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Entomological Society of America recognizes 2007 fellows and honorary members

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is proud to announce its selection of nine new Fellows and one new Honorary Member. Selection as an ESA Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension, or administration. Honorary Membership acknowledges scientists who have have participated actively in ESA affairs and served the field of entomology with distinction. The honorees will be recognized during the ESA Annual Meeting, which will be held from December 9 to 12, 2007, in San Diego, California (

Brief biographies of the new honorees are listed below. Full biographies and photos are available at

2007 Honorary Member

Dr. Michael E. Irwin is currently Schlinger Research Emeritus Professor of Arthropod Biodiversity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, visiting professor at the University of Arizona, and is a research associate with the Illinois Natural History Survey, the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the California State Collection of Arthropods. He has undertaken 47 international consultancies, received numerous international and national competitive grants, and authored 200+ publications.

2007 Fellows

Dr. C. Wayne Berisford is recognized for his research and teaching in forest entomology at the University of Georgia, where he has served for the past 40 years. He has published over 200 journal articles and several book chapters, and he has received several awards, including the A.D. Hopkins Award for Distinguished Service to Forest Entomology, the U.S. Forest Service 75th Anniversary Award for contributions to conservation, and the D.W. Brooks Award for Agricultural Research.

Dr. Joel R. Coats has been on the faculty of the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University for 29 years. He served a five-year term as Department Chair and is currently Interim Chair of that department. His scientific publication record includes seven books, 31 book chapters, six review articles, and 117 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Harry K. Kaya has been with the Department of Nematology and Department of Entomology at the University of California, Davis since 1976. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to insect pathology and insect nematology, which include more than 220 refereed publications and book chapters. He is one of the founding editors of the journal Biological Control, and is currently Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Kaya has received a number of awards from ESA, the Society for Invertebrate Pathology, and the Society of Nematologists.

Dr. Richard E. Lee, Jr. is currently Distinguished Professor of Zoology at the Miami University in Ohio. Lee has published more than 195 refereed journal articles, reviews and book chapters. He is senior editor of two books and received a patent for the use of ice nucleating microorganisms for biological control. His honors include several teaching awards, the Benjamin Harrison Medallion from Miami University, and election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. J. E. McPherson began his teaching career in the Department of Zoology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1969, attaining the rank of professor in 1979, and he is internationally recognized for his research of the Hemiptera-Heteroptera. McPherson has served ESA as a member of the Governing Board (1994-1996, 2001-2003), President (2002), and Editor of American Entomologist (1993-2001). He was elected an Honorary Member of the Society in 2004, and has received the C. V. Riley Achievement Award (1997) and the Award of Merit (2006) from ESAs North Central Branch.

Dr. Frantisek Sehnal is with the Entomological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and in 2007 was named Director of the Biology Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He has mentored 17 Ph.D. students, published 20 patents and more than 250 papers, is currently on the editorial boards of seven journals, plays important roles in international scientific life, and is currently serving as the Chair of the Council for the next International Congress of Entomology in Durban, South Africa.

Dr. Nan-Yao Su joined the University of Florida in 1984, and has been a professor of entomology since 1994. He has authored and coauthored over 160 peer-reviewed articles on termite biology and control, and his research results on the population ecology of subterranean termites and slow-acting toxicants led to the development of the Sentricon System, a monitoring-baiting system for population control of these cryptic pests.

Dr. Bruce Tabashnik has served as Head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona since 1996, and he is is one of the leaders of a collaborative team in Arizona that addresses molecular, genetic, ecological, and practical aspects of resistance. His awards include the J.E. Bussart Memorial Award (1992) from the ESA. The Science Citation Index lists more than 5,000 citations of his 235 publications.

Dr. Kenneth V. Yeargan has been on the entomology faculty at the University of Kentucky since 1974, and currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies for his department. He has published more than 115 refereed journal articles and several book chapters. He has received several awards for mentoring graduate students and teaching, including ESAs Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award. Overall.


Contact: Richard Levine
Entomological Society of America

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