Robert Washino Wins Public Service Award

Robert Washino -- an ESA Fellow, emeritus professor of entomology, and a longtime academic administrator at the University of California, Davis -- has been selected as a recipient of a 2012 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate.

During his 1964-1994 academic career at UC Davis, Washino chaired the UC Davis Department of Entomology and served as an associate dean of the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. For the past 18 years, he has continued his public service at international, national and state levels.

“Throughout his academic career and now in retirement, Dr. Washino gives freely of his time and expertise to state, federal and international agencies, as well as the private sector. Locally, he committed himself to the public health agency, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District, which protects the public from disease transmission of mosquito viruses. Nationally, he testified before congressional committees and served on USDA and California Department of Food and Agriculture task forces targeting such insects as the Africanized honey bee and Mediterranean fruit fly," said Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology.

“He added breadth and depth to national organizations such as the Entomological Society of America and bridged to the international World Health Organization. Dr. Washino focused on the need to study plant pest and disease caused by harmful non-indigenous (exotic) organisms and to solve the critical demand for strengthened pest exclusion, early detection, and alternative strategies for managing pest and disease problems. His efforts demonstrate a total commitment to public service, particularly advancement of public welfare.”

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