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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

     

  4. Dave Shetlar on front page of Columbus Dispatch

    Oct 26, 2015

    OSU Entomology Professor Dave Shetlar, the "Bug Doc", was featured on the front page of the Columbus Dispatch discussing why the downtown bridge is covered with spiders. Check out the full article here http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/10/22/spiders-main-street-bridge.html

  5. Free membership to Ohio Academy of Science

    Sep 24, 2015

    Ohio State recently joined The Ohio Academy of Science as an institutional member. Ohio State faculty, staff and students are now able to join the academy at no cost.

  6. Postdoc Laurel Haavik seeking survey participants

    Sep 11, 2015

    Laurel Haavik, a postdoc in the Herms Lab, studies growth and physiology of ash trees that may or may not be resistant to emerald ash borer.

    After reflecting on her academic career and goals, she now believes that the tenure system is outdated and in need of serious revision. She wonders if others feel the same way.

  7. Dr. Norman F. Johnson (re)joins Entomology Faculty

    Sep 4, 2015

    Effective September 1, 2015, Professor Norman F. Johnson  was appointed as The Martha N. and John C. Moser Chair in Arthropod Systematics and Biological Diversity in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology and Department of Entomology at The Ohio State University, where Norm is the Curator of the C.A. Triplehorn Insect Collection in the Museum of Biological Diversity.  Norm received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University since 1981.

  8. Molly Dieterich awarded grant

    Sep 4, 2015

    The ALE LAB congratulates Molly Dieterich who was just awarded a grant from the Ceres Trust for Organic Research! Her proposal is titled: "Identification of Arthropod Predators of Cucumber Beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Cucurbit Agroecosystems"
  9. New OSU Factsheet!

    Sep 4, 2015

    Mary Gardiner and Mary Griffith have published a new Ohio State University Extension fact sheet titled: Ohio's Natural Enemies: Mantids. If can be found at ale.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/sites/gardinerlab/files/imce/Mantid%20Factsheet.pdf

  10. Mary Gardiner's book released

    Sep 4, 2015

    Check out Mary's new book! Good Garden Bugs: Everything You Need to Know about Beneficial Predatory Insects Your guide to the beneficial insects in your garden! Good Garden Bugs is an easy-to-follow reference to beneficial insects that provide pest control, allowing your garden to grow full and bountiful.

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