Summer 2009 | Alumni Newsletter

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FEATURE ARTICLE

 

Purdue entomologist Rick Foster introduces IPM to students in Afghanistan

 

Rick Foster
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Nearly 50 students at Kabul University's Faculty of Agriculture in Afghanistan attended a special seminar on integrated pest management (IPM) led by a Purdue University entomologist Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 7-8). Rick Foster, entomologist and IPM specialist, traveled 4,000 miles to help students and professors understand pest management theory and control techniques, and how different combinations of those techniques can be used to manage insects there.

 

Foster introduced the basic concepts of integrated pest management, which focuses more on crops and less on the pests themselves.

 

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DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

2009 Osmun Award Winner

 

Dr. Jeffrey Bloomquist
Dr. Jeffrey Bloomquist

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. This includes work on modes of action and neurotoxicity of synthetic insecticides, natural toxins, and drugs; mechanisms of resistance to insecticides and nematicides; and expression and function of membrane transporters for neurotransmitters. His current work has applications in the control of malarial mosquito vectors, and the role of chronic insecticide exposure as a cause of Parkinson’s disease. He teaches insecticide toxicology and insect physiology, has 82 publications (book chapters, proceedings chapters, reviews, patents, and refereed journal articles), 70 invited presentations, 92 volunteered presentations, and has advised 4 M.S., 6 Ph.D. students and 8 postdocs. You can find more information about Dr. Bloomquist on his website located here. The Osmun Award ceremony this year will be on Friday, October 2nd.

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Linda Mason chosen as CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow for 2009-10

 

by Jay Akridge Purdue Agriculture in Focus

 

Linda Mason
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.

 

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Dr. Catherine Hill named Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Fellow for 2009-10

 

by Jay Akridge Purdue Agriculture in Focus

 

Catherine Hill
Catherine Hill

Dr. Catherine Hill has been named as an Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Fellow for 2009-2010. Through the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, 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.

 

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Tom Turpin to be honored by the Entomological Foundation

 

The Entomological Foundation Newsletter

 

Tom Turpin
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. He also created the Purdue University "Bug Bowl"- a celebration of insect science which drew over 12,000 visitors in 1997 and attracted media attention from around the world. The dinner will be held on December 14, 2009, at Union Station in Indianapolis. More information will be forthcoming on the Foundation’s web site http://www.entfdn.org. Or, for more information contact April at the Entomological Foundation, 301-459-9083, or april@entfdn.org.

 

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FROM THE HEAD BUG by Steve Yaninek

 

Department Review Results

 

Steve Yaninek
Steve Yaninek

Henry Steele Commager said that "Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change," and change is something we have seen a lot of in the department in the past seven years. That is how long it has been since our last external department review. In the spring of 2008, we embarked on a year-long effort as a department to take stock of our progress, outline our accomplishments, and reflect on our future strategic initiatives in preparation for a comprehensive external department review. I talked about the effort that went into developing the self-study document – an important component of the review - in the Winter 09 newsletter. We had our review this past spring, and I would like to share the highlights of the review team’s report in this column.

 

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OUTREACH UPDATE

 

Outreach

 

Entomology was represented for the second year at the Discover! Summer Workshop for Teachers June, 22-25. This workshop is coordinated through the Gifted Education Research Institute (GERI) in the College of Education and offers our department the opportunity to partner with existing programs to establish relationships with teachers across Indiana and beyond. Tom Turpin opened the workshop with a keynote entitled Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! and over the course of the next three days worked with teachers to explain ways in which they might use live insects in their classrooms to teach math, biology, chemistry, and language arts skills. Arwin Provonsha provided a Boiler Bug Barn tour for interested teachers and Melissa Shepson presented a workshop for participants entitled Bugging your Students with Books. This component of the workshop was developed to facilitate understanding about how children’s literature that is associated with insects can be used to facilitate insect biology and science literacy.

 

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ENTOMOLOGY STUDENTS

 

New Students - Summer 2009

 

Gladys Andino PhD candidate with Greg Hunt, from Franciso Morazan, Honduras
Gabriel Hughes MS with Matt Ginzel, from Sandy, Utah

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Summer 2009 Graduations

 

Kate Buckley, BS
Walter Baldauf, MS
Diana Castillo, MS
Nick Seiter, MS
Philip Morton,

PhD

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Matt Paschen Travels to Guyana

 

Matt Paschen
Matt Paschen

In January I had the opportunity to participate in a mission project with Norman Walker Ministries to the South American country of Guyana. My grandfather has been on similar trips to this country for the last three years and offered to take me with him this year. For this project we traveled to interior jungle villages to install wells, hand out clothing and evangelize. We camped every night for the two weeks we traveled the interior. People of the villages gladly accepted the help we offered since most have an annual income of only two hundred American dollars. This trip awoke me to how much I take our way of life for granted.

 
Typical Home in Guyana Damsel Fly
Typical home in Guyana
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Damsel Fly

While I was there I also had the opportunity to collect insects, which were readily abundant and extremely diverse. This was pure joy for me, since I recently graduated in December with a B.S. in Entomology. Not only were the insects impressive but; being in the jungle biome was an experience in its own. I hope to return in the future and I look forward to experiencing a trip like this again.

 

 

 

 

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ALUMNI NEWS

 

Albert M. ‘Mike’ Goff (MS ’69) just retired emeritus in 2009 after 32 years as a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana. The roof top plaza of the Burns Hall of Science and Nursing was named the Goff Rooftop Plaza in his honor. A career highlight for Mike is taking students to the Virgin Islands for Oceanography class about 10 times over the years. He and his wife Carolyn, have 2 sons, Jeff and Scott, and 6 grandchildren. Mike’s goals for retirement are to find new avenues for his love of teaching, spend more time with grandkids, catch up on hobbies, and continue to serve the Lord.

 

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Janet Stein Carter (MS ’74) is an Associate Professor of biology at the University of Cincinnati, Clermont College and previously an entomologist at the Cincinnati Zoo. Several of her course-related web pages have received national/ international recognition. "People I remember: definitely Arwin & watching him work on whatever he was drawing on any particular day. As you may know, I've been back a couple times for Bug Bowl, and for me, one of the highlights of that has been getting a chance to talk to Arwin and Judy, as well as Tom (in between cricket-spitting). Personal: I play guitar (and occasionally several other instruments) in my church's band, and help out with some of the composing and arranging for the band. In Autumn of 2007, my husband was diagnosed with lymphoma. By the way, congratulations to Arwin and Tom for the roach races being featured in Garrison Keillor's article in the July National Geographic. An article by Garrison Keillor in National Geographic is, in and of itself, something I would have never expected to see, but with photos of Arwin's roach racetrack, too... WOW!"

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Lisa C. Hahn-Cordes (BS ’76) received an MS in Entomology in 1979 from North Carolina State University, and a JD in 1993 from the University of Minnesota. She works with the property tax team in the civil division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in Minnesota.

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Phillip Sutton (BS ’75, MS ’88) writes: They say doctors who graduate at the bottom of their class are still called doctors. I don’t know if that applies to entomologists; but here I am a product of the Department of Entomology.

 

The School Years 1971 -1975 - I started my entomological journey under the guidance of Dr. Dobson who linked me with the very serious and studious Tom Barlow. I was suppose to help Tom lighten up and he was suppose to well ….. well obviously it didn’t take. I made such an impression on Tom he didn’t even mention me in his article in this publication. I thank all my professors for their understanding. I am sure the Post-Phil counseling you received helped. Dr. McCafferty, I especially hope this article doesn’t trigger any night terrors of me in taxonomy. Dr. Osmun, it was a joy.

 

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CALENDAR

October
2 John V. Osmun Award Presentation
2-3 Purdue Homecoming Weekend
December
14 Entomological Foundation Dinner honoring Tom Turpin
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana
18 Entomology Outstanding Service Award Presentation