The Awards Committee is now accepting applications for our two student recognition awards – The Jeffery P. La Fage Award for Applied Research on Social Insects and the George C. Eickwort Student Research Award. Please see the attached documents for more information. Send your nominations to Stephen Pratt (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 31, 2016.
Sean O’Donnell and Floria Mora-Kepfer Uy will be offering an OTS short course for graduate students entitled “Biology of Neotropical Insects” during March 12-24, 2017. This will take place in Costa Rica and has been greatly enjoyed a number of students over they years it has been offered. If you are interested you can find the brochure here.
Madeleine Beekman, Secretary-General of IUSSI, has published a society newsletter.
We are seeking to fill several empty seats in various committees for IUSSI-NAS and want your nominations fro these positions.
1. President Elect: The President Elect serves on the Executive Committee for 3 years; first as President-Elect, then President, then as former President.
2. Secretary/Treasurer: The Secretary Treasurer will serve for 3 years and is in charge of record keeping and funds of the Section.
3. Nominations Committee (1 position): The new member of the Nominations Committee would join the two current members and serve for 3 years in organizing elections.
4. Awards Committee (3 positions): These members will join two current members to collectively oversee administration of all awards for the Section.
Please nominate yourself or other members who you feel would be well qualified for the job (self nominations are very much encouraged). After nominees have been identified, an election will be held. Additional information on these positions can be found here.
Please send your nomination to email@example.com by September 2, 2016.
Thank you for your participation!
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
There will be a one day meeting of the NAS-IUSSI in Orlando, Florida on September 24, 2016. This will directly precede the XXV International Congress of Entomology. Oral and poster presentations will be given, with plenty of opportunity to interact with your colleagues. Registration is now open and details can be found here.
Sabrina Amador Vargas has been named the winner of the 2015 George C. Eickwort Student Research Award. Sarah received a US$1000 honorarium in celebration of her outstanding research contributions on the behavior and neuroanatomy of acacia ants. Sabrina received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, working under the advisement of Dr. Ulrich Mueller.
Qian “Karen” Sun is the 2015 recipient of the Jeffery P. La Fage Student Award for Research on Social Insect Pests for her work on the behavioral, chemical, and evolutionary mechanisms of corpse management in termites. Karen is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky, advised by Dr. Xuguo “Joe” Zhou.
Mike Breed, the new editor for Insectes Sociaux, is making it his business to reach out to IUSSI members. He is encouraging us to more consistently use our society’s journal for their publishing needs. To help foster a better link with members, the journal now has its own blog, twitter feed, and facebook page. Check them out and send Mike your manuscripts.
Election results for NAS-IUSSI were announced during our business meeting in Minneapolis. Our next president-elect is Olav Rueppel. He is filling the spot just vacated by Sean O’Donnell who has just assumed the presidency from Amy Toth.
We also had two committee positions filled. Jennifer Jandt will now serve on the Nominating Committee and Chris Smith will round out the Awards Committee.
Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your willingness to contribute your time.
There was a NAS-IUSSI business meeting on November 17th, held in conjunction with the 63rd annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Our latest newsletter gives a full briefing of what transpired.