Announcements and Press Releases

‘Northern Giant Hornet’ Adopted as Common Name for Vespa mandarinia

Annapolis, MD; July 25, 2022—The Entomological Society of America has adopted "northern giant hornet" for the species Vespa mandarinia in its Common Names of Insects and Related Organisms List. Vespa mandarinia is an invasive hornet native to Asia that has been the target of eradication efforts in Washington state, USA, and British Columbia, Canada, after individual hornets were first discovered there in 2019. It has been referred to elsewhere as "Asian giant hornet" or "murder hornet."

Entomological Society of America Opposes Ruling to Curb EPA Authority

Annapolis, MD; July 1, 2022—Thursday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in West Virginia v. EPA poses grave risks for our environment and, by extension, all life on Earth. In particular, the millions of species of insects on our planet—already experiencing dramatic declines in parts of the world due to climate change, habitat loss, pollution, and other human-driven threats—will face further irreversible losses as a result of this decision.

On Women’s Pursuit of Science: A Letter From the ESA Presidential Line

Annapolis, MD; June 28, 2022—As the leaders of the Entomological Society of America, we object to and are saddened by the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn constitutional protection of a woman's right to control her own healthcare. This decision creates barriers for countless women working to fulfill their potential, including pursuing valuable careers in science.

Christopher Beatty Chosen for 2022 ESA Founders' Memorial Lecture

Annapolis, MD; May 9, 2022—Christopher Beatty, Ph.D., visiting scholar in the Program for Conservation Genomics at Stanford University, has been selected to deliver the Founders' Memorial Award lecture at the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia.

The Hidden Costs of War: A Letter From the ESA President

Annapolis, MD; March 4, 2022—The Entomological Society of America stands in support of science, exploration, and the preservation of our collective natural history. War upends that. As armed forces roll further into Ukraine, we fear for our colleagues, friends, and family who are in harm's way, and we wish for a peaceful resolution to this conflict to be found soon. And, when this conflict ends, the diverse Ukrainian scientific community will need the world's help to rebuild lives, labs, and research groups and to restore their lost or damaged libraries and collections.

New Ethics Statement and Policy: A Letter From the ESA President

Annapolis, MD; November 29, 2021—In pursuit of our strategic principle that ESA has a social responsibility to develop all of its members, last month the Governing Board approved a new Ethics Statement and Policy that strengthens ESA's commitment to making entomology a welcoming discipline for all. The provisions in this new document mark some of the most significant advancements ESA has made toward enabling greater equity and inclusion in our Society in many years.

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