Capacity Funding: High Impact for Land-Grant Colleges and Local Agriculture

NIFA Capacity Funding Review - Figure 1

By Johanna Elsensohn For over a hundred years, land-grant colleges and universities (LGUs, as defined by the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890, as well as 1994 institutions) and associated research stations have received annual federal allotments known as capacity, or formula, funding. This money is authorized every five years by the Farm Bill and […]

World Malaria Day With Nothing But Nets: An Experience in Advocacy

Nothing But Nets Group Photo

By Thomas E. Anderson, Ph.D. As a Science Policy Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, I recently participated in the 2017 Nothing But Nets (NBN) Malaria Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, with Capitol Hill visits on World Malaria Day, April 25. This experience was very energizing and encouraging, demonstrating that, despite political divides, there […]

In Managing Invasive Species, Entomologists Are “The Front Line of Defense”

Helen Spafford, Ph.D.

Today kicks off National Invasive Species Awareness Week, organized by the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition. A great number of invasive species of concern in the United States are insects, and in 2016 the Entomological Society of America developed and issued a formal position statement on invasive species, titled “The Not-So-Hidden Dangers of Invasive […]

Why Science Communication Ought to Be Part of the Job for Entomologists

Rayda Krell

For plenty of scientists, a day in the field or in the lab—i.e., getting knee-deep in science—is their favorite part of the job. Interacting with the public, with media, or with lawmakers seems outside their job description. However, in an age of fractured media and faltering trust in public institutions, scientists may need to broaden […]

A Post-Election Washington D.C.: The ESA Science Policy Fellows’ Perspective

By Johanna Elsensohn on behalf of the 2014 and 2015 Science Policy Fellows (Marianne Alleyne, Thomas Anderson, Jamin Dreyer, Kamal Gandhi, Anders Huseth, Rayda Krell, Clare Rittschof, Ariel Rivers, and Helen Spafford) The 2014 and 2015 ESA Science Policy (SP) Fellows visited Washington, D.C., the week after the November election, and one thing was clear: […]