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Insect scientists, parents, and children are meeting in Rehoboth next week

Entomological Society of America

Hundreds of insect scientists and students will be in Rehoboth, DE on March 14-17, 2015 to attend the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America's Eastern Branch at the Atlantic Sands Hotel (1 Baltimore Avenue, on the boardwalk).

The meeting will begin with a FREE Insect Expo for children on Sunday, March 15 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. "It's a Bug's World" will feature interactive exhibits and displays, hands-on arts and crafts, and exciting activities that will allow children and parents to dress like a beekeeper, eat insect snacks, meet a dog that is trained to sniff out invasive species, and to interact with entomologists.

Dr. Louis Sorkin, an entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History, will provide insect snacks including cricket protein bars, chapulin salsa, and dry-roasted grasshoppers. Dr. Sorkin will also give a presentation called "Let's All Eat Bugs" at 12:00 noon, and at 1:15 attendees can meet Trooper, a dog who works for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection by finding fruits, vegetables, plants and meats hidden in baggage and cargo from overseas.

"It's a Bug's World" is FREE and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. A full list of exhibitors and displays is available at: http://tinyurl.com/pf8smpr

After the Insect Expo, the entomologists will present their research on insects affecting agriculture, invasive species, pest-management strategies, biodiversity, and more.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, is the director of the Bee Informed Partnership (http://www.BeeInformed.org), which attempts to provide a platform to collect big data on the state of health of managed honey bee colonies.

The full program, which includes a list of presentations and activities, is available at: http://entsoc.org/PDF/2015/EasternBranch2015Program.pdf

Members of the media are welcome to attend. To request a press pass or arrange interviews, please contact Richard Levine at 301-731-4535, ext 3009.

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.

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