Richard Karban selected as 2019 Gary Simmons Memorial Lecturer

Richard Karban, UC Davis entomologist, will present “Plant communication and induced resistance against herbivores” Monday, Feb. 18.

Richard Karban

Richard Karban, entomologist at UC Davis, has been selected as the 2019 Gary Simmons Memorial Lecturer hosted by the members of the MSU Graduate and Undergraduate Entomological Student Society (GUESS). Karban’s talk, “Plant communication and induced resistance against herbivores,” will take place at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in the Gordon Guyer Conference Room, Room 244 Natural Science Building, East Lansing, MI 48824. Refreshments will be served at 3:45 p.m.

Gary Simmons was a forest entomologist and biostatistician in the MSU Department of Entomology. Gary always placed students first among his priorities and was the major professor of 13 MS and six PhD candidates. When Gary passed away at the age of 47 in January 1991, the Department established the Gary Simmons Distinguished Lecturer Series as a memorial, with a special fund to cover all expenses for a speaker to be selected by the students in the Department. Every year, GUESS members nominate, invite and host this distinguished speaker.

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