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Professor Emeritus Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford
attended the National Beekeeping
Convention, in Sacramento, CA, 7-14
January. He presented information on Web
pages and discussion lists that beekeeping
associations can use for better contact with
their members. He also promoted a new
initiative, the Global Bee Breeders
Association. See http://gbba.vze.com/. Dr.
Sanford has a new e-mail address:
Dr. Phil Kaufman began his term as the
Structural, Veterinary and Public Health
Section Vice President following the 2007
Annual Meeting of the Entomological
Society of America (ESA) in San Diego,
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to
participate in an In-Service Training Program
held at the Mid-Florida REC in Apopka, FL,
on 5 December. The program was held to
develop a generic model for state and county
faculty interested in increasing agricultural
awareness in Florida.
Drs. James Cuda and Mark Branham
participated in an NSF training workshop
held at the Reitz Union on 6 December. The
workshop focused on identifying key
elements for developing successful proposals
for the Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12
Education (GK-12) and Integrative Graduate
Education and Research Traineeship
Sharon Hoopaugh retired as head of our
Fiscal office on 31 December. Linda
Pedersen, from ICS, transferred over earlier
last year to prepare to take over as
Accountant and she is now in charge of the
office. Diana King, a new employee, now
handles those responsibilities Linda
previously dealt with.
Graduate student Rosie Gill is the new
elected representative from the Department
of Entomology and Nematology for the
Graduate Student Council (GSC), as well as
the GSC Social chair. Send questions
regarding travel and research grants to Rosie
Our undergraduate program had experienced
lower numbers for awhile. However, in
addition to our 100 or so graduate students,
the department now has, as reported by Dr.
Carl Barfield at the last faculty meeting, 46
undergraduates in major, minor or dual major
Ph.D. student Gaurav Goyal received a
$200 UF/IFAS grant to attend the ESA
meeting where he gave the oral presentation
"Distribution of corn feeding picture wing
flies (Ulidiidae) in Florida"
Our students did extremely well at the ESA
Student Oral and Poster Competitions:
Daniel Carrillo took 1st place in the
Biological Control Cal section with his talk
"Effect of host plants on successful
parasitism by Haeckeliania sperata
(Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) in
Diaprepes abbreviatus (Coleoptera:
Curculionidae) eggs." Dr. Jorge Pena and
Rita Duncan were coauthors.
Veronica Manrique took 2nd place in the
Biological Control Cal section with her talk
"Temperature-dependent development of the
biocontrol agent Episimus utilis
(Tortricidae), and its potential distribution in
Florida." Drs. James Cuda and William
Overholt were coauthors. Veronica received
three student travel grants, totaling $700, to
attend the ESA Meeting: UF/IFAS, Graduate
Student Council, and Florida Entomological
Emily Saarinen took 2nd place in the
Behavior and Ecology Cdl section with her
talk "Population structure and genetic
variability in the endangered Miami blue
Peter Obenauer took 2nd place in the
Medical and Veterinary section with his talk
"Aedes albopictus (Skuse) (Diptera:
Culicidae) trap performance at different
heights in north-central Florida suburban and
sylvatic locations." Dr. Phillip Kaufman
Amit Sethi took 1st place in the Host Plant
Resistance Fa section with his talk "Banded
cucumber beetle (Coleoptera:
Chrysomelidae) resistance in romaine
lettuce: Understanding latex chemistry." Drs.
Hans Alborn, Heather McAuslane, Russell
Nagata and Gregg Nuessly were coauthors.
Thomas Chouvenc took 1st place in the
Urban Entomology Fb 1 section with his talk
"Cellular interaction between the
entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium
anisopliae and the eastern subterranean
termite Reticulitermesflavipes (Isoptera:
Rhinotermitidae)." Dr. Nan-Yao Su was
Marsha Wheeler took 2nd place in the
Urban Entomology Fb 1 section with her talk
"Effects of three sugar-based cellulase
inhibitors on feeding and mortality of
Reticulitermesflavipes workers. Drs. Xuguo
Zhou, Faith Oi and Michael Scharf were
Margaret Pfiester took 1st place in the
Urban Entomology Fb2 section with her talk
"The effect of sex-ratio on dispersal and
aggregation behavior of the common bed
bug, Cimex lectularius." Dr. Philip Koehler
Cara Vasquez was runner-up for 1st place in
the Physiology, Biochemistry, Toxicology,
and Molecular Biology B2 section with her
poster "Evaluation of efficacy and baseline
susceptibilities to five insecticides for Blissus
insularis (Hemiptera: Blissidae)." Dr.
Marjorie Hoy, Nate Royalty and Dr. Eileen
Buss were coauthors.
Two undergraduate honors students from Dr.
Pauline Lawrence's laboratory also
presented posters at the ESA meeting. Dr.
Lawrence co-authored both posters:
Bernadette A. Lee "HPLC and tandem
mass spectrometry of Diachasmimorpha
longicaudata poison gland components."
Bernadette majors in Linguistics.
Christopher J. O'bara "Analysis of amino
acid sequences of nucleic acid-binding
homologs from the Diachasmimorpha
longicaudata entomopoxvirus." Chris majors
in Physics and Entomology.
Dr. Gary Jahn (M.S. 85), coordinator of the
Greater Mekong Subregion for the
International Rice Research Institute,
received the International Plant Protection
Award of Distinction from the International
Association for the Plant Protection Sciences
at the XVI International Plant Protection
Congress meeting in Scotland. Dr. Jahn
received this honor for improving
management of rice pests and building the
capacity of developing nations to conduct
research on rice IPM.
McLendon M, Kaufman PE. (2007). Horse
bot fly, Gasterophilus intestinalis (DeGeer).
Featured Creatures. EENY-406.
Slansky F. 2007. Feline cuterebrosis caused
by a lagomorph-infesting Cuterebra spp.
larva. Journal of Parasitology 93: 959-961.
Slansky F. 2007. Cuterebrosis in a Florida
horse: First equid record for North America.
Florida Entomologist 90: 795-797.
Witzgall P, Stelinski LL, Gut LJ, Thomson
D. 2008. Codling moth management and
chemical ecology. Annual Review of
Entomology. 53: 503-522.
Kaufman PE, Strong C, Rutz DA. 2008.
Susceptibility of lesser mealworm
(Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) adults and
larvae exposed to two commercial
insecticides on unpainted plywood panels.
Pest Management Science 64: 108-111.
Daniels JC. (2007). Gulf fritillary butterfly,
Agraulis vanilla (Linneaus). Featured
Creatures. EENY-423. http://creatures.ifas.
Seminar Series Spring 2008
This semester, graduate students Seth Bybee,
Rosie Gill, Heidi Hanspetersen, Craig
Roubos, Corraine Scott and Tricia Toth
serve on the Seminar Committee. Seminars
are held on Thursday afternoons in room
1031. Refreshments are served at 3:45 pm,
and the seminar begins at 4:00 pm.
Speaking of food, graduate students Andres
Sandoval, John Herbert, Namgay Om,
Rosie Gill, and Rosana Serikawa
volunteered in preparing and serving the
food, and cleaned up afterwards, during the
fall seminar series, 2007. Thank you!
Seminars listed as TBA will be added to this
issue on the newsletter Web site as the titles
01/17 Genomic analysis of chemical
communication in honey bees. Dr. Christina
Grozinger, North Carolina State University.
01/24 The organization of foraging in the
fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Dr. Walter R.
Tschinkel, Florida State University.
01/29 Explorations of a 'simple' olfactory
system. Dr. John Hildebrand, Arizona
02/07 TBA. Dr. Philip Stansly, UF.
02/14 TBA. Dr. John Sivinski, USDA,
02/21 TBA. Dr. Brian Inouye, Florida
02/28 TBA. Dr. David Borst, University of
03/06 TBA. Dr. Robert Vander Meer,
USDA, Gainesville, FL.
03/13 spring break
03/20 TBA. Dr. Jorg6 Pefia, UF.
04/03 TBA. Dr. Keith Willmott, McGuire
Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, UF.
04/10 Coral beans (Erythrina), nicotine
receptors and insects. Dr. William Kem, UF.
04/17 TBA. Dr. Adriana Briscoe,
University of California, Irvine.
Meetings and Presentations
Thomas Fasulo was invited to give the
presentation "Insects in the Revolutionary
War," at a meeting of the Sons of the
American Revolution on 17 December, in
At the ESA meeting, Dr. James P. Cuda
was a moderator for one of the 10-minute
oral presentation sections on Biological
Dr. James Cuda attended an Invasive Plant
Working Group meeting in Gainesville, on
14 December. Participants considered the
adoption/modification of a predictive
assessment protocol for cultivars of
The following presentations and posters are
from the ESA meeting:
Dr. Pauline O. Lawrence, Luis F. Matos,
and Oscar Hernandez coauthored the poster
"Similarities between a putative
entomopoxvirus from chironomid larvae and
the Diachasmimorpha longicaudata
Dr. Phil Kaufman and Lois Wood
coauthored the presentation "Diversity of
dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae and
Geotrupidae) in north central Florida cattle
Drs. R.S. Mann, Phil Kaufman, and Jerry
Butler coauthored the presentation
"Response ofLutzomyia spp. to light
emitting diode modified Mosquito Magnet-X
Graduate student Mike Bentley and Dr. Phil
Kaufman coauthored the presentation
"Determination of adult mosquito species
attractiveness to resting boxes internally
fitted with light emitting diodes placed in
suburban and rural habitats."
Dr. James Cuda presented the paper
"P ,eioi ,lhilhl ii %, ichini, an approved
biocontrol agent of Brazilian peppertree,
Schinus terebinthifolius: biology, host range,
and impact studies." Co-authors were Dr.
Julio Medal, Judy Gillmore, and Veronica
Dr. Mirian Medina Hay-Roe, UF McGuire
Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity,
received a $10,000 grant from the Gordon
and Betty Moore Foundation, to study the
"Biodiversity, Conservation and
Management of Pampa Hermosa Reserve
(Montane forest, Eastern side of the Andes,
Peru)." Co-PIs are Dr. Angeles De la
Torre-Cuadros and Ms. Carolina Tovar,
Universidad Agraria, Lima, Peru; and Dr.
Alexis Aguilar, University of Maryland.
Dr. Pauline Lawrence received one of the
First IFAS-ICBR Innovative Projects
Initiative grants awarded in December, 2007.
Her project is "Virus gene expression and the
host immune response."
Dr. John Capinera asks that faculty provide
Thomas Fasulo with the names of their
third-party publications and, if possible, the
Web sites where they can be purchased for
inclusion on the Departmental Web site For-
sale Publications page. See the bottom of
You are not suppose to use swear words in
an university publication, but this is an
exception UNIFAS! State-level faculty
have until February 3rd to complete their
annual, online faculty Report of
Accomplishment and Plan of Work. So, all
faculty should be diligently working on this
report unless something really important
comes up, such as counting all the paper
clips still left in your desktop holder.
In 2007, the department's Featured Creatures
Web site had 2,590,441 distinct visitors and
4,374,787 page views.
What Bugged the Dinosaurs, from the
Princeton University Press, postulates that
insects helped kill off the dinosaurs. See
"From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
glimpse the grin, green metal mug
at masks the pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us."
- Ogden Nash (1902 1971)
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