Dickson's supervision, where she specialized
in biological control of root-knot nematodes
using Pasteuriapenetrans. Elke graduated
from our department in 1998 with a Ph.D. in
Nematology. Since then, she expanded her
experience in organic fruit and vegetable
farming by assisting at Charley Andrews'
Hammock Hollow Herbs Organic and other
local farms. This period was interrupted by
an Organization for Economic Cooperation
and Development funded nematological
survey that she conducted in Switzerland in
2002/3. To fill her schedule, she took
part-time positions in molecular biology at
the College of Medicine and at the FDACS-
Division of Plant Industry. Elke's life
focuses on the well-being of her two
nature-loving children and her immediate
environment. In her spare time, she fosters a
great love for art and the outdoors. So, if you
see her moving around, make sure to pass her
by three feet (as she is probably on her
bicycle). Dr. Oscar Liburd
sciences, social/cultural sciences, and
technology innovation in support of
conservation science. Doctoral students
submit research proposals related to one of
the categories and proposals are evaluated by
international scientific panels convened by
the AAAS. The AAAS panels select the
winning students, who become Canon
National Parks Science Scholars. For details,
Emily is co-advised by Drs. Jaret Daniels
and Jaqueline Miller. She encourages other
graduate students to take a grant writing
class, and states, "I highly recommend Dr.
Carl Barfield's grant writing class. I learned
about the entire grant process, from
searching for grants, to writing a successful
application, to post-grant handling. I also
learned the importance of re-submitting
grants; by considering my reviewer's
comments in 2005, I was able to strengthen
my 2006 Canon grant, and this time I was
Graduate student Emily Saarinen was
recently awarded the Canon National Parks
Science Scholars Fellowship for 2006 in the
area of biological sciences. The Canon
National Parks Science Scholars Program is a
collaboration between Canon U.S.A., the
American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. National
Park Service (USNPS). Begun in 1997, the
program annually awards doctoral
dissertation scholarships to support graduate
student research in national parks. The award
is for $80,000 to cover research and related
expenses for three years.
Awards are made in four categories, broadly
defined as biological sciences, physical
Gino Nearns (M.S. 2006) received the 2006
Kirby Hays Outstanding Master's Student
award for the Southeastern Branch of the
Entomological Society of America. Gino will
receive the award at next year's ESA
Southeastern Branch Meeting in Knoxville,
Tennessee, 4-7 March 2007, as well as a
check for $250. Gino is now traveling in
Bolivia, but will begin work on his Ph.D. at
the University of New Mexico in the spring.
His advisor at UF was Dr. Marc Branham.
Angela Brammer (M.S. 2003) and her
husband Chris have returned to Gainesville.
Both are teaching at UF's P.K. Yonge
Developmental Research School. Angela is
teaching a course in high school journalism,
and her classes will produce both the
newspaper and the yearbook for the school.
This fall she will also teach an undergraduate
course, called "Newspapers for Non-majors,"
for the UF Honors Department. Angela
received a B.S. in Journalism from UF, and
entered our department to fine tune her skills
in science writing. While here she wrote
articles for the various media in cooperation
with a number of our faculty, contributed
numerous informational files on insects to
the School IPM Web site that were
downloaded by the thousands by school
districts across the nation, and edited the
National Public Health Pesticide Applicators
Training Manual produced by Dr. David
Dame and Thomas Fasulo. The latter
manual averages approximately 4,000 copies
of its nine chapters downloaded every month.
Daniels JC. (September 2006). Miami blue,
Cyclargus thomasi bethunbakeri (Comstock
& Huntington). Featured Creatures. EENY-
(Note: A recent Gainesville Sun article
covered the release of hundreds of Miami
blues back into their environment. See
Kaur R, Brito JA, Dickson DW, Stanley
JD. 2006. First report of Meloidogyne
mayaguensis on Angelonia angustifolia.
Plant Disease Vol. 90, Num. 8. DOI:
Daniels JC. (September 2006). Schaus
swallowtail, Papilio aristodemus ponceanus
Schaus. Featured Creatures. EENY-387.
Hahn DA. 2006. Two closely related species
of desert carpenter ant differ in
individual-level allocation to fat storage.
Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
(Note: You might think that only ants
concerned with their personal appearance on
the "dating scene" would worry about body
fat. However, the above article attracted
attention from the popular press and was
featured on the Discovery Channel, Yahoo,
Fox News, Science Daily, and more than a
dozen other popular science Web sites. See
the Science Daily article at
Denmark HA. (October 2006). Phalaenopsis
mite, Tenuipalpus pacificus Baker. Featured
Creatures. EENY-377. http://creatures.ifas.
Gillett JL, Leppla NC, Sonke DJ.
(September 2006). IFAS's IPM, BMPs, FYN
and more: an alphabet soup of good
environmental programs for Florida. EDIS.
Mead FW. (September 2006). Persimmon
psylla, Trioza diospyri (Ashmead). Featured
Creatures. EENY-390. http://creatures.ifas.
Eickwort JM, Mayfield AE, Foltz JL.
(September 2006). Ips engraver beetles.
Featured Creatures. EENY-388.
Rhodes EM., Liburd OE, Kelts C, Rondon
AI, Francis RR. 2006. Comparison of single
and combination treatments of Phytoseiulus
persimilis, Neoseiulus californicus, and
Acramite (bifenazate) for control of
twospotted spider mites in strawberries.
Experimental & Applied Acarology 39:
Rodrigues SCG, Maruniak JE. 2006. Blood
meal identification from mosquitoes
collected at a commercial alligator farm.
Journal of the American Mosquito Control
Association 22: 557-560.
Fall 2006 Seminars
This semester's seminar committee members
are graduate students Murugesan
Rangasamy, Craig Roubos, Seth Bybee,
Emily Saarinen and Amit Sethi. Seminars
are held on Thursday afternoons in room
1031. Refreshments are served at 3:45 pm,
and the seminar begins at 4:00 pm. A listing
of the seminars is in the September issue,
which is available at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.
Florida Butterfly Festival
Plan to attend the Florida Butterfly Festival
at the Florida Museum of Natural History
and the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera
Study on 14-15 October. Actually, events
begin on Thursday and continue all weekend:
movies, presentations, tours, field trips,
dances, contests and more for butterfly lovers
of all ages. See http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/
butterflyfest/ for a complete listing.
Meetings and Presentations
The UF Libraries hosts the seminar "Seed to
Shelf: Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
and Organic Farming as Sustainable
Practices" on 19 October from 2-4 pm in
Marston L107. Assistant IPM director, Dr.
Jennifer Gillett will speak about IPM as a
sustainable approach to managing pests by
combining biological, cultural, physical and
chemical tools in a way that minimizes
economic, health and environmental risks. In
addition, Dr. Danielle Treadwell will discuss
the new UF Organic Farming major offered
by the Horticultural Sciences department.
This event is held in conjunction with the
"Campus and Community Sustainability:
Sharing Best Practices and Visions for
Florida's Future" conference, 25-26 October
at UF. For more information see:
UF Libraries thanks UF/IFAS for
co-sponsoring this program. Refreshments
and snacks will be provided.
Dr. Jennifer Gillett gave the presentation
"IPM in Florida, Small Steps to Success" to
the Alachua County Master Gardeners, New
Volunteer Training, 28 September 2006.
Dr. Jennifer Gillett attended the 2006
Extension Professionals Association of
Florida Professional Improvement Meeting
and Administrative Conference, 11-14
September 2006, in Marco Island, Florida.
She had an information booth where she
distributed IPM material to county extension
agents. This material included 20,000 copies
of the brochure "How to Use Beneficial
Nematodes Against Pest Mole Crickets In
Home Lawns," a brochure available online in
English and Spanish at http://ipm.ifas.ufl.
brochure was written by Drs. Norm Leppla
and Howard Frank, and designed by Jane
Dr. Susan Webb presented a paper,
"Whitefly transmission of a new virus
infecting cucurbits in Florida," during
Cucurbitaceae 2006, an international
conference held 17-21 September in
Asheville, NC. The paper, which was also
published in the proceedings of the meeting,
was co-authored by two plant virologists, Dr.
Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS, Fort Pierce, and
Dr. Carlye Baker, DPI, Gainesville. Dr.
Webb also served on the scientific committee
for the conference and attended the National
Cucurbit Crop Germplasm Committee
meeting held in conjunction with
Cucurbitaceae. She has served as the
entomologist on this 14-member committee
Dr. James P. Cuda participated in the
annual CALS teaching symposium held at
the UF Hilton Conference Center in
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the Annual
Meeting of the Extension Professionals
Associations of Florida held in Marco Island,
FL, 11-15 September. As Dr. John Capinera
was absent, Cuda introduced Dr. Jamie Ellis,
our new apiculturist, to the UF/IFAS
Drs. James P. Cuda, W. A. Overholt and
Oscar Liburd participated in one of the
Extension Service's Statewide Goals and
Focus Areas workshop held at the Reitz
Union, 25 September. The purpose of the
workshop was to provide input into pest
management plans for Goal 1- To Enhance
and Maintain Agricultural and Food Systems.
A little bit here and a little bit there it all
adds up. Graduate student Jennifer M.
Zaspel recently received the following travel
grants: Graduate Student Council $250,
IFAS CALS $200, and Entomology and
Nematology $200. She also received a grant
from the Office of the Vice President for
Research for $300. The latter grant is
matched by Entomology and Nematology for
a total of $600. Jennifer plans to use the
grants to present an invited paper at the 3rd
Annual Meeting of the World Noctuid
Workers in Budapest, Hungary, this
Graduate Student Onour Moeri received a
$200 IFAS travel grant and a $250 Graduate
Student Council Travel Grant to attend the
Joint Meeting of the Entomological Society
of Canada and the Societe d' entomologie du
Quebec. The meeting will be held 18-22
November, in Montreal, Canada.
Undergraduate Curriculum Updates
Associate Provost Sheila Dickinson reports
that our undergraduate students are welcome
to present Power-point based presentations
on their research at either the University
Scholars Symposium or the McNair
Research Symposium. We can now offer our
undergraduate research participants several
options in which to present their research to a
wide audience, and thus fulfill
recommendations of the departmental review
team: 1) a FES Meeting, 2) an ESA Meeting,
3) the University Scholars Symposium, and
4) the McNair Research Symposium.
You do not have to be a university scholar
nor a McNair Research Fellow to present at
either symposium. Options 1 and 2 above
mean faculty must be able to support the
travel expenses of their undergraduates.
New students in our basic sciences track are
now required to take the Undergraduate
Research Mentoring course. That means
faculty must provide this opportunity
whether or not the student has an outstanding
academic track record. To date, we have
selected only the best and brightest for this
Beginning with the Fall 2006 semester, any
new students in our department must now be
apprised of our Academic Learning
Compacts and the exam they must pass in
their penultimate semester with us. We need
to build into our four core courses exercises
that alert the students to the skills they will
be expected to display. This involves,
particularly, Drs. Drion Boucias, Carl
Barfield, Skip Choate, Mark Branham, Phil
Koehler and Phil Kaufman.
You can review our department's Academic
Learning Compacts requirements on the
Provost's Web page at http://www.aa.ufl.
edu/aa/alc/. Dr. Carl Barfield
Security of lives and property is not just a
national issue. With over 100 graduate
students and almost that number of faculty
and staff, plus a large number of
undergraduates taking classes in our
building, there are a lot of people walking the
halls. Years ago we went through a period of
almost daily thefts and individuals were very
aware of the need to take security measures.
During the 90s, the campus police used to
walk our halls occasionally and leave notices
in empty offices they entered without anyone
questioning them. While we are fortunate in
that theft in our building is now an unusual
occurrence, we should not become
A graduate student recently suffered the loss
of most of a bicycle on our bike racks. (Why
couldn't the thief have taken parts from the
vine-covered bikes?) Your office and lab
space are potential targets also. However,
while a thief needs to enter a lab by opening
a door, no such extra step is required to enter
an open office whose occupant left to check
his or her mailbox or to visit a colleague.
Plus while students and staff are often
working in the labs, someone walking down
the hall can quickly enter an empty office
and be back out again within seconds without
being noticed. Please remember that the
doors are locked at 5:00 pm for a reason.
Leaving them open as a convenience poses a
threat to people and equipment.
Speaking of security... 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 tidy up
after yourself before leaving the room. Those
who wish to use the in-room copier should
visit the stock room and get a PIN from Nick
The lowest kind of vermin
And the one I most abhor
Is the bug that ate my wife's mink
When it was only half paid for.
- Arnold Mallis
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