North Central Branch Newsletter

December Newsletter from NCB President John Ruberson

Happy December!

The meeting is shaping up very well. Christelle Guedot and Chris Williamson and the rest of the Local Arrangements Committee are doing an amazing job pulling things together, including some fun activities. Program Chair Joe Louis reported that between symposia and submitted papers and posters, we have over 290 submissions. This would make the 2018 meeting the largest NCB meeting in at least five years! Thanks to so many of you for being willing to participate and share your ideas!

Registration is open, and a number of folks have already registered. Remember that early bird registration ends on January 15th. Please watch the Branch meeting website for the most current information about the meeting, including program updates and activities.

NCB Educational Project Awards Program

Sponsored by the Certified Entomologists of Mid-America (CEMA), these awards are to be presented at the 2018 North Central Branch Meeting of the ESA. The purpose of these awards is to provide recognition to the members of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America for their contributions toward the advancement of the science of Entomology through various educational projects. Learn more about these awards. The deadline for submissions is January 19, 2018.

Linnaean Games Preparation

The deadline for signing up Linnaean teams to compete at the 2018 NBC-ESA meetings in Madison, WI, will be Monday, January 8, 2018. The competition will be limited to a maximum of 10 teams. The first team from each university will be given priority, but an additional team from a given university could be considered toward the deadline if it is helpful in filling out a 10-team slate. Departments wishing to submit a team should contact Dan Young and provide:

  1. Names of up to four team members,
  2. Up to two alternates, and
  3. The coach name(s).

As began in 2017, the Linnaean Games Committee is requesting the coach(es) from each registered team to submit a [16] toss-up question set for the games. Questions will be sorted and randomized so that no team receives a question they submitted. Question sets should be sent to Dan Young for vetting any time after the team has been entered, but not later than Monday, Monday, January 15, 2018. Once vetted, questions will be aggregated and randomized by NCB Linnaean Gamesmaster, Deane Jorgenson.

Photographer Needed

We are looking for a branch member with strong photographic skills, and good equipment for indoor photography, to volunteer as our meeting photographer for the Madison meeting. We are needing images of the awards and recognition presentations, and perhaps some other pictures as needed. If you would like to help and have the expertise and equipment, please contact me at

Upcoming Meeting Deadlines

  • Registration - Open now. Early-bird deadline is January 15, 2018
  • Housing - Open now to February 24, 2018

More information about the meeting will continue to come, so keep your cheese on for Madison next March! 

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