Announcements and Press Releases

Onstad Named New Editor-in-Chief of Annals of the Entomological Society of America

Annapolis, MD; November 2, 2022—David W. Onstad, Ph.D., senior research scientist at Corteva Agriscience, has been selected as the new editor-in-chief of the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. The ESA Governing Board approved Onstad's selection in November after an open search. Onstad will succeed Lawrence E. Hurd, Ph.D., who will step down at the end of 2022 after 15 years of dedicated service in the role.

Neven Named Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Economic Entomology

Annapolis, MD; October 18, 2022—Lisa G. Neven, Ph.D., research entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), has been selected as a new co-editor-in-chief of the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Economic Entomology. The ESA Governing Board approved Neven's selection in October after an open search. Neven will replace Frank Zalom, Ph.D., distinguished professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, who will step down as a co-editor-in-chief after a four-year term that concludes at the end of 2022.

ESA Names 2022 Professional and Student Award Honorees

Annapolis, MD; September 1, 2022—The Entomological Society of America congratulates the recipients of its 2022 awards. ESA Awards & Honors recognize scientists, educators, and students who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to entomology. Award honorees will be showcased during the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia, November 13-16, in Vancouver.

Three Entomologists Earn Honorary Membership at Entomological Society of America

Annapolis, MD; August 24, 2022—In recognition of their long-term dedication and significant contributions to the Entomological Society of America, three entomologists have been selected as Honorary Members of the Society in 2022. ESA's 2022 Honorary Members are Melody Keena, Ph.D., U.S. Forest Service; Walter Leal, Ph.D., University of California, Davis; and Alvin Simmons, Ph.D., USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Lina Bernaola Elected as Next Vice President-Elect of Entomological Society of America

Annapolis, MD; August 24, 2022—Lina Bernaola, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Beaumont, Texas, has been elected by members of the Entomological Society of America as the organization's next Vice President-Elect. ESA members also elected six other members to begin or continue positions on the ESA Governing Board.

‘Northern Giant Hornet’ Adopted as Common Name for Vespa mandarinia

Annapolis, MD; July 25, 2022—The Entomological Society of America has adopted "northern giant hornet" for the species Vespa mandarinia in its Common Names of Insects and Related Organisms List. Vespa mandarinia is an invasive hornet native to Asia that has been the target of eradication efforts in Washington state, USA, and British Columbia, Canada, after individual hornets were first discovered there in 2019. It has been referred to elsewhere as "Asian giant hornet" or "murder hornet."

Entomological Society of America Opposes Ruling to Curb EPA Authority

Annapolis, MD; July 1, 2022—Thursday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in West Virginia v. EPA poses grave risks for our environment and, by extension, all life on Earth. In particular, the millions of species of insects on our planet—already experiencing dramatic declines in parts of the world due to climate change, habitat loss, pollution, and other human-driven threats—will face further irreversible losses as a result of this decision.

On Women’s Pursuit of Science: A Letter From the ESA Presidential Line

Annapolis, MD; June 28, 2022—As the leaders of the Entomological Society of America, we object to and are saddened by the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn constitutional protection of a woman's right to control her own healthcare. This decision creates barriers for countless women working to fulfill their potential, including pursuing valuable careers in science.

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