- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
The UC Davis Entomology Alumni Reunion is set Sunday, March 31 through Tuesday, April 2 at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 2nd St., Davis.
Co-chairing the event are Will Crites and Arnold Menke.
Forensic entomologist and adjunct professor Robert Kimsey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology will keynote the banquet on Tuesday, April 2 in the Odd Fellows Hall. He is known as "The Fly Man of Alcatraz" for his entomological research on the island. (See news story.) Kimsey serves as the advisor of the UC Davis Entomology Club.
The participants will tour several campus facilities, including the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Facility, the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, and the Shrem Museum of Art.
Sunday, March 31 is the day of arrival, with the meet-and-green room at the Odd Fellows Hall open.
Some of the reunion highlights:
Monday, April 1
8:45 a.m.: Campus bus tour with Aggie Ambassadors; destinations include West Village and Honda House
1 to 2:45 p.m.: Tour of Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Museum of Art, and Robert Mondavi Center
2:45 p.m.: Tour of Honey and Pollination Center at Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI), with a presentation by Clare Hasler-Lewis, founding executive director of RMI
2:30 to 5:30: Meet-and-Greet Room at Odd Fellows Hall
5:30 p.m.: Banquet dinner served, Odd Fellows Hall
6:30 p.m.: Dinner talk from forensic entomologist Bob Kimsey on the Alcatraz project
Tuesday, April 2
8:45 to 9:45 a.m.: Tour Bohart Museum of Entomology with director Lynn Kimsey, senior museum scientist Steve Heydon and education and outreach coordinator Tabatha Yang
10 a.m.: Tour of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility
10:15 to 11 a.m.: Undergraduate Alcatraz Island Project by forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey and students
11 to 11:45 a.m.: Presentation on Africanized Honey Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder by bee scientist Brian Johnson, associate professor
11:45-12:30 p.m: Tour of Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven with Chris Casey, manager
Reservations must be made by Sunday, March 24 with Carrie Cloud, director of programs and events, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 752-2120.