Last week I had the opportunity to visit and give a seminar in the Entomology department at the University of Arkansas in Feyetteville in the northwestern part of the state. UA being the home institution of Dwight Isley, one of the fathers of modern Integrated Pest Management (historical placard in front of the department!)
I had great time meeting with graduate students and faculty. It was particularly nice to reconnect with an old UW Entomology undergraduate alum, Ace Lynn-Miller, who had taken my Insect Biological control course while here at UW. Ace and his fellow graduate students were gracious hosts, showed me around, and fed me well, including a stop an Mamma Dean’s for some home cookin’.
After my seminar on Friday, we made quick trip to the newly opened Chrystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Bentonville, of course, the home of the Walton family and the original Wal-Mart (below). The Museum is the culmination of a lifetime of art collecting and now philanthropy of the Walton family. What a spectacular place with world-class art in very cool new building. I would highly recommend the jaunt over there if you are ever in that part of the country. Thanks again to my new friends!