Grayson C. Brown, Past President

Dr. Grayson Brown, a faculty member of the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology since 1978, is currently professor of entomology and director of the Public Health Entomology Laboratory at that institution. Known for his work in IPM, modeling, and mosquito management systems, he has published more than 100 refereed publications and 18 books/chapters, received more than $3 million in competitive grants, given more than 100 professional presentations, and trained numerous Ph.D. and M.Sc. students. Most recently, he documented the range expansion of New World sand flies in the United States along with studies of their ecology; and he recently published a computer forecast model for these potentially serious disease vectors. Among North American public health workers, he is especially recognized for his work contributing to the development and registration of spinosad-based mosquito larvicides for municipal use.

He currently teaches three courses: Medical/Public Health Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, and Advanced Applied Entomology. He also serves as the Consulting Entomologist for the Kentucky Department of Public Health (Division of Epidemiology), and the cities of Louisville, Lexington, and Covington Kentucky.

Brown is the Past President of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). He first joined the Society in 1973 as a student and became a full member in 1978. He soon led the ESA’s adoption of electronic systems. In 1981, he chaired the ESA’s first Computer Committee, which computerized ESA headquarters. In 1988, he programmed the first software for Program Chairs. He was a member/chair of six committees leading to computerizing/archiving/publishing ESA journals. He served on various editorial boards and served for seven years as a contributing editor for American Entomologist.

For the past 10 years, Brown has led the modernization of ESA’s Annual Meeting. He introduced PowerPoint presentations throughout the meeting (2003), instituted the modern Presentation Preview Room and its software/hardware systems (2004), introduced live international presentations over the Web (2005), implemented the first fully networked Annual Meeting (all session rooms networked) in 2006, and live virtual (web-based) posters in 2008. In 2007 and 2008, he was the Student Competition Co-Chair and Program Co-Chair, respectively.