May Berenbaum with U.S. President Barack Obama
|Residence||Illinois, United States|
|Alma mater||Yale University |
|Awards||National Medal of Science (2014) |
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2011) Public Engagement with Science (2009) from AAAS
|Institutions||University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign|
May Roberta Berenbaum (born 1953) is an American entomologist whose research focuses on the chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their host-plants, and the implications of these interactions on the organization of natural communities and the evolution of species. Member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the U.S.A. and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1996). In 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Science.
Early life and education
Berenbaum graduated summa cum laude, with a B.S. degree and honors in biology, from Yale University in 1975; she attended graduate school at Cornell University and received a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology in 1980.
Since 1980, Berenbaum has been a member of the faculty of the department of entomology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and has served as head of the department since 1992. In addition to her research, she is devoted to teaching and to fostering scientific literacy. In 1996, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. she is the recipient of the 1996 Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Distinguished Teaching Award and has authored numerous magazine articles, as well as three books about insects for the general public. She has also gained some measure of fame as the organizer of the Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois, an annual celebration of Hollywood's entomological excesses.
Berenbaum received the 2009 Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
It was announced that she would have her first new species (Xestoblatta berenbaumae Evangelista, Kaplan, & Ware 2015) named after her publicly in November 2014.
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