In every of the previous two years, the Founders’ Memorial Award Lecture on the ESA Annual Assembly has featured the profession and accomplishments of a pioneering Black entomologist. February is Black Historical past Month, and to mark the event Entomology Immediately is that includes the recordings of these displays right here.
The Founders’ Memorial Award was established in 1958 to honor the reminiscence of scientists who made excellent contributions to entomology. Annually on the ESA Annual Assembly, the recipient of the award delivers the Founders’ Memorial Lecture, the subject of which is a deceased entomologist.
2020: Ernest J. Harris (1928-2018), honored by Michelle Samuel-Foo
At Entomology 2020, Michelle Samuel-Foo, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Alabama State College, delivered the Founders’ Memorial Award Lecture. Her presentation honored Ernest J. Harris, Ph.D. (1928-2018), a distinguished entomologist internationally acknowledged for his work on fruit fly eradication and strategies for mass rearing of bugs used for organic management. Harris authored a whole bunch of papers and was acknowledged with honors together with a spot within the USDA-Agricultural Analysis Service Corridor of Fame and the Congressional Gold Medal, one of many highest civilian awards in the USA. Samuel-Foo was the primary Black girl to be awarded the Founders’ Memorial Award, and Harris was the primary Black entomologist to be the topic of the Founders’ Memorial Lecture within the award’s historical past.
2021: Margaret Collins (1922–1996), honored by Vernard Lewis
At Entomology 2021, Vernard Lewis, Ph.D., BCE, emeritus cooperative extension specialist on the College of California, Berkeley, delivered the Founders’ Memorial Award Lecture. His presentation honored Margaret Collins, Ph.D. (1922–1996), a legendary Black entomologist and civil rights advocate whose five-decade profession earned her the nickname “Termite Girl,” for her foundational contributions to scientific understanding of termite desiccation resistance. When Collins earned her doctorate in zoology from the College of Chicago in 1950, she was simply the third Black girl within the U.S. to take action and the primary specializing in entomology.