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Michael D. Miesch Jr. (MS '59) 1 of 6 named to Paris Junior College Academic Hall of Honor
by PJC Information Services
Date Added: 12/14/2010
Dr. Michael Miesch Jr. and wife Ann in front of Paris Junior College Academic Hall of Honor Award
Dr. Michael Miesch Jr. and wife Ann in front of Paris Junior College Academic Hall of Honor Award. Paris Junior College is in Paris, Texas with a student body of about 6,000.

The Paris Junior College Academic Hall of Honor inducted six honorees for the Class of 2010 at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, in the McLemore Student Center Ballroom. These graduates and former students were honored during a weekend of PJC Homecoming festivities.

After a welcome by PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin, Vice President of Academics Dwight Chaney delivered a history of the Hall of Honor. Then the honorees were introduced.

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Christian Krupke published in first issue of the Journal of Integrated Pest Management Online
Entomological Society of America
Date Added: 12/3/2010
Western Bean Cutworm

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has just released the first issue of its newest periodical, Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM), which is available online for free. JIPM is an online-only, open-access, peer-reviewed extension journal that covers the field of integrated pest management. The intended readership for the journal is any professional who is engaged in any aspect of integrated pest management, including, but not limited to, crop producers, individuals working in crop protection, retailers, manufacturers and suppliers of pest management products, educators, and pest control operators.

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Purdue appoints first chair in urban entomology, Michael Scharf
by Keith Robinson
Purdue News Service
Date Added: 12/2/2010
Mike Scharf

Michael Scharf has been appointed as the first O. Wayne Rollins/Orkin Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology at Purdue University.

The appointment was announced Tuesday (Nov. 30) by Steve Yaninek, head of the entomology department.

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PULSe student, Jeff Grabowski, wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to study tick-borne disease
by Catherine Hill
Department of Entomology
Purdue University
Date Added: 11/22/2010
Jeff Grabowski

First year PULSe student, Jeff Grabowski, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to support his Ph.D. research. Jeff will use the award to study tick-borne flaviviruses. Ticks transmit a number of viruses worldwide. Tick-borne viral diseases cause significant human morbidity and mortality, and affect thousands of people every year.

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Kurt Saltzmann speaks at conference in Canada about bed bug problem
CTV Southwestern Ontario
Date Added: 11/19/2010
Kurt Saltzmann speaks at a pest management conference about bed bugsBedbugs

Bed bugs are a growing problem in North America, and some experts say a new solution is needed now.

The concern is that bed bugs can spread easily, and they are extremely difficult to get rid of once they're inside a home.

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Rick Foster wins 2010 PUCESA Career Award
by John Obermeyer
Date Added: 11/18/2010
Rick Foster accepts 2010 PUCESA Career Award

Rick Foster was awarded the 2010 Purdue Cooperative Extension Specialists' Association (PUCESA) Career Award in recognition of his 21-year tenure as Purdue's Fruit/Vegetable Extension Entomologist. His efforts have improved our understanding about the biology and ability to manage key pests by challenging traditional treatment levels that reduced applications of pesticide without sacrificing produce quality.

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'Dirty Jobs' to feature Purdue forensic entomology on Nov. 28
Purdue News Service
Date Added: 11/18/2010
Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs at Purdue

Purdue's forensic entomology program will be featured on Discovery Channel's reality television show "Dirty Jobs" at 9 p.m. Nov. 28. The episode, titled "Bug Detective," highlights the work of graduate students who study forensic entomology as they collect and analyze insects from dead pigs to determine time of death and other information about crime scene scenarios.

For more information on "Dirty Jobs" and additional times that "Bug Detective" will air, visit http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/dirty-jobs.

For more information on Purdue's Forensic Entomology program, visit http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/Forensics/.

Crop insect pests likely to survive mild winter, says Christian Krupke
by Jeanne Gibson
Purdue News Service
Date Added: 11/16/2010
Armyworm

Dry conditions are likely to continue through the early part of winter and one Purdue University entomologist says crop insect pests will probably survive the mild season.

Most of the crop pests in Indiana have been around for a long time," said Christian Krupke. "They are well-equipped to cope with weather changes and they can withstand a wide range."

Indiana is located in a region where both temperature and precipitation can swing widely above and below average, said associate state climatologist Ken Scheeringa. But, with the current weather pattern and little precipitation expected until late winter, insect pests might not have to cope with too many extreme conditions.

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First endowed professor in Entomology – Mike Scharf
by Jay Akridge
Date Added: 11/12/2010
Dr. Mike Scharf

Dr. Mike Scharf, O. Wayne Rollins/Orkin Chair in Molecular Physiology and Urban Entomology, Department of Entomology. Dr. Scharf earned his bachelor's degree in entomology, a master's in urban entomology and a doctorate in insect toxicology/urban entomology, all from Purdue. He comes to Purdue from the University of Florida, where he had been on the faculty since 2004.

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Entomology undergraduate, Jiaqi Guo, takes 1st place at 2010 ESE Symposium Poster Contest
By Valerie Wininger
Date Added: 11/1/2010
Jiaqi Guo | Winner 2010 ESE Symposium Poster Contest

The Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Symposium, a student-run, interdisciplinary event, provides undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to present their research and interact with experts in various environmental fields. It also raises awareness about the ESE program and other environmentally focused initiatives at Purdue University and beyond. This year’s symposium, Bridging the Gap from Science to Policy: Technology, Envioronment and Sustainable Development, took place on October 27. Jiaqi Guo, an undergraduate in the Department of Entomology, won first prize for her poster titled "Molecular Study of Fireflies, an Integral Part of the Indiana Landscape".

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Congratulations to 2010 OVEA Participants and Winners!
By Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 11/1/2010
2010 Ohio Valley Entomological Association Winners

A team of 5 students and 1 faculty member from the Department traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the Twenty Third Annual Forum of the Ohio Valley Entomological Association (OVEA) on October 29th. Seventeen students from 4 different universities and one high school took part in the competition. Purdue gave 5 presentations and came home with 2 awards for current students, and 2 awards for alumni (see below for detail). A complete account the event will be posted on the OVEA website. A special thanks to Linda Mason who coordinates our participation in OVEA, and to all the advisors who encouraged their students to participate and helped them prepare and practice their presentations. A photo of the Purdue winners is attached.

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Brown marmorated stink bug reported in Indiana for the first time, says Rick Foster
by Keith Robinson
Purdue News
Date Added: 10/21/2010
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A bug named for its stench and marbled, streaky appearance has made its way to Indiana, potentially becoming a serious pest for homeowners and fruit growers.

An insect the Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory received from a homeowner in Elkhart County in northern Indiana on Tuesday (Oct. 19) was confirmed to be the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys. It is the first record of the bug in Indiana, but it has been found in Ohio and Kentucky.

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Entomologist Larry Murdock's research the basis for PICS project
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Date Added: 10/19/2010
Cowpea Storage Project

Balarabe Kausani, a smallholder farmer in northern Nigeria, is earning enough money to make improvements to his home, install an irrigation system on his farm, and pay school fees for his four children.

The secret to his success? A bag.

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Entomology photo contest entries now being accepted
Department of Entomology
Date Added: 10/8/2010
Photo contest

Who's eligible: All Entomology faculty, staff and student

Photo categories:

  • Aesthetic/General
  • Informational (scientific or extension)
  • Microscope
  • Photo Art (photoshopped, collage, photo base art)

Limit submissions for each category to your best 3 photos. Submit to one or all four categories!

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Ernest Richman (BS '42) passes away
Arizona Daily Star
Date Added: 10/1/2010
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Ernest Richman age 89, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2010 at his residence in Tucson, Arizona. He was born on May 11, 1921, to the late Isaac and Chassa Richman in New York City.

He was predeceased by his brother, Harry Richman of New Rochelle, New York. He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Dolly) Miller Richman; sons, Dr. Lawrence Richman (Harriet) of Bath, Ohio and Dr. Eric Richman (Vivian) of Wooster, Ohio; daughters, Barbara Jagolinzer (Rabbi Marc) of Portsmouth, Rhode Island and Susan Meyers (Martin) of Livingston, New Jersey; grandchildren, Katherine Salkin (Aaron) of Canton, Massachusetts, Deborah Sheftel (Laurence) of Alpharetta, Georgia, Robert Richman of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jessica Dworkin (Matthew) of Columbus, Ohio, Amy Malk (David) of River Woods, Illinois, Charles Jagolinzer (Rachelle) of San Diego, California, Sarah Jagolinzer of Washington, D.C., Jonathan Jagolinzer of Alexandria, Virginia and Andrew and Diana Meyers of Livingston, New Jersey. He was a great-grandfather to Brayden James Salkin, Max Jacob, Joseph Phineas and Noah Benjamin Sheftel, Jackson Richman and Makenzie Rey Malk and Max Ethan Jagolinzer.

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Popular Entomology course now online
by Greg Kline
Purdue News
Date Added: 10/1/2010
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Crime scene investigation is more than just the subject of the popular CSI series of television programs, it also is the subject of a wildly popular Purdue course, Entomology 218, Introduction to Forensic Science.

Now, thanks to an ITaP project to retool courses for distance learning, this fall students can get Entomology 218 in their own homes just like the CSI TV shows—or anywhere else with a computer and Web access.

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Entomology graduate program fares well in NRC evaluation
by Greg McClure
Purdue News
Date Added: 9/30/2010
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More than half of Purdue University’s 46 programs included in a national evaluation of doctoral programs in the United States are highly rated in their respective disciplines.

The National Research Council report, released Tuesday (Sept. 28), evaluated and ranked programs using a 5th and 95th percentile range. Twenty-five Purdue programs are in the top 20 in the 5th percentile, and seven are in the top 20 in the 95th percentile.

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Researchers take a bite out of bugs
by Brian Wallheimer
Agricultures Magazine
Date Added: 9/28/2010
Hessian fly

Bugs have a bad rep—and for good reason.

There’s the gross factor: They’re creepy and crawly and show up in places we don’t want them.

There’s the fear factor: Many of them sting and bite, and often are on us before we even know it.

And there’s the destruction factor: They transmit diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus and Lyme disease, they damage homes and other structures, and they consume crop plants.

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Grzegorz Buczkowski, Mike Scharf (BS '91, MS '93, PhD '97) organize symposia at 2010 NCUE
PCT Magazine
Date Added: 9/27/2010
NCUE logo

On May 16, 2010, urban entomologists from around the country gathered in Portland, Ore., at the DoubleTree Hotel for the 12th National Conference on Urban Entomology (NCUE). Representation from academia, industry, government (state and national) and private consultants were present. The following three days were packed with presentations covering a wide variety of topics relating to urban entomology. More than 200 individuals attended the meeting, and a total of 102 papers were presented covering a wide variety of urban entomology topics. The overall number of presentations was up this year from the last meeting, which was held in 2008 in Tulsa, OK.

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Emerald ash borer found in northern Marion County
by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Indystar
Date Added: 9/27/2010
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The dreaded emerald ash borer has been found along the Monon Trail in Nora, in Sahm Park and at Castleton Square Mall.

This bug from China, discovered in Michigan in 2002, has felled millions of ash trees, with the highest concentration in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario. The bug kills any species of native ash trees within three to five years of infestation.

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Interesting menu items, courtesy of Tom Turpin
by Samantha Storey
New York Times
Date Added: 9/23/2010
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“In most cultures outside of North America and Western Europe, tiny many-legged creatures are a delicacy, and an important source of protein,” Jeff Gordinier writes in a report on a five-course Mexican feast featuring insect cuisine last Saturday in Brooklyn. “Here in the United States they represent the growing realm of gastronomic spelunking.” For omnivores who want to take it to the next level, Tom Turpin, a professor of entomology at Purdue University, offers information on three common bugs you can easily buy, prepare and cook.

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Eileen Luke and Mike Hill of CERIS receive USDA Team Award
Department of Entomology
Date Added: 9/17/2010
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Eileen Luke and Mike Hill of The Center for Environmental and Regulatory Information Systems (CERIS) have received the 2010 National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models.

This team award recognizes the tremendous efforts and accomplishments of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) since its inception in 2002. The NPDN is a collection of Land Grant University plant disease and pest diagnostic facilities from across the United States. The National Repository, maintained by CERIS, contains diagnostic information uploaded from five regions. This project is a cooperative effort with NIFA and several land grant universities.

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Odd-looking moth sparks interest, says PhD student Serena Gross
by Tiffanie Dismore and Nathan Caldwell
WLFI - Lafayette, IN
Date Added: 9/16/2010
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An odd looking moth was found flying around Lafayette and had some wondering if it was an insect from Africa.

Gaye Martin found the unique-looking moth near her Lafayette business. She said she has never seen one like it before, which prompted her to do some research. That research lead her to believe the moth's origin was from Africa.

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Moths abundant, but not harmful, says Tim Gibb
by Jeanne Gibson
Purdue News
Date Added: 9/8/2010
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The large amount of small moths on Midwestern lawns lately are nothing to worry about, says a Purdue University entomologist.

“They are alarming because they look much like the European corn borer, but they are actually grass moths,” Timothy Gibb says. “They are called celery leaf-tiers and normally are very minor pests to many plants.”

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Bobby Corrigan (BS '77, MS '80, PhD '95) discusses biomonitoring for rodents in PCT podcast
by Brad Harbison
Pest Control Technology Media Group
Date Added: 8/31/2010
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Bobby Corrigan, president of RMC Pest Management Consulting, Richmond, Ind., authored the August PCT feature Biomonitoring for Rodents, which examined how non-toxic rodent monitoring bait blocks can help bolster IPM programs, reduce callbacks and provide another dimension of service.

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Mike Scharf (BS '91, MS '93, PhD '97), UF research finds termite enzymes could be boon to cellulosic ethanol
Pest Control Technology Media Group
Date Added: 8/31/2010
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University of Florida researchers have isolated two enzymes termites use to break up lignin, a tough plant material that is major problem during the production of cellulosic ethanol.

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Itchy awareness grows as bedbugs make comeback, says Tom Turpin
by Bob Scott
Jounal and Courier
Date Added: 8/30/2010
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Bedbugs seem to be making a comeback nationwide, but experts say there is no need to panic.

"There is no question there are more bedbugs than 20 years ago," said Purdue entomologist Tom Turpin.

"I've only been bitten once, when I was in Africa years ago. I don't remember it itching quite as long as chigger bites."

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Michael McManus (BS '59, MS ' 62, PhD '66) wins 2010 George Varley Award
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 8/26/2010
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Dr. Michael McManus will receive the 2010 George Varley Award for Excellence in Forest Insect Research at the upcoming International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) meeting in Eberswalde, Germany September 12 – 16, 2010. This award recognizes outstanding Forest Entomologists, both for their scientific accomplishments and their contributions to IUFRO.

Dr. McManus is being recognized for his many accomplishments over his career, including his research on forest insect biology, but also his work in facilitating international cooperation, including his work as an IUFRO leader. George Varley, for whom the award is named, was a well-known insect population ecologist who was also the first leader of an entomology group in IUFRO during the 1950s.

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New faces in Entomology for the fall semester
Department of Entomology
Date Added: 8/26/2010
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Please welcome our newest Entomology graduate students!

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Soybean cyst nematode intensifies other soybean diseases, says Virginia Ferris
by Susan Winsor
Corn and Soybean Digest
Date Added: 8/23/2010
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Soybean cyst nematode intensifies Sudden Death Syndrome and brown stem rot. The mechanism for these synergies isn’t yet understood.

Sudden death syndrome (SDS) and soybean cyst nematode (SCN) bring out the worst in each other. “When the two are together, disease severity tends to be much stronger,” says Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University plant pathologist.

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Jodie Ellis part of teams tagging ash trees ahead of emerald ash borer's march
by Dorothy Schneider
Journal and Courier
Date Added: 8/19/2010
Jodie Ellis and Perry Schnarr tie a purple card with information about the eab around an ash tree

For those who don't know what ash trees look like, they just got a little easier to identify in one Lafayette neighborhood.

Volunteers and entomology experts from Purdue teamed up Tuesday night to put purple tags on ash trees in the McAllister/St. Lawrence neighborhood on the city's north side.

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Kathy Heinsohn (PhD '98) featured on the cover of Pest Management Professional Magazine
by Marty Whitford
Pest Management Magazine
Date Added: 8/19/2010
Kathy Heinsohn on the cover of Pest Management Professional Magazine

After serving as the National Pest Management Association's senior entomologist for the past 4.5 years, Kathy Heinsohn returns to the field as a technical and training entomologist with American Pest.

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Purdue Day at Indiana State Fair features Bugs, Beetles and Bees presentation
Purdue News
Date Added: 8/17/2010
Tom Turpin with Rosie and Miss Boilerette

Purdue Day at the Indiana State Fair on Friday (Aug. 13) featured more than 50 tents and exhibits that included robotics competitions, animal surgery and the opportunity to race electric go-karts. In the photo, Miss Boilerette Rachael Bazzell looks apprehensive as Purdue entomologist Tom Turpin hands her a tarantula during the Bugs, Beetles and Bees presentation on the Purdue Live stage.

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Entomology professor, Linda Mason, receives new appointment
Media Newswire
Date Added: 8/13/2010
Linda Mason Associate Dean Graduate School

Linda Mason, professor of entomology, has been named associate dean in Purdue's Graduate School. Mason will oversee Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), new professional development activities, program assessment, program reviews, and other special initiatives.

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Entomology undergrad, Jiaqi Guo, receives award for best biology poster at the 2010 SURF awards ceremony
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 8/6/2010
Jiaqi Guo SURF poster award

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program provides students across all engineering, science and technology disciplines with an intensive research experience, allowing them to work closely with graduate students and professors in their respective schools. The SURF 2010 program culminated with a two-day Research Symposium on August 3rd and 4th, where participants presented their summer research work either at technical (oral) sessions or poster sessions. Fifteen students were recognized for their outstanding oral or poster presentations including our own Jiaqi Guo who was recognized for having the best biology poster about “Identification and Phylogenetic Analysis of Indiana Fireflies.” Jiaqi’s mentors for this project were Professors Virginia R. Ferris and Jeffery D. Holland.

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Entomology workshop conducted in Kabul by Drs. Chris Oseto and Ricky Foster
Advancing Afghanistan Agriculture Newsletter
Date Added: 8/5/2010
Dr. Chris Oseto, Purdue University

A4’s entomology training workshop for teaching faculty was held July 10-15 at Kabul University. Eighteen teachers were in attendance, comprising a group representing ten Afghanistan agricultural faculties countrywide including: Balkh, Bamyan, Ghazni, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Khost, Laghman, Nangarhar and Parwan Universities. Teachers in training received books, Powerpoint presentation copies and insect collection and mounting materials to be used when instructing heir own students at their respective universities. The workshop was conducted by Doctors Chris Oseto and Ricky Foster, professors at Purdue University’s Department of Entomology.

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Bill Hazeltine (PhD '62) memorialized by annual fellowship awards
Daily Democrat
Date Added: 8/4/2010
Bill Hazeltine fellowship

Two entomology graduate students at UC Davis have received 2010 William Hazeltine Memorial Research Fellowship Awards to support their mosquito research -- one project involving a mosquito that transmits West Nile virus and the other, a mosquito that transmits malaria.

Tara Thiemann, a doctoral candidate studying with major professor William Reisen, received $2100 for her statewide research on bloodfeeding patterns of Culex mosquitoes. She studies both urban and rural populations of mosquitoes and their host meals.

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Tom Turpin elected 2010 ESA Fellow
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 7/30/2010
Tom Turpin Entomological Society of America ESA Fellow

Congratulations to Tom Turpin who has been elected as a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. Tom is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to insect outreach and science education.

Tom Turpin has been a creative force in entomology since his appointment as an assistant professor in 1971. His distinguished career as a scholar, a leader in his discipline, and one of the best teachers at Purdue was only the background for his nomination. Tom is arguably one of the best-known, accomplished, and effective public educators in the discipline because of his tireless efforts to bring the excitement of entomology as a discipline and insect science as a framework for science education to the general public in a fun and engaging manner.

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Larry Bledsoe battles unwanted kudzu, pests
by Maureen Hayden
CNHI Statehouse Bureau
Date Added: 7/30/2010
Larry Bledsoe invasive species kudzu

Larry Bledsoe is spending his summer on the lookout for foreign invaders with wings and a penchant for destruction.

It isn’t easy. Among his tasks: venturing into the humid heat to lay traps laced with a sex pheromone engineered to attract a pesky species of moth known as the Old World bollworm.

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Entomologist Tom Turpin helps firefly pull Purdue into national spotlight
by Liz Schrader
Journal and Courier
Date Added: 7/30/2010

West Lafayette is on the move as the newest representative for Indiana on the side of U-Haul equipment.

About 1,200 moving vans will feature the West Lafayette name, as well as a graphic of a firefly and a fact about the advancements made at Purdue University into research of the firefly's glow.

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Purdue entomologist, Jeff Holland, and his lab participate in statewide biodiversity survey
by Dawn Hewitt
Herald Times Online
Date Added: 7/28/2010
Jeff Holland Goose Lake

Who would have dreamed that bog lemmings live at Goose Pond?

The small rodent is found in grassy openings in forests and forest edges, especially where sedges, ferns and shrubs grow, and not in corn and soybean fields. Somehow, the hardy little mammals survived a century of draining, plowing, row crops, pesticides, fertilizers and bulldozing during wetlands restoration.

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Cliff Sadof releases wasps in Fort Wayne to combat Emerald Ash Borer
Date Added: 7/23/2010
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The Purdue Entomology Department released wasps in Fort Wayne Friday afternoon to fight the Emerald Ash Borer problem in the area.

The tiny wasps are fully grown adults and don’t have stingers, so they are incapable of stinging anyone.

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Steve Dlugosz (MS '91), CCA Testifies to Congress on Value to Conservation
Certified Crop Adviser
Date Added: 7/23/2010
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On July 1, 2010, Steve Dlugosz, a Certified Crop Adviser and Lead Agronomist, Harvestland Cooperative presented testimony on behalf of the International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) Program and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research in Washington, D.C. The committee was reviewing the administration and delivery of USDA conservation programs.

As Dlugosz said in his prepared remarks, the relationship between the CCA Technical Service Provider (TSP) and the local county level USDA NRCS staff is very critical to the successful delivery of conservation practices on the ground.

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Butterfly counters find bumper crop at this year's Encounter
by Amanda Hamon
Journal and Courier
Date Added: 7/19/2010
Butterfly EnCOUNTer 2010

Sitting in the shade of an outdoor shelter Saturday, Karen Arvin watched her young son, Severin, chase butterflies at Evonik Industries' Habitat Recreation Area in Lafayette.

"We homeschool, so it's nice to get them involved in this," said Arvin, of Indianapolis.

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Rick Foster and Larry Murdock recognized by Indiana National Guard
Department of Entomology
Date Added: 7/8/2010
Larry Murdock and Rick Foster holding their plaques from the Indiana National Guard

Two Entomology professors, Rick Foster and Larry Murdock, participated in a training program for an Indiana National Guard agribusiness development team at Purdue University last week. The training prepared the team to work as Extension agents in Afghanistan.

The training included fieldwork at the Animal Science Research and Education Center at 5675 West 600 North, West Lafayette, and at the Meigs apple farm at the Throckmorton-Purdue Agricultural Center in southern Tippecanoe County.

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Expect increase in mosquito activity across Indiana, says Ralph Williams
by Erica Sullivan
Purdue News
Date Added: 7/8/2010
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With heavy rains and flood warnings common this past month, mosquitoes have found a home in the standing waters that remain across Indiana.

Central Indiana normally has 4-5 inches of rain in June, but this year some areas have experienced twice that amount. Mosquitoes lay eggs in the standing water left from the storms, and soon their young will hatch.

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Summertime ripe for tracking butterflies, says Jon Neal
by Richard Johnson-Sheehan
Journal and Courier
Date Added: 7/7/2010
A Painted Lady butterfly is held during the 2009 Tippecanoe County Butterfly Encounter at Evonik, formerly the Eli Lilly Tippecanoe Laboratories Wildlife Habitat Recreation Area.

As the summer grows hotter, now is one of the best times to look for butterflies in Greater Lafayette.

A few favorite places to find butterflies include Prophetstown State Park, the Celery Bog in West Lafayette and the open fields along the Wabash Trail near the Tippecanoe Battlefield Monument in Battle Ground.

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"Dirty Jobs" crew visits Purdue Entomology
By Justin L. Mack
Journal and Courier
Date Added: 7/2/2010
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Purdue University graduate student Kristi Bugajski wants people to know that when she goes Dumpster diving for maggots on a Thursday afternoon, she is doing it for a good reason.

That's why Bugajski was thrilled to learn that she will soon be one of the Purdue entomologists featured on a popular reality show dedicated to the men and women who do the dirtiest work.

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Kapil Raje to receive the ISS Outstanding Student Volunteer Award
by Nancy L. Montague
Office of International Students and Scholars
Date Added: 7/1/2010
Kapil Raje

Each year, ISS acknowledges a student(s) and a community volunteer for outstanding commitment to Purdue’s international students. Over the two weeks before classes begin, ISS processes nearly 2,000 incoming students. Our staff alone could not tackle this huge task without the help of our dedicated volunteers – this year nearly 130 -- who serve year after year helping new international students with the processing of documents, meeting arriving airport shuttles, explaining important information and providing a warm welcome.

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Genome sequence may lead to better methods to target lice, according to Cate Hill
By Brian Wallheimer
Purdue News Service
Date Added: 6/22/2010
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A Purdue University researcher hopes a better understanding of the neurological system of the body louse through the mapping of its genome will lead to better control or elimination of the human parasite.

Catherine Hill, an associate professor of entomology, with postdoctoral researchers Jason M. Meyer and Janice Pagel VanZee, and former undergraduate student Emily Krause contributed to the overall genome-mapping effort led by the University of Illinois and published online Monday (June 21) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The body louse genome is the smallest known genome of any insect, said University of Illinois entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh, who led the drive to fund the project and coordinated the international team of scientists who analyzed the sequence.

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Biting, stinging insects threaten to spoil summer fun, according to Ralph Williams
By Taya Flores
Journal and Courier
Date Added: 6/22/2010
Ralph Williams, Purdue University, prepares to examine some insects.

Rebecca Miller of West Lafayette hates bugs, especially mosquitoes.

"For some odd reason they seem to be very attracted to me," the 37-year-old said. "I'm not a big fan of flies or wasps -- wasps because they can sting you and flies are just a nuisance."

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Tim Gibb Says Beetle Mania May Come Early
by Curt Slyder
Journal and Courier
Date Added: 6/16/2010
Japanese beetles

A warmer than average spring could usher in some unwelcome visitors.

A Purdue insect expert is saying Japanese beetles could be arriving earlier than normal this summer.

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Bug Bowl 2010 on YouTube!
by Melissa Shepson
Department of Entomology
Date Added: 6/10/2010
Bug Bowl 2010 Video

Experience Bug Bowl 2010 compressed into 3 minutes and 45 seconds for YouTube! Bug Bowl was filmed by Purdue Marketing and Media for its video news magazine telecast on the Big Ten Network. The clips assembled in this segment will also appear on the web as part of Purdue's viral marketing initiative. Savor the flavor of one of the most successful Bug Bowl events in its twenty year history! Check out some of the highlights here!

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Purdue Entomology Professor Ralph Williams and Jake Rowland (B.S. ‘08) Say Mosquito Activity So Far, So Good This Year
by Dorothy Schneider
Journal & Courier
Date Added: 6/3/2010
Jake Rowland with the Tippecanoe County Health Department searches Tuesday for mosquito larvae at the county fairgrounds in Lafayette. The maturation process of a mosquito is five to 10 days. 

The itching and scratching levels aren't too high yet this year in Tippecanoe County.

Officials out monitoring mosquito activity in the area have not found excessive larvae colonies in the usual places.

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According to Christie Williams, Resistant Wheat Rebuilds Cell Walls When Attacked by Hessian flies
by Brian Wallheimer
Purdue News Service
Date Added: 5/20/2010
Hessian Fly

Wheat plants found to be resistant to Hessian fly larvae may be calling in reinforcements to build up rigid defenses.

Christie Williams, a research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and a Purdue University associate professor of entomology, found that resistant plants under attack by Hessian fly larvae increased production of surface waxes and cutin, a molecule responsible for rigidity and integrity of epidermal cells. In plants susceptible to the fly larvae, the genes thought to be responsible for cutin production were turned off - likely by the attacking larvae.

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Kris Wyckhuys (Ph.D. '05) And Others Find Mirid Bug Outbreaks Are Associated with Wide-Scale Adoption of Bt Cotton in China
by Yanhui Lu, Kongming Wu, Yuying Jiang, Bing Xia, Ping Li, Hongqiang Feng, Kris A. G. Wyckhuys,Yuyuan Guo
Science Magazine
Date Added: 5/19/2010
Mirid Bug

Long-term ecological effects of transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crops on non-target pests have received limited attention, more so in diverse smallholder-based cropping systems of the developing world. Field trials conducted over 10 years in northern China show that mirid bugs (Heteroptera: Miridae) have progressively increased population levels and acquired pest status in cotton and multiple other crops, in association with a regional increase in Bt cotton adoption. More specifically, our analyses show that Bt cotton has become a source of mirid bugs and that their population increases are related to drops in insecticide use in this crop. Hence, alterations of pest management regimes in Bt cotton could be responsible for the appearance and subsequent spread of non-target pests at an agro-landscape level.

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2 Purdue Entomology Alumni Receive ESA Awards at the Pacific Branch Meeting
from eNews
Date Added: 4/19/2010
2 Purdue Entomology alumni win ESA awards

The following awards were presented at the ESA Pacific Branch Meeting in Boise, Idaho, April 11-14, 2010:

Larry D. Godfrey (BS '78, MS '80), an extention entomologist at the University of California, Davis, won the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension.

 

 

Elizabeth E. Grafton-Cardwell (MS '80), an extension specialist at the University of California, Riverside, won the Recognition Award in Entomology.

Purdue trustees approve faculty promotions
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 4/12/2010
Congratulations to Jeff Holland, Christian Krupke, and Doug Richmond!

Jeff, Christian and Doug has been granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. The Board of Trustees gave final approval for these promotions today. These promotions take effect on July 1st. Click on the title to see photos of Jeff, Christian and Doug receiving the good news from Dean Akridge.
Grzegorz Buczkowski says Common house ants form supercolonies, prosper in urban settings
by Brian Wallheimer
Ag Communications
Date Added: 3/31/2010
Common house ants form supercolonies, prosper in urban settings 

One of the most common house ant species might have been built for living in some of the smallest spaces in a forest, but the ants have found ways to take advantage of the comforts of city living.

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Jeff Stuart and Grad Student Thiago Benatti Find That Unusual Sex Chromosome Creates Third Sex In Hessian Flies
by Brian Wallheimer
Ag Communications
Date Added: 3/30/2010
Unusual sex chromosome creates third sex in Hessian flies

Expectant human parents might wish for a boy or girl, but Hessian flies actually have a third option, and, no matter what, the flies are never surprised by the sex of their offspring.

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Grzesiek Buczkowski Receives 2010 ESA NCB Recognition Award in Urban Entomology
Department of Entomology
Purdue University
Date Added: 3/18/2010
Grzegorz Buczkowski Received 2010 ESA NCB Recognition Award in Urban Entomology

Congratulations to Grzesiek Buczkowski who received the 2010 ESA NCB Recognition Award in Urban Entomology at the branch meeting awards banquet this week in Louisville, Kentucky. Grzesiek was recognized for his many accomplishments in urban entomology, particularly his research on urban ants.

Dr. Buczkowski's career in urban entomology spans over 12 years and begun in 1997 at Rhone-Poulenc Agricultural Company in Research Triangle Park where he performed pioneering work on fipronil bait for fire ant control.

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Country Ants Make It Big In The City According to Grzegorz Buczkowski
by Susan Milius
Science News
Date Added: 3/9/2010
Country Ants Make It Big In The City According to Grzegorz Buczkowski

It's a tale of bright lights, big colonies: Rural ants go wild in the city.

The first systematic lifestyle survey of odorous house ants confirms how much a modest country dweller can change habits in the big city, according to urban entomologist Grzegorz Buczkowski of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

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Raymond A. Cloyd (MS '95, PhD '99) Promoted to Full Professor of Entomology at Kansas State University
Entomological Society of America eNews
Date Added: 3/3/2010
Raymond A. Cloyd (MS '95, PhD '99) Promoted to Full Professor of Entomology at Kansas State University

Raymond A. Cloyd, a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS), was promoted to full professor in February. Dr. Cloyd was also the recipient of four awards. The first was the 2009 Ohio Florist Association's Bulletin Author of the Year, and he also received three Awards of Merit from the American Rose Society associated with three articles that appeared in publications from the Nashville Rose Society. The articles were 1) "Dormant Oils--Everything You Wanted To Know," 2) "Diffusing Misconceptions About Thrips," and 3) "What Every Rose Grower Should Know About Colony Collapse Disorder."

Swat Pest Names Brandon Runyon (BS '09) Technical Director
Pest Control Technology Magazine
Date Added: 3/2/2010
Swat Pest Names Brandon Runyon (BS '09) Technical Director

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Swat Pest Management and Healthy Spaces of Evansville, Ind., announced the addition of Brandon Runyon.

As an urban entomologist, Runyon will be the technical director for Swat Pest Management. He began his new position on Jan 4, 2010.

Runyon is a recent graduate of Purdue University with a BS in entomology.

David Mueller (BS '75) Discusses Stored Product Pests and His New Book
Pest Control Technology Magazine
Date Added: 2/16/2010
David Mueller podcast on stored product pests and his latest book

PCT recently caught up with David Mueller, president and founder of Insects Limited and Fumigation Service & Supply. Mueller is a leading authority on stored product pests who recently authored a book titled "Reducing Customer Complaints in Stored Products." In the following podcast Mueller discusses several topics related to stored product pests and previews his latest book.

ARS Adjunct Faculty Rich Shukle and Christie Williams with Research Associate Subhashree Subramanyam Find Way to Stave off Hessian Fly Attacks on Wheat Plants
by Brian Wallheimer
Ag Communications
Date Added: 2/11/2010
Hessian Fly

Resistant wheat plants stave off attacks by Hessian fly larvae by essentially destroying the fly's midgut and its ability to absorb nutrients, according to a study by Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hessian fly larvae midguts – similar to human intestines – were observed in three different feeding situations. Larvae on susceptible plants had normal midgut function. Those that were given nothing to eat showed no damage to the midgut, though they starved. But those on plants resistant to Hessian flies showed serious midgut disruption.

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WanTien Tsai (MS '05, PhD '08) Designs a DIY Bed Bug Detector
by Susan Milius
Science News
Date Added: 2/2/2010
Indiana CAPS

After trying some 50 arrangements of household objects, researchers have come up with a new low-cost, homemade bed-bug detector.

To lure the bugs out of hiding, Wan-Tien Tsai of Rutgers University in New Brunswick put dry ice into an insulated, one-third-gallon jug, the kind available at sports or camping stores. Adding 2.5 pounds of dry ice pellets and not quite closing the pour hole allowed carbon dioxide to leak out at a bug-teasing rate for some 11 hours at room temperature, she said.

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Entomology Staff Recognized by Provost
by Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 2/2/2010

Five Entomology/CERIS staff were recognized on Thursday (1/28) for their years of service to Purdue at the Provost’s Recognition Luncheon. The honored included Bill Kielhorn (10 years), Susan Schechter (15), Joe Hegarty (25), Zakia Kazem (25) and Tammy Luck (30). Congratulations to Bill, Susan, Joe, Zakia and Tammy for their loyalty and dedication to Purdue University and the Department of Entomology. The attached photo include those able to attend the ceremony.

USDA provides funding to cooperators including Purdue Entomology for pest and disease management and disaster prevention
by Melissa O'Dell
USDA
Date Added: 2/2/2010
Indiana CAPS

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2010—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $45 million, provided by Section 10201 of the 2008 Farm Bill, for projects to build and preserve critical plant health safeguarding initiatives across America. Funding will be provided to more than 50 cooperators including state departments of agriculture, universities, nonprofit organizations and USDA agencies in support of over 200 projects. These state, regional, and national projects will support the Farm Bill goals of building strong systems to safeguard the health of our agricultural industries using early plant pest detection and surveillance, threat identification and mitigation.

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Gloria I. Giraldo-Calderon Wins First Place in ESA 2009 Student Competition for the President's Prize
By Dr. Catherine Hill
Department of Entomology
Purdue University
Date Added: 1/19/2010
Gloria I. Giraldo-Calderon wins first place in ESA 2009 Student Competition

Congratulations to Gloria I. Giraldo-Calderon who is a recipient of a 2009 Entomological Society of America (ESA) student award. Gloria is a Ph.D. student working with Associate Professor, Dr. Catherine Hill in the Department of Entomology. She is conducting research to understand the process of vision in mosquitoes.

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Team Truman: Gary Bennett and former students taking on the task of updating the Pest Management industry's textbook
By Pete Grasso
Pest Management Professional
Date Added: 1/11/2010
Gary Bennett and others take on the task of updating the pest management industry's textbook

In the blustery cold confines of West Lafayette, Indiana, Gary Bennett gets but a moment of rest. The annual Purdue Pest Management Conference - Bennett's baby for the past 39 years - has just wrapped up and the PMP Hall of Famer quickly shifts his attention to a new labor-intensive project.

He sends an e-mail to two of his longtime friends and former students at Purdue, John Owens and Bobby Corrigan, informing them that it's time. The three entomologists get together by a conference call and begin discussions on the project that will consume their lives for the next 11 months - updating Truman's Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations.

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Collaborating Agencies To Boost Grain Storage Using Technology Developed By Purdue Entomologist
By Nkechi Onyedika
Guardian News
Date Added: 1/8/2010
Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS)

A multi-agency collaboration is underway, aimed at fostering the adoption of an improved method of cowpea storage in Nigeria in which about 600,000 cowpea farmers are targeted to benefit.

The arrangement, known as PICS-RIU-ADP collaboration, now in its first year, is expected to grow in its impact to about one million farmers in the second year.

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