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. Student Newsletter Debut

    Aug 26, 2014

    The Entomology Department has a newsletter to stay in touch with  our students. Read our current and past issues. Please feel free to send us  announcements of general interest.   Dr. Dan Herms and Dr. Carol Anelli

     

  2. Backyard gardeners give Ohio State agriculture researchers a hand in pollination study

    Jun 8, 2014

    Thousands of seeds have been planted, and amateur scientists across the state are stepping into their laboratories, also known as their backyards.

    About 2,400 sunflowers, tomatoes, cucumbers and banana peppers were set to sprout in this study on pollination.

  3. OSU Researcher Uses Radio Tags to Unlock Bumblebee's Secrets

    Dec 2, 2013

    Entomology graduate student Scott Prajzner's study of bumble bees uses radio tagged bees to examine the role of pesticides in bee decline. 

  4. 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.

     
  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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