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. 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...

     

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Congrats Grad Student Award Winners

    Aug 4, 2015

    Congratulations to the Graduate Student Award Winners:

    Susan W. Fisher Teaching Award: Erin O’Brien

    David J. Horn Service Award: Andrea Kautz

    Lowell R. “Skip” Research Award: Carlos Esquivel

    James E. Tew Extension Award: MaLisa Spring

    Their contributions to the department are greatly appreciated!

  5. Welcome new faculty: Dr. Elizabeth Y. Long

    Jul 20, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Y. Long will join the faculty of the Department of Entomology as an Assistant Professor beginning on January 1, 2016. Her program will focus on the ecology and management of insect pests of horticultural food crops. Check out her website (http://elizabethylong.wix.com/research) for more information about her education, experiences, and additional research interests. She will be based out of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) campus of Ohio State in Wooster, OH.

  6. Grad Student Essays on Entomology Today

    Feb 26, 2015

    Check out these two essays authored by graduate students Andrea Kautz and Katie Todd, published on the Entomology Today website describing the accomplishments of Anna Botsford Comstock and Edith Patch. Congratulations, Andrea and Katie!!  

  7. The Invasion Begins: Stink Bugs Arrive

    Sep 25, 2014

  8. Exploradio: Fighting against the end of ashes

    Sep 8, 2014

    What was one of the most common trees in Ohio is all but gone, but some communities are still fighting to save the imperiled ash. Interview on WKSU with Dr. Dan Herms.

  9. Ohio State scientist studies Antarctic insect that survives freezing and thawing

    Aug 27, 2014

    For nearly a decade, David Denlinger has studied an insect smaller than his pinkie nail that lives thousands of miles away in one of the world’s most inaccessible areas. 

  10. News: Carrier of Lyme Disease, Blacklegged Ticks Now Established in Ohio

    Aug 27, 2014

    A new study conducted by Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Health has found that blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease are now an emerging public health concern in Ohio, as tick populations carrying the disease have become established, particularly in the eastern half of the state.

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