The Royal BC Museum is addressing pest issues using cold treatments, according to a Chek News article.
"We try to avoid chemicals at all cost," Kasey Lee, senior conservator at the museum, told Chek News. "Chemicals can be detrimental to the artifacts, as well as to the people who handle the collections, and our visitors. We have a freezing protocol, and it's very specific so that it doesn't harm the object, and so that it is ensured to eradicate the insect at all stages of its lifecycle.”
Lee said all artifacts, artworks, objects, records and other items that come into the museum, either returning from being out on loan or exhibit, or coming in for the first time, enter a room for inspection; insects sometimes can be found.
"Quite often these insects undermine the fur on an artifact, like a moccasin, and so you can't just vacuum it afterwards or all the fur comes off in the vacuum cleaner,” she told Chek News. "We painstakingly pick through the fur, and remove every bit of adult moth, larvae, and even the frass — the excrement that the bugs produce, as much as possible."
Rat Infestation Impedes Puerto Rico Donation Efforts
A Florida office that housed donations earmarked for Puerto Rico has closed due to a rat infestation, according to multiple reports.
A Kissimmee, Fla, office that housed donations earmarked for Puerto Rico has closed due to a rat infestation, according to multiple reports.
The infestation contaminated supplies that never made it to the island, which was devastated last year by Hurricane Maria, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
"These goods here are wasting and right now you have people in Puerto Rico starving because of the current crisis, and there's no excuse for this whatsoever," said Hector Rodriguez, formerly the office's community officer, AJC.com reported.
The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) office had collected the donations from private individuals as well as local organizations in the wake of Maria, said PRFAA's executive director Carlos Mercader. Mercader has been managing the Kissimmee office after Frances Ortiz resigned last month, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Sources: Orlando Sentinel and AJC.com
Go-Forth’s Chase Hazelwood a 2018 Triad ‘40 Under 40’ Honoree
Hazelwood was recognized by the Triad (N.C.) Business Journal.
The award acknowledges professionals under age 40 in Triad who have “made their mark with inspiring leadership and accomplishments.”
The article noted that “since becoming owner and CEO in 2013, Hazelwood has led the company through a growth period where revenues grew from $2.3 million to $4.9 million. Along the way, he’s grown the staff from 26 to 59, including 10 brand new management level positions.”
UNL Recognizes Dr. Shripat Kamble at Recent Conference
Kamble ran the highly regarded Nebraska Urban Pest Management Conference for more than 20 years.
LINCOLN, Neb. — At this week’s Nebraska Urban Pest Management Conference, organizers took time to recognize Dr. Shripat Kamble, longtime professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
Kamble, who recently ended his 38 years of field work but continues to teach and research at UNL, ran the highly regarded conference for more than 20 years.
Kamble joined the university and in 1989, and when then-University of Nebraska professor Dr. Roger Gold left for Texas A&M University, he was elevated to his current position.
Kamble is responsible for developing and coordinating pest management education programs for PMPs, as well as overseeing research efforts that focus on genomic research or the molecular structure of an insect.
During his tenure, Kamble’s research and extension projects have been awarded more than $3.72 million dollars in research grants, he has been published in more than 150 research and extension publications.