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Dieudonné Baributsa receives bronze acorn
​Dimensions of DiscoveryWinter 2013, Vol. 5 Issue 2Photo by John Underwood
Date Added: 12/31/2013

Nearly 200ACORN.jpg Purdue faculty and staff gathered in November 2013 for the Excellence in Research Awards dinner, celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of Purdue's research community.
Among the honorees was Assistant Professor Dieudonné Baributsa​ who garnered an award of at least one million dollars on one of the sixty Seed for Success projects. Dr. Baributsa received his bronze acorn award in recognition of his contribution in acquiring a million dollar or more award for the first time.


PICS highlighted in J&C article "Hungry for Progress"
​Hayleigh ColumboLafayette Journal and CourierDecember 29, 2013
Date Added: 12/31/2013

​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.

Insect Motif Christmas Ornaments
​Tom TurpinOn Six LegsDecember 26, 2013
Date Added: 12/23/2013

​​BeeButterflyLadyBtle.jpgFestive 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.

I suspect plants were some of the first items used for Christmas decorations. For sure, long before plastic and electricity came into existence, plants were there for the gathering. Today a few types of plants show up every year at Christmas as we "deck the halls."

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Tim Gibb named OSA recipient for 2013
​Beth York
Date Added: 12/20/2013

Gibb OSA 2013.jpgThe 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.

Congratulations, Tim!
Bugs in Rugs
​Tom TurpinOn Six LegsDecember 12, 2013
Date Added: 12/17/2013

​​Alter Flea Beetle.jpgYears 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.


Those were the days when central heating in houses was the exception, not the rule. Fireplaces and potbelly stoves were used to heat some rooms in the house. Those rooms were most often the kitchen and sitting or living rooms.


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Invasive cockroaches move into New York City
​Submitted by Joe Hegarty
Date Added: 12/9/2013

Today's issue of USA Today online features an article about a cockroach that can withstand very cold temperatroach.bmpures. This invasive species has never before been found within the United States.


To read the article, click invasive cockroaches.


Ian Kaplan receives IOBC award
​Steve Yaninek
Date Added: 12/6/2013


Ian Kaplan has received the Early Career Award from the International Organization for Biological Control - Nearctic Regional Section. A write-up of this award can be viewed on page 3 of their Fall 2013 newsletter, which can be viewed at IOBCNewsletter2013fall.pdfIOBCNewsletter2013fall.pdf


Fall 2013 Newsletter
​Beth York
Date Added: 12/6/2013


To read the most recent issue of the Entomology Department newsletter, click the icon and enjoy!

Serena Gross is in EGO's December Graduate Spotlight
​Faith WeeksEGO President
Date Added: 12/5/2013

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Please join the Entomology Graduate Organization (EGO) in congratulating Serena Gross for being selected for the December Graduate Spotlight in Entomology. Facts about Serena can be found on the EGO website, which can be located with the link on the Entomology home page, or you can go directly to EGO’s website:


Numbers and Insect Identification
​Tom TurpinOn Six LegsNovember 27, 2013
Date Added: 12/3/2013

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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.



Words and symbols for numbers can be found in several ancient cultures. Most of us are familiar with the Roman numerals used in ancient Rome. These old symbols still show up today in various places including the prefaces of books, the faces of some clocks and watches, and football's Super Bowl - the 2014 matchup is XLVIII, or the 48th.


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Christian Krupke co-authors study on Western corn rootworm beetle
​Natalie VanHooseAg Communications
Date Added: 11/26/2013


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.

Michael Garvey places in ESA poster competition
​Beth York
Date Added: 11/25/2013

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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 interviewed as ESA veteran
​Joseph AlfonsoESA 2013
Date Added: 11/21/2013

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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.


To view the entire video, click on Tom Turpin at ESA.


Woolly-Worm, Winter-Weather Witchery
​Tom TurpinOn Six LegsNovember 14, 2013
Date Added: 11/18/2013


You can count on it. It happens every year in October and early November. I'm not talking about the days getting shorter and the air getting colder. I'm talking about someone asking what the woolly worms are saying about the upcoming winter.  
It seems that woolly worms rank right up there with squirrels hoarding nuts, husk length on ears of corn and thickness of fur on rabbits as prognosticators of winter severity.


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Brooke Richards featured in Purdue Exponent
​Whitney Gryna, Staff ReporterThe Purdue ExponentNovember 15, 2013
Date Added: 11/15/2013

Richards, Brook.jpgBrooke 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.



To read her story, click Brooke Richards.


Christian Krupke featured in Agricultures magazine
​Steve LeerAgricultures MagazineFall 2013
Date Added: 11/14/2013


The fall 2013 issue of purdue Agricultures magazine features an article on finding solutions to local production problems, and shows Christian Krupke on the cover in his "bee suit."
To read the entire article, click on making it safer for bees.


Cate Hill is in the Ag Research Spotlight
​Purdue University AgricultureAg Research SpotlightIssued November 14, 2013
Date Added: 11/14/2013


​The Ag Research Spotlight shines each month on an individual whose work reflects our commitment to the six strategic themes that guide Agricultural research at Purdue. Our spotlight for November 2013 underscores the theme, "Utilizing molecular approaches to expand the frontiers of agriculture and life sciences."


Medical entomologist Catherine Hill is the textbook bug-collector turned bug-scientist. Growing up in suburban Adelaide on the southern coast of Australia, her "pet collecting," she recalls, "used to drive my mother mad." And butterflies didn't appeal: "I wanted the gooey, gory stuff - the insects that sucked blood or caused paralysis."


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John Foster Retirement Party
​eNews from ESA andSteve Yaninek
Date Added: 11/7/2013


A Retirement Reception will be held for John E. Foster, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the UNL East Campus Union. A book of letters will be presented to Dr. Foster. Please send your unfolded letters to Marilyn Weidner, Entomology Department, 103 Entomology Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0816 by December 1.

Dr. Foster is an alumnus, former faculty member and JV Osmun award winner at Purdue.

Elaina Grott featured in Purdue Today
​Purdue TodayNovember 5, 2013
Date Added: 11/5/2013


Undergrad Elaina Grott is featured in today's Purdue Today as one of five Purdue students who move the world forward.



To read about Elaina and why she has been included in this designation, click on this link: Elaina moves the world forward.


IISC-EDRR Conference addresses needs and progress
​Hayleigh Colombo
Date Added: 11/4/2013

​​eab.jpgLast 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 .

Purdue Entomology department serves Indiana
​Erica Quinlan, Field EditorAgriNEWSOctober 30, 2013
Date Added: 11/4/2013



​​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 .

Aaron Myers is in the Graduate Spotlight
​Beth York
Date Added: 11/1/2013

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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 .

'Tis the season for vampires!
​Roberta KwokStudent ScienceOctober 28, 2013
Date Added: 10/31/2013



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!

Special Boilermakers Honored
​Purdue TodayOctober 31, 2013
Date Added: 10/31/2013


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 .

Purdue shines at 2013 OVEA
​Gabriel Hughes
Date Added: 10/29/2013

​The 2013 Annual Forum of the Ohio Valley Entomological Association (OVEA) was held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis. A total of 35 students presented their research in the 10-minute paper competition, making it one of the largest OVEA meetings to date. There were 9 students in the undergraduate category; 9 MS students; and 18 PhD students. Participants came from The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, Goshen College, Kent State university, Shawnee University and Purdue University.  Gabriel Hughes chaired the meeting as 2013 president of OVEA.



We had a great turnout from Purdue, with 10 competitors and just as many who came to cheer and support their colleagues. Madeline Spigler won 1st Place in the Master of Science division and Kira Albright won 2nd Place. Gabriel Hughes won 1st Place in the PhD division.


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Mosquito Lookalikes
​Tom TurpinOn Six LegsOctober 24, 2013
Date Added: 10/25/2013



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.


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More press on Christian Krupke's work with Colony Collapse Disorder
​Jake Schmidt, Assistant Campus EditorThe ExponentOctober 24, 2013
Date Added: 10/24/2013


The Purdue Exponent published an article on the honeybee crisis in their October 24, 2013 edition.  To read the entire article, click Colony Collapse .

Christian Krupke work featured in Canadian documentary
​Christian Krupke
Date Added: 10/22/2013


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 .

Tom Turpin honored as Special Boilermaker
​From Connections NOW!October 18, 2013
Date Added: 10/22/2013

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 .

Abundance of skippers
​Tom TurpinFrom "On Six Legs"October 10, 2013
Date Added: 10/16/2013

Skipper butterfly on orange flower

Mention the word "skipper" and not everyone thinks of the same thing. To some people it suggests the captain of a ship. For those of us who have been around for awhile, we might think of the TV show "Gilligan's Island," which featured a character called the "Skipper" - the captain of a charter boat that shipwrecked on an island in the Pacific.


Some people immediately visualize a person jumping a rope when they hear the word skipper. If you know about "Gilligan's Island," you might also remember a song by Henson Cargill that was a No.-1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Hits in 1967. "Skip a Rope" admonished us to "listen to the children" and hear what they say when skipping rope.




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