President's Corner: Are You Ready to Advocate Entomology?

Bob Peterson, Ph.D.

Bob Peterson, Ph.D.

November 6, 2019

What a year! It has been a privilege and honor for me to serve as your president. In all of my travels this year, the absolute highlight was speaking to so many of you. Despite all of the uncertainties surrounding science policy, science funding, and public support for science in general, what I found most remarkable in my interactions with you was your rock-solid commitment to entomology and your unbridled optimism for the future. Indeed, your positive comments reminded me of why I decided to become an entomologist and supercharged my own commitment to champion and advocate for our discipline.

Concomitant with the theme of Advocate Entomology! this year were initiatives focused on nurturing an innovation culture among members, empowering all members to move the world, and positioning ESA to be a synergizing platform for all members to achieve their professional goals. With these initiatives and our ceaseless advocacy, we are well on our way to rethinking and reshaping entomology as we move inexorably into the 21st century. As I have mentioned before, it is far better for us to chart the future of entomology than to have it charted by those who are not entomologists.

So, as we prepare for and travel to Entomology 2019 in St. Louis this month, I hope you are ready to Advocate Entomology! Thank you for making 2019 a very special year. 

Advocate Entomology!

Robert K. D. Peterson, Ph.D.
President, Entomological Society of America
Professor of Entomology, Montana State University
Twitter: @GYEInsects

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