Thursday, July 22, 2010

ESA Program Committee Co-Chairs Welcome

Come, join us in sunny San Diego, California, for the 58th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America! The theme for ENTOMOLOGY 2010 is “ENTODIVERSITY: Disciplinary, Biological, and Geographical.”

The program this year includes record numbers of symposia, submissions of regular and student oral and poster presentations, and virtual posters. New this year is a special category for undergraduate students to present their research and compete.

The symposia include six program symposia, 36 Section symposia, and 42 member symposia. In addition to symposia are 940 ten-minute papers in 75 sessions divided among general submissions and student competitions. There are 741 posters divided among general submissions and student competitions.

The 29 sessions of student ten-minute papers include three undergraduate sessions with 27 presentations and 26 graduate sessions with 363 oral presentations. The 19 sessions of student posters include five sessions of 58 undergraduate posters and 14 sessions of 182 graduate posters.

Included again this year will be an opportunity for entomologists outside of North America to present their research through a Virtual Poster session led by Grayson Brown. The Virtual Posters can be viewed at the Annual Meeting in San Diego, and those who submitted posters will be virtually present to discuss their research.

We thank all the volunteers who help make the Annual Meeting possible. Volunteers are needed for judging the student competitions, moderators, members of committees, and many other activities. Volunteers also include 110 students.

We especially thank the ESA staff, including Liz Caesar, Adele Compton, Mary Falcone, Alan Kahan, Ann Kenworthy, Richard Levine, André Owens, Debi Sutton, and Neil Willoughby. ESA contracts with the Tri-Societies to help manage our Annual Meeting. Our meeting would not be possible without the hard work of Keith Schlesinger, Stacey Phelps, and Cassie Mescher with Tri-Societies.

The Program Committee this year is comprised of the following ESA members who are Presidents and Vice-Presidents of our Sections:

- Marianne Alleyne and Jeffrey Scott (Integrative Physiological and Molecular Insect Systems – IPMIS)

- Michael Merchant and Douglas Norris (Medical, Urban, and Veterinary Entomology – MUVE)

- Paul Borth and B. Rogers Leonard (Plant-Insect Ecosystems – P-IE), and

- Anthony Cognato and Jason Cryan (Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity – SysEB).

Poster Co-chairs are Clint and Carol Pilcher (2009 Program Co-chairs). Student Competition Co-chairs are Paul Ode and Andrew Norton. The Student Liaison to the Program Committee is Ashfaq Sial.

Enjoy the diverse entomological program during ENTOMOLOGY 2010. Appreciate “ENTODIVERSITY: Disciplinary, Biological, and Geographical” as we network with colleagues and friends in sunny San Diego!

Megha Parajulee and Bonnie Pendleton
2010 Program Committee Co-chairs