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University of Illinois entomologist Michael Gray was recently named an honorary member of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Membership acknowledges those who have served ESA for at least 20 years through significant involvement in the affairs of the society that has reached an extraordinary level. Gray is a professor and assistant dean in the Department of Crop Sciences and Extension at U of I. He is internationally recognized for his research and extension programs on management of the western corn rootworm.

University of Illinois entomologist Michael Gray was recently named an honorary member of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Membership acknowledges those who have served ESA for at least 20 years through significant involvement in the affairs of the society that has reached an extraordinary level.

Gray is a professor and assistant dean in the Department of Crop Sciences and Extension at U of I. He is internationally recognized for his research and extension programs on management of the western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte). Gray has published numerous journal articles on western corn rootworm, including a 2009 Annual Review of Entomology paper, and he has also served as co-editor for the ESA Handbook of Corn Insects, published in 1999.

He has been a member of ESA since 1979 and has served the society in many leadership roles, serving as president of ESA in 2008. In 2002, he received the ESA-NCB Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management. In 2011, he received the ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. In 2013, the ESA-NCB honored Gray with the C.V. Riley Achievement Award. He received the Paul A. Funk Recognition Award (2007) for outstanding achievement and major contributions to the betterment of agriculture, natural resources, and human systems. In 2013, Gray was elected an ESA Fellow.

Candidates for this honor are selected by the ESA Governing Board and then voted on by the ESA membership. The honorary members will be honored at the awards ceremony at Entomology 2015, ESA’s Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., this November.

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.