2005 ESA Annual Report
February 24, 2006
The Entomological Society of America experienced a very busy and challenging year in 2005, but one filled with rewards and accomplishments! A dedicated team of Society leaders and volunteers, working with the Headquarters staff and vendors, provided professional products and services to our members, customers, and the general public. In keeping with our Vision and Mission Statements and the Governing Board’s Decision Matrix, periodicals, meetings, and the web site were the primary areas where resources were dedicated.
Membership. For the first time in over a decade, membership has posted two consecutive years of growth. We finished the year with 5,960 members, a 4% increase over 2005. This growth was evidenced in nearly all membership categories, from Regular to Students. The Society welcomed 990 new members and over 80% of our 2004 members renewed for 2005. The Sustaining Associates Program had 13 members.
Awards and Honors. Nine new Fellows were elected in 2005 – Dr. George E. Ball, Dr. Frank M. Davis, Dr. Randy Gaugler, Dr. Henry F. Howden, Dr. Loke T. Kok, Dr. John F. Lawrence, Dr. Lubomir Masner, Dr. Larry P. Pedigo, and Dr. Sonny B. Ramaswamy. In addition, five Comstock graduate student award winners were selected by the Branches, and six professional awards and three other student recognition awards were presented at the Annual Meeting. Among them was the new Student Certification Award. For the Student Competition for the President's Prize, there were 21 first prizes and 21 honorary mentions for oral presentations, and 18 first prizes and 18 honorary mentions for posters. The University of Missouri won the 2005 ESA Linnaean Games.
ESA further partnered with the Entomological Foundation and expanded its online system to include the submission of Foundation award nomination packages and access by judges to those packages, thus reducing administrative processing time and cost for the Foundation. The online system was also enhanced with automatic checks to ensure nomination files are of the appropriate file type and do not exceed the maximum allowable size.
Recognition of Service. Recognition of service to the Society was expanded to better acknowledge the work carried out by our many member volunteers. The expansion included the addition of certificates to all outgoing committee members and judging panels and public recognition for all outgoing volunteers through resolutions approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting.
Certification Programs. There continues to be strong interest in ESA’s certification programs. The Society counted 392 Board Certified Entomologists by year’s end, a slight decline from 2004. In early 2004, ESA debuted the Associate Certified Entomologist program. By the end of 2005, there were 45 ACEs, an increase of 30 over 2004. As of this report, there are an additional 64 individuals who have already applied for ACE and are busy studying in advance of their testing dates.
Publications. Our four journals continue to do well. Manuscript submissions to the three journals -- Environmental Entomology, Journal of Economic Entomology, and Journal of Medical Entomology -- were higher in 2005 than in any of the preceding five years, and the total number of pages published was the second highest during that time. Income from subscriptions, page charges, and reprints continues to remain strong, especially subscription income from BioOne. The Journal of Economic Entomology again had the highest Total Cites ranking among entomology journals according to the 2004 ISI Science Citation Rankings, and our other three journals were among the top six in this category. When ranked by “Expected Cites per Subscription Dollar” and other cost-effectiveness analyses, our journals consistently rank as the best buys in entomology (four of the top 5 best buys are ESA journals).
The Journal of Medical Entomology Editorial Board recommended Walter J. Tabachnick as the new Editor-in-Chief, replacing John Edman who will retire at the end of January 2006. Arthropod Management Tests will also be published as part of the online Plant Management Network in which ESA participates.
Production work began on three new insect pest handbooks which will be published in 2006 in conjunction with the American Phytopathological Society. The Handbook of Turfgrass Insect Pests continues to sell well with another reprinting scheduled for early 2006.
Meetings. Despite Hurricane Wilma’s furious attempt to derail the 2005 ESA Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida originally scheduled for November 6-9, we persevered with a postponed meeting in December (15-18). The five ESA Branches also had successful meetings – Eastern Branch in Harrisburg, PA (March 20-22), North Central Branch in West Lafayette, IN (March 20-23), Pacific Branch in Pacific Grove, CA (February 27-March 2), Southeastern Branch in Tunica, MS (March 6-9), and Southwestern Branch in Albuquerque, NM (February 28-March 3). These six events attracted a total of more than 3,000 attendees.
Additional format and schedule changes made the Annual Meeting more flexible for attendees and continued to highlight student achievement. More presentation technology was added including live remote presentations over the internet from England and Hawaii, remote presentations via embedded narration and recorded video, and twin screen presentations. Oral presentations were again recorded and posters were recorded for the first time, with will both be available for viewing through AM Online. Other enhancements included a Mentor Wall designed to honor those who have made a difference in ESA members’ lives, column wraps that described how the Meeting theme affected research across ESA’s Sections and Branches, a juried art show (Art Wing, an unique artistic vision of the joint-legged world), a cybercafe, and, at the Closing Session, live entertainment and an All Stars Linnaean Game.
Member Services. ESA continued to expand its electronic commerce capability with the debut of the “member update” pages, which allow users to interact directly with the membership database, recording address changes, e-mail updates, and Section affiliation. Over 90% of those registering for the 2005 Annual Meeting did so electronically with on-line credit card payments. Membership and BCE dues could also be paid on-line. Ent-Chats discussion boards will be launched in early February with “Pay an Invoice” to follow thereafter.
Affiliations and Associations. ESA continued its membership in the American Institute for Biological Sciences, the Council for Scientific Society Presidents, and the Plant Management Network, and re-affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As a member of the DC Principles Coalition of non-profit publishers, ESA continues to follow developments concerning the NIH open access policy for NIH-funded research.
At the Annual Meeting, leaders from other scientific societies were briefed on ESA’s efforts to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and sample documents were provided to help those organizations minimize the research and work needed for their compliance with the Act. As in the past, many other related societies had their annual meetings concurrently with the ESA Annual Meeting.
Laws and Regulations. The Society continues to be concerned about FCC regulations with regard to “Do Not Fax,” FTC regulations on CAN-SPAM (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003), state-specific laws on communications, and NIH open access directives. As a small society of individual members, with a limited headquarters staff, our ability to conduct business and remain financially stable could be imperiled by these restrictions. Thus, while we do not have any lobbying activities, we do participate with other societies in the debate and have, on occasion, written members of Congress. For the most part, other larger organizations with which ESA is either loosely or closely aligned have taken the lead on petitioning the legislative bodies on these issues.
Strategic Planning. The Governing Board spent considerable portions of its two meetings preparing its proposal to restructure the Society’s Sections and empower or decentralize more programmatic responsibility to the Sections. The proposal was then presented to the membership during the Fort Lauderdale meeting. Members have been asked to review the proposal and offer suggestions and comments.
Administration and Finance. The Society continues to be financially solvent with positive cash flow. The financial reserves were fully re-established by the end of fiscal year 2004, and some modest increase in spending in 2005 was possible. The Governing Board exercised restraint so that the Society’s reserves would be protected and only allowed additional spending for enhancements at the Annual Meeting.