Nancy Beckage was widely recognized for her pioneering work in insect host-parasitoid interactions. In addition, she had a strong passion for entomological outreach, which is a core principle for the Entomological Foundation. She took a special pride in mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students, with a special emphasis upon promoting the discipline to be an area of study for female scientists. Upon her passing in 2012, she left a lasting legacy of scientific discoveries and gender inclusivity and a legacy fund was set up in her honor. By decision of the Entomological Foundation Board of Directors, the fund is used to support projects in K-12 education which specifically promote the advancement of young women in science. Donations to the Nancy Beckage Young Women in Science Fund are being actively sought.
For donations sent by mail (EntFdn, 3 Park Place, Suite 307, Annapolis, MD 21401), please clearly mark your donation “Nancy Beckage Fund” when contributing.
Kenneth W. Gilstrap (November 25, 1947 – December 11, 2011) was born in Fresno, CA and lived all of his life in the Fresno area. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Fresno, and earned an Associate of Science degree in Air Conditioning from Fresno City College. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, Ken began driving trucks for a living and eventually retired as a driver from Yellow Freight Lines in 2005. Ken had an inquiring mind and spent much of his free time learning about the natural history of the Fresno area and the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains. He especially enjoyed learning the natural history of insects. Ken lived his life with an enormous energy and a love for life, and he routinely shared his incredibly infectious sense of good humor.
Upon his passing, Ken’s family including ESA past-President Frank Gilstrap and Frank’s sister Marilyn McLaughlin, established a fund in his honor to serve as a perpetual legacy that remembers Ken and his long-standing interest in all things scientific. The fund is used to pay for expenses associated with the annual STEMbugs educator event, held in conjunction with the ESA Annual Meeting.