Maxine S. Heath
Top Professional of 2018: Hall of Fame Retiree
A graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Heath initially began her academic career as an English major. After obtaining her masters in Library Science from UCLA, Dr. Heath changed her goals and decided to focus on Entomology. She received her both her Masters and her Doctorate of Entomology from the University of Florida. After completing postdoctoral work in radiation biology, Dr. Heath began her career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a professor and researcher. Dr. Heath is retired from the university as an Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics.
Over the course of her career. Dr. Heath has authored and contributed to over 40 papers. Among these are two papers she co-authored with Allen D. Sanborn; “The Cicadas of North America North of Mexico” 2012, and “The Cicadas of Argentina with New Records, A New Genus, and 15 New Species” 2015.
Professionally, Dr. Heath is affiliated with the Anthropological Society of America, the Entomological Society of America, the Society of Southwestern Entomologists, and the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. When she is not otherwise occupied, Dr. Heath is a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America and has served as Chairman of the Red Barn Craft Group. Dr. Heath is also a sought after lecturer in the field of United States History In her leisure time Dr. Heath enjoys contributing to veteran organizations, genealogical surveys and continuing historical and scientific research.