Members in the News

Kaufman and Donahue Receive Awards

At the 58th Annual Livestock Insect Workers Conference in San Diego, CA, June 22-25, two awards were presented to longtime ESA members in recognition of their contributions to livestock entomology.

Dr. Phil Kaufman of the University of Florida received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Entomology, sponsored by Bayer Animal Health.

Dr. Bill Donahue of Sierra Research Laboratories, Modesto, CA, was presented the Industry Appreciation Award, recognizing his support of veterinary entomology.

Sangmi Lee and Todd Gilligan Join Wedge Board

Dr. Ronald W. Hodges, President of the Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, announced today the addition of two new members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Dr. Sangmi Lee and Dr. Todd Gilligan both accepted appointments to the board.

Sangmi received her Ph.D. under Dr. Richard L. Brown at Mississippi State University with her dissertation entitled “Systematics of Holarctic genera of Teleiodini (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae).” Sangmi has specialized on Gelechiidae for the past 15 years,

Walter Leal's Nobel Findings

Walter Leal (UC Davis), co-chair of the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, teamed with Nobel laureate Kurt Wüthrich (Scripps Institute and ETH Zurich, Switzerland) to unravel how a carrier protein enables male moths to remotely recognize females of the same species.

Moth damage to U.S. agriculture alone exceeds $1 billion annually, thus the critical need for environmentally safe methods to control moth populations.

James Dunford Receives Global Health Honor Award

Lt. James Dunford, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Detachment, was recently recognized by CDC for his efforts developing an instructional video to track insecticide resistance as well as leading federal interagency projects related to controlling disease transmitting insects.

He received the 2012 Excellence in Partnering award from the CDC, Center for Global Health.

Bill Clymer Receives Livestock Insect Workers Award

At the 57th Annual Meeting of the Livestock Insect Workers Conference, Dr. Bill Clymer was presented with the Industry Appreciation Award in recognition of his long-term commitment to and consistent support of the LIWC. 

Dr. Clymer, a rodeo champion who had recently had his leg broken in an equine encounter, was lauded for his contributions to the organization, having hosted the 50th anniversary meeting in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas. 

Wes Watson Receives Veterinary Entomology Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Entomology was presented to Dr. Wes Watson of North Carolina State University at the 57th Annual Livestock Insect Workers Conference in Nebraska City, Nebraska, June 25th, 2013. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by Bayer Animal Health and recognizes a scientist for outstanding contributions to animal health and productivity. 

Rosmarie Kelly in TV News Video on Mosquitoes

Rosmarie Kelly, an entomologist at the Georgia Department of Public Health, is featured in this local TV news video on what does and does NOT keep mosquitoes away.

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Mosquitoes are Addicted to Sugar, not Blood

Sandra Allan, an entomologist at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, is featured in this video about things that "mosquitoes are addicted to." Surprisingly it’s not blood, but sugar.

All mosquitoes need sugar to survive. Female mosquitos do feed on blood, but both male and female mosquitos require sugar. In fact, a mosquito needs sugar more frequently than they need blood.

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Karen Vail in TV News Video on Kudzu Bugs

Karen Vail, an entomologist at the University of Tennessee, is interviewed in this TV news video on kudzu bugs, which have recently made their way north to Tennessee.

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Tom Myers’ Photos Exhibited at Smithsonian

Tom Myers has photographed polar bears in the Arctic, penguins in Antarctica, endangered creatures and insects from the Amazon to the African rain forest. His photos have appeared on local and national TV, national newspapers and magazines including National Geographic publications, and in a number of textbooks and scientific guides. Now his work is being recognized at the Smithsonian Institution, one of the most significant museum groups in the world.