Insects may be the perfect villains, but there are inherent problems with casting insects as the bad guys with whom heroes must do battle.
May Berenbaum, PhD, has been on the faculty of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1980, serving as head since 1992 and as Swanlund Chair of Entomology since 1996.
Berenbaum’s current research addresses insect-plant co-evolution, which is applicable to sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities. Her research has produced more than 230 refereed scientific publications and 35 book chapters, and she was the inspiration for Dr. Bambi Berenbaum’s character on The X-Files television show. She was the sinner of the 2014 National Medal of Science, the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the 2009 Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award fromThe American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.
Posts by May Berenbaum
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.