Society recognizes Penn State Ag Sciences entomologists

Posted: February 8, 2011

The Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America has recognized the achievements of three College of Agricultural Sciences faculty members.

Honored were:

--Shelby Fleischer, professor of entomology, 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. Fleischer was honored for developing and implementing economically feasible pest management strategies in vegetable production systems that improve worker and environmental safety; and for helping growers better understand the arthropod community they interact with as they strive to sustain their farm or business.

--Edwin Rajotte, professor of entomology, 2011 Entomological Foundation Award for Excellence in IPM. Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management program, Rajotte's work has focused on the development, implementation and analysis of IPM and other sustainable agricultural systems, as well as IPM education in schools and urban and underserved communities.

--Michael Saunders, professor of entomology, 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. The graduate program coordinator in the Entomology Department, Saunders is a faculty member of the Intercollege Degree Program in Ecology and of the Dual Degree Program in Operations Research. His research focuses on systems modeling and the ecology of arthropods affecting vineyards. He teaches "Introductory Entomology," "Ecology and Agroecosystems," and "Insect Natural History."

The awards will be presented at the Eastern Branch's annual meeting, March 20 in Harrisburg.

Founded in 1889, the Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines.