Spring Awards – Call for Nominations

The awards committee has announced the call for nominations for the Jeanne, Nutting, and Tschinkel Student and/or Postgraduate Research Grants. Click the award name to access more information regarding for purpose, nature, eligibility, and application details. Additional information, including previous grant recipients, can be found on the Awards & Grants page
For questions or to submit your applications, contact Stephen Pratt, Co-Chair of the IUSSI-NAS Awards Committee.
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IUSSI- New Logo!

Congratulations to Andrew Hoadley! IUSSI-NAS members voted his design to represent our society (shown in the header of the website).

You can contact or follow Andrew, as well as the other artists that submitted an image. You will find their contact information listed below their submitted image.

We thank all of our artists and all of our members for voting.

IUSSI-NAS Artists

Andrew Hoadley (email) @aphoadley


 

Prashant Waiker (email)


Nadia Tsvetkov (email)


Daniel Friedman (website)


Hannah Levenson (email)


Babak Yousefi (email)


Colin Brent (email)

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The 2nd Pollinator Insect Forum

Confirmed and supported by the General Council, the Entomological Society of China, the 2nd Pollinator Insect Forum will be held in Beijing, 26-30 May 2017. This forum is organised by the Special Committee on Pollinator Insects, the Entomological Society of China, supported by the Youth Committee, the Entomological Society of China and the Ecological Society of Beijing. This forum will focus on pollination function research, scientific reports and a workshop on pollinator insects. Special committee and delegates will also discuss the issues about the Special Committee on Pollinator Insects, working group and capacity-building and the possibility of the Chinese Chapter of International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI).

For more information, click here.

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5th Workshop on Biological Distributed-Algorithms (BDA 2017)

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The 5th Workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms (BDA 2017)
July 28, 2017 in Washington, DC, USA. Co-located with PODC 2017
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We are excited to announce the 5th workshop on Biological Distributed
Algorithms (BDA). The aim of the workshop is to foster collaborative research
between biologists and distributed computing theory researchers, with the hope
of producing better understanding of the behavior of distributed biological
systems, as well as new ideas for design of algorithms for engineered or
computational networks.
BDA 2017 will include presentations on distributed algorithms related to a
variety of biological systems, with special attention to communication and
coordination in insect colonies (e.g. foraging, navigation, task allocation,
construction) and networks in the brain (e.g. learning, decision-making,
attention).
This is a one-day workshop.
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SUBMISSIONS
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We solicit submissions of extended abstracts describing recent results
relevant to biological distributed computing. We especially welcome extended
abstracts describing new insights and / or case studies regarding the
relationship between distributed computing and biological systems even if
these are not fully formed. Since a major goal of the workshop is to explore
new directions and approaches, we especially encourage the submission of
ongoing work. Selected contributors would be asked to present, discuss and
defend their work at the workshop. By default, the submissions will be
evaluated for either oral or poster presentation, though authors may indicate
in their submission if it should be only considered for one of the
presentation types. Submissions should be in PDF and include title, author
information, and a 4-page extended abstract. Shorter submissions are also
welcome, particularly for poster presentation.
Please use the following EasyChair submission link:
Note: The workshop will not include published proceedings. In particular, we
welcome submissions of extended abstracts describing work that has appeared or
is expected to appear in other venues.
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IMPORTANT DATES
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April 28, 2017 – Extended abstract submission deadline
May 28, 2017 – Decision notifications
July 28, 2017 – Workshop
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Awardees Announced for Eickwort and La Fage Student Awards

The Awards Committee (Terry McGlynn and Stephen Pratt (Co-Chairs), Rebecca Clark, Hongmei Li-Byarlay, Juliana Rangel, and Chris Smith) have announced the awardees for the 2016 Eickwort and La Fage Student Awards. These recipients were selected from a wide field of applicants and are deserving of our congratulations.

George C. Eickwort Student Research Award – Marek Borowiec

Jeffery P. La Fage Student Award for Applied Research on Social Insect Pests – Kaira Wagoner

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Termite Class this Summer

Termite Course 2017, ENY 4221 / ENY 6248
June 19-23 2017
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

This summer, the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department is offering a unique week-long workshop on termite biology on June 19-23 2017. This course provides a wide perspective on termite biology (evolution, diversity, ecology, behavior, symbiosis, distribution, morphology, control, collection techniques).  This session includes field collection trips and classes.

The course will take place at the UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, and is organized by Dr. Thomas Chouvenc, Rudolf Scheffrahn, Nan-Yao Su and William Kern.

We highly encourage students and other academics to participate to this workshop, as it provides in-depth insight to many aspects of termite biology, within the general framework of the study of social insects

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Awardees Announced for Jeanne, Nutting and Tschinkel Grants

Our hard-working Awards Committee (Stephen Pratt [chair], Terry McGlynn, and Chris Smith) have announced the awardees for this year’s crop of research grants. These recipients were selected from a wide field of applicants and are deserving of our congratulations. The official announcement can be found here.

Jeanne Social Wasp Research Grant – Cameron Fay

Nutting Termite Research Grant – Mark Janwiecki

Tschinkel Ant Natural History Research Grant – Brian Haney

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