Dr. UnTaek Lim, a postdoctoral scientist in
Dr. Hoy's laboratory, left 7 February for a
faculty position in the School of Bioresource
Sciences at the Andong National University
in the Republic of Korea. Dr. Lim will teach
and conduct research there. Dr. Lim obtained
his Ph.D. degree at the University of
Massachusetts with Dr. Roy Van Driesche.
Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell, of the
University of California-Riverside faculty,
and an expert on citrus IPM in the San
Joaquin Valley of California located at the
Kearney Agriculture Center in Parlier,
visited several scientists in Florida during
10-12 January, including Dr. Marjorie A.
Hoy in Gainesville, to discuss the control of
potential pests of citrus that could invade
California. Dr. Grafton-Cardwell was
especially interested in Asian citrus psylla
and citrus leafminer. Dr. Michael Rogers, at
the Lake Alfred CREC, arranged visits with
Drs. McCoy, Browning, and Duncan at
CREC, and with Drs. Stansly and Mongri
Zekri at the Southwest Florida REC.
The search for a new UF/IFAS Research
Dean is underway and advertisements are in
journals and on the web. Dr. Marjorie Hoy
is on the search committee and solicits ideas
for potential candidates to nominate for the
position so that the executive search
company can solicit their application. Your
input on these candidates will be considered
seriously by the committee and UF/IFAS VP
Jimmy Cheek. The position description is at:
Dr. James P. Cuda was selected by the
IFAS Administrative Council as one of 26
nominees to participate in the fourth LEAD
IFAS Group. LEAD IFAS is a series of four
in-state workshops designed to foster
leadership and managerial skills. The series
is intended to develop skills needed by
individuals seeking to move into an
administrative or leadership role as part of
their career development.
The lineup for our 2005 Linnaean Team is as
follows: Karla Addesso, Rodrigo Diaz,
John Leavengood Jr., Leslie Rios and
David Serrano. Congratulations to all of
these graduate students who apparently have
lots of spare time to devote to this important
endeavor. Seriously, the Linnaean Team is a
very time-consuming responsibility which,
fortunately, is also very rewarding in many
ways to its participants.
Ph.D. student Rebecca Baldwin is our
department's 2005 representative to the
Entomological Society of America's
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Southeastern Branch student affairs
Frank Wessels, a graduate student in Dr.
Cuda's program, was awarded a $200 IFAS
Travel Grant to attend the SEB-ESA meeting
in Tunica, MS, 6-9 March.
During 14-17 January, Dr. Khuong B.
Nguyen presented an invited paper on
"Entomopathogenic nematodes in the United
States with some taxonomic features and
their potential in biological control of
insects" at a meeting of the European
Cooperation in the field of Scientific and
Technical Research (COST) at the Institute
of Entomology, Czech Academy of Science,
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.
Expenses were paid by the European
Commission. After the meeting, Nguyen
continued to work with institute scientists on
a taxonomic project concerning new species
of entomopathogenic nematodes.
Brambila J, Halbert S. 2004. First records
for Dieuches armatipes (Heteroptera:
Rhyparochromidae) in North America.
Florida Entomologist 87: 593-596.
Serrano D. (January 2005). Leafcutting
bees. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-
Gyeltshen J, Hodges AC, Hodges G.
(February 2005). Orange spiny whitefly,
Aleurocanthus spiniferus Quaintance.
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-341.
Dr. James P. Cuda was awarded a $75,000
grant from the South Florida Water
Management District to continue his research
program on classical biological control of
Meeting and Presentations
Dr. James P. Cuda attended a program
planning meeting held at the UF/IFAS Center
for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, 12 January.
The purpose of the meeting was to develop
the conference program for the Annual
Aquatic Weed Control Short Course 2005 to
be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 16-19 May.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the Florida
Exotic Pest Plant Council's Board of
Director's meeting held in Ft. Myers, FL, 18
January. Cuda gave a report on current
activities of the Brazilian peppertree Task
Force that he chairs.
Dr. James P. Cuda attend a quarterly
meeting of the TAME Melaleuca
Technology Transfer Team held at the
UF/IFAS Biological Control and
Containment Facility, IRREC, Ft. Pierce, FL,
19 January. The purpose of the meeting was
to review the Melapalooza 2005 series of
events that will demonstrate melaleuca IPM
practices to the general public.
An Undergraduate Research Initiative
Planning Meeting was held 28 January. Drs.
James Cuda, Howard Frank, Pauline
Lawrence, Faith Oi, Michael Scharf and
Carl Barfield, who chaired the meeting,
attended. The purpose of the meeting was to
develop a course that will enable entomology
students to acquire practical research
experience in professor's laboratories.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the Executive
Committee Meeting of the Florida
Entomological Society held at the
USDA-CMAVE, 1 February. Cuda currently
chairs the Invasive Species Committee.
A final report on the Senate Ad Hoc Joint
Committee on Tenure was submitted and is
available at: http://www.senate.ufl.edu/
minutagen/tenureReport.pdf. In December
the Senate voted on the following and passed
Recommendation Number Eight:
"College level tenure and promotion boards
shall provide recorded individual
assessments to the college deans as part of
their fact finding and consultative role in the
review of promotion and tenure cases. An
individual assessment shall consist of a
college tenure and promotion board member
indicating whether or not the candidate meets
the standards required for tenure and/or
promotion within that college, and that
assessment shall become part of the tenure
and promotion packet. The individual
assessors shall not be identified in the tenure
and promotion packet."
Graduate students Luis Matos, Sean
McCann, Veronica Manrique and
Murugesan Rangasamy are seminar
coordinators. Seminars begin at 3:45 p.m. in
room 1031, Entomology and Nematology
(Bldg. 970). A listing of seminars is available
in the January 2005 issue on the newsletter
Web site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/.
Larva "Many years ago it was the popular
belief that the caterpillar concealed within
itself the complete butterfly in perfect form.
It was then thought, that is, that the
caterpillar served as a mask for the butterfly.
For that reason it was called larva, Latin for
'mask.' from Thereby Hangs a Tale:
Stories of Curious Word Origins by
Charles Earle Funk
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