Pat Vittum received a B.S. in Chemistry from The College of Wooster in Ohio in 1974 and earned her Ph.D. in Entomology from Cornell University in 1980. Her doctoral advisor was Dr. Haruo Tashiro, who was an international expert in the biology of turf insects, especially white grubs. She has been at UMass since June 1980. She spent the first ten years at the Waltham Field Station, working in commercial floriculture and turf. She moved to Amherst in 1990, where she teaches three courses a year: "Pesticides in the Environment" in the Fall, "Turfgrass Insects" in the Spring, and "Integrated Turf Management" in the Spring. The latter course is reserved for turf management seniors and graduate students. Pat is the senior author of "Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada", Second Edition, widely regarded as the bible of turf entomology. Her research interests involve the biology and management of several turfgrass insects, including white grubs and annual bluegrass weevils, and optimizing the effectiveness of biological control alternatives. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the United States Golf Association in 2015 and has been similarly recognized by several regional associations.