Highlights from the newsletter:
The Michigan Entomological Society’s Golden Anniversary Annual Meeting will be held from Friday evening June 4, 2004 through Sunday morning June 6, 2004 at the Ralph A. MacMullen (RAM) Conference Center, located on beautiful Higgins Lake, in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. The RAM Center is an outstanding facility with onsite lodging and scrumptious catered meals, nestled in the pines along the north shore of one of Michigan’s premiere lakes. The site is conveniently located close to both US 27 and I 75, south of Grayling, MI.
The event kicks off with a bang on Friday evening, June 4th with dinner in the Center’s dining hall followed at 7 pm by an evening program and informal mixer. The program will include presentations by Julian Donahue (Los Angeles County Museum) on “Recollections of the Early History of MES”, and by Dr. Edward Voss (Curator Emeritus, University of Michigan Herbarium) on “Living with Insects and Plants”. Our master of ceremonies for the evening will be Martin Andree, author of the popular MES newsletter column, Martinoptera.
The annual meeting itself will take place on Saturday June 5th from 9 am to 5 pm, followed by a cookout on the beach (weather permitting). Saturday’s program will feature four invited speakers, a student talk completion, poster session and photo salon. Our invited speakers for the day are Drs. Richard Merritt, Gordon Guyer, Ronald Hodges and Eric Quinter. The winner of the student competition will receive a $200 cash prize, with additional cash prizes awarded to the second and third place contestants. Due to the number of invited speakers at this meeting, the only call for papers will be for the student competition. All others are encouraged to share their findings in the poster session. Ample breaks have been included in both the morning and afternoon sessions to allow attendees ample time to browse the posters and renew old friendships.
Dr. Richard Merritt, chair of the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University (MSU) will speak on the topic of Forensic Entomology. Some of Dr. Merritt’s cases have been featured on the television series, “Forensic Files”.
Dr. Gordon Guyer served at MSU as a professor of Entomology, Entomology Department Chair, Director of the Cooperative Extension Service and as interim University President. He also served as the Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and later as Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture. With this experience Dr. Guyer is in a unique position to know the interpersonal jostling and behind the scenes struggles of our public decision makers. He will speak to us about the personal side of decision making in regu- latory entomology.
Dr. Ronald Hodges is an emeritus Research Entomologist with the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) in Beltsville, Maryland. He is the editor of the Moths of North America (MONA) Fascicle series and specializes on the systematics of the lepidopteran superfamily Gelechioidea. Dr. Hodges will be speaking to us about the MONA project.
Dr. Eric Quinter is a Senior Scientific Assistant at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City who specializes in the genus Papaipema (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). He is currently studying North American moth species whose caterpillars feed on bamboo and is working on a MONA Fascicle about Papaipema. Dr. Quinter will speak to us on “New discoveries in Papaipema”.
Poster Session. Due to the number of invited speakers, the only call for papers at this meeting is for the student competition. All others are encouraged to share their findings in the poster session. Substantial breaks have been included in both the morning and afternoon sessions to allow attendees ample time to browse the posters and renew old friendships. A registration form for poster and student paper presenters is included in this flyer.
Student Paper Competition. Student papers are 15 minutes in length. The student paper competition is open to high school, undergraduate and graduate students. The winner will receive a $200 cash prize, with $100 and $50 cash prizes awarded to the second and third
place contestants, respectively. This is a great
Photo Salon. We know we have many insect photography buffs out there who have not shared their images with us. This is a great opportunity to show off your slides. Winning entries will be considered by the Journal Editor for use as the cover of Great Lakes Entomologist. The photo salon entry form is also included in this flyer.