Ohio State University was well represented in the President’s Prize student award competition for oral and poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Sociaty of America in San Diego this past December. In the Graduate Student Ten-Minute Paper Competition, Justin Whitehill (co-advised by Dan Herms and Pierluigi Bonello in the Dept. of Plant Pathology) won first place for his presentation entitled “Methyl jasmonate as a tool to investigate induced responses of ash to the emerald ash borer”. Nathan Baker (coadvisedby Susan Fisher and Roman Lanno) was awarded second prize for his presentation entitled “Effects of the cyanobacterial toxin, Microcystin-LR, on the morphology and development of the amber-winged spreadwing damselfly, Lestes eurinus (Odonata:Lestidae).”
In the Graduate Student Poster Display Competition, Ben Phillips (advised by Mary Gardiner) won first placefor his presentation entitled “Quantifying the pollination service supplied to pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) by multiple bee species.” Bethany Hunt (also advised by Mary Gardiner) won first prize in the Undergraduate Student Poster Display Competition for her presentation entitled “Parasitoid-mediated apparent competition between native and exotic lady beetle populations in Ohio.” Harit Bal (Ph.D. student advised by Parwinder Grewal) and Parwinder Grewal received the Entomological Foundation Award for Science Project Ideas in the category targeted at high school students for their project entitled “Do human activities negatively Influence insect-parasitic nematodes in the soil?”. Ohio State University Linnaean Games Team won the National Championship at the Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America in San Diego! Members of the championship team were Joshua Bryant, Ryan Caesar, Nicola Gallagher, Glene Mynhardt, and Kaitlin Uppstrom. The team was coached by Dr. Dave Horn.