|New Grad Students for 2015|
New graduate students (Spring '15, Summer '15 and Fall '15) were introduced to the Department at the picnic on September 2. Pictured here, they are (back row) Gareth Powell, Matt Dittmann, Garrett Price, and Julius Eason; (front row) Julia Snyder, Crystal Purcell and Sara Stack. Former MS student Aaron Myers is also continuing as a new PhD student.
|Alum Michael Kanost elected ESA Fellow|
Dr. Michael R. Kanost is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Kansas State University. He is internationally known for his research in biochemistry and immunology of insects.
Kanost was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1956 and moved with his family to Broomfield, Colorado, at age 12. He received a B.S. with majors in zoology and entomology from Colorado State University in 1979. He earned a Ph.D. in entomology at Purdue University in 1983, mentored by Dr. Peter Dunn and investigating synthesis of hemolymph antibacterial proteins stimulated by bacterial infection in Manduca sexta. From 1983-1986, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, working with Dr. G.R. Wyatt on regulation of hemolymph protein synthesis by juvenile hormone. He moved to the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Arizona, working with the late Dr. Michael Wells at an exciting time, the beginning of the Center for Insect Science. He was a Research Associate (1986-1989) and then Research Assistant Professor (1989-1991) at Arizona, investigating biochemistry of lipophorin and then beginning a study of serpins in insect hemolymph that has continued for 25 years. In 1991, Kanost became Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Kansas State University, with promotion to University Distinguished Professor in 2005. He served as head of the Department from 2002-2012.
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|Purdue alum elected secretary-treasurer of ESA SW branch|
Dr. Eric J. Rebek is an associate professor and extension entomologist at Oklahoma State University, Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Eric earned his B.S. (1996) and M.S. (1999) in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. (2004) in Entomology from Purdue University. Before arriving at OSU in 2007, he worked at Michigan State University as a post-doctoral research associate and had responsibilities in research, teaching, and extension. Eric currently holds a 100% extension appointment in horticultural entomology, specializing in insect pests of turfgrass, ornamentals, vegetables, and grapes. His research efforts support his extension program and include insecticide efficacy testing and integrated pest management strategies for horticultural crops. He supervised a Ph.D. student who won the J.H. Comstock Award in 2013, and he currently advises one Ph.D. and one M.S. student working on biological control in greenhouses and vineyards, respectively. Eric has a strong history of service to ESA, including the ESA Common Names Committee (chair), the Resolutions Committee, judging and moderating for student competitions, and subject editor for the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. For ESA-SWB, he has served on the Linnaean Games Committee (former coach and current Gamesmaster), Awards Committee, and Student Competition Committee. Eric is a member of the Society of Southwestern Entomologists and he served as Co-Chair of the Program Committee of the ESA-SWB Annual Meetings held in Amarillo, TX (2011) and San Antonio, TX (2014).
|Boiler Bug Barn featured in Purdue Today|
The Bug Barn in the department was featured in the Purdue Today online news on August 28, 2015. Outreach Coordinator Gwen Pearson explained the transitioning of the collection and how it will change and improve.
To view the article, click Boiler Bug Barn.