The International Association of Black Entomologists (IABE) is an association serving the professional, scientific, social, and cultural interests and needs of black men and women in entomology (insect science) and related disciplines. The term “black” is inclusive and refers to minorities of different origins and nationalities, including African Americans, Africans, Caribbeans, Latinos, and Native Americans. Non-black nationals with interest in furthering the goals of the association are welcome. IABE is an affiliate of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) with a diverse membership including professors, educators, researchers and scientists from various institutions and agencies, extension personnel, consultants, and students.

IABE operates a group network (E-mail) account to facilitate communication among members. If interested in joining, please sign up at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Black-ENT/promote

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IABE elects new officers for 2013-2015

IABE members elected a new board at the annual business meeting held in November 2013.

President: Dr. Michelle Samuel-Foo


Vice President: Dr. Mamoudou Setamou


Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Simon Zebelo

Past officers
News archives
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upcoming events  


The XVII Congress for the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, July 13-18, 2014, Cairns, Australia

The International Firefly Symposium 2014, August 11-15, 2014, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

The International Society of Hymenopterists, July 20-25, 2014, Cusco, Peru

The 2014 ESA International Branch Meeting, with the 10th European Congress of Entomology, August 3-8, 2014, York, UK

The 8th International Congress of Dipterology, August 10-15, 2014, Postdam, Germany

The 2014 ESA National Meeting, November 16-19, 2014, Portland, OR, USA


Dr. Rizana Mahroof and Students

South Carolina State University

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Rizana Mahroof, Ph.D. (front row and center in the image above) is an Associate Professor of Biology at South Carolina State University, Orangeburg SC, USA. She is instrumental in providing experiential learing and research opportuniites for students. Dr. Mahroof has been successful in receiving funds from USDA and other sources to support her research on stored product pests in grain warehouses in South Carolina and elsewhere.

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Distinguished Black Entomologists
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Early Renowned Black Entomologists
Charles Henry Turner (1867-1923)
Thomas O. Odhiambo (1934-2003)


Member News Highlights

Congratulations to IABE students (and faculty advisors) for winning prestigious awards during the 2012 Entomological Society of America National Convention in Knoxville TN. Tolulope Morawo (M.S. student of Dr. Henry Fadamiro, Auburn University) was awarded “First Place in Graduate Student Poster Display Competition for the Plant-Insect Ecosystems section”.

The Florida A & M University (FAMU) Debate team was composed of Saundra Wheeler and Julius Eason (graduate students of Dr. Lambert Kanga), Omotola Dosunmu (graduate student of Dr. Muhammad Haseeb), Eutychus Kariuki and Megan Wilkerson (graduate students of Dr. Raymond Hix). The FAMU team was awarded “First Place” in their debate category on “What is the Best Single Solution to the World’s Growing Energy Needs”? The position was “Biofuels” or “Solar Power”. The FAMU team was also the recipient of the “Second Place Award” nationwide. The coach of the debate team was Dr. Raymond Hix.

Please note that IABE President Dr. Joseph Munyaneza (USDA-ARS) was the recipient of the “2012 ESA IPM Team Award” for his research on zebra chip disease of potato, Liberibacter, and potato/tomato psyllid.

Congratulations to Dr. Lambert Kanga and Dr. Moses Kairo for receiving $346, 249.00 from the Department of Homeland Security and $402, 378.00 from the USDA National Institute for Food & Agriculture to support research and teaching on invasive species and food safety. Dr. Kanga received special recognition from Senator Bill Nelson from Florida, USA. Dr. Kanga is the recipient of the 2011 Researcher of the Year Award at Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Congratulations to Dr. Oscar E. Liburd for his recent promotion to the rank of Full Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Congratulations to Dr. George Mbata (Professor of Biology, Fort Valley State University, Georgia, USA) for receiving a prestigious Fulbright grant to participate in an entomology workshop at the Instituto Murciano de Investigacion y Desarrollo Agrario y Alimentario in Spain.

Congratulations to Saundra Wheeler (Florida A & M University) for winning second prize in the graduate poster presentation at the 16th Biennial Research Symposium of the Association of Research Directors in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2011.

Congratulations to Eutychus Kariuki (Florida A & M University) for winning first prize in the graduate poster competition at the Southeastern Branch, Entomological Society of America meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March 2011.

Congratulations to Jatyah Sheed (Biology student, Fort Valley State University) for winning first prize in the Undergraduate Oral Presentation competion at the Southeastern Branch, Entomological Society of America meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March 2011.

Dr. Elzie McCord, Jr. was awarded $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) to develop a toxicology program at the New College of Florida, in Sarasota, Florida, USA.


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