Qian “Karen” Sun was the recipient of US$2000 from the William L. and Ruth D. Nutting Termite Research Grant. Karen is a student in the laboratory of Dr. Xuguo “Joe” Zhou at the University of Kentucky. This grant will allow her to conduct work on identifying the reproductive pheromones of primary and secondary queens of the termite Reticulitermes flavipes. The full award announcement can be found here.
Brendon Boudinot is the very first recipient of the newly established Tschinkel Ant Natural History Research Grant. He will receive US$2000 to support his work on determining the natural history of the Martian ant, Martialis heurekaphenotypic (actually from Brazil, not Mars). Brendon is a student of Philip Ward at the Unviersity of California, Davis. The full award announcement can be found here.
Sarah Lawson has been named the winner of the 2014 George C. Eickwort Student Research Award. Sarah will receive a US$1000 honorarium in celebration of her outstanding research contributions in the area of social evolution in gall-forming aphids. Sarah is a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University , working under the advisement of Dr. Patrick Abbot. The full award announcement can be found here.
Karl Glastad has been named as the Winner of the 2014 Jeffery P. La Fage Student Award for Research on Social Insect Pests for his work on phenotypic plasticity in ants and termites. Karl is a Ph.D. student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, working under the advisement of Dr. Mike Goodisman. The full award announcement can be found here.
There was an NAS-IUSSI business meeting on November 19th in conjunction with the 62nd annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Portland, Oregon. Minutes from the meeting and other important updates can be found in our recently published Winter Newsletter.
Mike Breed has stepped down as Chair of the IUSSI-NAS Nominations Committee, and S. Hollis Woodard has now assumed that position. Mike Goodisman is part of the committee and joining them this year is Sarah Kocher. They will be busy this month identifying nominees for the upcoming elections.
For those of you unable to attend the IUSSI Congress in Cairns, there is available a copy of the International Committee meeting minutes. In addition there is a new NAS newsletter that includes minutes from our section meeting and the General Assembly meeting at the congress.