ESA Creates New Science Policy Committee

Lanham, MD; January 2, 2013 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA), at the request of ESA President Rob Wiedenmann, recently created a new Presidential Committee charged with leading the effort to establish a science policy agenda for ESA that will guide and focus the Society's outreach efforts with governments, NGOs, and other organizations. The committee's tasks will include developing a framework for gathering input from throughout the Society, and determining how actions may benefit the Society and its members.

The 2013 Science Policy Committee members are:

- Dr. Robert Peterson (Chair), Montana State University
- Dr. Elizabeth Beckemeyer, Georgia Perimeter College
- Dr. Paul Borth, Dow AgroSciences
- Dr. Thomas Green, IPM Works LLC
- Dr. Steve Yaninek, Purdue University

Specifically, the committee is charged with the following in 2013:

- Develop a set of guiding principles by which the Committee and potential future Committees should operate;
- Gather input from ESA Sections on which policy positions and issues ESA should focus;
- Develop a draft Science Policy Agenda, identifying the top issues ESA should address, and what change we hope to support through education, outreach and advocacy;
- Propose an action plan with a timetable for addressing prioritized issues;
- Propose a long-term plan for a more-permanent Committee and its composition, including how to create, coordinate, and sustain action and information flow across ESA Sections and Branches.

"My goal is to have the outputs from the Committee in 2013 demonstrate the ESA's new commitment to addressing and engaging in education supporting science policy," said President Wiedenmann, "and the Committee should demonstrate to the membership that this commitment has the potential to yield benefits to ESA members."

The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines in the world. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 6,500 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are students, researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, consultants, and hobbyists. For more information, please visit http://www.entsoc.org.

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