Three Entomologists Earn ESA Honorary Member Status

Honor bestowed upon members demonstrating extraordinary service to ESA

Annapolis, MD; August 21, 2017—In recognition of their long-term dedication and significant contributions to the Entomological Society of America (ESA), three entomologists have been selected as Honorary Members of the Society in 2017.

Honorary Membership acknowledges those who have served ESA for at least 20 years through significant involvement in the affairs of the Society that has reached an extraordinary level. Candidates for this honor are selected by the ESA Governing Board and then voted on by the ESA membership. 

ESA’s 2017 Honorary Members are:

Gene KritskyDr. Gene Kritsky, a 41-year member of the Entomological Society of America, received his B.A. in Biology (1974) from Indiana University and his M.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1977) in Entomology from the University of Illinois. He joined the Biology Department at Tri-State University (now Trine University) in 1977 and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Minya University in Egypt from 1981 to 1982. In 1983, he joined the Biology faculty at Mount St. Joseph University, serving as Chair (1985–1999 and 2011–2016), Director of Health Sciences (1999–2002), Professor (1987–present), and Dean of the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences (2017). He has served ESA as Interim Editor-in-Chief (2002–2003) and Editor-in-Chief (2003–2017) of American Entomologist, making him the longest-serving Editor-in-Chief in the history of the publication. Gene has also served ESA on the Standing Committee on Public Information (1985–1986), the Membership Committee of the ESA North Central Branch (1985), and the Publications Council (2003–2017). He was Co-Convener of the International Congress of Entomology (2016), Co-Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the ESA National Meeting (2003), Contributing Editor to American Entomologist (1998–2003), and Chair of the Film Advisory Committee (1986). He produced an ESA public service radio series (1984) and presented the Founders’ Memorial Award Lecture (2012). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of the Indiana Academy of Science’s Distinguished Scholar Award, and he has published more than 160 papers and 10 books.

Roger MoonDr. Roger Moon became Professor Emeritus of Entomology at the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul after 36 years of service in research, teaching, and outreach. He earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California, Davis in 1979. His research concerns the biology, ecology, and management of filth flies, mosquitoes, bots, keds, lice, bugs, and mites that occur around livestock, wildlife, and people. Roger has published more than 130 articles, reviews, and book chapters for scientists and the general public, including papers on stable fly ecology, swine mange, and fly-born spread of PRRS virus. He taught or co-taught courses in veterinary entomology, medical entomology, veterinary parasitology, insect population dynamics, and applied experimental design, and he has advised 15 students to master’s and doctorate degrees. Roger joined the Entomological Society of America as a student member in 1976 and has attended every annual meeting since then. He served as chair of ESA’s MUVE section, its meeting technology committee, its Publications Council, three of its editorial boards, and as subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology (2002–2015). Roger was a founding member of the all-entomologist band The Stridulators and has been active since retirement as a bass guitarist in several geezer cover bands playing in the Twin Cities area.

Robert WiedenmannDr. Robert N. Wiedenmann is a Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Arkansas. He received a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (1985) and Ph.D. in Entomology (1990), both from Purdue University. After a postdoctoral position in the biological control labs at Texas A&M University, he worked for more than a decade at the Illinois Natural History Survey. In 2005, he became Head of the Department of Entomology at Arkansas, serving until 2014, when he stepped down to return to faculty. He currently teaches the large-enrollment class "Insects, Science and Society" and a hybrid live/distance class, "Advanced Applied Entomology," taught collaboratively with the University of Kentucky and Kansas State University. He has been a member of the Entomological Society of America since 1985 and has served ESA in many capacities, including Program Chair (2003) and President (2004) of the North Central Branch, President of the Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section (2008), Local Arrangements Chair for the Southeastern Branch meeting (2012), and ESA President (2013). Highlights of his service include leading efforts to develop a Science Policy Initiative, placing ESA in the policy arena and increasing the Society's visibility. He also strengthened the Student Transition and Early Professional Committee and furthered ESA's efforts at globalization and diversity. He led the effort to hold the first joint Branch meeting, uniting Southeastern and Southwestern Branches (2012). He has conducted research and outreach on biological control of insects and weeds and has been a critic of the potential invasiveness of bioenergy crops.

See the full list of past recipients of ESA Honorary Membership.

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