International entomology

Kostas Bourtzis, Steven Crook, Daniele Daffonchio, Ravi Durvasula, Yupa Hanboonsong, Francisco Infante, Paulo T. Lacava, Thomas A. Miller, Fernando E. Vega

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4 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-246
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Entomologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) is a non-pro 퀀it orga-ni zation based in Washington, DC. It arose from the 球爃爃稀 Higher Education Summit for Global Development convened by the U.S. International Connections Secretaries of State and Education and the administrator of the Several advances serve to support the feasibility of international U.S. Agency for International Development. Attended by more than collaborations. The 퀀irst is air travel, which has enabled the world’s 球爃爀 university presidents, heads of technology 퀀irms, and p-hilan population to become mobile. The second is the revolution in com-thropists, the summit identi 퀀ied the need for a “clearinghouse for munication that has brought us e-mail and cellular telephones. The resources and information to help build knowledge partnerships third is open-access publication. It is now less expensive and faster that can tackle development challenges.” With a leadership team to place results into print than ever before. that includes the Prime Minister of India’s Advisor on Innovation There are also more of us. Each professor in a major research and Public Information Infrastructure, Sam Pitroda, the Director of institution has produced more than enough potential replacement the Library of Alexandria, Ismail Serageldin, and the former Science faculty over the past 眃爀 years. Every major research program now and Technology Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State, Nina Fedoroff, has a Web site. Most of these things were not possible 球爀 years ago. GKI responds to this call. Today, we take them for granted. The Global Knowledge Initiative has the unique ability to create The American Association for the Advancement of Science a bridge between the needs and resources of scientists and agrono-(AAAS) has just opened a new venture, Science Diplomacy (http:// mists, so that they can access the assets and expertise needed to This will greatly increase our ability to reach understand and address the biology of a pest or disease. Although out to colleagues. much of GKI’s work has been in the areas of food security and cli-mate change, their mandate stretches across all areas of science, International Education technology, and innovation that support economic development In 球爃猃猁 Brazil initiated the Science Without Borders prograamnd poverty reduction. Much of GKI’s work thus far has been in (, in which building collaborations between researchers in the United States eventually 猃爃爁爃爃爀 of the top students in the country will be asenndtEurope and individuals in East and Southern Africa and Central to study abroad in top research laboratories. The intent is to solve a Asia, and they are rapidly expanding their geographic reach. By forg-skilled labor shortage and empower the country’s growing economy. ing, enabling, and sustaining knowledge partnerships, GKI hopes Recognizing a shortage of science and technology talent, Thailand to solve development challenges pertinent to science, technology, launched the Golden Jubilee Program in 猃笃笃砀 ( innovation worldwide. For more information on GKI, see: www. eng/rgje 猃猁asp). This was intended to increase the number of students in science and technology and ensure that they receive the latest training in advanced research laboratories around the world. International Invasive Species Surveillance Their intent was to produce 省爃爃爀 new Ph.D.s in science and t-echnol The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and ogy in the 퀀irst 猃眀 years of the program. Plant Health Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine’s The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) launched a very similar (PPQ) mission is to safeguard U.S. agriculture and natural resources initiative by founding the King Abdullah University of Science and from the risks associated with the entry, establishment, or spread Technology (KAUST) just outside of Jeddah, KSA. The new campus, of exotic plant pests. For a proactive and effective safeguarding ap-opened in September 球爃爃笁 is a graduate research university anpdroach, PPQ needs early warning systems regarding plant pests that presently has some 稃爃爀 graduate students and an international are not yet established in the U.S. faculty. All teaching is in English. The four core areas of emphasis are To address this need, PPQ established various systems to monitor Resources and Energy; Bioscience and Bioengineering; Materials Sci-and report occurrences of signi 퀀icant pest events in other countries. ences and Applied Mathematics and Computation. The standards set The Exotic Pest Information Collection and Analysis (EPICA) system are equivalent to Massachusetts Institute of Technology or California conducts plant pest surveillance by continuously collecting, analyz-Institute of Technology. The state-of-the-art campus is intended to ing, distributing, and archiving relevant open-source information be a catalyst for economic development in the region and around the for PPQ programs. EPICA monitors mostly English-language sources world. Foreign graduate students are encouraged to apply. worldwide for relevant pest information. EPICA searches more The Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) than 笃爀 scienti 퀀ic journals and uses nearly 球眃爀 queries to search in Daejeon, Korea was founded in 猃笃礃猀 to achieve the same goals ofthe Internet for relevant pest news. The information is then 퀀iltered KAUST in KSA. ( Again, all instruc-and analyzed, and the articles are supplemented with background

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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