Furuta Chair

Entomologist Timothy Paine Installed as Furuta Chair


Timothy PaineDistinguished Professor of Entomology Timothy Paine was installed as the The Tokuji and Bettie L. Furuta Endowed Chair in a ceremony on March 24, 2017.

The Tokuji and Bettie L. Furuta Endowed Chair was approved by the president of the University of California to further the study of the control and eradication of insects and diseases relating to natural pests in an allied field, including entomology, plant pathology, and plant sciences. 

Dr. Tokuji Furuta was a University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Specialist in UCR’s Department of Plant Science. A native Californian (La Mesa), Furuta and his family were a part of the thousands of Japanese Americans interned at the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona during World War II. He left Poston to attend college but soon thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service. 

Furuta joined the U.C. Cooperative Extension in 1965 after many years as a horticulture professor at Auburn University, in Alabama. He conducted and participated in myriad research projects and authored over 200 technical papers, which have been published in various scientific journals. His efforts were primarily aimed at non-academic individuals in the nursery, landscape and gardening fields. He developed a 12-part series of U.C.-published guidelines on aspects of container-plant production which were used by the nursery industry throughout the U.S. and overseas. He passed away in April 1989.  

Bettie Furuta, Tokuji’s second wife, was an Ohio native who spent her early years as a horticulturist in the greater Cleveland area where she lectured on horticultural topics and flower arranging. She then moved to the island of Kauai, Hawaii, where she converted a plantation manager’s estate into the beautiful Olu Pua Botanical Garden and Plantation with her first husband. After her marriage to Dr. Furuta, her interest in horticulture and botany continued when they moved to Fallbrook. As a result of her husband’s work at UCR, she too became involved with the campus. She was an active member of UCR’s legacy group - the Watkins Society, and served as its chair. She passed away in December 2007 and generously bequeathed her entire estate to the UC Riverside Foundation.

The Tokuji and Bettie L. Furuta Endowed Chair, Dr. Timothy D. Paine is widely recognized for his work in landscape and forest entomology and the IPM of woody ornamentals. He has received numerous awards, grants, fellowships, and honors for his contributions to science. Paine’s achievements go far beyond his research as his mentoring, teaching, and outreach efforts have set him apart as one of the preeminent entomologists in his field.

Paine received a B.A. in history and a B.S. in entomology from the University of California, Davis (UCD) in 1973. He completed his Ph.D. in entomology in 1981 at UCD and joined UCR as an assistant professor in 1986. He advanced to associate professor and full professor before he was recognized as a Distinguished Professor and Entomologist in 2016.  

Paine’s research focus is to improve pest management through a better understanding of the biology, ecology, and physiology of herbivorous insects and their interactions with host plants, competitors, and natural enemies. Research projects include the management and control of insects that are devastating pests of urban forests. In addition, his lab has done studies in landscape and nursery ecology on the key insect pests of woody plants. He has written over 240 publications, chapters, proceedings, and papers, and edited two books. He is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Insect Behavior, the Associate Editor of California Agriculture, and the Academic Editor of PLoS One. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, and a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences. 



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