The Department Head, Professor May Berenbaum, was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2014 for her "pioneering studies on chemical coevolution and the genetic basis of insect-plant interaction, and for enthusiastic commitment to public engagement that inspires others about the wonders of science." The National Medal of Science is the nation's highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. Created in 1959, the National Medal of Science is awarded annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in science and engineering. Congratulations!
Insect Fear Film Festival
The Department of Entomology hosted the 31st Annual Insect Fear Film Festival on February 22, 2014. The theme for this year was Pesticide Fear with some scary films that frightened and delighted guests. The festival showcased the movies: Riders of the Whistling Pines (1949) and Locusts: The 8th Plague (2005) and featured the insect petting zoo, BugScope, face painting, and our annual insect art contest! We hope to see all of our guests again next year, and thanks to our volunteers! For more information, please check out the official IFFF website and Facebook page.
Department Head Elected Future ESA President May Berenbaum, professor and head of the Department of Entomology, was recently elected Vice President-Elect of the Entomological Society of America. After serving in this capacity in 2014, she will be the Vice President in 2015, and then ESA President in 2016, the same year that ESA will host the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations, Dr. Berenbaum! For more information, read the full press release here.