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The whole entomological community, especially all scientists working worldwide with whiteflies and whitefly related aspects, mourns the very sad loss of Prof Dan Gerling, Emeritus Professor of Entomology at Tel Aviv University (Israel), who passed away on 26th March 2016 at the age of 79 after a short period of illness. He will be remembered for his inexhaustible energy and warm enthusiasm that he always transmitted to all who had the good fortune to know him personally and work side by side with him.
Dr. C. Michael (Mike) Smith was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd Biennial International Plant Resistance to Insects Research Workshop held in Stellenbosch, South Africa from March 5-8, 2016, based on his extensive leadership, research and teaching contributions in insect plant resistance.
Dr. S. Kristine Braman has been named head of the Entomology Department at the University of Georgia. Dr. Braman joined the University of Georgia Entomology faculty in 1989 after earning degrees from the State University of New York (SUNY) in Forestry and the University of Kentucky. She has served as director of the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture since 2011 and as interim assistant dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the UGA Griffin campus.
Dr. Maggie Hardy, a research fellow at the University of Queensland in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in Australia, was recently elected to serve as a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society in the United Kingdom.
In memory of our friend and colleague Dr. Richard H. Shukle,
May 11, 1946 to December 29, 2015.
By Brandon Schemerhorn
Veterinary entomologists (and members of the ESA MUVE section) gathered in San Antonio, TX during January 2016 to participate in the S-1060 USDA Multi-state Project "Fly management in animal agriculture systems and impacts on animal health and food safety."
This annual workshop aids in the focus of research efforts and provides an opportunity for the development of collaborative efforts in research and extension among veterinary entomologists across the United States.
In September 2015, an ESA delegation met with members of the Royal Entomological Society to discuss the 2016 International Congress of Entomology and the Grand Challenge Agenda for Entomology. Members of both organizations are shown in the photo above.
Chris Geden was conferred the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Entomology, and Elmer Ahrens, BCE received the Industry Appreciation Award, both presented by the Livestock Insect Workers Conference.
Joe Louis, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, received the American Society of Plant Biologist's Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award for his significant contributions to the field of plant–insect interactions, as well as for his demonstrated excellence in outreach, public service, mentoring and teaching.
William A. Kolbe, BCE, technical director for Viking Termite and Pest Control, just celebrated his 40th year in the urban-entomology/structural-pest-control industry.