Honeybee geneticist Robert E. Page Jr., emeritus professor and former chair of the UC Davis department of entomology, has been promoted from vice provost and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University to the university provost.
His appointment began Dec. 5.
Page, who studies the evolution of complex social behavior in honeybees, from genes to societies, received his doctorate in entomology from UCD in 1980, and served as an assistant professor at Ohio State University before joining the UCD faculty in 1989.
He chaired the department for five years, from 1999 to 2004, when ASU recruited him as the founding director and dean of the School of Life Sciences, an academic unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Page organized three departments — biology, microbiology and botany, totaling more than 600 faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff — into one unified school.
Recognized as one of the world’s foremost honeybee geneticists, Page is a highly cited entomologist who has authored more than 230 research papers and articles centered on Africanized bees, genetics and evolution of social organization, sex determination and division of labor in insect societies.
His work on the self-organizing regulatory networks of honeybees is featured in his new book, “The Spirit of the Hive: The Mechanisms of Social Evolution,” published in June by Harvard University Press.
An internationally recognized scholar, Page was elected to the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences, the longest continuing academy in the world. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Brazilian Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Entomological Society of America and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Wiko), or Institute for Advanced Study.
His awards include the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, the highest honor given by the German government to foreign scientists.
Integrated pest management specialist Frank Zalom, professor and former vice chair of the UC Davis department of entomology, assumed the duties of president of the nearly 7,000-member Entomological Society of America at the conclusion of the Nov. 10-13 conference in Austin, Texas.
Zalom will be presiding over the 2014 meeting in Portland. His theme is “Grand Challenges Beyond Our Horizons.”
He will become the second UCD entomologist to head the international organization, made up of members in educational institutions, health agencies, private industry and government. The first was Donald McLean, former professor and chair of the UCD entomology department, who was elected ESA president in 1984.
Zalom has been heavily involved in research and leadership in integrated pest management activities at the state, national and international levels. He directed the UC Statewide IPM Program for 16 years (1988-2001) and is experiment station co-chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities National IPM Committee.
Zalom focuses his research on California specialty crops, including tree crops (almonds, olives, prunes, peaches), small fruits (grapes, strawberries, caneberries) and fruiting vegetables (tomatoes), as well as international IPM programs.
In his three decades with the UCD entomology department, Zalom has published more than 300 refereed papers and book chapters, and more than 360 technical and extension articles.
The articles span a wide range of topics related to IPM, including introduction and management of newer, soft insecticides, development of economic thresholds and sampling methods, management of invasive species, biological control, insect population dynamics, pesticide runoff mitigation and determination of host feeding and oviposition preferences of pests.
Professor Carole Meredith won the California State Fair’s Wine Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the fair’s Wine Advisory Task Force.
Meredith was among the early researchers who developed DNA markers for grapes, and then used them to identify the genetic and geographic origins of numerous varieties.
A faculty member since 1980, she oversaw research in grapevine genetics, including the creation of a genome map now used internationally to identify genes that control disease resistance and fruit quality in wine grapes.
Mick Klasson of Davis was awarded the Goddard Award for Outstanding Newsletter Contribution by the Floodplain Management Association, for articles on setback levees in the Sacramento Valley and on the restoration of the San Joaquin River.
Klasson, a self-employed environmental planner and certified floodplain manager, served on the California Plan Update 2013 Flood Caucus. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in environmental policy analysis and planning.