2003 Pioneer Lecturer - Dr. John Edman

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The 2003 Florida Entomological Society Pioneer Lecture honoring Dr. Maurice Provost will be given by Dr. John D. Edman, Professor and Director of the Center for Vector Borne Disease Research, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA.

Dr. Edman received his B.S. degree in biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1959, his M.S. in Entomology/Zoology from the University of Nebraska in 1961, and his Ph.D. in Medical Entomology/Parasitology from Kansas State University in 1964.  He worked as a biologist with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in South Dakota during 1959-60 and as a vector specialist with the City-County Health Department in Lincoln, NE during 1961-62.  Dr. Edman worked under Dr. Provost as a research entomologist for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services at the Entomological Research Center (now known as the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory) in Vero Beach from 1964 until 1969.  Dr. Edman was promoted to Assistant Director of the laboratory in 1969 and served in this capacity until 1975.  Dr. Edman joined the faculty of the Department of Entomology at the University of Massachusetts in 1975 as an Associate Professor and attained Full Professor in 1981.  He served as Interim Department Chair in 1981 and as Department Chair from 1987-93.  In 1999, Dr. Edman assumed the prestigious position of Director of the Center for Vector-Borne Diseases and the School of Veterinary Medicine & Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis.

Dr. Edmanís areas of research specialization include (1) Mosquito Behavior, Mosquito Ecology and Management of Medically Important Arthropods, (2) Blood-Feeding Behavior of Diptera, (3) Vector-Host-Parasite-Environment Interactions in Protozoa and Arbovirus Transmission, and (4) Anti-Ectoparasitic Behavior of Vertebrates.  Dr. Edman has received numerous professional honors and awards, including National Research Council Senior Fellow (1991); Fellow of the Entomological Society of America (1994); L.O. Howard Distinguished Achievement Award, Eastern Branch of the ESA (1998); Medal of Honor, American Mosquito Control Association (1998); and Honorary Member of the ESA (2001).  He is currently Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Medical Entomology.  John enjoys golf and traveling with his wife Lillian.  He and Lil have two sons and one daughter.

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