ASU's Samuel-Foo is New President of the Entomological Society of America's Southeastern Branch

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By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU

An Alabama State University faculty member has been recognized by her peers as the newly elected leader of her academic professional society, which is involved in the study of insects, arthropods and how they relate to crops and humans.

ASU's  Dr. Michelle Samuel-Foo is the new president of Southeastern Entomological Society of America. She is a recent newcomer to the ASU faculty, having joined the Hornet Nation in Jan. 2018 as an assistant professor, and is involved in both research and teaching on campus. 
Samuel-Foo has been very involved in various entomological-related organizations. She has served two terms as the president of the International Association of Black Entomologists (IABE) and has demonstrated her leadership as a member of the Southeastern-Branch (SEB) of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) before assuming its presidency. She has served on several of its committees, which includes its  Education Committee, SEB Student Awards Committee, and its Diversity and Inclusion National Committee.
She enjoys anything to do with insects; especially as they relate to gardening and sustainable agriculture as evidenced by her current ASU research programs, which center on urban/city gardening and specialty crops. One of the first projects that she championed after coming to Alabama State is the creation of an urban teaching garden on campus with one of its purposes to introduce ASU's students to entomology and sustainable agriculture. She also is interested in cutting-edge research that is involved in developing industrial hemp entomology research.
ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. The Society stands ready as a non-partisan scientific and educational resource for all insect-related topics. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland.