Announcements and Press Releases

Annapolis, MD; May 24, 2021—Vernard Lewis, Ph.D., BCE, emeritus cooperative extension specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, has been selected to deliver the Founders' Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2021, the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). ...

Annapolis, MD; March 22, 2021—Last week’s horrific events in Atlanta, amid an ongoing rise in violence and hateful acts toward Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders nationwide, are a sobering reminder of the persistence of racism, misogyny, and hate and their tragic consequences in the United States of America. My colleagues and I on the Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America condemn these acts, and we express our sympathies to ESA members of Asian heritage who have been affected by this deplorable trend in our country. ...

Annapolis, MD; February 17, 2021—When the invasive spotted lanternfly arrived in the United States in 2014, it was immediately recognized for the threat it posed to native plants and crops. A community of researchers and experts in science, agriculture, and government sprang into action to respond, improving our chances for containing the pest and curbing its potential for damage. While the effort continues, a new collection curated by the Entomological Society of America’s family of journals showcases the growing body of research that is helping us understand the spotted lanternfly’s biology and how to contain it. The collection features 25 articles published in ESA journals since 2015, with 16 of them new additions since June 2020. ...

Annapolis, MD; January 26, 2021—Zsofia Szendrei, Ph.D., associate professor and vegetable entomologist at Michigan State University, has been named the next editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, the Entomological Society of America's quarterly membership magazine. Szendrei will serve as co-editor-in-chief in 2021 alongside current editor-in-chief Kevin Steffey, Ph.D., who will step down at the end of the year. ...

Annapolis, MD; January 7, 2021—To ESA members and the entomology profession at large: On behalf of the Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America, today I echo the chorus of shock and condemnation at yesterday’s violent assault on our nation’s democratic institutions. It is a heartbreaking day for the United States of America. As a scientific society, ESA cannot pursue its mission to improve the world through scientific progress when ongoing crises in American leadership create constant turmoil that hinders our members from doing their work or simply living their lives. The orderly and peaceful transition of power must be carried forward so that we can get our country back to work solving the critical problems we face. ...

Annapolis, MD; November 10, 2020—The Entomological Society of America welcomes Matt Hudson to its staff as the Society’s new director of publications, communications, and marketing. Hudson will guide the growth and advancement of ESA’s family of research journals as well as the Society’s communications and outreach efforts to both members and beyond. ...

Annapolis, MD; October 13, 2020—The Entomological Society of America welcomes Stacie L. East to its team as the organization’s new membership and diversity program manager. Serving in a newly created staff position, East will be a leading voice for all ESA membership campaigns and engagement strategies, including new diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. ...

Annapolis, MD; September 30, 2020—For science to serve all of society, it must embrace diversity within its ranks and acknowledge and actively work against the inherent biases that lead to systemic exclusion of underrepresented groups in scientific institutions. The Entomological Society of America strongly opposes the White House’s recently released Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. While veiled as a step toward equality, the Order instead represents an unnecessary restriction on our nation’s efforts to understand and eliminate systemic bias. ...

Annapolis, MD; September 2, 2020—Marianne Alleyne, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been elected by members of the Entomological Society of America as the organization's next Vice President-Elect. ESA members have also elected four other members to begin or continue positions on the ESA Governing Board. ...

Annapolis, MD; September 2, 2020—In recognition of their long-term dedication and significant contributions to the Entomological Society of America (ESA), five entomologists have been selected as Honorary Members of the Society in 2020. ...

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