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Boyce Lecture on May 6, 2002

Boyce Lecture to coincide with grand opening of New Entomology Building

(April 16, 2002)

Eminent ecologist Daniel Simberloff, whose interests include the evolution of introduced species, conservation biology, and the composition of biotic communities, will give this year's Alfred M. Boyce lecture at UCR on the very day that the department of entomology will host the grand opening of its New Entomology Building on campus. The lecture, sponsored by the department of entomology, will take place at 3 p.m. on May 6 in the University Theater. The grand opening of the New Entomology Building is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the new building.

The Boyce lectures were instituted in 1977 and honor Dr. Alfred M. Boyce (1901-1997), one of the world's leading authorities on insects and mites that attack citrus and walnuts. Dr. Boyce served as head of the Citrus Experiment Station, director of the Citrus Experiment Station, first dean of the College of Agriculture, and assistant director of the Statewide Agricultural Experiment Station.

Simberloff is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His speech is entitled 'Invasive Introduced Species: Should Biocontrol Be the First Answer?' He has been honored by several awards: recently, he received the Distinguished Statistical Ecologist award from the International Association for Ecology in 1994; he was appointed to the National Science Board in 2000. On the editorial board of several journals, Dr. Simberloff is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The New Entomology Building is a state-funded replacement for three old buildings that were deemed seismically unfit. Twenty research faculty (of 36 total faculty in the department of entomology) and their laboratories will be housed in the new building, as well as the administrative staff for the entire department.

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