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Date: October 12, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College Hosts Spectrum Lecture on Invasive Insects
Maryland Cooperative Extension's Dr. Michael Raupp to Talk at Germantown Campus on Oct. 22

Dr. Michael Raupp, acting associate dean and associate director of the Maryland Cooperative Extension at the University of Maryland, will speak at Montgomery College-Germantown on Monday, October 22, as part of the College's fall 2007 Spectrum Lecture Series. His talk entitled "Diversity Dilemma: An Analysis of Invasive Species of Insects” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Globe Hall, which is located in the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md. This event is free and open to the public.

Like all Spectrum Lectures, Dr. Raupp’s presentation is designed for a nonscientific audience, enabling scientists, students, and the community to learn about ground-breaking advancements in science. A recent analysis of street trees in eastern cities indicates that a relatively small number of plant genera comprise the majority of trees that are planted. With the number of exotic, invasive insect pests on the rise, this lack of diversity poses an important problem for urban planners and forest managers. This presentation will describe the magnitude of the problem in the face of new exotic insect pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle and Emerald ash borer. The presentation will also describe how diversity can be manipulated to help reduce pest outbreaks at a local level.

Dr. Raupp has published more than 150 articles and presented more than 600 invitational talks in the United States and abroad on the ecology and management of insect and mite pests in landscapes. He has received five regional or national awards for excellence, including the Secretary of Agriculture's Award for Environmental Protection. He developed several of the first operational integrated pest management programs in urban settings, including residential landscapes, parks, and institutions. He works closely with arborists, urban foresters, and the public to develop effective and environmentally acceptable methods of pest management.

For questions or to request accommodations for physical disability, please contact Dr. Susan Bontems, assistant professor of chemistry at 240-567-7740 or susan.bontems@montgomerycollege.edu.

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