Eric Rebek Chosen to Helm Journal of Integrated Pest Management

Professor and extension specialist at Oklahoma State University will begin role in 2019

Annapolis, MD; June 21, 2018—The next editor-in-chief of the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, an open-access extension journal published by the Entomological Society of America, will be Eric J. Rebek, Ph.D., professor and state extension specialist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University.

Eric J. Rebek, Ph.D.

Eric J. Rebek, Ph.D.

The ESA Governing Board has approved Rebek's appointment to succeed Marlin Rice, Ph.D., who will step down as editor-in-chief after a distinguished term of service leading the journal since its inception in 2010. Rice, product biology technical manager at Syngenta Crop Protection and a former professor of entomology at Iowa State University, informed ESA in late 2017 of his intent to leave the role at the end of 2018. The Journal of Integrated Pest Management Editorial Board then launched an open search for Rice's successor in January 2018.

"I am very pleased that Dr. Eric Rebek will be taking the reins of the Journal of Integrated Pest Management," says ESA President Michael Parrella, Ph.D. "The Governing Board and I have no doubt Eric's dedication and enthusiasm for entomology extension and the IPM field will allow him to lead the journal to new heights while building on the incredible foundation set forth by Dr. Marlin Rice and his fellow founding editor Dr. Kevin Steffey."

Rebek has spent the majority of his 14-year professional career in entomology extension and education, having authored dozens of articles and factsheets on integrated pest management (IPM) and delivered more than 100 invited presentations at both extension and academic events. He has also served as a subject editor for the Journal of Integrated Pest Management since 2011.

Journal of Integrated Pest Management"The Journal of Integrated Pest Management will be in great hands with Dr. Eric Rebek. My colleagues and I on the Editorial Board were impressed with Dr. Rebek's thoughtfulness and communication skills, in combination with his experience in IPM, and we look forward to working with him," says Gail Kampmeier, a senior research entomologist (retired) at the Illinois Natural History Survey and chair of the Journal of Integrated Pest Management Editorial Board.

"And we are also very thankful for the incredible job done by Dr. Marlin Rice and Dr. Kevin Steffey in their years building JIPM from the ground up," says Kampmeier.

Rebek's five-year term as Journal of Integrated Pest Management editor-in-chief will begin January 1, 2019.

"I am deeply honored to be chosen as the next editor-in-chief of Journal of Integrated Pest Management," Rebek says. "I have some big shoes to fill, but I welcome the challenge of maintaining the high quality and visibility of JIPM. My main objectives will be to increase the number of article submissions and oversee continued growth in our readership. This will require championing JIPM to a wider audience and recruiting papers from colleagues in allied disciplines and from the international community of scientists. I am excited to dedicate myself to JIPM and work closely with the Editorial Board and Oxford University Press to enhance the journal's success."

Rebek began his career as a postdoctoral research associate at Michigan State University in 2004 before moving to Oklahoma State University, serving first as an assistant professor in 2007, associate professor in 2013, and professor in 2018. His research expertise has focused on applied entomology and IPM. A member of ESA for 22 years, Rebek has served the profession in multiple volunteer roles, including, currently, as vice president of the ESA Southwestern Branch and gamesmaster for the Southwestern Branch's Linnaean Games entomology trivia competition. Rebek holds three degrees in entomology, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S., 1996, and M.S., 1999) and Purdue University (Ph.D., 2004).

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