Welcome Letter from the Southeastern Branch President

Let me be the first to welcome you to the 93rd meeting of the Southeastern Branch (SEB) of the Entomological Society of America. The meeting will be held at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in downtown Mobile Alabama from March 3-6, 2019.

The meeting will feature 10 symposia with topics from vegetable pest management to vector biology. One symposium that will be of broad interest is “What’s in Your Toolbox? the Skillset Needed for a Successful Career in Entomological Research”. Skill enhancement talks in this symposium will focus on developing successful collaborations, obtaining funding, mentoring, and how to build your scientific skillset including new approaches to experimental design and statistical analyses.

The Plenary address will be given by Dr. Nicholas Storer, a Global Regulatory Advocacy Lead for Corteva Agriscience™. He will be discussing the development and status of Bt crops, including resistance issues domestically and globally.

There will also be a special Lunch and Learn on Monday 4th March “Strategy of Mixture Experimentation”, which will discuss how to analyze multi-component treatments, including pheromone blends, insecticide mixtures, and diet ingredients. There will be a total of 75 student talks, 44 student posters, 25 submitted talks, and 34 submitted posters.

We have formalized the Early Career Professional committee (ECP) for young professional entomologists so that they can continue to contribute to the society. The committee is currently chaired by Lauren Diepenbrock and she is looking for new and innovative ideas for the committee.

Mobile is a beautiful city with historical significance. It is the birthplace of Mardi Gras and our meeting will be held during Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday festivities so there will be plenty to see outside of the meeting. Do not forget to take some time to enjoy the parades that will be passing right by the meeting space, with 2-4 parades running every day Sunday through Tuesday. I am looking forward to see you there. 



Oscar Liburd
2018-2019 SEB President

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