Outreach continues during Covid-19

Outreach During The COVID Storm

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.

Ellsworth and Ruisch each swiftly modified in-person conferences, workshops, classroom visits, camp curriculums, on-going pollinator program activities, small-group sessions – everything- to provide online content delivery. Entomology’s interactive engagement within our communities continue and thrive, as evidenced by the impressive number of attendees in these online programs.

Adapting to COVID-19 restrictions, Ellsworth and Entomology alumni, MaLisa Spring, coordinated and implemented The Ohio Bee Survey, a new community science project to create a detailed inventory of Ohio’s wild bees.

Meanwhile, Filbrun is consumed with the creation, design, permitting and move logistics for our new Bug Zoo in Wooster, as well as the continuous care of BugZooWoo’s large and diverse collection of live arthropods.

As for the Columbus BugZoo – Ruisch has it under constant supervision in her dining room, all 40 species!

Detailed updates and summaries of the incredible activities listed below are available on our Outreach page:

Ellsworth: Pollinator Education

Filbrun: Wooster Bug Zoo transformation

Ruisch: Columbus BugZoo & Outreach

  • BugZoo's temporary new home
  • Outreach by ZoomTemporary Home of Columbus Bug Zoo

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  1. 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

  2. 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)

  3. 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

  4. 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
     

  5. 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)
  6. 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.

  7. report cicadas

    Report Cicada sightings!

    May 18, 2016

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

  8. DNA and a Supercomputer Partner to Sustain Honey Bees: New Research from Ohio State

    Nov 13, 2015

    To uncover what plants honey bees rely on, researchers are using the latest DNA sequencing technology and a supercomputer. They spent months collecting pollen from beehives and have developed a multi-locus metabarcoding approach to identify which plants, and what proportions of each, are present in pollen samples.

    A single colony can collect pollen from dozens of different plant species, and this pollen is useful evidence of the colony’s foraging behavior and nutrition preferences. Full Story Here

  9. Yvan Delgado de la Flor featured in Qué Pasa, OSU?

    Oct 28, 2015

    Graduate research fellow Yvan Delgado de la Flor’s research was featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Qué Pasa, OSU?  This magazine highlights the contributions of the Latino community here at OSU. This particular issue is focused on individuals working in science fields.

  10. Ohio Valley Entomological Association

    Oct 28, 2015

    Six graduate students from the Entomology Department traveled to Lexington KY in October to attend the Ohio Valley Entomological Association’s Annual Forum. Molly Dieterich, MaLisa Spring, Doug Sponsler, Chris Riley, Katie Todd, and Yvan Delgado de la Flor all presented as part of the student paper competition. Two OSU students won awards at the event: Katie Todd won first place and MaLisa Spring received second place in the MS student competition.

    Chris Riley was elected President-Elect of OVEA. He will organize the 2017 meeting in Ohio. The 2016 conference will be hosted by Purdue University.

     

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