2009 News

Purdue entomologist gives tips to safely purchase firewood
by Jennifer Stewart
Purdue News Service
Date Added: 12/21/2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Winter weather has settled upon Indiana, and to curb high heating costs many Hoosiers are looking to firewood. One Purdue University entomologist reminds consumers to educate themselves to avoid unsuspectingly moving invasive species in firewood.

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Jason Meyer receives Honorable Mention in ASTMH Young Investigator Competition
by Jason Meyer
Date Added: 12/2/2009

Dr. Catherine Hill's lab recently returned from the 2009 American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting (ASTMH) in Washington, DC. The conference attracted in excess of 4,000 multi-disciplinary scientists and was well-represented by researchers with NIH-funded programs. Dr. Hill organized and co-chaired a symposium that highlighted outcomes from the Ixodes scapularis genome sequencing project.

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Video: Dr. John Osmun talks about Pi Chi Omega and the meaning of its logo
by David Fincannonn
PCT Online
Date Added: 12/1/2009
Pi Chi Omega Video - Featuring Dr. John Osmun

David Fincannon, A-All Pest Termite Exterminators, Dallas, Texas, filmed a video in which Dr. John Osmun, charter member of Pi Chi Omega, describes the first days of this urban entomological fraternity and the meaning of its logo.

Click here to watch the video!

New book by Ralph Williams - Veterinary Entomology: Livestock and Companion Animals
by CRC Press
Date Added: 11/30/2009
Ad Infinitum Play

Livestock production systems and some husbandry practices are prone to producing veterinary important entomological concerns. In addition, various arthropod-borne diseases?such as West Nile and some types of encephalitis?can affect both humans and animals. To circumvent these problems successfully, a solid understanding of veterinary entomology should be the foundation of comprehensive animal-health programs and production management practices.

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Bugs take center stage in Purdue vaudeville production
by Elise Brown
Purdue News Service
Date Added: 11/20/2009
Ad Infinitum Play

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Entomology and theater usually aren't subjects that go together, but in an upcoming vaudeville at Purdue University, the two will combine in an effort to integrate the disciplines of theater and science.

Students in academic disciplines across the university, including several from the College of Agriculture, will present "Ad Infinitum" at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Mallett Theater in Pao Hall on Purdue's West Lafayette campus.

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Mike Scharf (BS ‘91, MS ‘93, PhD ‘97) Trying to Harness Termite Power to Solve Energy Needs
by Lee Dye
ABC News
Date Added: 11/20/2009
Mike Scharf Studies Termites

For years now Mike Scharf has been diving into the guts of termites, trying to figure out how to reproduce their magic. Termites, as every kid knows, can eat their way through a gnarly piece of wood and destroy a new house while the paint is still drying.

They do that by mysteriously converting plant material into fuel to power their complex lifestyles. And they do it better than almost anything else on the planet, especially the pricy, human-made processing plants that are trying to replicate what comes naturally to bugs like termites.

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2009 Outstanding Service Award Winner - Charles Bacon
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 11/19/2009
Charles Bacon

Congratulations to Charles Bacon who has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Service Award for Administrative, Professional, Clerical, and Service staff in the Department. An award ceremony and luncheon is scheduled for December 18th in WSLR 116. Details will be forthcoming.

I thank Doug Richmond, chairman, and the other members of the OSA selection committee (Mike Hill, Paula Layden and Vishal Lodha) for making this important decision on behalf of the Department.

Well done Charles!

Dr. Jerry Milton Macklin (MS '56, PhD '61) Passes Away
Journal and Courier
Date Added: 11/16/2009
Dr. Jerry Macklin

Dr. Jerry Milton Macklin, 80, of Rocky Ford, Colo., a former area resident, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at his residence.

Born June 28, 1929, in Bryant, he was the son of the late Paul R. and Juanita Whiteman Macklin.

He received his bachelor's degree in agriculture and biology in 1952 from Purdue University. He received a master's degree in 1956 and a Ph.D. in 1961 in entomology from Purdue. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955, and taught radio repeater in the signal school at Camp Gordon in Augusta, Ga.

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Congratulations to 2009 OVEA Participants and Winners!
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 11/12/2009
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.

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John Osmun Recognized with Pinnacle Award at PestWorld
by Brad Harbison
PCT Online
Date Added: 11/3/2009
Dr. John Osmun

One of the highlights of the second day of NPMA PestWorld was the presentation of the NPMA Pinnacle Award to Dr. John Osmun. The annual award celebrates an individual’s lifetime of dedication and commitment to the pest management industry.

This year’s award went to a true industry pioneer, Dr. John Osmun. Few industry professionals have had as significant and long-lasting an impact on the field of pest management as Dr. Osmun, an outspoken advocate for PCO education and enhanced industry standards.

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Lafayette area faces beetle mania
by Kate Kelty
Date Added: 10/23/2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It might not be Paul and Ringo, but Lafayette is experiencing its own kind of beetle mania.

For the next couple of weeks, you can expect to see swarms of Asian Lady Beetles around homes and buildings.

The beetles were introduced to the United States by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help control aphids in crops.

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Christian Krupke and others affected by restrictions on GM crop research
by Emily Waltz
Nature Biotechnology
Date Added: 10/12/2009

The increasingly fractious relationship between public sector researchers and the biotech seed industry has come into the spotlight in recent months. In July, several leading seed companies met with a group of entomologists, who earlier in the year had lodged a public complaint with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over restricted access to materials. In a letter to the EPA, the 26 public sector scientists complained that crop developers are curbing their rights to study commercial biotech crops. "No truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions involving these crops [because of company-imposed restrictions]," they wrote.

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Students in Entomology examine insects on decomposing corpses
By Laura Hoffman
Purdue Exponent
Date Added: 10/9/2009

Decomposing bodies stuck in a trash can sounds like a crime scene from an episode of CSI, but for some Purdue students it became a reality.

Purdue’s ENTM 295 class traveled down to Knoxville, Tenn., to visit a “body farm,” where over 150 bodies are decomposing. Dayson Smith, senior in the College of Technology, attended and said while at the farm, students collected maggots, documented temperatures and measured key points.

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Insectaganza to draw hundreds of county fifth-graders to Purdue
by Jennifer Stewart
Date Added: 10/8/2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Department of Entomology will bring Tippecanoe County fifth-graders to campus on Tuesday (Oct. 13) for its 13th annual Science on Six Legs: An Insectaganza of Education.

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Vicki Cassens
by John Stutz
Date Added: 10/6/2009

"As I step down from serving 6 years as the Chairman of the NPIRS Advisory Council, it gives me great pleasure, as my final official act, to bestow this award on Vicki.

When Vicki took over the NPIRS project we were in a deep financial hole.

Through her leadership, tireless work, gregarious personality, and far-reaching vision, Vicki and the rest of the CERIS staff have developed a series of successful products that provide invaluable information to all users of pesticide data. Vicki has worked relentlessly to develop the finest working relationship, between regulators and the regulated pesticide industry, that I have seen in my 25 years of working with pesticide issues.

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New lab to help unlock life's little secrets, thanks in part to Wayne Hockmeyer (BS '66) and wife Mary
by Eric Weddle
Journal and Courier
Date Added: 10/6/2009
Wayne and Mary HockmeyerThe structural biology professor lost precious time when more than a year ago the pipes below the floor in his Lily Hall basement lab broke.

"The whole underneath of our lab floor had washed away from the water and we had to clear out of there because the whole floor could collapse," he said.

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Entomology professor reveals so-called gnats to be migrating soybean aphids
by Ty Jepson
Purdue Exponent
Date Added: 9/23/2009
Migrating soybean aphids on Steve Yaninek

The latest buzz around campus has nothing to do with gossip, but instead with winged pests migrating through the area.

According to Steve Yaninek, head of the department of entomology, the gnats that have been swarming around campus the last few days are soybean aphids migrating from soybeans to another plant where they prepare for winter. He said the aphids are normally found on soybeans in the summertime, but in the fall they migrate to buckthorn plants to lay their eggs, which last the winter and hatch during the next warm season.

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Jesse Hoteling (MS '06) New Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow
Take Note
College of Education Magazine
Fall 2009
Date Added: 9/22/2009
Jesse Hoteling

The inaugural cohort of Woodrow WIlson Indiana Teaching Fellows at Purdue started this summer. The teaching fellows is a pioneering program to staff rural secondary schools with highly qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers. Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 cohort of Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows. Early submission deadline is October 12 and the final deadline is January 12, 2010. Apply online here.

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Purdue Entomology Welcomes Dr. Ian Kaplan
by Jay Akridge
Purdue Agriculture in Focus
Date Added: 9/14/2009
Dr. Ian Kaplan 

Dr. Ian Kaplan, Assistant Professor, comes to Purdue from Cornell University, where he was a postdoctoral associate. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Davidson College, his master’s in entomology from Auburn University, and the Ph.D in entomology from the University of Maryland.

Ian’s work is in specialty crops entomology. His research is at the interface of ecology and agriculture with the goal of applying theoretical principles from population and community ecology to insects on crop plants.​

Now Is Prime Time For Backyard Battles According To Judy Loven of USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services program
by Curt Slyder
Journal and Courier
Date Added: 9/1/2009
Volunteer corn, as shown above, is an increasingly common weed in Indiana soybean fields
Voles, seen here, are one of the many backyard pests common this time of year.

A look around gardener Pat Wright's Lafayette yard reveals roses, marigolds, hollyhocks and a host of other flowers, as well as water plants around her pond.

She usually has to contend with insects. "It's better now than it was a month ago," she said. Japanese beetles and other pests caused some problems this summer.

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Expression Study Links Gene Regulation and Evolution of Aggression in Bees: Hunt Lab Contributes to PNAS Study
by GenomeWeb News
Date Added: 8/27/2009
honey bee

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Short-term aggressive behavior in European honey bees involves many of the same gene expression patterns found in the inherently more aggressive Africanized bees, according to research scheduled to appear online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Governor Signs Invasive Species Council Legislation: Purdue Entomology Contributes
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 8/13/2009

Governor Mitch Daniels signed legislation (House Enrolled Act No 1203) that establishes a new Indiana Invasive Species Council in a public event at the State House on August 11, 2009.

The purpose of the council is to work with state and private organizations to identify priorities and projects, help secure funding, propose rules and laws, educate the public, and facilitate communication related to the growing threat of invasive species in the state. Members of the council will include representatives from state agencies, industry and environmental groups. The College of Agriculture at Purdue University will convene the group and serve as the secretariat for the council.

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World Cowpea Strategy Meeting
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 8/12/2009

A distinguished group of international experts interested in cowpea plant protection in Africa met at Purdue University for a two-day meeting on August 3rd and 4th. The group led by entomology professor Larry Murdock had two objectives. The first was to consider the future of biotech cowpea, particularly needs and opportunities, goal setting and prioritization. The second was to outline a framework for a new cowpea mega project with a global perspective to improve cowpea production. Participants included industry, government and university scientists from Africa, Australia and the US.

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Volunteer corn helps rootworms beat insecticides according to Christian Krupke
by Brian Wallheimer
Purdue News Service
Date Added: 8/4/2009
Volunteer corn, as shown above, is an increasingly common weed in Indiana soybean fields
Volunteer corn, as shown above, is an increasingly common weed in Indiana soybean fields

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Volunteer corn can act as a safe harbor for some pests by expressing lower doses of the insecticide found in newly planted corn, according to Purdue University researchers.

Christian Krupke, an assistant professor of entomology, said western corn rootworm larvae feed on volunteer corn, unwanted plants that grow from seed dropped during the previous year's harvest. Volunteer corn doesn't have a full dose of the insecticide Bt, which can help the rootworms build up resistance.

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2009 Butterfly Encounter
by Melissa Shepson
Date Added: 7/21/2009
Butterfly Count 2009

The 2009 Butterfly Encounter was held on Saturday, July 18 from 9:00-4:00 at the Eli Lilly Tippecanoe County Laboratory’s Wildlife Habitat Area in Lafayette. The success of an event such as this is based in large part upon the level of excitement and enthusiasm of the participants, so by that measure this year was a true success! Our registration indicates that we had between 100-110 people participating. The property looked quite beautiful with an abundant display of wildlife and a wide variety of wildflowers in bloom.

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Linda Mason chosen as a CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow for 2009-10
by Jay Akridge
Purdue Agriculture in Focus
Date Added: 7/15/2009
Dr. Linda Mason

Dr. Linda Mason has been chosen as a CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow for the 2009-2010 academic year. The program is offered through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), an academic consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago. CIC-ALP is designed to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise. It is specifically oriented to the challenges of academic administration of major research universities and preparing faculty members to meet those challenges.

Dr. Catherine Hill named Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Fellow for 2009-2010
by Jay Akridge
Purdue Agriculture in Focus
Date Added: 7/15/2009
Dr. Catherine Hill

Dr. Catherine Hill has been named as an Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Fellow for 2009-2010. Through the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, through Discovery Park's Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, faculty members learn how to incorporate entrepreneurial concepts into their programs and identify potential commercial opportunities. Faculty also meet with distinguished administrators and leaders to discuss topics critical to the development and support of leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Faculty members who complete the 2009-10 program each receive a $5,000 development award and gain access to Discovery Park staff, equipment and resources.

Butterfly Encounter offers photography course, picnic
by Jennifer Stewart
Ag Communications
Date Added: 7/9/2009
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) is one of more than two dozen types of butterflies commonly found in Tippecanoe County.(Photo courtesy of Lafayette Online)

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) is one of more than two dozen types of butterflies commonly found in Tippecanoe County.(Photo courtesy of Lafayette Online)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Entomology and Eli Lilly and Co.’s Tippecanoe Laboratories are once again sponsoring the Tippecanoe County Butterfly Encounter, Saturday, July 18, for butterfly enthusiasts of all ages and expert levels.

The event, which begins with a newly added insect photography workshop, will convene at 9:00 am at the Lilly Tippecanoe Laboratories Wildlife Habitat Area in Lafayette, Indiana. A picnic lunch, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Co., will be served at noon, followed by a short butterfly identification tutorial. Participants will break into groups to count the butterflies present in the habitat and will reconvene as a large group at 3:30 pm to tabulate the results.

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2009 John V. Osmun Alumni Award Winner
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 7/1/2009
Dr. Jeffrey Bloomquist

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Bloomquist (BS ‘78) has been selected to receive the 2009 John V. Osmun Alumni Professional Achievement Award in Entomology.

Dr. Bloomquist did his M.S. degree at Mississippi State University with Dan Shankland, and his Ph.D. at UC Riverside with Tom Miller before accepting a faculty position at Virginia Tech in 1989 where he is professor of entomology. His research program is focused on the interactions of ligand molecules with protein receptors found on cell membranes.

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New Blog to Chronicle Upcoming PICS Nigeria Extension Experience
International Programs - PICS
Date Added: 6/29/2009
Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS)

Purdue Extension educators involved in Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS) have set up a blog to share the upcoming PICS Nigeria Extension experience with anyone who is interested. Follow along with the updates and information here.

The goal of the PICS project is to have 50% of cowpea in West and Central Africa stored with non-chemical hermetic methods by 2011.

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Entomology Professor, Tom Turpin, to be honored by the Entomological Foundation
The Entomological Foundation Newsletter
Date Added: 6/29/2009
Tom Turpin

The Entomological Foundation will recognize and celebrate Dr. Tom Turpin for his accomplishments in and outstanding commitment to the field of entomology and his contributions to educating and exciting young people and adults about science through insects at the Foundation’s 17th Annual Dinner and Dance in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Turpin currently teaches one of the most popular courses at Purdue University that draws more than 450 students each semester.

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Thriving despite challenges, lightning bugs are helping to fight cancer
By Melissa Tussing
Date Added: 6/22/2009
Tiny yellow lights hover in the backyard. Kids squeal and clasp their hands around winking insects, hoping to capture their glow in a glass jar.

Central Indiana is blinking to life from lightning bug season -- a time when porch dwellers and third-graders share a common wonder for a bug that can produce light from its body.

That talent is inspiring cancer research and treatment, and the entomology department at Purdue University is leading a campaign to make lightning bugs the official insect of Indiana.

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Entomology student Nikki VanDerLaan Participates in Summer SURF Program
by Zoe Hayes
The Exponent
Date Added: 6/9/2009
Nikki VanDerLaan These profiles are part two of a two-part series.

As one of two agriculture students participating in SURF this year, Nikki VanDerLaan is unusual in a program geared towards engineering and science students.

“My professor had an e-mail flyer about SURF and it said it was open to anyone,” VanDerLaan said. “So I applied through him and we pretty much crossed our fingers for the next couple of months hoping to hear from them.”

VanDerLaan’s research deals with the hickory bark beetle. The beetle only attacks hickory trees; the only treatment for infestations now is the removal and destruction of the affected tree. However, VanDerLaan hopes to find a better way to prevent the beetles’ spread. “I’m ... pretty much trying to study their colonization behavior and trying to determine what pheromones they use as an attractant to bring other hickory beetles to the tree,” she said. “And then once I find that pheromone, to use that to somehow prevent them from coming to the hickory trees to attack them.”

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Purdue Entomology department offers cost calculator to help cities live with emerald ash borer
by Jennifer Stewart
Purdue News Service
Date Added: 6/5/2009
Emerald Ash Borer - Adult

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Now found in 14 states and in Canada, emerald ash borer infestations are taking a major toll on city budgets - but one Purdue University entomologist has introduced a tool that can help cities find the most cost-effective solutions.

"In Indiana alone, ash trees make up at least one-third of all of the street trees planted in cities," said Cliff Sadof, creator of the Emerald Ash Borer Cost Calculator. "Because emerald ash borer (EAB) infestations are fatal to ash trees without costly chemical treatments, many cities are left to cope with tree removal and replacement decisions. The cost calculator is a tool we've created to help cities weigh their options and find the best, most cost-effective solutions for dealing with EAB."

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Mild Indiana Winters Causing Bagworm Infestations to Spread Northward, according to Cliff Sadof
by Jennifer Stewart
Ag Communications
Date Added: 6/2/2009
In recent years bagworms have been able to survive relatively mild Indiana winters and emerge on trees farther north in the state. (Photo courtesy of Purdue Ag Communications)

In recent years bagworms have been able to survive relatively mild Indiana winters and emerge on trees farther north in the state. (Photo courtesy of Purdue Ag Communications)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Relatively mild Indiana winters over the last several years have caused bagworm infestations to spread northward across the state, said a Purdue University entomologist.

"Typically, bagworms were found in the southern part of the state," said Cliff Sadof. "The last 10 winters have been somewhat mild, causing infestations to spread farther north and increase in severity throughout the state."

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Bugs don't bug Kathy Heinsohn (PhD '98)
By Connor Adams Sheets
The Gazette
Date Added: 5/28/2009
Kathy Heinsoln
Photo courtesy of Bill Ryan/The Gazette

Kathy Heinsohn gets jars and envelopes full of bugs in the mail — cockroaches, bedbugs, ants, head lice. She has hives full of bees in her backyard in Brunswick.

Anyone else might call an exterminator, but not Heinsohn. She has arranged her professional and home lives in a way that keeps her surrounded by insects, arachnids and pests.

An entomologist by day, and a budding beekeeper in her free time, Heinsohn, 47, has had a special affinity for invertebrates ever since her childhood on Folly Island, S.C.

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Emerald Ash Borer Continues Invasion of Indiana
By Network Indiana
Date Added: 5/21/2009
Emerald Ash Borer

It's Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in Indiana.

The Asian beetle was discovered in North America near Detroit in 2004 and has since spread to 11 states. The bug is responsible for the devastation of millions of ash trees in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

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Bitner Vineyards (owned by Ron Bitner, MS '70) named Idaho Winery of the Year 2009
By Eric Degerman
Wine Press Northwest
Date Added: 5/19/2009
Ron and Mary Bitner
Ron and Mary Bitner at Bitner Vineyards (Photo by Jackie Johnston)

Ron Bitner admits wine was the furthest thing from his mind when he purchased the acreage in 1980 for his home near Caldwell, Idaho.

"Bill Broach, the first winemaker for Ste. Chapelle, built his house right below us," Bitner recalls. "I bought the property for the view of the Snake River, and I was scratching my head wondering what I was going to do with this steep hillside.

"It was sagebrush and weeds then, and Bill says to me, 'Ron, you've got a world-class site for Chardonnay there.'

" 'That's cool, Bill, but what's Chardonnay?' " Bitner replied. "I had no clue about wine grapes back then."

Three decades later, he and his wife, Mary, can pour a glass of estate reserve Chardonnay to toast Bitner Vineyards as Wine Press Northwest's 2009 Idaho Winery of the Year.

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Purdue University Entomology Participates in 2009 BioBlitz
By Melissa Shepson
Photos Courtesy of Ford Cochran/National Geographic Blog WILD
Date Added: 5/18/2009
The Purdue University Department of Entomology took part in the 2009 BioBlitz that was held at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from noon on Friday, May 15, until noon on Saturday, May 16. This event was hosted by the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service and meant to catalogue and celebrate the biodiversity of the Dunes.
Storage technology developer, Larry Murdock, and Purdue colleagues implement Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS) in Niger
By Dana Palade
Date Added: 5/12/2009
Children singing from Keguile
Group of children from Keguile village singing a song on PICS technology in front of five hundred villagers, government representatives at Opening Bags Ceremony. (Photo by Dana Palade/World Vision. ©2009

Five hundred farmers, government representatives participated in a groundbreaking "Opening Bags Ceremony” organized by World Vision Niger, and officiated by the Governor of Maradi region in Keguile village, some 600 km east from capital Niamey.

The sample bags contained one of the most important indigenous African grain - the cowpea - now stored in a cheap, simple and non-chemical way promoted by WV project PICS (Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage) in almost 6,000 villages.

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IPM Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP), including Rick Foster, wins international award
By Miriam Rich
Date Added: 5/8/2009
Rick Foster
BLACKSBURG, Va., April 7, 2009 – An agricultural research program managed at Virginia Tech has won an international award for its work with pest-management practices that show economic benefits with minimal impact on health and the environment. 

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Experts including Tim Gibb say bed bugs are back
By: Taya Flores
Journal and Courier Online
Date Added: 4/29/2009
Tim Gibb looking at bed bugs under microscope
Tim Gibb looking at bed bugs under a microscope (Photo courtesy of Michael Heinz/Journal & Courier)

    During the fall semester last year, Purdue University had one
    confirmed case of bed bugs in a residence hall because the
    bugs were carried in by a student, said Wendy Tommas-
    Dolick, assistant director for facilities and maintenance in
    University Residences.

    As soon as residence hall staff became aware of the bugs,
    they contacted pest control, she said.

    "If we have any suspicions, pest control is contacted
    immediately, regardless of if it's confirmed or not," Tommas-
    Dolick added.

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Purple panel traps help detect devastating invasive insect
Purdue News Service
Date Added: 4/16/2009
Purple panel traps for Emerald Ash Borer
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Emerald ash borer has had a devastating affect on the ash tree population of Indiana and that is why state and federal agencies are once again using purple panel traps as part of a detection survey throughout the state.

The traps, which are bright purple and resemble box kites, are baited with manuka and phoebe oils and lined with glue, which attract and trap nearby emerald ash borers (EAB).


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Entomology Faculty and Staff Promotion
Purdue Agriculture in Focus
Date Added: 4/14/2009

Congratulations to the faculty and administrative and professional staff members who have been advanced in rank beginning with the next fiscal year.

Faculty Promotions

From Associate to Professor
Bruce P. Bordelon, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
J. Andrew DeWoody, Forestry & Natural Resources
Greg J. Hunt, Entomology
Joseph M. Irudayaraj, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
William G. Johnson, Botany & Plant Pathology
Clifford F. Weil, Agronomy

Greg Hunt selected as University Faculty Scholar
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 3/23/2009
Greg Hunt

Congratulations to Greg Hunt who has been selected as a University Faculty Scholar.

This award recognizes outstanding faculty members at the West Lafayette campus who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction. Eligible faculty must hold the rank of tenured associate or full professor and have been in that rank for no more than five years. New hires appointed with tenure are also eligible.

Since the number of professorships is limited, the competition is quite keen.

Greg is one of four new scholars in the College of Agriculture, and the first from Entomology.

John Shukle wins first place at ESA-NCB meeting
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 3/18/2009
John Shukle

Congratulations to John Shukle who won first place for his oral presentation on “Species identification of wood-boring beetles using mtDNA from gallery frass”.

He won this award in the B.S. student competition at the ESA North Central Branch meeting in St. Louis earlier this week. John works in the lab of Jeff Holland.

Purdue University receives Educational Video for Youth award for 'Catch the Reading Bug'
By Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 3/13/2009
Melissa Shepson and Tom Turpin

Purdue University has been selected to receive the “Educational Video for Youth” award at the annual meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America in St. Louis, MO.

Entomology staff Tom Turpin, Melissa Shepson, Gary Bennett and their colleagues Jos Holman, Michele Farley and Rob Jackson will receive the award from the Board Certified Entomologists of Mid-America for their production of “Catch the Reading Bug”.

The video was used to introduce young people to entomological ideas and arthropods in a fun way through the summer reading program. Young people were encouraged to learn more about these creatures by reading books. DVDs of the video were distributed by the Indiana Pest Management Association and it was available for download on the Indiana Library website. The video was widely used in Indiana and other states.

You can watch the video, which has been split into 2 parts, by following the links below:

Catch the Reading Bug - Part 1
Catch the Reading Bug - Part 2

Bruce Godby (BS '87) Passes Away
by Kathy Heinsohn
Date Added: 3/26/2009
Bruce Godby, 49, passed peacefully away at his home on the morning of March 13th, 2009 after a one year and a half long battle with stomach cancer. Born in Lebanon, Indiana, Bruce made his home in Prospect Park, PA for the last 30 years. Bruce received his B.S. degree in Entomology from Purdue University in 1987. Bruce had over thirty years of experience as an entomologist in the pest control industry. His career started as an Entomology Specialist in the United States Air Force where he serviced military installations in Germany and Colorado and the NORAD Command Center. He joined Western in 1988 and began as a technician, quickly being promoted as a cocoa bean inspector within the fumigation division. As a Technical Specialist/Entomologist for Western Pest Services, Bruce played a critical role as the primary inspector to the C.M.A.A. (Cocoa Merchants’ Association of America) for the past 20 years. His other duties for Western Pest Services included support for both the pest control and fumigation divisions.
Christian Krupke and other Crop Scientists Say Biotechnology Seed Companies Are Thwarting Research
by Andrew Pollack
New York Times
Date Added: 2/23/2009
Dr Krupke  Biotechnology companies are keeping university scientists from fully
  researching the effectiveness and environmental impact of the
  industry’s genetically modified crops, according to an unusual
complaint issued by a group of those scientists.complaint issued by a group of those scientists.
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Dr. Max Summers (PhD '68) Receives 'Father of Baculovirus Expression Technology' Award
Discover Entomology
Texas A&M University
Date Added: 2/19/2009
Dr. Max Summers

​The pioneer and co-inventor of the most innovative technology in the life sciences field was recognized with an organization’s highest award during a recent conference in San Antonio.

Dr. Max D. Summers, Distinguished Professor and Holder of the Endowed Chair in Agricultural Biotechnology, received the "Father of Baculovirus Expression Technology" Award during the WilBio 12th International Conference on Baculovirus and Insect Cell Culture on February 2-4.

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Norm Ehmann, a Strong Advocate for Industry Training and Education and long time friend of Entomology at Purdue, Passes Away
Brad Harbison
Date Added: 2/5/2009

Norm Ehmann  SALINAS, Calif. — Norm Ehmann, former vice president of Van Waters & Rogers (now Univar) who was considered one of the pest control industry’s top goodwill ambassadors, died Monday from cancer. He was 84.

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