At the closing session on Wednesday, November 8, ESA's 2018 President Michael Parrella drew two names from the entrants for the Entomological Foundation raffle.
Dr. Phil Mulder, Professor and Department Head at Oklahoma State University, was the runner up winner in the raffle and will receive an iPad mini.
Brandon Humburg, a student member (and I do mean student -- he is 12 years old) was our big winner. He and a guest will travel to Vancouver, BC for the ESA 2018 meeting. Brandon was at home when he got the news that he was the winner. His mother, Missy Humburg, the Gulf Coast Health and Safety Manager at Dow Chemical, told us "I can’t describe in words how excited he was when I told him last night. He was in the middle of doing homework, and let’s just say he had a tough time re-focusing."
He'll receive meeting registration for himself and a guest, a $500 travel voucher for airfare, suite accommodations for 4 nights, ground transportation to and from the airport to his hotel, and more.
The raffle raised over $1000 for the Foundation. We are grateful to all who purchased tickets. Congratulations Brandon and Phil!
At the November meeting of the Foundation's Board of Directors meeting, the Board made a couple of key decisions which will impact Foundation operations going forward, enabling the organization to be more nimble and make a larger and more meaningful impact on STEM education.
First, a change in Bylaws was approved. Since ESA assumed management of the Foundation and began donating staff time and headquarters space to the operations in January 2015, the presidency of the Foundation has been the responsibility of the immediate past president of the ESA. However, that individual was also responsible to lead the ESA's Science Policy efforts. This was found to be an untenable workload. As such, the Board approved a new leadership rotation. Effective immediately, the vice president of ESA will be the president of the Foundation with two of the other officer positions (vice president and past president) updating accordingly with this new rotation.
Secondly, the Board approved a change in focus. The Foundation will still remain true to its core mission of supporting the STEM needs of K-12 educators through the use of insects in the classroom, however, the primary activity of the Foundation will now be that of providing grants to educators rather than running events that support teachers.
In practice this means that events like the Insect Expo and the STEMbugs educator events will now be run by groups like the ESA's Education and Outreach committee. The Entomological Foundation will transition from managing these events to becoming a financial supporter of them. In addition, other groups can petition the Foundation for funding. Funding grants was a core mission of the Foundation as recently as 2006. The difference is that this will now be the sole mission.
"The Board of Directors is excited about this enhanced focus for the Foundation," according to Foundation President Bob Peterson. "The education community is highly engaged in supporting the needs of educators, and this recent change will allow us to direct funding to where it will have a strong impact on young students."
Funding details, including timetables and a grant-review rubric, will be worked out by the Board in the coming months. This information will be published on www.entfdn.org as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage supporters to help spread the word that the Foundation will be providing micro-grants to educators and others who can help encourage the development of the next generation of entomologists.
One requirement of funded grants will be to provide a report to the Foundation which will serve as additional resources for other teachers, furthering the impact of the resources invested.
If you support the idea of supporting teacher needs directly to donate generously to the Entomological Foundation.
The Entomological Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 awards:
ENTOMOLOGICAL FOUNDATION MEDAL OF HONOR
The Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor was established in 2007 and is the highest award presented by the Foundation. It is given only to those who have made outstanding contributions toward fulfillment of the Foundation’s mission or entomological outreach.
Since 2003, Dr. Andrine Shufran has been coordinator of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Insect Adventure entomology education program and facility, and in 2008 she became an associate specialist for youth within the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. This educational program travels far and wide, giving approximately 550 individual presentations and trainings on entomology and entomologically related topics annually. These presentations include professional ag development, classroom visits, community events, summer camps, insect collection trainings, 4-H projects, scouting badges, and open public hours. Topics include pollination, venomous arthropods, entomophagy, decomposers, insect art, and the ever-popular live petting zoo. To fulfill these presentations, Dr. Shufran maintains the OSU Insect Adventure facility, which houses 75 species of live arthropods. Dr. Shufran has been involved with the Entomological Foundation since 2010, serving on the Boards of Directors and Counselors. She has three degrees from institutions within the Southwestern Branch of the ESA: a B.S. from Texas A&M University, an M.S. from New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. from OSU. She has been coordinating insect expositions since 1999 and crowned this achievement with an event for 3,500 at the International Congress of Entomology in 2016. Dr. Shufran teaches two undergraduate courses at OSU: Entomology for Educators and Internship in Teaching and Outreach, which provide opportunities to use arthropods for development of teaching and public-speaking skills. She loves her job because each day is a new and dynamic experience. Off-campus, Dr. Shufran enjoys gardening, reading, skeet, and time with her husband and two dogs. With thousands of arthropods to care for daily, she does not keep any as pets.
PRESIDENT’S PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PRIMARY EDUCATION
This award recognizes educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools in grades K-6.
Lara Guerra teaches elementary science to girls in pre-kindergarten through second grade at the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. She also coordinates the Hockaday Lower School Garden and is currently developing an interdisciplinary garden curriculum for students in the Lower School. Hockaday is the largest girls’ school in the United States, and Lara has a deep belief in the transformative power of a single-sex education for girls and young women.
Lara is a Texas native and grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at a time when children would play outside until the street lights came on. She spent many happy hours with her brothers in the fields behind her house. Insects, birds, lizards, and building forts in the woods filled her formative years; in the process, she absorbed a deep love and respect for nature. Her interests in gardening and hobby beekeeping are a direct result of her childhood experiences.
Lara’s childhood experiences also inform her work as a teacher, and she is committed to providing similar hands-on learning opportunities for her young students. In the classroom, she delights in weaving the arts, humanities, and science together into a cross-curricular learning experience. She encourages her students to engage nature, and the “Wonder Wall” outside her classroom door is a repository of all of the wonderful rocks, insects, leaves, and treasures that her students find and bring to school.
Lara received her B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and her M.L.S. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
PRESIDENT’S PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SECONDARY EDUCATION
This award recognizes educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools in grades 7-12.
Gregory Bisbee has been teaching high school science and biology since 1988 and currently teaches biology, biotechnology, and a plant-based advanced ecology course at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin. He has the reputation of being “that teacher”—the one who makes class very challenging, but interesting and fun. In the words of his students, “…he’s a great teacher if you really care about learning biology.” His students planted, and now help to maintain, several acres of prairie and woodland on the school campus. It is in these areas that they conduct population studies, pollinator observations, and other lab activities. Greg is passionate about teaching and learning, and gets really excited about native plants and insects. He frequently presents at local, state, regional, and national science education conferences and has several publications. He is a past recipient of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Wisconsin (2007) and enjoys participating in programs that allow him to travel and work on research, always looking for new techniques to use in the classroom. He lives on a five-acre prairie with his wife, Pam, and a large, unruly Great Pyrenees named Miley.
Calling all entomology outreach presenters .....
Are you attending Entomology2017 in Denver, CO this fall? The ESA Education and Outreach committee's symposium was not selected as a member symposium, so we're handling the topic a different way this year.
We are creating a "submission swarm" of topics related to entomology outreach during the meeting this year. If you have not yet committed to give an oral presentation during the meeting this year, here's your chance to join a movement! We are seeking presentations on all things entomology outreach. Here's how to submit:
Annapolis, MD; July 6, 2016 -- The Entomological Foundation (EF) is proud to name the winners of the 2016 EF Awards. These include one professional teaching award, and one career achievement award. The winners will be recognized at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida, which will be held September 25-30, 2016.
ENTOMOLOGICAL FOUNDATION MEDAL OF HONOR - This award is the highest award presented by the Foundation and is given only to those who have attained preeminence in the field throughout outstanding contributions. Gwen Pearson is Purdue Department of Entomology’s education and outreach coordinator. She also works as a freelance science writer for WIRED Magazine, Washington Post, Nature, and other news outlets. She calls herself an “insect evangelist” because her mission is to help everyone discover they love bugs.
As well as the usual museum and school venues, Gwen conducts outreach at science fiction conventions, tech conferences, bars, and other unusual settings to reach beyond traditional audiences. Gwen has been a leader in digital outreach via social media, and her consulting work is directed toward science communication strategy and search engine optimization for nonprofits and extension.
PRESIDENT’S PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SECONDARY EDUCATION - This award recognizes educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools in grades 7 through 12. Denise Scribner has been empowering youth with the knowledge of entomology for over 45 years. She graduated from Emporia State University with a B.S.E. secondary education degree for biology, zoology, and physical education in 1975. She immediately began her teaching career in Texas. After her school closed, Denise became a staff member at both the council and national level with Girl Scouts of the USA, continuing with this career for 31 years. In 2007, she moved back to the classroom, teaching biology, ecology, and forensic crime science at Goddard High School and later at the new Eisenhower High School, USD #265, in Goddard, Kansas. In addition to the Entomological Foundation’s President’s Prize, Denise has received several honors, including the 2010 Goddard Master Teacher Award, 2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, State Finalist (Kansas) for the 2015 Presidential Award of Excellence for Math and Science Teachers (notification pending regarding national standing), and the 2016 Kansas Conservation Educator of the Year. Her leadership with the award-winning student-developed on-campus outdoor wildlife learning site, native plant gardens, and environmental class curricula has won her high school the Kansas Green School of Excellence Award, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award, and recognition as one of the top 10 Eco Schools in the nation by the National Wildlife Federation. Denise is also a Wichita Area Technical College instructor through the CTE law enforcement career track at Eisenhower High School forensic crime science classes. She is honored to receive this award.
The EF (http://www.entfdn.org) exists to develop the next generation of entomologists by hosting projects and events designed to help educators and parents foster a child's natural curiosity about the world around them; encouraging educators to use insects in the classroom as a low-cost and science-intensive way to teach biology, art, math, and many other subjects; and fostering a community of like-minded scientists, hobbyists, parents, educators, funders, and -- most importantly -- children who support this diverse science.
If you're like most members of the Entomological Society of America, entomology forms the foundation of your career, your interests, and your passions. It's what you talk about at parties and what you think about when you're out for a jog.
The quote above, attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, is an inspiration to all of us who want to find ways to support insect science and develop the next generation of entomologists.
The Entomological Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, aims to accomplish this goal by serving the educational needs of K-12 teachers as they work to engage the next generation of entomologists. Through projects that support the use of insects in the classroom, increasing STEM programming, and seeking ways to build citizen-scientists, the Foundation is the go-to organization that educators rely on for scientifically accurate and engaging learning materials.
We've come through a challenging few years and are now facing a brighter horizon. The staff and leadership are actively working on developing action plans for the Foundation projects that will engage educators in novel and exciting ways. We'll have more details on these as they come closer to reality.
But we need your support.
The best ideas are just business plans unless they are carried through to the action phase. Please help us fulfill our mission and build the future of entomology by making a generous year-end donation today. There are many ways to support us.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.
I'll have more information to share later, but I wanted to just quickly say thank you to all who supported the Entomological Foundation this past week during the ESA Annual Meeting (#entsoc15) in Minneapolis, MN. If you missed it, we had a terrific time and did some great work for the Foundation.
Over 300 people bought raffle tickets for the VIP trip to the 2016 International Congress of Entomology with a runner-up prize of an iPad mini. The raffle netted over $3,000 in revenue for the Foundation. My thanks to everyone who purchased tickets. I'm pleased to announce the winners:
Winner of the iPad mini (which she picked up at the closing session) -- Amy Morey (St. Paul, MN)
Winner of the trip to Orlando for the ICE -- Tom Myers, BCE (Lexington, KY)
The Entomological Foundation is building the future of our profession by supporting the needs of educators in grades K-12. We promote science literacy through insect-based education. Please help support our work through these exciting events. Stop by the ESA Booth in the Exhibit Hall at the ESA Annual Meeting to learn more.
The Blitz Auction features some incredible one-of-a-kind items that will be available ONLY during the Welcome Reception on Sunday night at the meeting. You won’t want to miss these. Items include a song written for you by John Acorn, a column by May Berenbaum, and dinner in Minneapolis with Sonny Ramaswamy.
The Raffle will be your chance to win one of a couple of great prizes, featuring an ICE VIP package (including free registration, airfare, hotel room, and ground transportation to the International Congress of Entomology next September in Orlando, FL. Raffle tickets are $5 for 1, $10 for 3, $15 for 5, or $20 for 10 tickets and a free Insect Diversity poster.
The Silent Auction is always one of the most popular events at the ESA Annual Meeting. Featuring donations from our supporters and vendors, this is a great chance to do some early holiday shopping for many insect-themed items and support the future of your profession at the same time. Bid early, bid often from Sunday through Wednesday at 1pm.
Let’s face it. Nothing says “I support entomology” quite like cash. We are working hard to fulfill the needs of educators and need your support to make that happen. Please join us and financially support the Entomological Foundation as part of your annual ESA renewal, year-end philanthropy, or just because. Donate year-round at www.entfdn.org or directly through the mobile app for the meeting.
This is a new era for the Entomological Foundation. We need your input, support, and volunteerism to help direct our efforts in the future. There are committee openings now and you can sign on to help build our future. Stop by the ESA Booth to learn how you can become more involved. Volunteers are needed to help
at the ICE 2016 Insect Expo, next year’s Educators Workshop, and with other projects. Volunteer Today!
Please join us in acknowledging and congratulating these three outstanding educators. Their awards will be presented at the ESA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN (Nov. 15-18, 2015). Click here to read the full press release of the award announcement.
Medal of Honor:
In recent years few people have done as much to support the Entomological Foundation as Dr. Tom Green, President of the IPM Institute of North America. His strong support, especially over the last few years, has been extraordinary. When the organization ran on some difficult financial times a few years ago, he brought the Foundation's daily operations into the IPM Institute and oversaw daily operations as President from 2012-2014. He also oversaw the transition of moving the headquarters to the offices of the Entomological Society of America in January, 2015. Tom continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2009. For these reasons, in addition to his life-long support of entomological outreach, Tom was selected as the 2015 winner of the Entomological Foundation's Medal of Honor. This is the highest award given by the Foundation and is given only to those who have attained preeminence in the field through their outstanding contributions to entomological outreach.
Dr. Sven Strnad's classroom resembles a nature center more than a classroom, reflective of his interests in the natural world and his professional training as an entomologist. His philosophy is that students (especially 5th graders) are intrinsically drawn to nature and are more willing and enthusiastic learners when surrounded by it. A board-certified teacher, he is the winner of the Entomological Foundation's 2015 President's Prize in Primary Education.
Christine Brothers is the department head at Falmouth Public Schools in Falmouth, MA. She has been widely recognized for her teaching excellence, including winning the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers. An active naturalist, she brings her passion for the environment to life for her students. She is the winner of the Entomological Foundation's 2015 President's Prize in Secondary Education.