Dr. Mike Scharf was nominated for a 2010 World Technology Award in the category of "Biotechnology
(Individual)". Dr. Scharfwas nominated based on his laboratory's work to create new scientific niches in
the areas of molecular pesticides and insect-based, bioenergy technology. This award program is sponsored
by the World Technology Network: Time, Fortune and Science Magazines; and the American Association
for the Advancement of Science. Award winners will be announced in June.
Dr. Rebecca Baldwin, a candidate for the Assistant Professor teaching position vacated by Dr. Don Hall's
retirement, was offered the position and has accepted. She will officially join our faculty on 1 July.
Currently, she is a Senior Laboratory Teaching Specialist on our staff. Dr. Baldwin received a B.A. from
Northeast Louisiana University in 1998, a M.S. from University of Louisiana in 2000, and a Ph.D. from
our department in 2005. Her new position is 80% Teaching and 20% Extension. Since 2001, Dr. Baldwin
has been teaching classroom and distance education courses on entomology at UF and has extensive
extension experience. She will eventually assume the duties of Undergraduate Coordinator now held by
Dr. Carl Barfield, upon his retirement.
Dr. Barry Alto, who received his Ph.D. in entomology from our department in 2006, accepted the
Assistant Professor arbovirology position at the UF/IFAS Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach.
He received his M.S. from Illinois State University in 2000, and his B.A. from the University of St.
Thomas in 1997.
Drs. James P. Cuda and Susan Webb represented the department as Marshalls for the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony held at the O'Connell Center on
The department is planning to advertise a non-tenure track, Assistant Extension Scientist position.
Responsibilities for this position include managing the nematode diagnostic program and some nematology
Dr. Dale Habeck, Emeritus Professor of Entomology, who has been ill for several years, fell on 9 May and
struck his head. As of 10 May, he has bleeding in his brain stem and was transferred from the hospital to a
hospice facility in Indianapolis. His son, Mike Habeck (firstname.lastname@example.org), was kind enough to let us
know during this difficult time for Dale's family.
Entomology undergraduate Alyssa Porter was selected as a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
(CALS) Ambassador for the year 2010-2011. Students selected for this position must demonstrate
outstanding achievement in academics and student leadership. Ms. Porter is also president of the
Entomology Club for 2010-2011.
Paula Cohen was invited into Gamma Sigma Delta, the most prestigious CALS honor society. She also
was accepted into the University Scholars Program.
Alpha Zeta is an honorary, professional society for students and industry professionals in the agriculture
and natural resources fields. Recent inductees into Alpha Zeta include Paula Cohen, Sarahlynne
Guerrero, and Danae Perry. Maggie Paxson received a national award as Scribe of the year for Alpha
Ali JG, Alborn HT, Stelinski LL. 2010. Subterranean herbivore-induced volatiles released by citrus roots
upon feeding by Diaprepes abbreviatus recruit entomopathogenic nematodes. Journal of Chemical
Ecology 36: 361-368.
Christ L, Cuda J, Overholt W, Vitorino M. 2010. New candidate for biological control of Brazilian
peppertree? Wildland Weeds 13: 12-13.
Meetings and Presentations
During 5-7 May, our department hosted a workshop for the Florida Association of Benthologists. Their
Spring 2010 Workshop concentrated on Florida's crayfish. According to the FAB, there are at least 55
species of crayfish in Florida. This is interesting as there are also at least 55 species of cockroaches in
Florida. However, unlike many entomology meetings where demonstrations of entomophagy are becoming
popular, we were disappointed that the FAB did not include an open crayfish boil on its workshop
Drs. John Capinera, James Cuda, and Norman Leppla represented the department at the 10th
Anniversary Ceremony for the Center for Biological Control held at Florida A&M University, Tallahassee,
Florida, on 9 April.
Dr. James P. Cuda and graduate student Justin Bricker attended the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
(HHMI) Science for Life Spring Undergraduate Research Awards. Reception held at the UF President's
House on 22 April.
Ph.D. student Abhishek Mukherjee, a recipient of one of the graduate student invasive plant minigrants
from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC), Invasive Plant Management
Section, was asked to give a presentation on his research on biological control of the aquatic weed
hygrophila at the FFWCC headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida, 9 April. Mukherjee is a student in Dr.
James Cuda's program.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the 25th Annual Symposium of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council held in
Crystal River, Florida, 5-8 April. Cuda gave the presentation "Biology and fundamental host range of
Episimus unguiculus (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), a new candidate for biological control of Brazilian
peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius (Anacardiaceae) in Florida." The paper was co-authored by Drs. J.C.
Medal, J.H. Pedrosa-Macedo (Brazil), V. Manrique, and W.A. Overholt. Cuda was also a moderator for
one of the oral presentation sessions.
Boring Beetle Workshop
USDA/APHIS/Plant Protection and Quarantine and the National Plant Diagnostic Network hosted the
intensive, diagnostic training session "Adult Woodborer and Bark Beetle Workshop," in our department
during 4-6 May. Content for the workshop focused on current and emerging pests of concern for the
eastern region of the U.S. Expert speakers for the workshop included: Rick Hoebeke, Comell University;
James Zablotny, USDA/APHIS/PPQ; and Bob Rabaglia, U.S. Forest Service. The workshop's agenda is
available at: http://www.entnemdept.ufl.edu/Hodges/Woodborer BarkBeetle.html
Twenty-six participants from the following organizations were in attendance: USDA/APHIS/PPQ, Georgia
Forestry Commission, National Park Service, Clemson University, Pennsylvania State University,
Oklahoma State University, Louisiana State University; University of Delaware, State of California, New
Jersey Department of Agriculture, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and the West Virginia
Department of Agriculture. In addition to one international participant from British Columbia, individuals
from the following U.S. states and/or territories were in attendance: California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Although most of the workshop's time was spent 'behind the microscope', participants toured both the
Florida State Collection of Arthropods at FDACS/DPI and the McGuire Lepidoptera Center on
Wednesday, May 5. Gainesville is fortunate to have such extensive taxonomic resources, and many of the
participants may follow-up with either FDACS/DPI or the McGuire Center, pending their interests. Dr.
Amanda Hodges Associate Director, Southern Plant Diagnostic Network
Entomology Field Camp
Registration is now open for our department's 1st annual Entomology Field Camp. The camp is for
students in 6th-8th grades and will be held during 21-25 June. Additional details and registration forms are
available on our Bug Club site at http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/bug club/camp.htm.
CSI: Crime Scene Insects
The Florida Museum of Natural History, on the UF Gainesville campus, is hosting a CSI exhibit from May
2010 through 17 January 2011. "CSI: Crime Scene Insects gives visitors the opportunity to learn how
maggots, flies and beetles help solve crimes every day, through hands-on activities, educational panels and
mock investigations." See the Museum's CSI Web site at http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/csi/.
Graduate student Clare Scott, of Dr. Marc Branham's Lab, received a $874 travel grant from the
Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Section of the Entomological Society of America for her proposal
on "Museum trip to aid in the revision of the genus Lycomorpha (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Arctiinae)
through the examination of type and unsorted material."
Graduate student Alicia Hodson, of Dr. Marc Branham's Lab, received a $1,200 student travel grant from
the Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Section of the Entomological Society of America and a $1,500
grant from the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund, American Museum of Natural History, both in support
of her project on "Investigating the species boundaries within the firefly genus Phausis (Coleoptera:
Graduate student Abhishek Mukherjee received a $2,000 research grant from the Florida Exotic Pest
Plant Council to continue his research on the genetics of the invasive aquatic weed Hygrophila.
Justin Bricker, an undergraduate student in Dr. James P. Cuda's program, received a $2,500 stipend to
participate in the UF/HHMI Science for Life Research program during the Summer C semester.
Bugge Faire Spring 2010
Every semester, Dr. Carl Barfield's course ENY 101 Bugs and People requires students to either dress up
as insects or provide something insectt" to eat. To see images from the April 2010 Bugge Faire, click
McGuire Center Newsletter 2010 issue
The annual issue of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Diversity Newsletter is available on-line at:
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image? Just $20 can convert your phone's lens into a macro-lens capable of impressive, close-up images.
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During October 2009 through April 2010, losses of managed honey bee colonies nationwide (USA) totaled
33.8% from all causes. Click here for details.
Worried about elephant damage to your home because your insurance doesn't cover that threat? Scientists
recently determined that elephants produce an alarm call associated with the threat of bees, and retreat
when a recording of the call is played, even when there are no bees around. Click here for details.
YouTube has a video of comedian Tim Hawkins singing a song about fire ants. The song is based on a
poem written by his 7-year-old son. Enjoy. Or not.
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:
Did you know that honey bees have two different types of hemolymph? Click here for details.
Every summer UF hosts several weeks of parent and incoming student seminars and tours to familiarize
them with the UF campus, colleges, and community. This is officially called Preview. The tours often use
many aspects of UF as part of their show and tell, and graduate students need to be aware of this. Click
here for details.
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