Dr. Shaku Nair joined the Arizona Pest Management Center on July 1, 2013 as a new Assistant in Extension, Community IPM. She will be working with the Community IPM Leadership Team, an interdisciplinary team of extension and research faculty from across the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) to develop and implement priority extension programs for Community Integrated Pest Management (IPM) statewide. The current priority identified by the team is implementation of IPM programs for indoor and outdoor environments in and around schools.Shaku earned her Ph.D in Entomology from the University of Georgia (UGA). Prior to joining UA, she was working as a post-doctoral researcher in landscape IPM at UGA during which time she conducted research on pests of landscape and turfgrasses. Apart from research, she has been active in teaching, extension and outreach activities, involving students and extension workers. She was also involved in producing a number of research and extension publications and media. Shaku is enthusiastic about educating people about sustainable pest management and hopes to put her prior experience to good use in this new position.