The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce the selection of three new entomologists as Honorary Members of the Society. Honorary Membership acknowledges those who have served ESA for at least 20 years through significant involvement in the affairs of the Society that has reached an extraordinary level. Candidates for this honor are selected by the ESA Governing Board and then voted on by the ESA membership. All four will be honored at the Awards Ceremony at Entomology 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee this November.
DR. ELIZABETH F. BECKMEYER has been a member of ESA for 40 years, joining the Society as an undergraduate at Georgia Southern College. After receiving her B.S. in Biology, she studied insect oogenesis, receiving her M.S. in Entomology at the University of Georgia, M.A. in Zoology at Duke University, and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A year as an AAAS Science, Engineering and Diplomacy Fellow (1987-88) broadened her view of the role of scientific societies in promoting diversity in science. In 1989, she founded the Women in Entomology Breakfast that continues today as an important networking event at the Annual Meeting. She also held leadership diversity workshops that revealed the mechanisms of nominations, committee membership, editorial board compositions and programming to the entire membership. She initiated the use of electronic mail to communicate with the entire membership of the Society, constructing email directories for sending section news and programming updates to each Section. She continues to advocate openness in the operation of the Society as the best route to diversity within the organization.
Dr. Beckemeyer has served the ESA as: Governing Board Representative (2002-05); Officer for Section B (1994-97); Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics (1992-94); member of the Standing Committee on Rules (1999-2004) and Committee on Awards and Honors (2010-13); and as Chair (
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