AD 8

AD 8 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Julian calendar. In the Roman Empire, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Quinctilianus; the denomination "AD 8" for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years. August 3 – Roman general Tiberius defeats the Illyrians in Dalmatia on the River Bathinus, but the Great Illyrian Revolt continues. Vipsania Julia is exiled. Lucius Aemilius Paullus and his family are disgraced. Augustus breaks off the engagement of Claudius to Paullus' daughter Aemilia Lepida. An effort is made to betrothe Claudius to Livia Medullina. Marcus Furius Camillus, Sextus Nonius Quinctilianus, Lucius Apronius become Roman consuls. Roman poet Ovid is exiled to the Black Sea near Tomis. Tincomarus, deposed king of the Atrebates, flees Britain for Rome. Vonones I becomes king of the Parthian Empire. Jesus is found in the Temple of Jerusalem reasoning with the learned men of Judea.

Start of Chushi era of the Chinese Han Dynasty. Wang Mang crushes a rebellion by Chai I, on the winter solstice assumes the title emperor, establishing the short-lived Xin Dynasty. After completing Metamorphoses, Ovid begins the Fasti, 6 books that detail the first 6 months of the year and provide valuable insights into the Roman calendar. Drusus Caesar, member of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty Titus Flavius Sabinus, Roman consul and brother of Vespasian Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, Roman general

John C. Moser

John Conrad Moser was an American zoologist, forestry researcher. Entomologist and acarologist, he conducted research on the leafcutter ant Atta texana and the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta and focused his studies not only on these ants, but also to the mite fauna, being associated with these insects. Bark beetles and associated mites were a remarkable part of his pioneering research contributions, his extensive mite collection contains countless species of different major mite-taxa from around the world, with most of them representing phoretic species, which use insects to be carried to their new habitats. Moser described numerous new mite species and some species are named after him, he was an active researcher far beyond his retirement. The internationally well known long-term scientist spent over 50 years of important scientific activity at the Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Southern Research Station at the Alexandria Forestry Center in Pineville. Moser's scientific contributions need to be considered as pioneering, because he early recognized the importance of research fields, which were in these times out of the mainstream of forest entomological research.

Moser and colleagues for example discovered that several phoretic mite species contribute to the transmission of the Dutch elm disease by carrying fungal spores of the Ascomycete fungus Ophiostoma novo-ulmi. A surprising result of these studies was that the mite Tarsonemus crassus carries the spores in specific structures, the so-called sporothecae. John C. Moser was well known searching for cooperations with scientists from around the world and for supporting younger researchers, his contributions are the basis for the research of insect-mite-interactions worldwide. Moser published in the most prestigious international scientific journals, such as Science in the United States, Nature in the United Kingdom or Naturwissenschaften in Germany. John C. Moser graduated from high school in 1947 and studied at the Ohio State University, where he soon recognized his interest in entomology, his undergraduate professor was Ralph Davidson, who supported and motivated Moser to perform studies on galls on leaves of a hackberry tree, growing in Moser's front yard, where he at once detected a new wasp species of the genus Torymus.

This finding inspired his further research a lot. He was cited with: "I had observed something that no one else in the world had seen". Before Moser received his B. S. in entomology in 1951, he was assisting the OSU Professor C. H. Kennedy, from which he learned the most important basics of ant systematics and behavior. After 1951, when the Korean War reached its apex, Moser became assigned to the Army Chemical Center at Edgewood Arsenal near Baltimore, where he served as a technician at the Army Medical Corps, Insect Physiology Laboratory. There he stood in cooperation with several famous scientists. One of them was one of the leading insect biochemists at those times. With him and other colleagues, Moser got his first scientific publication as a junior author:"Dephosphorylation of ATP by tissues of the American cockroach", considered cutting edge science. Before Moser was released from the Army in 1953, he described his new species of Torymus together with other new parasitoids from his hackberry galls in Columbus.

His mentor for this work was Barnard D. Burks. John C. Moser completed his master's degree at the OSU in biological control under Professor Alvah Peterson. After he had finished his Ph. D. in 1958, he was informed by Jack Coyne about the possibility to apply for a GS-4 position in the Station's Timber Management Research unit at Alexandria, LA. That's were Moser arrived on July 1, 1958 as the first Ph. D. entomologist, hired by the Southern Forest Experiment Station. In Alexandria, Moser began to perform studies on the town ant Atta texana, a significant pest on pine seedlings during reforestation, his supervisor was Wiliam F. Mann, searching for a short-term effort to control the ant colonies; this caused a conflict between his destination and the scientific persuasion of Moser, who thought that only long-term studies to understand the ant's biology would enable a successful control of this ant species. Despite of these conflicts with his supervisor, Moser could continue with his research access.

While doing so, he collaborated with numerous elite scientists. One of them was the famous ant biologist, who won two Pulitzer Prizes. Since 1962, Moser was additionally involved in research projects about mites associated with bark beetles, at its beginning under the leadership of William H. Bennett. Moser retired on December 31, 1989, but signed on as a volunteer with the Forest Service, he continued until his death in 2015 with remarkable research projects. He for example was involved in the excavation and mapping of a town ant colony or studied interrelationships among bark beetles, mites and nematodes and continued with international collaborations on species identification. M. Pernek, S. Wirth, S. R. Blomquist, D. N. Avtzis, J. C. Moser: New associations of phoretic mites on Pityokteines curvidens. Central European Journal of Biology. Volume 7, Issue 1, 2012: S. 63-68. J. C. Moser, H. Konrad, S. R. Blomquist, T. Kirisits: Do mites phoretic on elm bark beetles contribute to the transmission of Dutch elm disease?, Naturwissenschaften 97: 219, 2010: doi:10.1007/s00114-009-0630-x.

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Serhii Priadun

Serhii Anatoliyovych Priadun is a retired amateur Ukrainian freestyle wrestler, who competed in the men's super heavyweight category. He won three medals at the European Championships, scored a fourth-place finish in the 120-kg division at the 2003 World Wrestling Championships in New York City, New York, United States, represented his nation Ukraine at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Throughout his sporting career, Priadun trained full-time for Tavira Wrestling Club in Simferopol, under his personal coach Vitali Karassov. Priadun qualified for the Ukrainian squad, as a 30-year-old, in the men's 120 kg class at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Earlier in the process, he placed fourth and guaranteed a spot on Ukraine's wrestling team from the World Championships, losing to Iran's Alireza Rezaei for the bronze medal. Priadun lost two straight matches each to 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Alexis Rodríguez of Cuba and Nestoras Batzelas of Greece without obtaining a single point, leaving him on the bottom of the prelim pool and placing last out of 20 wrestlers in the final standings.

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