Six faculty members and one graduate student in UCR’s Department of Entomology have been honored for their research and contributions to the field of entomology at the 2006 meeting of the Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch, which was held March 5-8 in Hawaii.

“It is because of efforts like theirs that our department continues to be one of the best in the country,” said Ring T. Carde, chair of the Department of Entomology. “We are proud of their service and contributions to entomology and pleased that the Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch is recognizing them.”

The UCR honorees and their awards are:
    · Professor Michael E. Adams received the Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology, sponsored by Bayer CropScience. This award recognizes and encourages innovative research in the areas of insect physiology, biochemistry and toxicology in the broad sense.
    · Jeremy Allison, a graduate student, was presented with the John Henry Comstock Outstanding Graduate Student Award, recognizing outstanding graduate students in entomology in the Pacific Branch.
    · Beth Grafton-Cardwell, cooperative Extension integrated pest management specialist, won the Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management. Sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection, this award is given based on outstanding contributions which have a direct relation to integrated pest management.
    · John H. Klotz, associate extension urban entomologist, was chosen for the Recognition Award in Urban Entomology, which encourages and recognizes outstanding extension, research and teaching contributions in urban entomology. The award, sponsored by S.C. Johnson and Son, consists of an inscribed plaque and an award amount determined by the interest earned from the endowment.
    · Robert Krieger, cooperative extension toxicologist, received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension, given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in an extension program that exhibits creativity, program impact, achievement and program delivery.
    · Jocelyn G. Millar, professor of entomology and chemical ecology, was presented with the C.W. Woodworth Award accompanied by a $1,000 honorarium, which recognizes an individual Pacific Branch member for outstanding accomplishments in entomology within the region over the past 10 years.
    · Timothy D. Paine, professor of entomology and entomologist, won the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, given to an individual who has excelled through innovations in developing new courses, programs and teaching methods.

Adams, Grafton-Cardwell, Klotz, Krieger and Paine will be entered into the national competition for the corresponding awards. Allison is one of five graduate students selected nationally for the John Henry Comstock Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, it now has more than 5,700 members.