Announcements and Press Releases

Lars Chittka Chosen to Present 2024 ESA Founders' Memorial Lecture

Annapolis, MD; June 4, 2024—Lars Chittka, Ph.D., professor of sensory and behavioural ecology at Queen Mary University of London, has been selected to deliver the Founders' Memorial Award Lecture at Entomology 2024, the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Chittka's lecture will recount the pioneering accomplishments of Charles Henry Turner, Ph.D. (1867-1923), a Black entomologist whose discoveries on insect sensory systems, learning, personality, and intelligence were a century ahead of their time.

Rondon Selected as ESA Books Editor-in-Chief

Annapolis, MD; January 24, 2024—Silvia I. Rondon, Ph.D., professor, extension entomology specialist, and director of the Oregon Integrated Pest Management Center at Oregon State University, has been selected as the new editor-in-chief of the Entomological Society of America's book-publishing program.

Cook Named Editor-in-Chief of Arthropod Management Tests

Annapolis, MD; October 4, 2023—Don Cook, Ph.D., entomologist at Mississippi State University, has been chosen to serve as the next editor-in-chief of the journal Arthropod Management Tests, published by the Entomological Society of America. The ESA Governing Board approved Cook's selection in September after an open search. He will succeed Eric Natwick, BCE, who will depart from the role of editor-in-chief at the end of 2023 after more than nine years of service.

Government Shutdown Will Derail Insect Science

Annapolis, MD; September 28, 2023—As the threat of a federal government shutdown looms, Americans rightly worry about the loss of critical services and operations that federal agencies carry out for the public every day—and scientific research is no exception. On behalf of insect scientists working in educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government, the Entomological Society of America urges our leaders in Washington, DC, to keep the U.S. government working effectively and efficiently, and without interruption.

Braman, Peterson Earn Honorary Membership at Entomological Society of America

Annapolis, MD; August 30, 2023—In recognition of their long-term dedication and significant contributions to the Entomological Society of America (ESA), two entomologists have been selected as Honorary Members of the Society in 2023: S. Kris Braman, University of Georgia; and Robert K.D. Peterson, Montana State University.

Malaria in the U.S.: A Wake-Up Call to Strengthen Vector-Borne Disease Response

Annapolis, MD; August 23, 2023—Every day, entomologists work to protect Americans from diseases spread by mosquitoes. Supporting this critical public health infrastructure is a core priority for the Entomological Society of America and its partners in the Vector-Borne Disease Network. Recent news of cases of locally transmitted malaria in Maryland, Texas, and Florida—as well as dengue in Florida—further illustrate the urgent need to expand our nation's capacity to prevent and respond to the threats posed by mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropod carriers (vectors) of disease.

Hesler Chosen to Lead Journal of Insect Science

Annapolis, MD; August 23, 2023—Louis S. Hesler, Ph.D., lead scientist and research entomologist at the Integrated Cropping Systems Unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, has been selected as the new editor-in-chief of the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Insect Science. The ESA Governing Board approved Hesler's selection in August after an open search. He will succeed Phyllis Weintraub, Ph.D., who will step down at the end of 2023 after serving as editor-in-chief since 2015.

ESA Names 2023 Professional and Student Award Honorees

Annapolis, MD; August 23, 2023—The Entomological Society of America congratulates the recipients of its 2023 awards. ESA Awards & Honors recognize scientists, educators, and students who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to entomology. Award honorees will be showcased during Entomology 2023, November 5-8, in Natinoal Harbor, Maryland.

Lysyk Selected as New Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Medical Entomology

Annapolis, MD; August 9, 2023—Timothy J. Lysyk, Ph.D., entomologist and retired research scientist from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, has been selected as a new co-editor-in-chief of the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Medical Entomology. The ESA Governing Board approved Lysyk's selection in July after an open search. He will join current editor-in-chief David B. Taylor, Ph.D., in sharing leadership of the journal. Taylor has served as editor-in-chief since January 2022.

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