May Berenbaum, professor and department head of entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 ABF annual conference.
Dr. Berenbaum's research focuses on the chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants, and the implications of these interactions on the organization of natural communities and the evolution of species.
In addition to her research, Dr. Berenbaum is devoted to teaching and to fostering scientific literacy. In 1996, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the 1996 Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Distinguished Teaching Award and has authored numerous magazine articles, as well as various books about insects for the general public. Dr. Berenbaum received the 2009 Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In March 2011, she was awarded the University of Southern California's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
Dr. Berenbaum will present on Wednesday morning, January 9, 2013.
Dr. Rob Page, vice provost and dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and foundation professor of life sciences, Arizona State University, will be a featured speaker the 2013 ABF annual conference.
Dr. Page's background is in behavior and population genetics. The focus of his current research is on the evolution of complex social behavior. Using the honey bee as a model, Dr. Page has dissected their complex foraging division of labor at all levels of biological organization from gene networks to complex social interactions. Having published more than 200 research papers and articles, Dr. Page is listed as a "highly-cited author" by the ISI Web of Knowledge, representing the top 1/2 of 1 percent of publishing scientists. He received the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (the Humboldt Prize) in 1995, the highest honor given by the German government to foreign scientists. In 2010, he was elected to the Leopoldina – the German National Academy of Science, the longest continuing academy in the world. Dr. Page is also an elected foreign member of the Brazilian Academy of Science (1999), a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1991), elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006) and a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2009-2010).
Dr. Page will present on Wednesday morning, January 9, 2013. His presentation is titled, "Selective Breeding for Pollen Hoarding and Honey Production."