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. 4-H Youth Build Bee Hotel and Garden Thanks to Department Grant

    Oct 7, 2013

    4-H youth in Lucas County learned about pollinators and bee habitat this summer by planting bee-friendly plants and creating nesting habitat at the Toledo Botanical Garden and the Lucas County fairgrounds. The project was funded in part by a grant from the OSU Department of Entomology, awarded to eight 4-H projects across the state.

     
  2. International Society of Arboriculture Honors Dan Herms

    Sep 9, 2013

    Dan Herms, professor and chair in CFAES's Department of Entomology, is this year's recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) R.W. Harris Author's Citation.

    The R.W. Harris Author's Citation is given to authors for sustained excellence in the publication of timely information in the field of arboriculture. ISA President Terrence Flanagan recognized Herms at a ceremony on Aug. 4 in Toronto as part of the ISA Annual Conference and Trade Show Aug. 3-7.

  3. Bedbugs Still Major Problem: TV Campaign Teaches Ohioans Do's and Don'ts

    Aug 8, 2013

    Ohio continues to be one of the states most affected by bedbug infestations in the U.S. To remind Ohioans that they shouldn't let their guard down when it comes to preventing and dealing with this troublesome pest, Ohio State has put together three public service announcements, funded by a grant from OSU Extension's Integrated Pest Management Program. 

  4. New stink bug factsheet for soybean growers

    Jul 18, 2013

    Entomologists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are developing a new fact sheet to provide soybean growers updated information on a stinky pest that has the potential to become a significant problem for Ohio growers.

  5. Oilseed Crops on Mellinger Farm

    Jul 18, 2013

    Oilseed crops such as flax and camelina are growing and blooming again at the Mellinger Farm in Wooster, thanks to an Ohio State University research project that seeks to evaluate their many uses, including as animal feed and biofuel, and their potential to help diversify Ohio farms and boost their sustainability.

  6. Mary Gardiner Awarded $900,000 NSF Grant to Study Vacant Lot Biodiversity, Management in Cleveland

    Jul 8, 2013

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- Ohio State University entomologist Mary Gardiner has received a coveted grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement an unprecedented study of vacant land in the city of Cleveland.

  7. On-line Tick Course now available

    Jun 21, 2013

    Tick populations are on the rise in Ohio and with them comes the risk of contracting illnesses such as Lyme disease. To help Ohioans learn more about ticks and how to keep people and pets safe, Ohio State University Extension has developed an online course that teaches about tick biology, tick identification and tick-borne diseases.

  8. Asiatic Garden Beetle Could be Cause for Concern for Northern Ohio Corn

    Jun 17, 2013

    Northern Ohio corn growers who’ve experienced unexplained stand loss for the past couple of years may have fields that are infested with Asiatic garden beetle grubs. The grubs are a relatively new pest to Ohio field crops and have the potential to cause significant economic losses for growers, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist said. 

     

  9. Ohio State Entomologists on the Hunt for Lady Beetles in Ohio

    Jun 17, 2013

    Ohio State University entomologists are trying to determine how many “homegrown” lady beetles are in Ohio compared to the number of exotic lady beetles in the Buckeye state and are asking Ohio farmers, gardeners and homeowners for assistance. 

  10. Scientists Find Chemical that Causes 'Kidney' Failure in Mosquitoes

    Jun 17, 2013

    An Ohio State University researcher and his collaborators have discovered a chemical that causes "kidney" failure in mosquitoes, which may pave the way to the development of new insecticides to fight deadly mosquito-transmitted diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.

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