Alvin Simmons, Ph.D.
September 16, 2020
Aspects of entomology capture the fascination of people from toddlers to our most senior citizens. This is apparent from their many smiles and other displays of sheer satisfaction about the world of entomology. The colors, behaviors, and oddities of so many of the entomological species are sure to impress. There is delight in our seniors who continue to engage and publish on entomological subjects much beyond their official retirement from their careers. As a premier Society, we embrace our future (abracemos a nuestro futuro) by welcoming all.
Please join in the national recognition and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month which is observed from September 15 to October 15 each year. The national theme for this year is “Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past and Embrace the Future.” Since the beginning of our Society, our very name (ESA) has embraced the fact that our membership consists of people in multiple countries and includes Hispanic demographics. I briefly highlight one past outstanding Hispanic entomologist here. Dr. Leonila Vázquez García (1914 -1995) was a distinguished Mexican entomologist who was recognized with the Mexican Entomology Society's Entomological Merit medal. She was a specialist on butterflies and insect biology and ecology. Dr. García served twice as Vice President of the Lepidopterist's Society and was an honorary member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Some of our senior entomologists today may still recall her presentations at ESA and other meetings. Let’s celebrate the Hispanic contingent of our Society as we celebrate “Entomology for All.”
Although paper submission for the virtual 2020 annual meeting has closed, the opportunity to attend this historical event is still wide open. Anyone can register to attend. Program co-chairs “JC” Chong and Theresa Pitts-Singer, along with the rest of the program committee, are actively refining the program to ensure that this will be a rewarding event for all.
Take care and keep well.
Alvin M. Simmons, Ph.D., FRES
President, Entomological Society of America
Charleston, South Carolina