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. Megan Meuti attends CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing workshop

    Aug 30, 2018

    Megan Meuti attended a workshop sponsored by the Insect Genetic Technologies Research Coordination Network in Rockville, Maryland from July 22-27th. While there she learned how to use transposons and CRISPR/Cas9 to create transgenic insects and received hands-on training in preparing and injecting freshly laid insect embryos.

  2. Megan Meuti Receives Entomological Society of America Early Career Professional Teaching Award

    Aug 22, 2018

    The ESA Early Career Protessional Teaching Award is given to a student transition or early professional who excels in entomological education.

  3. Fragrant Madagascan Plant Holds Promise as a Mosquito Fighter

    Aug 22, 2018

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Scientists at The Ohio State University have successfully tested a new chemical to control mosquitoes, including the ones that spread Zika, and it comes from a traditional medicinal plant found only in Madagascar. Full article here.

  4. 2018 Student Award Winners

    Aug 17, 2018

    Congratulations to this year’s graduate student award winners.  These students, as well as the winners of the spring DeLong competition, were recognized at a department awards ceremony this summer.

    2018 Susan W. Fisher Teaching Award                     James Radl

    2018 David J. Horn Service Award                            Yvan Delgado de la Flor

    2018 Lowell R. “Skip” Nault Research Award            Ashley Yates

    2018 James E. Tew Extension Award                       Susan Ndiaye

  5. Department Student Win Awards

    Jun 22, 2017

    Help us congratulate our award winners from the 2017 Entomological Society of America meeting!

    Graduate Student Scholarship: 

    Katie Todd (The Ohio State University)

    John Henry Comstock Award:


    Kayla Perry (The Ohio State University)

    Linnaean Games:
    1st Place, The Ohio State University (team members - James Radl, Robin Bautista-Jimenez, Emily Justus, Adrian Pekarcik; Alternates - Zach Griebenow, Alex Tyrpak; Coach – Joe Raczkowski)

  6. Bees in Your Backyard: Olivia Carril Coming to Ohio in August!

    Jun 16, 2017

    Author and biologist Olivia Carril will travel to Ohio in August to teach four daylong native bee workshops. Each workshop includes hands-on bee identification using microscopes as well as field experiences with plant and bee experts.

    Wednesday, August 2: University of Mount Union in Alliance

    Thursday, August 3: Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware

  7. Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers, 2017 PDF

    Nov 18, 2016

    Our new 2017 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide is now available for download.
     

    The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is a collaboration of land-grant universities from seven states. It provides vegetable production information that is valid in the participating states for the current year. This includes fertility, variety, cultural, and pest management recommendations
     

  8. Entomology graduate students win awards at the International Congress of Entomology

    Oct 3, 2016

    We wanted to share the exciting news of our students, who competed and won awards for presentations of their research:

    Molly Dietrich Mabin: second place (advisors Celeste Welty & Mary Gardiner)  Kayla Perry: first place (advisor Dan Herms) Katherine Todd: second place (advisor Mary Gardiner) Drew Spacht: first place (advisor Dave Denlinger) Liu Yang: first place (advisor Pete Piermarini) Erin O’Brien: first place (advisor Dan Herms) Huayan Chen: first place (advisor Norm Johnson) 

    In addition, winners of the Triplehorn Challenge (a timed tournament of curatorial pinning skills):

    1st place Alice Vossbrinck (Masters in Plant Health Management student from Entomology) 2nd place Andrea Kautz (MS graduate in Entomology)
  9. A New Way to Fight Zika, Other Mosquito Diseases

    Jul 11, 2016

    Peter Piermarini believes there’s a new, biological way to combat the mosquitoes that transmit Zika, dengue, malaria and other dreaded diseases: Make them unable to pee. It’s no potty joke.

  10. report cicadas

    Report Cicada sightings!

    May 18, 2016

    Help Marshall University collect data on cicada activity by visiting this webpage.

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