May Berenbaum Receives Tyler Prize

May Berenbaum, University of Illinois entomology professor and department head, received the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, an international award that recognizes "those individuals who have contributed in an outstanding manner to scientific knowledge and public leadership to preserve and enhance the environment of the world."

Berenbaum delivered a lecture at the Davidson Conference Center of the University of Southern California, which administers the Tyler Prize. She was accompanied by ESA Vice President-Elect Robert N. Wiedenmann, University of Arkansas.

The Tyler Prize consists of a $200,000 cash prize and a gold medal. Previous Tyler Prize recipients include American biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward O. Wilson, primatologist and animal conservationist Jane Goodall and conservation biologist Paul Ehrlich.

In addition to her ongoing research on the chemical interactions between plant-eating insects and their host plants, Berenbaum has built a second career as a science communicator. She has written or co-written numerous books on insect fact and folklore, and she has a regular column in American Entomologist.

Click here for a Voice of America video about Dr. Berenbaum's
work with honey bees and her winning the Tyler Prize. 

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