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'When I Grow Up, I Want to Be an Entomologist'

How many kindergarten students have you heard say "When I grow up, I want to be an entomologist?" "Ento-what?" some folks will ask. "What's...

UC Davis entomology major Rebecca Jean
UC Davis entomology major Rebecca Jean "RJ" Millena shows visitors some of the critters in the Bohart Museum of Entomology.

UC Davis entomology major Rebecca Jean "RJ" Millena shows visitors some of the critters in the Bohart Museum of Entomology.

Former researcher Heather Wilson of the Frank Zalom lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, created a fun-filled video about
Former researcher Heather Wilson of the Frank Zalom lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, created a fun-filled video about "I Wanna Be an Entomologist." In this screen shot she chases an imaginary bug.

Former researcher Heather Wilson of the Frank Zalom lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, created a fun-filled video about "I Wanna Be an Entomologist." In this screen shot she chases an imaginary bug.

Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12:15 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

UC Davis Puts the 'Bio' in Biodiversity Museum Day

"Bio" means "life" or "living things," and that's just what you'll see on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the sixth annual UC Davis Biodiversity Museum...

Butterfly specimens will be showcased at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterfly specimens will be showcased at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly specimens will be showcased at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sue Bohannan of Fairfield examines plants in the Botanical Conservatory. She was at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day to lead a Solano County 4-H STEM Project. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sue Bohannan of Fairfield examines plants in the Botanical Conservatory. She was at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day to lead a Solano County 4-H STEM Project. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sue Bohannan of Fairfield examines plants in the Botanical Conservatory. She was at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day to lead a Solano County 4-H STEM Project. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Facebook vice president shares his 4-H roots

Andrew Bosworth, vice president of Facebook advertising, was an active 4-H youth in Santa Clara County from age 9 to 19, reported Parija Kavilanz on CNN Money. He said he learned computer programming from a 4-H mentor before eventually attending Harvard, where he met Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

"I was into cooking projects and I raised sheep, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs," Bosworth told the reporter. "I wore my 4-H uniform and would show my animals at the country fair." 

4-H is now focusing on programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in order to prepare youth for prosperous careers, aiming to reach 10 million youth nationwide by 2025, a 67 percent increase. Much of the growth will be fueled by STEM programming. Bosworth said 4-H's learn-by-doing, hands-on approach is a key to generating interest in STEM.

"If you look back to my experience with 4-H, what was great was that you were doing an activity and building a social skill," said Bosworth. "It was fun. You were doing it with your friends, and you were doing it as part of the community." 

 

Youth experiment at a 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics booth at Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day. (Photo: Sonoma County 4-H)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Tags: 4-H (69), STEM (3)

Alfalfa Stem Nematode

A crop consultant brought in some alfalfa plants and asked if I could help identify the problem. In the field, he was observing stunted plants with...

Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 10:49 AM
Tags: alfalfa (0), stem nematode (0)

Going Native with the Native Bees

If you want to learn more about native bees, mark your calendar for Saturday, April 23.  That's when the Davis Science Collective, a group of...

Male mountain carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, nectaring on salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male mountain carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, nectaring on salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male mountain carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, nectaring on salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:49 PM

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