Special Symposia at Entomology 2011

At this year's ESA Annual Meeting, the following special symposia and workshop will be presented:

An Eisnerian View of Nature: a Tribute to the Life and Work of Thomas Eisner, (Sunday, November 13, 2011: 1:30 PM-5:30 PM) -- Learn about the life and work of Dr. Thomas Eisner, a groundbreaking authority on insects whose research revealed the complex chemistry that they use to repel predators, attract mates and protect their young. Dr. Eisner realized early in his career that in addition to sounds and visual cues like colored markings and elaborate dances, insects often communicate through chemical signals. A Cornell University professor, he was considered one of the fathers of chemical ecology. Born in Berlin, he moved to the U.S., took his first entomology course at Harvard and realized that his love of insects could grow into a career. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and a doctorate in 1955, Dr. Eisner joined the faculty at Cornell. However, he never forgot that Cornell had rejected him as an undergraduate and displayed the rejection letter in his office. Dr. Eisner was an ESA Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 1994 he received a National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the United States. He was also an ardent conservationist and served on the boards of the National Audubon Society, the National Scientific Council of the Nature Conservancy, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the World Resources Institute Council.

Impacts of the 3.11 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami on Entomologists, Research, and Society, (Tuesday, November 15, 2011: 8:00 AM-11:00 AM) -- On March 3, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit northeastern Japan. Many lives were lost and many cities were severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. In addition to these tragic events, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant lost power and nuclear material escaped into the environment. These events have severely affected agriculture, ecosystems, the food industry, and trade between Japan and the U.S. This special symposium will help you understand the effects of the Japan disaster on entomologists, research facilities, universities, agriculture, ecosystem, as well as food industries and trade between Japan and the U.S. You will also learn what you, ESA, and others can do to aid researchers, especially entomologists, in Japan.

i5K Workshop, (Sunday, November 13, 2011: 1:00-4:00 PM) --  The campaign to sequence the genomes of 5000 arthropods (mostly insects), will be introduced and explained in detail at the i5k workshop.  oin the i5k and join the fun!  Take this opportunity to describe the genomes you are sequencing, or what genomes you would like sequenced.  

1-2 PM ― Why sequence 5000 arthropod (mostly insect) genomes? Kevin Hackett,  Owain Edwards and Gene Robinson

2-3 PM ― i5K organization, wiki page, working groups, update on species selection and sequencing efforts, How can I participate? Sue Brown and Stephen Richards

3-3:45 PM ― Breakout sessions: Discussion and feedback led by Kevin Hackett, Owain Edwards, Gene Robinson, Sue Brown and Stephen Richards

3:45 PM ― Summary reports from breakout sessions.