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News : Congratulations to 2009 OVEA Participants and Winners!

Congratulations to 2009 OVEA Participants and Winners!
by Steve Yaninek
Dr. John Osmun

A team of 12 students and 3 faculty members from the Department traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio on November 6th to compete in the Twenty Second Annual Forum of the Ohio Valley Entomological Association (OVEA). Twenty students from 4 different universities took part in the competition. Purdue gave 9 presentations and came home with 7 awards as indicated below. A complete account the event will be posted on the OVEA website. A special thanks to Linda Mason who provides outstanding faculty leadership for our participation in OVEA, and to Grzesiek Buczkowski who helped with the judging.

Undergraduate Category:

2009 OVEA Undergraduate Winners 

First Place – Nikki VanDerLann for a paper entitled, "Chemically-mediated host colonization behavior of the peach bark beetle, Phloeotribus liminaris (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae)".

Master of Science Category:

2009 OVEA Undergraduate Winners 

First Place – Matt Paschen for a paper entitled, "The first contact pheromone identified for a prionine longhorned beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)".

Second Place – Katie England for a paper entitled, "Effects of sustainable and conventional fertilizers on poinsettia growth and life history traits of Bemisia tabaci Genn. Biotype B (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae)".

Tied for Third Place – Gabriel Hughes for a paper entitled, "Reconstituting the wax layer of solvent-washed female locust borers, Megacyllene robiniae (Fœrster), alters hydrocarbon profiles", and Faith Weeks for a paper entitled, "Ew, that’s icky: Assessing children’s attitudes towards the insect of Connecticut".

Ph.D. Category:

2009 OVEA Undergraduate Winners 

Second Place – Kapil Raje for a paper entitled, "Molecular phylogeny of the long-horned beetles (Family: Cerambycidae)".

Third Place – Marissa McDonough for a paper entitled, "Efficacy of high concentrations of ozone on adult maize weevil (Sitophilus zeamais (Motsch.)), rice weevil (S. oryzae (L)) and all life stages of red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum (Herbst))".