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Penn State researcher wins Entomological Society of America award

Consuelo M. De Moraes, associate professor of entomology, Penn State, is the first recipient of the Early Career Innovation Award from the Entomological Society of America (ESA).

The award honors young professionals working in entomology who have demonstrated innovation through contributions within any area of specialization research, teaching, extension, product development or public service. The award will be presented at the 2008 ESA Annual Meeting in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 16, 2008.

A native Brazilian, De Moraes earned her B.Sc. in ecology from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. She received her doctorate in entomology from the University of Georgia. De Moraes' primary scientific interests are in understanding the critical roles of chemical communication in ecological interactions. She focuses on the role of plant volatiles in mediating interactions among plants and insects.

De Moraes' has also received a variety of awards, including a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering, the Beckman Young Investigator Award, and the DuPont Young Professor Award. She recently received a National Science Foundation CAREER award. De Moraes is active in teaching and outreach and is particularly committed to promoting the integration of minorities and women in science.


Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
Penn State

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