Department Newsletter

Entomology Stridulations
A Newsletter of The Ohio State University Department of Entomology

Autumn 2020 Department Announcements
From the Chair, Dr. Jamie Strange

To say that autumn 2020 was an unusual semester would be an understatement, yet we have made it halfway through the academic calendar. We are still mostly working from home, but our labs and classrooms still remain active. The department started the fall semester with most of our classes online, but a few still had in-person lectures and labs. It is amazing to me, but our faculty managed to keep teaching in person as long as Ohio State allowed it, right up to Thanksgiving break. The effort to continue offering our courses both online and in person will continue this spring, and our faculty and graduate associates continue to work hard to modify courses so that we can deliver content safely and effectively. Our Seminar Series will remain online for the spring semester. Please be sure to check our speaker lineup

While research and extension have required extra effort this year, the department has remained productive, evidenced by the selected publications and events highlighted in this edition of our departmental newsletter. Our faculty, staff, and students have modified their work to deliver valuable outreach and extension to our stakeholders. It wasn’t without some bumps along the way, but we managed to move our Wooster-based operations from Thorne Hall and Annex into the new Wooster Science Building in December. This was a herculean effort led by Andy Michel and Jim Hacker. The official ribbon cutting occurred on January 14, even though we continue to move items from Thorne Hall and unpack the labs and offices. Once we can meet safely, we will hold an open house so everyone can come see our new home, which includes modern open labs and office space, a cafe, and the United Titanium Bug Zoo located in the lobby. Watch highlights from the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

As we start 2021, we are hopeful that we can return to a more normal way of operating in the coming months. We will be interviewing candidates for a new specialty crop entomologist position in March and hope to welcome a new faculty member this year. Our graduate student recruitment will be virtual this spring, but as always, we have a strong slate of applicants. We continue to look for ways to grow and improve in the current, challenging environment, and we wish you all a fruitful 2021.

  1. Zika Virus: Overview and Outlook

    Mar 18, 2016

    Zika Virus

    Compiled by Dr. Pete Piermarini, Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University

    Visit the OSU Zika website for recent updates.

  2. Concerns Over Chagas Disease and Kissing Bugs in Ohio Unwarranted

    Dec 11, 2015

    The risk of contracting this disease in Ohio is extremely low. Chagas disease is a chronic illness caused by a protozoan parasite (Trypanosoma cruzi) that is similar to the one that causes African sleeping sickness.  In brief, when an infected kissing bug feeds on a human host, the parasite can be transmitted to humans.  Chagas disease is an important illness throughout Central and South America. Read 12/22/15 story here.

  3. Entomology Department Virtual Tour

    Mar 2, 2021

    A narrated virtual tour of the OSU Department of Entomology, featuring faculty, staff, and students at the Columbus and Wooster Campuses.

  4. Outreach continues during Covid-19

    Jul 15, 2020

    Entomology’s outreach plans creatively evolved to accommodate the COVID-19 cancellation of all OSU in-person activities on March 16. Our outreach team, Denise Ellsworth, Jeni Ruisch, and Jeni Filbrun implemented successful dynamic and interactive online programs, while maintaining their high level of continuous care for our Columbus and Wooster Bug Zoos.

  5. Outreach continues during Covid-19 health issue

    Jul 15, 2020

    Entomology’s outreach plans creatively evolved to accommodate the COVID-19 cancellation of all OSU in-person activities on March 16. Our outreach team, Denise Ellsworth, Jeni Ruisch, and Jeni Filbrun implemented successful dynamic and interactive online programs, while maintaining their high level of continuous care for our Columbus and Wooster Bug Zoos.

  6. Mosquito

    Enroll in On-Line Veterinary Entomology Certificate Courses

    May 19, 2020

    Introduction to Veterinary Entomology

    An introduction to the fascinating world of Veterinary Entomology and arthropod pests that impact the health of domestic animals. This course is approved for CE credit by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board (OVMLB) on an hour per hour basis.

    Register for the course here ($35 enrollment fee):      http://www.cvent.com/d/fgq8ry/4W

    Veterinary Entomology:  Mites and Ticks

  7. Mosquito

    Enroll in On-line Veterinary Entomology Certificate Courses

    May 31, 2019

    Introduction to Veterinary Entomology

    An introduction to the fascinating world of Veterinary Entomology and arthropod pests that impact the health of domestic animals. This course is approved for CE credit by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board (OVMLB) on an hour per hour basis.

    Register for the course here ($35 enrollment fee):      http://www.cvent.com/d/fgq8ry/4W

     

    Veterinary Entomology:  Mites and Ticks

  8. lawn weeds

    New OSU Citizen Science Program for Youth (3rd – 7th grade): Dandelion Detectives!

    May 31, 2019

    The Gardiner Lab at The Ohio State University is developing a youth-focused citizen science program called Dandelion Detectives. The lab is seeking individuals, school groups, and other youth organizations to participate in this collaborative project! Dandelion Detectives aims to measure the value of lawn weeds for bees and other insects by having school age kids (targeting 3-7th graders) monitor an “Observation Dandelion” and collect data about the richness of blooming weeds (or lack thereof) found in their yard. Dandelion Detectives will take place over the summer of 2020 and is open to anyone who has access to a yard.

  9. Mary Gardiner receives 2019 CFAES Distinguished Junior Faculty Research Award

    May 2, 2019

    Dr. Mary Gardiner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology whose research program focuses on the ecological value of urban vacant land. This work is concentrated in Cleveland, Ohio – a city that has experienced significant economic and population decline in recent years. Cleveland currently contains 27,000 vacant lots encompassing approximately 4,000 acres of land. The Gardiner Lab examines how alternative vegetation designs and management regimes influence the value of vacant land for the conservation of biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services. Dr.

  10. 2019 ESA North Central Branch Meeting Award Winners

    Mar 20, 2019

    Contratulations to our award-winning faculty and students! (follow link for complete list).

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