Short SysEB Business Meeting at ICE: Ice Cream Social & Refreshments at 1 pm
The meeting at ICE will be on Sunday, September 25, 1:00-3:30 pm in Room W230 A&B.
The Ice Cream Social & Refreshments will begin at 1:00 after lunch. Ask officers for refreshment tickets.
The formal meeting will begin at 1:30 and end at 3:30. The end time of the meeting is firm as the room is scheduled for another event immediately afterwards.
This meeting is at the same time as other events going on so come for the 1 o'clock social and/or come and go to make it to other meetings.
agenda will include a short presentation by this year's Snodgrass Award winner, a presentation by one of the co-editors of the new journal, and a presentation from an NSF Program Director.
The latter two presentations will be scheduled toward the end of the meeting.
Thanks to all members, too many to name, who stepped forward to be moderators and/or judges during ICE!
Congratulations to Dr. Phil Barden, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, who was selected as this year's Snodgrass Award Winner!
He integrates fossils, morphological data, and next-generation molecular phylogenies in his studies of ants.
New Journal: Insect Systematics and Diversity
Sydney Cameron & Jim Whitfield, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, were selected as Co-Editors-in-Chief of this new ESA journal for publication of articles on the
systematics, evolution and biodiversity of insects and related arthropods. The search for editor was led by Anthony Cognato with other board members, Michael Caterino, Conrad Labandeira, M. Alma Solis, Scott Bundy, Rick Wilkerson and Xuguo Zhou (the latter
three are representatives from other ESA sections as required). Thanks to Conrad Labandeira who stepped in for a year to help with the origination of the journal and selection of the Editor-in-Chief and Jim Woolley who was involved in the January journal
launch meeting with the SysEB leadership. Congratulations to John Wenzel who was recently elected as the fourth SysEB board member.
Finally, but not least, is our thanks for Lisa Junker from ESA headquarters who organized all the meetings and next steps that helped make this new journal a reality.
Congratulations to Ashley Dowling, University of Arkansas, a SysEB member, who is a new Program Director at NSF. He will be speaking about new programs, relevant changes to
our membership, and funding success rates at the SysEB Business meeting.
Graduate Students: 2016 SysEB SRTA & GSRE
There were 20 excellent applicants this year. This year's winners of the Student Travel Research Awards (SRTA) were Sydney Branoch, Case Western Reserve University, Courtney
Rockenbach, New Jersey Institute of Technology & Rutgers-Newark, and Matthew Prebus, University of California at Davis. Matthew Prebus is funded by the Graduate Student Research Endowment (GSRE) this year. Kudos to John Heraty who has led this initiative
and all SysEB members that have supported this endowment.
Congratulations to Thomas J. Henry, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA, who was selected as this year's winner of this award. His research is on the systematics, evolution
and morphology of Heteroptera with major emphasis and interests in the family Miridae. The Awards Ceremony will be at the ESA Plenary, Founders' Memorial Lecture and Awards Session on Sunday September 25, 2016. The session will take place from 4:00 PM – 5:30
PM at the Orlando Convention Center in the Valencia Ballroom.
New SysEB Vice-President Elect
Congratulations to Floyd Shockley, Dept. of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution, who was elected to this SysEB leadership office.
New SysEB representatives to ESA Committees
Thanks to outgoing representatives, especially Caroline Chaboo who served on the Awards & Honors Committee for 3 years. The new representatives are:
John Leavengood - Awards & Honors
Sangmi Lee - Education & Outreach Committee
Gino Nearns- Membership Committee
William Kuhn- Early Career Professionals Committee
New SysEB Representatives to ESA journals
Thanks to the following SysEB members that volunteered as representatives to ESA journals this past year:
Floyd Shockley -American Entomologist
Amanda Bachmann - Arthropod Management Tests
Robert Kula - Environmental Entomology
Cheryle A. O'Donnell - Journal of Economic Entomology
Gail Kampmeier - Journal of Insect Pest Management
Jennifer Zaspel - Journal of Medical Entomology Editorial Board
SysEB/ECN Initiative: Entomological Collections Workshop
As part of the Section Leadership Council meeting in Minneapolis, 2015, President Hojun Song proposed a workshop in collaboration with the Entomological Collection Network
(ECN). The First Entomological Collections Management Workshop was held from July 18-20, 2016 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC. In addition, Past President Song was proactive in acquiring additional funding
for participants and in collaboration with Floyd Shockley, President of ECN, and Alma Solis, President of SysEB, wrote a grant proposal to NSF to further support this endeavor. The grant ($49,500 over 36 months) through ESA, with Song and Shockley as co-PIs,
was funded. If you missed the ESA article on this topic: