Press Releases

Annapolis, MD; August 16, 2017—In its ongoing efforts to strengthen the impact of entomological science in public policy and legislation, the Entomological Society of America has expanded its pool of chief advocates for insect science with the selection of its 2017 class of Science Policy Fellows....

Annapolis, MD; August 7, 2017—The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has elected 10 new Fellows of the Society for 2017. Election as a Fellow of ESA acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in research, teaching, extension and outreach, administration, or the military....

Annapolis, MD; July 19, 2017—Soon, the public health community will be better equipped to respond to outbreaks of diseases spread by mosquitoes and other arthropod vectors, thanks to a contract awarded to the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the course of the next year, the ESA Certification Corporation will train and certify approximately 30 entomologists to participate as entomological specialists on CDC Emergency Response Teams. Adding such expertise to the rapid-response groups will fill a critical void in the CDC’s capacity to guide vector control, an essential component of disease management....

Annapolis, MD; June 29, 2017—Even though insects outnumber vertebrate species by more than 20:1 on planet Earth, more than five times as many vertebrates are listed as endangered or threatened in the United States. Insects are greatly under-represented on the U.S. endangered list. And yet insects are essential components of the biological diversity that sustains healthy ecosystems. The Entomological Society of America urges the American public and policymakers to protect these crucial indicators of environmental health in its new position statement on endangered insect species....

Annapolis, MD; June 28, 2017—The next editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, the quarterly magazine of the Entomological Society of America, will be Kevin L. Steffey, Ph.D., retired professor of entomology and extension educator at the University of Illinois, as well as retired technology transfer leader with Dow AgroSciences. The ESA Governing Board has approved Steffey's appointment to succeed Gene Kritsky, Ph.D., who is stepping down as editor-in-chief after a distinguished term of a service....

Annapolis, MD; March 23, 2017—Ready, insect, action! Entomologists, insect enthusiasts, and both professional and amateur videographers are invited to participate in the Entomological Society of America's yearly video contest to showcase the world of insect science....

Annapolis, MD; March 17, 2017—Fungicides commonly used in almond orchards can be harmful to almond growers' primary pollinator: honey bees. According to new research published in the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Economic Entomology, the fungicide iprodione, when used alone or in combination with other common fungicides, leads to a significant reduction in the 10-day survival rate of forager honey bees (Apis mellifera) when they are exposed at rates common to usage in the fiel...

Annapolis, MD; March 10, 2017—An emerging tool in the fight against tick-borne disease, host-targeted bait boxes employ a sneaky trick: turning some of ticks' favorite carriers—small mammals like mice and chipmunks—against them. And a new study in Journal of Medical Entomology shows an improved design has made such bait boxes an increasingly viable addition to integrated tick management practices....

Annapolis, MD; March 8, 2017—Not all bed bugs are created equal, and some of the leading bed bug traps used by pest management professionals are ineffective against species with better climbing abilities than others....

Newport, RI; March 6, 2017—Thousands of insects and a swarm of entomologists will converge on Newport for the 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America in mid-March. The meeting will include a free public expo, "It's a Bug's World," for kids and parents on Sunday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Newport Marriott. "It's a Bug's World" will feature interactive displays, demonstrations, artwork, and more....

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