Entomological Foundation Names Its 2015 Awardees

Annapolis, MD; September 16, 2015 -- The Entomological Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 awards. The awards will be presented at Entomology 2015, ESA's 63rd Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN November 15-18, 2015.

ENTOMOLOGICAL FOUNDATION MEDAL OF HONOR—This award is the highest award presented by the Foundation and is given only to those who have attained preeminence in the field through their outstanding contributions to entomological outreach. Dr. Thomas Green has been a national leader in market-based sustainability and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) initiatives for more than 30 years. He is president and co-founder of the IPM Institute of North America, a nonprofit working to leverage marketplace power to improve health, environment, and economics in agriculture and communities through IPM and other sustainable practices. The Institute co-leads the National School IPM Working Group, which works to reduce pest and pesticide risks in schools, including promoting IPM curricula for students and educators, operates IPM STAR certification for schools, and offers Green Shield certification to facilities, structural pest management professionals, and IPM programs. The Institute partners with food companies including Sysco, McDonald’s, ConAgra Lamb Weston, McCain Foods, Simplot, and Whole Foods Market on sustainability initiatives, and with American Farmland Trust in the BMP CHALLENGE project, guaranteeing farmer income when they adopt conservation practices. The Institute was awarded Supplier of the Year for Quality Assurance from Whole Foods Market in 2015, earned the International IPM Excellence Award from the Sixth International IPM Symposium in 2009, was recognized as a U.S. EPA Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program Champion in 2004, 2005, and 2008, and received the U.S. EPA Sustained Excellence in IPM Award and 2009 and 2012. Dr. Green has served as a director of the Entomological Foundation since 2009, and as vice president and president from 2011 to 2014. He has been a member of the Entomological Society of America since 1983, and served on the Presidential Committee on Science Policy and the Presidential Committee on Awards. Dr. Green is a Certified Crop Advisor and a USDA NRCS-certified Technical Service Provider. He holds a PhD in entomology from the University of Massachusetts and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and presented at more than 250 professional and industry events.

PRESIDENT’S PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PRIMARY EDUCATION—This award recognizes educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools in grades K-6. Dr. Sven. P. Strnad is a national board-certified fifth-grade teacher at Millstone River School in the West Windsor—Plainsboro School District in New Jersey.

Dr. Strnad was born in Koping, Sweden, to Czechoslovakian parents. His family moved to Toronto, Canada, before settling in South Portland, Maine. Dr. Strnad received a BA degree in biology with emphasis in ecology, evolution, and systematics from Cornell University in 1974, an MS degree in entomology from the University of Maine in 1982, working with Dr. Cassie Gibbs on fish predation of larval black flies in the Penobscot River, and a PhD degree in entomology from Purdue working under Dr. Marlin Bergman on host finding and feeding behavior of neonate western corn rootworm larvae. In 1990, Dr. Strnad became the insectary supervisor at American Cyanamid in Princeton, New Jersey, later becoming a terrestrial ecotoxicologist. Dr. Strnad obtained his elementary teaching certificate at Rider University and transitioned into teaching in 2002 when the agricultural research facility was closed.

Dr. Strnad’s classroom, which he shares with co-teacher Dr. Vickie Gurzau, resembles a nature center more than a traditional classroom. He believes that many students, especially fifth graders, are intrinsically drawn to nature and are more willing and enthusiastic learners when surrounded by it. Grants and donations are used to provide each young learner with his or her own insect-collecting kit. During the spring, his students can be seen outside happily chasing insects on the school grounds. His students participate in an annual field project based on some aspect of the feeding behavior of the American carrion beetle. Insects are also incorporated into other content areas. This summer, Dr. Strnad received an EPA Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Strnad and his wife, Joann, have one son, Kyle, a PharmD who is currently in a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

PRESIDENT'S PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SECONDARY EDUCATION—This award recognizes educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools in grades 7-12. Christine Brothers is the Grade 7-12 science department head for the Falmouth Public Schools in Falmouth, Massachusetts, where she has taught for 19 years. Ms. Brothers has taught biology, advanced placement biology, and marine ecology at Falmouth High School, and this past year started a new course at the school, advanced placement environmental science. She holds a BS in environmental science from Cornell University and an MS in environmental education from The Ohio State University. Prior to teaching high school, she worked as an environmental educator at several nature centers. Ms. Brothers has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the Amgen Foundation Science Teaching Excellence Award. When not teaching, Ms. Brothers enjoys traveling and photography, but her true passion is birding, and she has seen over 650 species of birds in the United States.

The Entomological Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization made up of representatives from the public and private sectors, including academic institutions, government, and business and industry. Their mission is to build a future for entomology by educating young people about science through insects. For more information and to donate to the Foundation, please visit http://www.entfdn.org.