Welcome Letter from the Southeastern Branch President

I hope all y’all are planning to attend and participate in the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch (SEB) of the Entomological Society of America, March 4-7, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. The hotel has made recent upgrades and should provide an excellent venue – thanks to Rob Meagher for local arrangements. Program chair Jawwad Qureshi and his committee have organized a number of symposia that will provide breadth to our program.

Our plenary speaker on Monday morning will be Dr. Agenor Mafra-Neto, Founder, President and CEO of ISCA Technologies, Inc. Agenor is an innovative chemical ecologist who received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Ring Cardé. He is also an entrepreneur who started his company in California and Brazil to develop and deliver semiochemical-based solutions for management of insect pests of agriculture and human health. Recent work has included novel products such as smart traps and sensors, semiochemical deployment systems to control disease-carrying mosquitoes using attract and kill blends and even Trojan cows to control Malaria in Africa. Dr. Mafra-Neto’s presentation will be inspiration for anyone trying to think “out of the box” or thinking about starting their own enterprise.

Symposia this year will include Biocontrol in the Southeast, Management of Asian citrus psyllid, Pollinators and Soybean, Emerging Technologies, Berry Production, Design of Experiments (DOE), Noctuids, Pollinators, Turf and Ornamental Entomology, and Vegetables. Of particular interest (to me, at least!) will be the keynote presentation for the DOE symposium by Mark Anderson, principal and general manager of State-Ease, Inc. Mark has extensive experience in quality improvement, process development and practical and user-friendly software for DOE. This is an opportunity to become acquainted with powerful methods to improve your ability to extract knowledge and not just data from your experiments. I invite you to look through the complete program and take advantage of the opportunities to keep up with recent advances, to
support our students and early career professionals and to enjoy the company of old and new friends and colleagues.

In addition to the symposia and submitted papers, there will be ample opportunities to reunite with friends and colleagues at a BBQ social on Sunday evening, a Monday night reception and the awards luncheon on Tuesday. Don’t miss this chance to re-connect, network and develop new contacts or collaborations.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in Orlando. March is a great month to visit. Bring the family!


Stephen L. Lapointe
SEB President 2017-2018

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