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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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"
  6. 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

  7. 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.
  8. Soybean Researchers Publish Paper

    Aug 20, 2015

    Researchers in Andy Michel's lab have published a paper in PLOS ONE on genes associate with biotic stressin soybeans.

    Check it out here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0134890...

     

  9. Softball Team Wins Championship!

    Aug 20, 2015

    Congratulations to the Maggots and Magguettes on a season well-played! It was their first unequivocal championship in 36 years of existence.

  10. Welcome new faculty: Dr. Kelley Tilmon

    Aug 6, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kelley Tilmon will join the faculty of the Department of Entomology as an Associate Professor beginning on January 1, 2016. Her extension, research, and teaching programs will focus on the ecology and management of insect pests of agronomic crops. She will be based out of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) campus of Ohio State in Wooster, OH.

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