Spotlight on Danny Klittich
Klittich, who is starting his third year as a doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, studies with major professor Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the department.
The T-shirt, publicly available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting EGSA, is a golden yellow with a black illustration. Graduate student and T-shirt project coordinator Margaret “Rei” Scampavia is taking orders at email@example.com. Sizes range from youth small to adult double X.
Klittich says he's not an artist but has always had an interest in honey bees. He was a member of the UC Davis graduate student team that won the student debate championship, Nov. 18, at the Entomological Society of America's 62nd annual meeting in Portland, Ore. The team debated neonicotinoids, defeating Auburn (Alabama) University team. UC Davis successfully argued the con side of “Neonicotinoids Are Causing the Death of Bees Essential for Pollinating our Food Crops. The Use of Neonicotinoids Should End.” The team, captained by Mohammad-Amir Aghaee of the Larry Godfrey lab, also included Jenny Carlson, Anthony Cornel lab; Ralph Washington Jr., Steve Nadler lab; Margaret "Rei" Scampavia, Neal Williams/Edwin Lewis lab.
Klittich, from Fillmore, is a graduate of Fillmore High School and valedictorian of the Class of 2006. He grew up in the nursery business, working at his family's nursery, Otto and Sons Nursery, Inc., Fillmore. During his youth he was active in 4-H and Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
Klittich plans to receive his doctorate in 2016. His career goal: to pursue a career in pesticide and IPM research either in the private sector or in the California University System as a farm advisor.
In addition to the honey bee t-shirt, EGSA is offering other T-shirts, most available for $15. Popular EGSA shirts depict a dung beetle, “They See Me Rollin'”; a “cuddling moth” for infants and toddlers; a weevil shirt, “See No Weevil, Hear No Weevil, Speak No Weevil”; and “The Beetles” shirt, of four beetles crossing Abbey Road, reminiscent of The Beatles pictured on their Abbey Road album. All can be ordered from Margaret “Rei” Scampavia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They were honored at a recent meeting of ASTMH in New Orleans for their sustained professional excellence in their field. Fellows are selected for their work in "any phase of tropical medicine, hygiene, global health and related disciplines," ASTMH officials said.
Scott, internationally known for his work with on the ecology and epidemiology of dengue, focuses his work on contributing to improved public health in the United States and in the developing world, where resources are inadequate and help is desperately needed. His expertise centers on mosquito-transmitted disease; the bulk of his work is on dengue.
Scott received his doctorate in ecology from Pennsylvania State University, and worked as an epidemiology post-doctoral scholar at the Yale School of Medicine.
ASTMH, founded in 1903, is a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor. Research, health care and education are the central activities of ASTMH members, whose work bridges basic laboratory research to international field work and clinics to countrywide programs.
Specific ASTMH goals include:
- Improving the health of people worldwide
- Advancing research in tropical diseases
- Fostering international scientific collaboration
- Supporting career development in tropical medicine and global health
- Educating medical professionals, policymakers and the public about tropical medicine and global health
- Promoting science-based policy regarding tropical medicine and global health
- Recognizing exceptional achievement in tropical medicine and global health
Ullman, elected to the Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources, focuses her research on the interactions among insects, viruses and plants. She also studies the development of strategies for managing disease-causing microorganisms that are transmitted to plants by insects.
Earlier this month she received the 7000-member Entomological Society of America's distinguished achievement award in teaching at ESA's meeting in Portland, Ore.
AAAS will present each of the 401 new fellows in the Class of 2014 with a certificate and gold-and-blue rosette pin on Saturday, Feb. 14, during the association's annual meeting, to be held in San Jose. UC Davis now has a total of 152 AAAS fellows.
Ullman is the former associate dean for undergraduate academic programs, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and is the co-founder and co-director of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program.
Highly honored for her work, Ullman was named a fellow of ESA in 2011. She received the UC Davis Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community in 2008; the USDA Higher Education Western Regional Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in 1993; and the Hawaiian Entomology Society Entomologist of the Year Award in 1992, among her many awards.
Ullman joined the UC Davis Department of Entomology (now Entomology and Nematology) in 1995. She served as the department's vice chair from 2001 to 2004, and as the 2004-05 chair. Ullman obtained her bachelor's degree in horticulture from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1997 and her doctorate in entomology from UC Davis in 1985.
Ullman is one of 11 fellows from the UC Davis Department of Entomology (now the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology) since 1976. Two have since joined other departments and one is deceased. They are:
- Distinguished Professor James Carey, elected in 2011
- Professor Hugh Dingle, elected in 1976
- Professor Rick Karban, elected in 2009
- Professor Walter Leal, (now with the UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology), elected in 2005
- Professor and former department chair Donald McLean (1928-2014), elected in 1983
- Professor and former chair Robert Page Jr. (now provost of Arizona State University), elected in 2007
- Professor Jay Rosenheim, elected in 2009
- Distinguished Professor Thomas Scott, elected in 2007
- Distinguished Professor Art Shapiro (now with the UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology), elected in 1987
- Distinguished Professor Frank Zalom, elected in 2011
In addition, Maurice Tauber (1931-2014), an associate of the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the time of his death, achieved AAAS fellow status in 1981.
According to the website, election as a fellow of AAAS is an "honor bestowed upon a member whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished and who has been a continuous member for the four year period leading up to the year of nomination."
Each fellow nomination packet must include a nomination form; a list of the nominee's top ten most significant publications; a comprehensive CV, which includes a complete list of publications; and four from each of the three sponsors.
Tucker, 90, a longtime apiculturist, passed at Serenity Hospice House, Santa Barbara, on Oct. 17.
Born Aug. 8, 1924, to John and Jessie Tucker in Santa Barbara, Ken was one of seven brothers and sisters who grew up enjoying the beach and adjacent mountains. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School, where a teacher sparked his interest in keeping honey bees. He began beekeeping as a teenager and it became a lifelong career.
A World War II veteran, he served as a radioman in the U.S. Navy on a landing ship tank for two years in the South Pacific. Upon returning, he enrolled at the Riviera campus of Santa Barbara College for a term, then transferred to UC Berkeley, where his brother John was a graduate student in botany.
Ken Tucker transferred to the UC Davis campus as a graduate student in the honey bee laboratory (now the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility) and worked with Laidlaw. While at Davis he met Shirley Cotter, a botany graduate student, and they married in 1953. She received her doctorate in botany from UC Davis in 1956.
After obtaining his Ph.D., Ken Tucker worked as an Extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota, taught biology at Lake Forest College in Illinois, and then worked for many years as an apicultural scientist at the federal Honey Bee Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA.
Tucker worked on Africanized bees in Venezuela and other South American countries before returning to the U. S. His wife, Shirley, was a professor of botany at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
He co-authored a manual on the instrumental insemination of queen bees, a subject he studied with Laidlaw (1907-2003), known as the father of honey bee genetics. He was Laidlaw's first graduate student.
The Tuckers enjoyed traveling to many parts of the world. They both retired in 1995, and moved to Santa Barbara. Ardent advocates for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, they endowed a staff position for a plant systematist there.
Ken Tucker enjoyed classical music, the Humanists Society meetings, the Farmers' Market, as well as hiking, fishing and kayaking.
He is survived by his wife Shirley of 60 years, his brother Stanley (Marion), sister Mary Kraft, niece Linda Tucker, and many other nieces and nephews.
They replace medical entomologist William Reisen, professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine. who retired in June.
Luckhart, a molecular biologist, is a member of the faculty of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and a graduate student advisor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. She received her doctorate in entomology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her expertise includes the molecular cell biology and biochemistry of malaria parasite transmission.
Foley, an epidemiologist, is a member of the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology. She received both her DVM and Ph.D from UC Davis. Foley studies the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, particularly tick-transmitted diseases in the western U.S.
Luckhart and Foley, as interim co-directors, will ensure that CVEC meets its mission of promoting multidisciplinary and collaborative excellence in training and research to understand, prevent, and manage vector-borne diseases, according to Michael Lairmore, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Frederick Meyers, vice dean of the School of Medicine.
In a statement posted on the School of Veterinary Medicine's website, the deans wrote: “They will oversee and manage any endowments, contracts, and grants that fund collaborative research and training exchange programs between the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine, as well as key stakeholders and partnering institutions in collaborative training and research initiatives and programs. They will support and enhance collaborations across campus in support of vector-borne disease research and education, national and international collaborations through research and program grants to strengthen both basic and translational research and provide impactful support for the development of vector-borne disease policy locally, nationally, and internationally."
Their duties include coordinating the activities of faculty, staff, and students "to enhance scientific and educational advancement on campus in the area of vector biology and vector-borne diseases."
CVEC encourages participation of faculty from other academic units on the Davis campus and on other campuses in the UC System. Center research focuses on the biological interactions between vectors and infectious agents and between the vectors and vertebrate hosts of these pathogens and parasites.
In addition to the viral diseases of humans, domestic animals and wildlife that are transmitted by mosquitoes and other biting flies, the center also engages in research on rickettsial, bacterial, protozoan and helminth disease pathogens carried by vectors such as ticks, fleas, crustaceans, mollusks, and rodents. Faculty associated with the center have expertise in vectorborne veterinary and human infectious diseases and in public health entomology.
A unique aspect of CVEC is that its research encompasses the full range of activities from developing rapid and more accurate molecular methods for disease diagnosis and surveillance, to understanding the ecology of diseases in its natural setting, to the development of strategies and tools for disease prevention and management.
In addition to Reisen, past directors of CVEC are
- Bennie Osburn, School of Veterinary Medicine (1995 - 1996)
- Bruce Eldridge, Department of Entomology (1996 - 1997)
- Rance LeFebvre, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Tom Scott, Department of Entomology, (1997 - 1999)
- John Edman, Department of Entomology, (1999 - 2004)
- Fred Murphy, School of Veterinary Medicine, (2004)
- James MacLachlan, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Robert Washino, Department of Entomology (2004 - 2005)
- Greg Lanzaro, Department of Entomology (he is now with the School of Veterinary Medicine) (2005 - 2007)
- Dennis Wilson, School of Veterinary Medicine (2007 - 2009)