Annapolis, MD; August 26, 2013 -- Dr. Susan Weller, an entomology professor at the University of Minnesota and director of the Bell Museum of Natural History, was recently elected to be future President of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). She will serve as Vice President-Elect in 2015, then as Vice President in 2016, and finally as ESA President in 2017.
For the first time in its history, ESA will have two female Presidents back-to-back, as Dr. Weller succeeds 2016 President May Berenbaum, professor and head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Weller is the first female director of the Bell Museum, and she has over 21 years of curatorial experience. She has been an ESA member for 30 years, and has served the Society in diverse roles throughout her career, from scientific symposium organizer to Governing Board Representative. In 2002 she was the Chair of Section A (known now as the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section), and in 2005 she was Co-Chair of the Program Committee during ESA's Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale. In addition, she has served on a number of other committees and as judge of the Linnaean Games at ESA national meetings.
"My vision of the Entomological Society is that of a scientific organization that promotes scholarship, a community that is inclusive and promotes diversity of membership, and a Society that has a global impact that betters the biosphere’s condition," Dr. Weller said. "My personal interest focuses on enlarging and supporting the pipeline of entomological talent needed to sustainably provide for our global community."
The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has nearly 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, and hobbyists. For more information, visit http://www.entsoc.org.