Entomology 2011 in Reno, Nevada

Entomology 2011, ESA's 59th Annual Meeting, was held November 13-16, 2011 in Reno, Nevada. The theme was "Identify... Clarify... Speak Out!" -- reflecting the need for entomologists to inform others about exactly what it is that we do and don’t do, since arthropods touch the lives of every person on the planet, every day, in both positive and negative ways.

More than 2,700 people participated, with meeting attendees coming from 49 different countries, and 86 symposia were held. In addition, there were 46 virtual posters and 25 remote presenters.

Student activities included debates, presentation competitions, the Student Reception, and the Linnaean Games.

Christianne Corbett, a senior researcher at the American Association of University Women (AAUW), was the keynote speaker, and her presentation was called "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics."For a copy of Corbett's presentation, click here, or click here to view the video.

A special symposium, "Identifying the Current Status of Women in Entomology, Clarifying Initiatives for Retention, and Speaking Out to Share Experience," was also held, and all of the presentations, along with audio recordings are available online.

Two other symposia are online and open-access as well: 1) "The Contribution of Chemical Ecology to IPM in the Tropics" from the ESA International Branch, and "Evert Lindquist's Approach to the Taxonomic Impediment in Acarology: Diversity in Specialization."

Dr. Angela Douglas, the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor of Insect Physiology and Toxicology at the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, delivered the Founders’ Memorial Award lecture on the late Dr. Reginald Frederick Chapman (1930-2003), who had a long and distinguished career as an entomologist in university and government institutions in Britain and America.

The Program Symposia were:

1) Identifying the Current Status of Women in Entomology, Clarifying Initiatives for Retention, and Speaking Out to Share Experience (organized by Patricia Prasifka and Rayda K. Krell)

2) Identify, Clarify, Speak Out: Turning Young People onto Science Through Insects and Ensuring a Future for Entomology! (Sharron Quisenberry and Thomas A. Green)

3) Citizen Scientists in Entomology Research (John Carlson and Mark S. Fox)

4)  Bee Declines I - Identification, Clarification, and Communication of the Real Truths(Rosalind James, Jeff Pettis, Theresa Pitts-Singer, and James Strange)

5)  The Molecular Physiology of Arthropod Vectors and Pests: Towards the Development of Novel Control Agents and Approaches (Peter M. Piermararini)

6) Basic Science to Application for Management of Bed Bug Populations (Kenneth F. Haynes, Subba R. Palli, Michael F. Potter, and James D. Harwood).

A number of "Lunch and Learn" sessions were held each day around noon, including:

- How to Navigate the Annual Meeting and How to Get the Most out of ESA
- Don’t Get Stung by the Media! Learn how to masterfully manage reporters and get your message out!
- Why So Few? by Christianne Corbett
- A Conversation with International Entomology Society Presidents
- Interviewing Strategies for the Current Job Market

Three special symposia were also held:

- An Eisnerian View of Nature: a Tribute to the Life and Work of Thomas Eisner
- Impacts of the 3.11 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami on Entomologists, Research, and Society
- i5K Workshop

Entomology 2012 will be held November 11-14, 2012
in Knoxville, Tennessee!