Dr. Nan-Yao Su and his wife established the Nan-Yao and Jill Su Endowed Fund for Entomology at
the University of Hawaii (UH). Dr. Su received his Ph.D. in entomology at UH in 1982. The endowed fund
will assist graduate and undergraduate students studying entomology at the UH Department of Plant and
Environmental Protection Sciences in the Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
Dr. H. Alejandro Arevalo (Ph.D. '06), G. Snyder and Dr. Phillip A. Stansly maintain an online Citrus
Greening database at http://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/hlb/database/. The database is a worldwide compilation of
published articles, memos, proceedings and extension material related to citrus greening or huanglongbing
disease. The database is a dynamic project, updated periodically with the most recent publications, and will
be expanding overtime. It is a cooperative effort between the UF/IFAS and the Florida Center for Library
Automation. The site is open to everyone.
Dr. James P. Cuda was selected to participate in the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service Exchange
program. Cuda will be travelling to China in October to continue his research on biological control of the
aquatic weed hygrophila and to attend an international congress on biological invasions.
Dr. James P. Cuda was appointed by Interim Senior Vice President Dr. Larry Arrington to serve on the
IFAS International Program (IP) Advisory Team. The purpose of the IPAT is to: 1) act as a bridge between
statewide IFAS faculty and the IP office, 2) provide advice to the Director of IFAS IP on issues that the
Director and/or faculty bring to the Team, 3) provide feedback to the Director on opportunities or
problems, 4) assist in implementing new policies and programs that the Director deems advantageous to
the program, and 5) assist in the selection of awards made by the IP office.
One nice thing about saying farewell to people who retire is that they free up parking spaces. However,
that is not a given in our department. Some of our long-time retirees still come in almost every day.
Fortunately, they just don't take up parking spaces, but still contribute to our department and entomology
or nematology in general. For example, Dr. James Nation retired in 2003 and is still heavily involved in
teaching and research, as he explains here:
"This term I teach insect physiology to six students using distance education. I send them
about 20 questions that they answer on each chapter in the textbook They e-mail the answers
back to me and I read and advise them on the correctness of the answers. It is like an open-
book exam on each chapter. The process seems to be working well. One student said it
requires reading each chapter twice once for overall view, and the second time skimming
the chapter for locating the answers. I also am teaching a 3-credit Honors course called
Biology of Lepidoptera in the McGuire Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dr. Mirian Hay-
Roe (Ph.D. '04) developed this course several years ago, but could not teach it this year as
she is working on a grant in the CMAVE USDA lab with Dr. Rob Meagher. Mirian asked
me to teach the course until she finishes the grant, at which time she will take the course
back. There are seven undergraduate students in the course. I also continue to edit the
Florida Entomologist. At my house in Alachua, I have a large vegetable garden that is my
main hobby. I had a good winter garden and am starting on a spring and summer garden. I
might say that I am enjoying my retirement immensely; I recommend it you can come late
and leave early." Dr. Jim Nation
Dr. Rebecca Baldwin serves as a member of the Entomological Foundation Board of Counselors and is on
its Education and Outreach committee. She requests assistance from entomologists who wish to participate
in educational outreach activities in association with the national Entomological Society of America (ESA)
meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, 13-16 December 2009. The activities incldue a one-day workshop for
teachers on using insects to teach across the curriculum in the elementary classroom on the Saturday before
the meeting begins, and presentations about insects and insect science to classrooms in the Indianapolis
area while the ESA meeting is in session. Please contact her for details.
Staff Changes in Honey Bee Research and Extension
The Honey Bee Research & Extension Lab (HBREL) said goodbye recently to Mike and Hannah
O'Malley. Mike served as the extension technician for about two years while Hannah was the research
technician. Both did a great job with their efforts and they will be missed. They left the lab to begin a
through hike of the Appalachian Trail. They anticipate finishing the trail in August or September.
Everyone in the lab wishes them the best of luck!
Melissa Teems [firstname.lastname@example.org] serves as the new Extension Technician and will be managing the
African Bee Education Program, the Master Beekeeper Program, the quarterly Melitto Files, the annual
Bee College, as well as developing and maintaining all the outreach and extension efforts of the HBREL.
Melissa has an extensive background in marketing (both online and traditional), advertising, and the
development of integrated marketing communication programs. Before joining the HBREL, Melissa was a
freelance writer and marketing consultant for various clients worldwide.
Jeanette Klopchin [email@example.com] serves as one of the new Research Technicians, as well
as doing double duty as the Lab Manager. Jeanette will be overseeing graduate student projects,
coordinating research projects, purchasing, and managing bee colonies. Before joining the lab, Jeanette
was a research technician for Hollings Marine Laboratory (NOAA) in South Carolina and The Bureau of
Land Management in Grand Junction, Colorado. She graduated from SUNY Oswego with a B.S. in
Zoology in 2003, and received a M.S. in Environmental Studies from The College of Charleston in 2005.
Mark Dykes also serves as one of the new Research Technicians in the HBREL. Mark will be focusing his
efforts on conducting honey bee research, coordinating research projects, managing bee colonies, and
overseeing graduate student projects. Before joining the lab, Mark spent time working in the following
areas: habitat restoration, prescribed fire, and Herpetological Studies in South Central Florida. He
graduated from UF with a degree in Natural Resource Conservation in 2007. Melissa Teems
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences announced that Heidi Hanspetersen is one of only 10
recipients of a prestigious National Science Foundation scholarship that enables her to participate in the
2009 Rice Production Short Course, 18 May 6 June, at the International Rice Research Institute in the
Philippines. Rice is the most important staple crop in the world, and this scholarship gives her the
opportunity to interact with leaders in the field at a world-renowned research center. Heidi Hanspetersen is
a Ph.D. candidate working under the direction of Dr. Robert McSorley.
Every year, the Graduate School of the University of Florida recognizes 10 of the best graduate student
teachers in the university. Awardees are honored at a reception, and receive a monetary award. Ph.D.
student Matthew Lehnert received one of the UF Graduate Student Teaching Awards for 2008-2009. The
reception will be held 27 April in the Friends of the Music Room on the second floor of the University
Auditorium. Award winners will also be recognized in the semester's commencement program. Dr.
Thomas Emmel is Matt's advisor.
Dr. Jennifer Michelle Zaspel is the 2008 recipient of the IFAS Award of Excellence for the Graduate
Research-Ph.D. Her dissertation was "Systematics and Evolution of the Vampire Moths and Their Fruit
Piercing Relatives Using Morphological and Molecular Data (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Calpinae)." Dr.
Marc Braham served as chair of her supervisory committee. Dr. Zaspel will receive a plaque and award
check for $1,000, while Dr. Braham will receive a plaque for his role as advisor. Both will be presented at
the 2nd Annual Florida Agricultural Experiment Station Awards Ceremony and Reception scheduled for
Tuesday, 12 May 2009, at the Ham Museum.
Our Undergraduates Excel!
Entomology and Nematology will graduate one of our larger classes in a while this semester, and these
students are succeeding. Take a look:
. Kayla Brownell is still applying, but will enter a M.S. entomology program.
. Meredith Cenzer has received an assistantship to enter the M.S. program in entomology at the
University of California at Davis. Her interests are in biological control.
. Adam Davis (Junior) is a member of Golden Key Honor Society and on-track for a bid at Medical
* Marissa Gonzalez comes to us as a National Merit Scholar and has potential to achieve great
success, as does Katrina Lane, Wendy Gonzalez-Canal, Alyssa Porter, Mary Reed and Danae
. Hannah McKenrick, UF undergraduate entomology major, was awarded a summer internship at
Texas A & M University (TAMU) for 2009. The Department of Entomology at TAMU is
participating in a grant from the National Science Foundation called REU (Research Experiences
for Undergraduates). She will engage in supervised research at TAMU/College Station and likely
will work with parasitic hymenoptera and biological control. Congratulations, Hannah.
. Christopher Obara will graduate with a dual degree in Physics and Entomology. He is the sole
Spring 2009 recipient of the prestigious National Institute of Health (NIH) partnership grant and
will enter immediately into a Ph.D. program at Georgetown University. NIH will pay his
matriculation costs and provide all the research equipment needed for his planned study of
arboviruses associated with insects. Our department has never had a student acquire this particular
award. By the way, as a high school student, Chris also swam on the U.S. National Swim Team.
* Erin Partridge has two options as one of our ecotourism track majors. She can enter the workforce
in ecotourism or attend graduate school. She will likely enter a graduate program to pursue the M.S.
. Nadia Palma will graduate with Latin Distinction and has viable options to attend graduate school
in entomology or Medical School. While she has not decided yet, both options are indicators of
* Margaret Paxson is a member of Golden Key Honor Society.
. Daniel Pitt has been accepted for graduate studies in entomology at the University of Georgia, but
is still attending interviews at other universities to pursue his M.S. in entomology.
. Casey Reed (Junior) just finished research with Drs. Heather McAuslane and Karla Addesso as a
University Scholar and will publish in the Journal of Undergraduate Research. She is also co-
captain of the Dazzlers Dance Team.
. Natasha Wright will begin her graduate entomology studies at UF in the fall of 2009. She will be
the first Emeritus entomology club member. If you have not seen the club website she designed,
take a look. It is impressive.
We have over 40 undergraduate majors and minors with an average gpa of 3.65. We have 4 national
merit scholars, 4 in the CALS honors program and 5 who hold or have held University Scholars
awards or Presidential Scholars awards. We have freshmen majors at present who promise to raise
our standards even higher.
Our undergraduate program is thriving with vibrant, outstanding students and you, as our faculty, should
be quite proud of them. Some of you have thought that our weakest students were in Urban Pest
Management. Think again. Most of them make the Dean's List most semesters. Dr. Carl S. Barfield,
Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator
Akasaka K, Carlson DA, Ohtaka T, Ohrui K, Mori K, Berkebile DR. 2009. Determination by HPLC
fluorescence analysis of the natural enantiomers of sex pheromones in the New World screwworm fly,
Cochliomyia hominivorax. Bulletin of Entomological Research 23 (supp.1): 1-5.
Li H-F, Su N-Y. 2009. Buccal manipulation of sand particles during tunnel excavation of the Formosan
subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 102:
Salem TZ, Garcia-Maruniak A, Lietze V-U, Maruniak JE, Boucias DG. 2009. Analysis of transcripts
from predicted open reading frames of the Musca domestic salivary gland hypertrophy virus. Journal of
General Virology. 90: 1270-1280.
Daniels JC. 2009. Cooperative conservation efforts to help recover an endangered south Florida butterfly.
Insect Conservation and Diversity 2: 62-64.
Saarinen EV, Daniels JC, Maruniak JE. 2009. Development and characterization of polymorphic
microsatellite loci in the endangered Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). Molecular
Ecology Resources 9: 242-244.
Lewis DS, Vogel P, Wilson BS. 2008. Survival, dispersal, and home range ofheadstarted Jamaican
iguanas, Cyclura collei. Caribbean Journal of Science 44: 423-425.
Diaz R, Overholt WA, Cuda JP, Pratt PA, Fox A. 2009. Host specificity oflschnodemus variegatus, an
herbivore of West Indian marsh grass (Hymenachne amplexicaulis). Biocontrol 54: 307-321.
Meetings and Presentations
During 24-26 March, graduate student Maria Checa attended the 10th Student Conference on
Conservation Science at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She received 2nd Place in
the poster competition for her poster on "Devastation and poverty in the west Ecuador hotspot of diversity:
how can butterflies help?"
During 10-12 March, Dr. James Maruniak, advisor for the Society for Virology Studies, took 12 student
members to Atlanta to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta
and Emory University. At the CDC, Dr. Leslie Rios (Ph.D. '08) gave a presentation of her current research
and organized a tour of the CDC's Directors Emergency Operations Center. At Emory University, the
students toured several laboratories doing vaccine research and the Yerkes National Primate Research
Seminar Series Spring 2009
This semester, the seminar committee consists of graduate students Roxanne Burrus, Rosie Gill, Ameya
Gondhalekar, Guarav Goyal, Vivek Kumar, Teresia Nyoike, Heidi HansPetersen, Will Sanders,
Corraine Scott (Chair). 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 seminars is available online in the January 2009
Drs. Betty Dunckel, Jaret Daniels and Thomas Emmel received a $13,872 grant from the Florida
Wildflower Foundation, Inc. to produce a third printing (250,000 copies) of the Florida Wildflowers &
The Entomological Foundation is soliciting proposals for scholarships and fellowships. The deadline to
apply for all of the Entomological Foundation's awards is 1 July 2009. Examples of such awards are the
BioQuip Undergraduate Scholarship and the Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in
Applied Entomology. For information on all the Foundation's awards please see http://www.entfdn.org/
awards scholar fellow.php.
Online Bug Club
In the February 2009 issue, we reported that the departmental Outreach Committee (Dr. Rebecca Baldwin,
Sharon Clemmenson, Dr. Jaret Daniels, Dr. Jamie Ellis chair, and Thomas Fasulo) received a $3,460
4-H Foundation Grant to pay Dr. Denise Thomas, a recent graduate, to redesign and upgrade the Florida
Bug Club Web site at http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/bug club/.
Most of the major work is completed and the site now offers a vast assortment of resources for teachers
and students. Some of the major sections include ID Keys; photographic Insect Locator Maps; Insect
Curricula for teachers; 4-H Resources; Downloadable games; 100 Common Florida Insects; online
Quizzes, Puzzles and Games; resources at other institutions; and far too much more to list here. We hope
that this will become one of the major entomological resources for 4-H leaders and members, as well as for
elementary and middle school students and teachers in Florida, if not the U.S.A.
One of the major sections deals with the department's outreach activities, including school visits and tours.
This is where school teachers or home-schoolers can plan departmental educational assistance and then
request that assistance.
Two exciting sections deal with nationally recognized 4-H resources: the ABCs of Entomology and
Project Butterfly Wings. The latter is an online site developed in cooperation with the Florida Museum of
Natural History, National 4-H, our department and the National Science Foundation. Participating 4-H
youth are "citizen scientists" who collect data on butterflies to help professional scientists determine 1) the
presence or absence of specific butterfly species, and 2) the abundance of butterfly species by state and
county throughout the country. The information helps butterfly scientists better understand and conserve
The ABCs of Entomology was initially developed to meet the Florida FCAT standards and is therefore a
valuable resource for Florida's teachers. The CD-ROM is available through the UF/IFAS Extension
Bookstore for only $15.
Other sections cover not only how to prepare an insect collection, but how to submit the collection through
your local county 4-H chapter to the state 4-H Congress held at the University of Florida every year.
Winners from every county competition will be judged at the state Congress to pick the state winners.
Prizes will be awarded.
All the way from Chiefland in Levy County, twenty home school students and their parents participated in
a tour of the Entomology and Nematology Department on March 27th. The students learned about
beautiful insects of the world from Dr. Carl Barfield, participated in an arthropod petting zoo hosted by
Kayla Brownell (UF Entomology Club), examined insect structure and adaptations with Alyssa Porter
(UF Entomology Club), discovered the tasty world of entomophagy and insects in our culture with Dr.
Rebecca Baldwin, toured the cockroach lab and enjoyed a cockroach tractor pull with Ben Anderson (UF
Entomology Club president) and inspected blood suckers and their hosts with Dr. Phil Koehler. For more
information about entomology group tours, please visit http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/bug club/ent-events/
Home school student earns her right to wear an "I Love
4-H Insect Collections
On March 5th, members of our Entomology Club and Outreach committee gathered for a workshop to
produce model insect collections for various age groups. For more details, and lots of photographs, please
see the 4-H Insect Collection Workshop article.
Click here to view a safe method of applying DDT and insect repellents. Compliments of the Frank J.
Davis World War II Photographs at Southern Methodist University.
Scientists recently discovered dozens of new species of jumping spiders in New Guinea. That's great! Now
let's hope they don't find any new species of widow spiders. See http://www.sciencedailv.com/
releases/2009/03/090325091815.htm for details.
The next time you and your guests sit down to a nice supper of fresh water fish, or any seafood, why not
enhance the dining experience with a freshly opened bottle of RNR Estate Winery's army worm wine?
We all know that before they can get to the wood, subterranean termites have to move a lot of dirt. Around
many structures, "dirt" often means sand. Now you can see how they do it. Dr. Nan-Yao Su and his Ph.D.
graduate student Hou-Feng Li posted videos on the Web that show excavating, loading, moving and then
depositing sand grains from a number of angles. You can view the videos at http://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu/
ent nem/structural entomology su videos.shtml.
Why do monarch butterflies migrate? Scientists om the University of Massachusetts Medical School
uncovered a suite of genes that may be involved in driving the butterflies to migrate towards Mexico for
the winter. See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090330200615.htmfor details.
Eschew the "Me" Generation. Bees and ants really do have the best interests of the colony at heart. See
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090327124423.htm for details.
Termite Sex! It now appears that termite queens do not always have to have sex to reproduce. See http:/
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090326141549.htm for details.
Forget natural materials like wax, plastic and cardboard are the new IN materials for wild bee homes. See
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090328152243.htm for details.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Especially when the eye is on the top or bottom of a butterfly's wing.
See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090401134417.htm for details.
"Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes and caterpillars." answer written on a high school
Many comic Web sites limit the length of time a panel appears to just 30 days. Others may require you to
register to view previous panels, which you may not wish to do. In either case, the sooner you visit the site,
the greater chance you have to view the following:
What if insects could vote? See http://comics.com/brevity/2009-03-16/ to discover how powerful that
voting bloc would be.
To discover why the Rocky Mountain locust went "extinct," see http://comics.com/brevity/2009-03-19/.
To see how spiders play April Fool's jokes on each other, go to http://comics.com/brevity/2009-03-28/.
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anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org. Issues usually are published by early mid-month. Submit items for an issue by
the 7th of that month.
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