UC Riverside Faculty Member Joins Elite Group of Entomologists
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - For his outstanding contributions to entomology, Thomas Miller, a professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside, has been elected a fellow of the prestigious Entomological Society of America, the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines.
(Media-Newswire.com) - RIVERSIDE, Calif. — For his outstanding contributions to entomology, Thomas Miller, a professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside, has been elected a fellow of the prestigious Entomological Society of America, the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines.
This year, Miller and only nine others were elected to this honor. They will be recognized at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in San Diego, Calif., in December 2010.
“It is wonderful to see Tom’s long years of hard work and dedication recognized in this way by the Entomological Society of America,” said Rick Redak, the chair of the Department of Entomology. “Tom is a recognized international leader for his pioneering work in insect physiology, and the Department of Entomology is delighted and proud to see his efforts recognized with this tremendous honor.”
Miller got his Ph.D. in 1967 at UC Riverside. He worked as a research associate at the University of Illinois and as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Glasgow University. He then returned to UC Riverside in 1969, where he has taught ever since.
His research has included structure and function of the insect circulatory system; mode of action of insecticides; insect neuromuscular physiology; physiology, toxicology and behavior of pink bollworm in cotton fields; transgenic insects; and applied symbiosis for crop protection and biopesticides for crop protection. His university teaching includes insect physiology, insect toxicology and first year biology.
Current projects include control of bush cricket pests of oil palm trees in Papua New Guinea, oversight of field trials of transgenic grapevines with resistance to Pierce's disease, biotechnology for control of desert locust, and regulatory control of insect transgenic technologies.
In 2003 he was awarded the Gregor J. Mendel Medal for Research in Biological Sciences by the Czech Academy of Sciences, in 2005 he was invited to give the Verrall Lecture at the Royal Entomological Society, and this summer he is taking a one-year appointment as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the US State Department.
“It is a great honor to be named a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, one I now share with my major professor, Robert L. Metcalf from UCR and a growing number of other recipients from the UCR Entomology Department,” Miller said. “My graduate students who contributed to this award are now directors of institutes, distinguished professors and senior scientists in industry. I am very proud of all of them and am humbled to represent them as well.”
Founded in 1889, the Entomological Society of America is a non-profit organization serving the scientific and professional needs of more than 6,000 entomologists and individuals in related disciplines. Its membership includes representatives from educational institutions, government, health agencies, and private industry.
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