Herbert Womack, 87, of Chula, Georgia, passed away March 16, 2017. Mr. Womack was a research entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. He later joined the faculty of the University of Georgia as an extension entomologist and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1989, at which time he was named Associate Professor Emeritus.
Menachem Jochanan (John) Berlinger, respected Israeli entomologist and integrated pest management scientist, passed away in late 2016.
Dr. Melvin "Scott" Thomson (Scott), age 62, of Racine, Wisconsin, passed away on March 21, 2016. He most recently served as Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin, from 1992 to 2014. During his time there, he served as Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2003 through 2007.
At the XXV International Congress of Entomology (Orlando, FLA), Charles Vincent (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc) was presented the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Entomological Society of America International Branch (ESA-IB).
The 60th Livestock Insect Workers Conference was held in Oklahoma City, OK, June 26-29, 2016. Justin Talley, livestock entomologist at Oklahoma State University, organized and hosted the conference, including a luncheon provided by Whitetails of Oklahoma at a deer farm
Dr. Nilsa A. Bosque-Pérez, a professor at the University of Idaho, has been appointed University Distinguished Professor. She was recognized for her continuous excellence in scholarly achievement, teaching and mentoring, breadth and depth in her discipline, and recognition that has brought distinction to the University of Idaho
On May 23, 206, Kathy Heinsohn, BCE and David Gammel, ESA's executive director, attended a “Zika Virus Readiness” event at Johns Hopkins University that was held by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
The whole entomological community, especially all scientists working worldwide with whiteflies and whitefly related aspects, mourns the very sad loss of Prof Dan Gerling, Emeritus Professor of Entomology at Tel Aviv University (Israel), who passed away on 26th March 2016 at the age of 79 after a short period of illness
Dr. C. Michael (Mike) Smith was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd Biennial International Plant Resistance to Insects Research Workshop held in Stellenbosch, South Africa from March 5-8, 2016, based on his extensive leadership, research and teaching contributions in insect plant resistance
Dr. S. Kristine Braman has been named head of the Entomology Department at the University of Georgia