On Sunday, December 29, 2013, the Lafayette Journal and Courier published an article entitled "Hungry for progress: Purdue researchers tackle global hunger through innovation." Both Dr. Larry Murdock and Dr. Dieudonné Baributsa are referenced in the article, which can be found in its entirety at Hungry for Progress.
Festive decorations are part and parcel of the modern Christmas season. Nothing captures the notion of decorating at Christmas time any better than the 1951 Meredith Wilson song, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." The song lists such things as toys, bells, candy canes and a couple of plants - trees and holly - as harbingers of the approach of Christmas Day.
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The Entomology Department Outstanding Service Award reception for 2013 was held on Monday, December 16th. The recipient of this year's award is Tim Gibb, our insect diagnostician and identifier. In addition to testimonials from entomology and PPDL department personnel, department head Steve Yaninek presented Tim with an engraved plaque with a built-in clock to hang on his office wall, and he will receive a monetary pat on the back as well.
Years ago, cold winter nights would often elicit a comment from my mom or dad about being as snug as a bug in a rug. That little saying frequently was in reference to someone - usually a kid - headed to bed for the night.
A number is defined as an arithmetical value representing a particular quantity. No one knows for sure when humans first started using numbers. The idea of a number probably originated with the use of tally marks. Tally marks are vertical lines used to create a visual record of things. One can imagine that the earliest use of tally marks might have been to record such things as sunrises, the animals captured during the hunt or the number of sheep in the flock.
A new study on Western corn rootworm beetles opens up new possibilities to control this destructive beetle. Christian Krupke was one of the Purdue members participating in the research, and the article recently published in the Purdue Agriculture news can be read by clicking on Billion-Dollar Bug.
Congratulations to Michael Garvey, MS student, who placed 2nd in the Plant-Insect-Ecosystem section of the student poster competition at ESA in Austin, Texas. His poster was entitled "Nutritional immunology of a specialist herbivore: Food plant quality mediated effects on the immune system of Manduca sexta (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)." Michael is shown here with his poster.
Tom Turpin was interviewed by Joseph Alfonso at the 2013 ESA annual meeting in Austin, Texas. Mr. Alfonso wished to discuss first impressions of the ESA convention with a couple of ESA veterans. One of these was Dr. Turpin.
Brooke Richards, a senior in the College of Agriculture, majors in Entomology with a minor in Forensic Science and plans to become a forensic entomologist after her graduation. She is featured in the November 15, 2013 issue of the Purdue Exponent.
Undergrad Elaina Grott is featured in today's Purdue Today as one of five Purdue students who move the world forward.
Last week the Indiana Invasive Species Council hosted a state-wide "Early Detection, Rapid Response" conference. Its purpose was to bring together persons and organizations that deal with invasive species problems and actions, and discuss tools and practices to combat invasive species. The Lafayette Journal and Courier covered the IISC-EDRR Conference, and you can read the article by clicking on IISC Conference .
Last week AgriNEWS published an article entitled "Entomology department serves state through research, education." To read the entire article, click this link: Entomology serves Indiana .
The student selected for the November EGO Graduate Spotlight is Aaron Myers. To access the article, go to the EGO web page or just click here .
Dr. Jennifer Zaspel's work with vampire moths was recently the focus of an in-depth article pubiished in Student Science: A Resource of the Society for Science & the Public. To read the entire article, click vampires!
Dr. Tom Turpin was honored as a recipient of the 2013 Special Boilermaker Award. Awards were presented during the Purdue-Nebraska game on October 12th. To see more about this presentation, click Tom Turpin honored .
Many people claim that the mosquito is the most dangerous type of insect - in fact, animal - in the world. Why? Because of the number of people who die as the result of mosquito bites, that's why.
It is not the actual bite of the mosquito that is so dangerous. They are dangerous because some species of mosquitoes are what scientists call disease vectors. These insects transport disease-causing microorganisms from one animal to another.
The Purdue Exponent published an article on the honeybee crisis in their October 24, 2013 edition. To read the entire article, click Colony Collapse .
Work on honeybees and their changing numbers done by Christian Krupke is featured in a Canadian news program, similar to the USA's 20/20. To view the documentary, click honeybee story .
Professor Tom Turpin was notified of his Special Boilermaker award at the Department picnic in August. He was officially honored during the Purdue-Nebraska football game on October 12th. To see the full article, click on Tom Turpin's award .