9:31 a.m., Dec. 9, 2009----At the annual meeting of the Delaware Invasive Species Council on Nov. 23, Judy Hough-Goldstein, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, was presented with the organization's first ever research award.
Hough-Goldstein was honored for her “significant contributions toward the advancement of invasive species research with the biological control of mile-a-minute weed.”
Hough-Goldstein's nomination letter stated, “Through her years of research, Judy's lab was the first to test and obtain a permit to release a biological control agent of mile-a-minute weed. The agent, a stem-boring weevil, has been released in five states, and is being mass-reared at a laboratory in New Jersey. Since 2005, Judy and her lab have monitored the weevil's dispersal, population growth, and impact on mile-a-minute at release sites. Additional projects in her lab include bio-control agents for kudzu, and methods to enhance currently available agents for purple loosestrife.”
Hough-Goldstein has been a member of DISC since 2004 and became vice chair in 2005. She moved to chair in 2007.
Other UD faculty members on the DISC board of directors are Susan Barton, DISC vice chairperson, and assistant professor and extension specialist of plant and soil sciences, and Doug Tallamy, DISC co-chair of the research and projects committee, and professor and chair of UD's Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.
This year was the first for the DISC Awards. Awards were given to recipients who demonstrated exceptional achievement through their professional conduct, community service, leadership, or contributions to address invasive species issues (locally, multi-county or statewide).
One award was presented for each of the following: management, research, education, and volunteer.
The research award was given to an individual who demonstrated significant contributions or achievements that advanced the field of invasive species research through the generation of knowledge, public service, or professional practice, by an individual or group.