Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the UC Davis department of entomology, was inducted into the California Floriculture Hall of Fame on Feb. 25 in San Diego.
The award, sponsored by the Kee Kitayama Research Foundation, was presented at the Society of American Florists’ Pests and Production Management Conference.
Parrella, who holds a joint appointment in the department of plant sciences, develops integrated pest management strategies for ornamental crops, with an emphasis on biological control. He is widely known for his applied research that includes floriculture crops, nursery and bedding plants and landscape plants in the urban environment. In 1985, he initiated what has become an annual conference on insect and disease management on ornamentals. The event is sponsored by the Society of American Florists.
A native of Elizabeth, N.J., Parrella received his bachelor of science degree in animal science in 1974 from Rutgers-State University of Cook College, New Brunswick, N.J., and his master’s and doctorate degrees in entomology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va., in 1977 and 1980, respectively. He began his academic career as an assistant professor at UC Riverside in 1980 and was promoted to professor in 1988. Parrella relocated to UCD in 1989.
The Yolo Land Trust has elected its 2011 slate of officers and welcomed new board members Jessica Kilkenny, Bob Marr and Chris Scheuring. Yolo Land Trust 2011 Board of Directors officers are Mary Kimball, president; Chris Sinclair, vice president; Kathy Ward, treasurer; and Kristen Bennett, secretary.
Kimball, the executive director of the Center for Land Based Learning, is serving her second term as president. Sinclair, walnut manager of Woodside Electronics Corporation, becomes the vice president for his first term. Ward, director of research and development finance and operations at Seminis Vegetable Seeds, moves to treasurer, and Bennett, project leader and senior scientist at Monsanto Company, continues as secretary.
Kilkenny is vice president and commercial loan manager at First Northern Bank where she manages the daily operations of the Winters branch. Kilkenny is active in the Winters community, serving on numerous boards and committees. She has been recognized with Winters’ Citizen of the Year award, the Theodore Winters award and the Yolo County Future Farmers of America Outstanding Service award.
Marr, a fifth generation Californian, is employed with California State Board of Equalization as a member of the audit team reviewing the practices and procedures of assessor’s offices throughout the state. Marr also is the owner, operator and winemaker of Marr Cellars, a producer of distinctive, premium red wines since 1997.
Scheuring was raised on a family farm in Illinois before his family moved to Yolo County and began farming. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years before returning to Davis where he earned a law degree. He is now an environmental lawyer, specializing in land use and water resources, representing agricultural clients. Scheuring also is involved in the family farming operations in western Yolo County, which produce walnuts, almonds, mandarin oranges and other crops.
Yolo Land Trust is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1988 by farmers, community leaders and conservationists dedicated to protecting Yolo County’s land resources. The Yolo Land Trust has helped landowners place conservation easements on 51 properties throughout Yolo County, permanently conserving their land for future generations.
For more information on the Yolo Land Trust, visit www.yololandtrust.org.
The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health recently announced its Women’s Initiative on Sexual Health position statement (WISH) at its Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dr. Michael Goodman, medical director of Caring For Women Wellness Center in Davis, was a faculty member at the conference, presenting his paper, “The Sexual, Psychological and Body Image Health of Women Undergoing Genital Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery,” written in collaboration with Lori Brotto, Ph.D., from the departments of psychology and ob-gyn at University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
The society developed this position statement to support women impacted by sexual dysfunction.
For more information about the society and its position statement regarding women’s sexuality, contact Goodman, of Caring For Women Wellness Center in Davis, at (530)753-2787.
Andrew Tkach of Davis has been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for fall semester 2010.
Tkach qualified for the academic honors society by maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.75 during the semester.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Alexander Poe of Davis graduated from the Instrumentation & Industrial Automation Technology Program at Perry Technical Institute on Feb. 24.
Established in 1939, Perry Technical Institute is a private, nonprofit educational institution in Yakima, Wash., which offers nine specialized technical training programs.
Theresa M. Bibbens of Davis was named to Gonzaga University’s President’s List. Students must earn a 3.70 to 4.0 grade-point average to be on the President’s List and a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be on the Dean’s List.
Gonzaga University is a private, Jesuit, Catholic University in Spokane, Wash., that consistently ranks among the top private universities in the West. Gonzaga has a student enrollment of approximately 7,800 and offers six undergraduate degrees in 53 majors, 20 master’s degrees, one juris doctorate and one Ph.D.
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