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NIMBioS Students Create Tool to Stop Invasive Pests


Invasive species, from plants like the kudzu vine to animals like the red scale insect that chomps through citrus crops, threaten the health of vital agricultural and natural lands. Three undergraduate students have developed a new tool to help fight these pests. Their work was done with UT faculty mentors during a summer research program at NIMBioS.

Ant Expert, Sociobiology Founder to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Edward O. Wilson, who is considered the world’s leading authority on ants and the founder of sociobiology, will receive an honorary degree from UT at the Spring 2014 Commencement. The Board of Trustees on Friday approved plans to honor Wilson, who studied at UT for a short time in the 1950s, with an Honorary Doctor of Science and Letters in ecology and evolutionary biology.