Scientists Name Insect Species After Sen. Lamar Alexander

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Scientists have named a species of insect after Senator Lamar Alexander in appreciation of the Republican's support for research funding.

At the dedication of the Twin Creeks Science and Education Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this week, Alexander was presented with a photo of an insect that was first discovered in the Smokies.

Earnest Bernard, chairman of Discover Life in America, says the new species has been given the Latin name for "Lamar Alexander springtail."

Bernard says the insect has a checkerboard coloration that resembles Alexander's trademark plaid shirts that he wore while running for governor and president.

The new 15,000-square-foot facility will provide office and work space for about 25 staff members who are engaged in air quality monitoring, vegetation management, and inventory and monitoring of the park's plants, animals and insects.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Jessica Location: New York on Aug 14, 2008 at 11:33 AM
    what is a website to show scientist pictures of interesting bugs ?
  • by Sylvester Location: Knoxville on Nov 29, 2007 at 10:39 PM
    maybe they'll discover a worm they can name after alexander.
  • by Mark Albertini on Nov 25, 2007 at 12:46 PM
    Does Mr. Alexander think his ability to steal away with Taxpayer funds for this unnecessary expenditure is somehow worthy of a name which will live after he dies? This is part of the reason why America will not get back on track. American citizens have no credit as a Nation yet we allow govt. officials to continue to print our debt. I admire Mr. Alexander for appreciating education and I think he is an intelligent and dedicated man. I do not extol him for being wasteful with Taxpayer funds.

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