President’s Corner: Entomological Opportunities

July 8, 2020

Although summertime arrived on schedule, too many entomological studies have been disrupted, neglected, or redirected. Numerous timetables and travel plans for work and leisure have been suspended, delayed, upended, or canceled. COVID-19 continues to exert detrimental impacts on our lives. Yet, we can and will adjust and press forward in the pursuit of the science of entomology. As members of our premier scientific society, we have many opportunities to forage an exciting future for this science. I will briefly mention four specific entomological opportunities herein.

We have an opportunity to continue to advocate for entomology. Writing and speaking about entomology is what we do. Everyone is free to be passionate about entomology. It is quite fine to agree or disagree about a given subject; this is what gives extra vigor to the scientific process. However, it is essential that we remain respectful and professional in our communications within and outside of the entomological community.

Because many of us are currently spending much more time than usual communicating remotely, this is an excellent opportunity to hone our remote communication skills. Arthropods are not concerned about our stress and weariness from COVID-19. Just as they continue to be active and do what they do, we must continue to be active in advocating for entomology.

Anyone around the world who shares a passion or interest in entomology has an opportunity to become a member of ESA. Those who are already ESA members have an opportunity to reach out to others and invite them to become a member of the ESA family. Each of the more than 7,000 ESA members is important. Hence, the Society explores ways to develop all members. Each of us has an opportunity to participate in the three strategic principles of ESA, i.e., global, influence, and social responsibility.

We have an opportunity to let our voices be heard by participating in the upcoming ESA election (opens July 20). The ballot will consist of an excellent slate of candidates who are volunteering to represent members on affairs of the Society.

It only takes a moment to vote. This year will be remembered in many ways. Will your participation in the ESA voting process become a part of the historical account of 2020? I encourage you to take the upcoming opportunity to vote for the candidates of your choice.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to participate in the unique 100% virtual 2020 annual ESA meeting. Submissions for papers and posters are currently open and will remain open until the end of August! The program committee is actively arranging symposia, plenaries, workshops, paper and poster sessions—and more. No matter where your entomological interests lean, there will be numerous programming subjects to accommodate your needs. I can assure you that this will be a memorable event with a combination of virtual live and on-demand sessions of “Entomology for ALL.”

Alvin M. Simmons, Ph.D., FRES
President, Entomological Society of America
Charleston, South Carolina