Recipients of Eickwort and La Fage Awards Announced

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.

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Election Results

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.


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IUSSI North-West European Section Meeting Announced

The North-West European Section of the IUSSI and The Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions at the University of Helsinki will be holding the 6th European IUSSI Congress (*EURO-IUSSI*), on 8-11.8 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.

The conference website can be found at For the current list of symposia, see

The venue will be the University of Helsinki downtown campus, within easy reach from accommodation, restaurants and shopping. Social events include an opening event at the Natural History Museum, a reception by the Rector Magnificus of the University of Helsinki, and a conference dinner at Restaurant Uunisaari, located on an islet off the cost of Helsinki.

Registration and abstract submission will open 1st Feb 2016.


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Recipients of the Nutting and Tschinkel Grants Announced

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.

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