Insects affect the health and well-being of humans every day, everywhere, so the entomology departments that study them make a crucial contribution to many aspects of life. Indeed, agricultural success in the United States and other countries depends upon the work of entomology departments within the land grant system at universities across the nation.
Entomology at the Land Grant University is a thorough look at how entomology departments have adapted to shifting demographics, changes in land use patterns, environmental issues, and advances in the life sciences. It also highlights the leadership of entomologists in their multifaceted roles as researchers, teachers, and consultants.
With world-renowned contributors from both academia and industry, this volume is the culmination of a series of mini-symposia celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. The centenary was a time to reflect on past accomplishments and to plan for future challenges, spotlighting the academic, scientific, economic, and social importance of entomology. The result is a broad-brushed picture of a discipline that at its best represents the highest virtues of fundamental and applied science, with topics such as:
- fulfilling the land grant university mission
- roles of entomology departments
- the function of the extension service
- the global reach of entomological research
- civic education in insect management
- genetic engineering
- future innovations in pest management and insecticide design
Not just for entomologists, this insightful look into the workings of a university department within the context of a rapidly changing scientific, social, and economic climate will appeal to anyone associated with a land grant university, extension or regulatory agency, or related industry.
Kevin M. Heinz is a professor and head of the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University.Raymond E. Frisbie, now retired, was formerly a professor and head of the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University.Carlos E. Bográn is assistant professor within the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University and extension specialist within the Texas Cooperative Extension.
What Readers Are Saying:
“Makes a major contribution to the literature . . . and probably should be read by every Entomology administrator in land grant university systems across the country. I would even go farther than that, and suggest that what is discussed for Entomology as a discipline actually applies to many other departments in Colleges of Agriculture across the country. Many non-entomologists in administrative roles in land grant universities and colleges across the US would benefit from reading this book. The book is built on the celebration of 100 years of Entomology at Texas A&M, and clearly this was and continues to be one of the top Departments of Entomology in the country.”--Michael P. Parrella, Professor of Entomology, University of California–Davis