Press Releases

Annapolis, MD; January 30, 2017—Carol M. Anelli, Ph.D., a professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Entomology at the Ohio State University, has been selected to deliver the Founders' Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2017, the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), November 5-8 in Denver. Her lecture will honor Anna Botsford Comstock, the first woman professor at Cornell University....

Annapolis, MD; January 20, 2017—Researchers at the University of Hawaii have developed a new genetic-testing method for identifying the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle, which promises to be much faster than existing physical identification methods. The new tool, reported in the Journal of Economic Entomology, could be a significant step toward keeping the species—a damaging pest to coconut palm trees that was first seen in Hawaii in 2013—from becoming widespread....

Annapolis, MD; January 9, 2017—The Entomological Society of America seeks candidates to serve in the position of editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, ESA's quarterly membership magazine. The new editor-in-chief will begin his or her term in January 2018....

Annapolis, MD; January 3, 2017—Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks....

Annapolis, MD; Dec. 22, 2016—Is the United States at risk for a large-scale outbreak of Zika or other mosquito-borne disease? While climate conditions in the U.S. are increasingly favorable to mosquitos, socioeconomic factors such as access to clean water and air conditioning make large-scale outbreaks unlikely, according to new analysis of existing research--but small-scale, localized outbreaks are an ongoing concern....

Annapolis, MD; December 12, 2016—In communities where bed bugs are present, educating teachers and children about them is a powerful tool for prevention. Schools are often a primary avenue through which the pest can spread, as it hitches a ride from one place to another in clothes and book bags....

Annapolis, MD; December 8, 2016—Attention holiday shoppers, insect enthusiasts, and photography lovers alike: The ESA 2017 World of Insects wall calendar is available for purchase. The product of a yearly competition organized by the Entomological Society of America, the World of Insects calendar showcases the stunning beauty of our six-legged peers through striking, world-class photography....

October 5, 2016 -- The 2016 International Congress of Entomology received a considerable amount of media coverage. Several local Orlando TV stations conducted interviews on site with ICE 2016 Co-Chairs Alvin Simmons and Walter Leal, and with entomologists who spoke about Zika....

September 29, 2016 -- More than 175 international insect-science leaders and others involved with agriculture and public health met recently in Orlando, Florida to take part in the "International Entomology Leadership Summit: Improving the Human Condition through Insect Science."...

Annapolis, MD; September 6, 2016 – Recent news reports have attributed harm to honey bees in Dorchester County, South Carolina to the aerial application of a mosquito control product. This unfortunate incident is a reminder that all public health agencies must adopt IPM principles for pest and disease control, including the important step of informing and engaging all stakeholders....

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