May Berenbaum, professor and department head of entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 ABF annual conference.
Dr. Berenbaum's research focuses on the chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants, and the implications of these interactions on the organization of natural communities and the evolution of species.
In addition to her research, Dr. Berenbaum is devoted to teaching and to fostering scientific literacy. In 1996, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the 1996 Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Distinguished Teaching Award and has authored numerous magazine articles, as well as various books about insects for the general public. Dr. Berenbaum received the 2009 Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In March 2011, she was awarded the University of Southern California's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
Dr. Berenbaum will present on Wednesday morning, January 9, 2013.
Dr. Rob Page, vice provost and dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and foundation professor of life sciences, Arizona State University, will be a featured speaker the 2013 ABF annual conference.