Autumn 2022 Awards & Honors

Bold indicates current department member or student. *Indicates former PhD/MS student, post-doc, visiting scholar, or undergraduate advised by CFAES Department of Entomology faculty.

Faculty

Grant Awards

Mary Gardiner, Jamie Strange, “DISES: Addressing dynamic landscape inequalities in human well-being and bee health by greening”, National Science Foundation, Dynamic Coupled Natural-Human Systems Program. $1,599,942 (09/01/2022-08/31/2027)

Mary Gardiner, Chris Riley*, “From twigs to trees: Harnessing vacant land for climate resilience and biodiversity conservation”, The MITRE Corporation. $400,050 (05/01/2022-04/30/2025)

Hongmei Li-Byarlay, Reed Johnson, “Biotic And Abiotic Stresses In Honey Bees And Pollinators”, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. $300,000

Megan Meuti, Mary Gardiner, “Evaluating the health and environmental impacts of mosquito management”. Engaged Scholarship Consortium. $5,000.

Andy Michel, “Remembering a forgotten pest: Bt resistance and monitoring in European Corn Borer”, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. $499,928. (09/01/2022-08/31/2025)

Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon, “FORAGE: Fall armyworm outreach and research for alfalfa growers and educators”, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. $868,104. (09/01/2022-08/31/2025)

Pete Piermarini, “Developing botanical-derived chemical tools for controlling mosquito vectors”, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, R56AI158674. $648,358 (05/01/2022-04/30/2023)

Sarah Short “The effect of the microbiota on male Aedes aegypti life history traits”, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, R21AI174093. $433,125 (11/22/2022-10/24/2024)

Kelley Tilmon, “Monitoring and management of soybean insect pests”, Ohio Soybean Council. $60,000.

Kelley Tilmon, “Research and extension on emerging soybean pests in the North Central region”, North Central Soybean Research Program. $571,234.

Jamie Strange, “CRP impacts on habitat” Ohio State USDA Farm Service Agency. $166,478.Jamie

Honors

Megan Meuti, participant in the CFAES Strategic Alignment for Research Success (STARS) Program

Larry Phelan, keynote speaker, Workshop for Advanced Training, Center for Environmental & Sustainable Research. Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Oct. 24, 2022. “Identifying first principles to redesign agroecosystems for sustainability and resilience”

Faculty & Graduate Students at the Autumn 2022 Award CelebrationCFAES Award Nominations

Mary Gardiner, Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor Award, Office of Research and Graduate Education

Reed Johnson, Distinguished Junior Faculty Research Award, Office of Research and Graduate Education

Megan Meuti, Distinguished Undergraduate Academic Advisor/Mentor Award, Office of Academic Programs

Ben Philip, Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer Award, Office of Academic Programs

Pete Piermarini, Distinguished Teacher Award, Office of Academic Programs

Joe Raczkowski, Rodney F. Plimpton Distinguished Early Career Teacher Award, Office of Academic Programs

Sarah Short, Distinguished Early Career Extension Faculty Award, OSU Extension

Kelley Tilmon, Distinguished Extension Faculty Award, OSU Extension

Autumn 2022 Award CelebrationStaff

Honors

Scott Wolfe, researcher 2, lab safety and building coordinator, Staff Career Development Grant, $1250 to attend the Conviron Service Technician Seminar

Sarah DeVilbiss, administrative assistant 4, CFAES Staff Advisory Council vice president

Maggie Lewis, NSF postdoctoral fellow, Entomological Society of America John Henry Comstock award

CFAES Award Nominations

Sarah DeVilbiss, administrative assistant 4, The Shirley Brooks-Jones Citizenship Award, CFAES Staff Advisory Council

Erin Parker, administrative assistant 2, Special Recognition, CFAES Staff Advisory Council

Jeni Ruisch, Insectary and BUGmobile outreach program director, Innovation Award, CFAES Staff Advisory Council

Graduate Students at the Autumn 2022 Award CelebrationGraduate Students

Honors

Lydia Fyie, Advisor: Gardiner and Meuti. DeLong Award for Best Overall Student Presentation

Kyle Akred, Advisor: Tilmon. Root Award for Excellence in Agricultural and Urban Entomology: Agricultural Research

Carlee Shepard, Advisor: Gardiner. Root Award for Excellence in Agricultural and Urban Entomology: Urban Research

Olivia Lang, Advisors: Cañas, Leach and Michel. CFAES Graduate Student Advisory Committee Chair

Grant Awards & Fellowships

Michelle Pham, Advisor: Gardiner. Pollinator Health Travel Award, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, $1,800

Dante Centuori, Advisor: Strange. University Fellowship and CFAES Director’s Fellowship

Lydia Fyie, Advisors: Gardiner and Meuti. Presidential Fellowship

Sarah Scott, Advisor: Gardiner. Royal Society Newton International Fellowship

Entomological Society of America Annual Research Competition Awards

Kyle Akred, Advisor: Tilmon. 1st place, Ten Minute Paper (TMP) session, Plant-Insect Ecosystems (P-IE): IPM - Field Crops 2. “Determining the relationship between Asiatic garden beetle larval density and damage to field corn”

Lucy Guarnieri, Advisor: Gardiner. 1st place, TMP session, Medical, Urban, and Veterinary Entomology (MUVE) and P-IE: Biodiversity and Ecology. “Does tolerance to metal pollution facilitate the dominance of the wolf spider Pardosa milvina in cities?”

Frederico Hickmann, Advisor: Michel, Meuti & A. Correa, Univ. de Sao Paulo. 1st place, TMP session, Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology: Genetics and RNAi. “Gene expression profiling of diapausing Euschistus stink bugs”

Olivia Lang, Advisors: Cañas, Leach and Michel.  2nd place, TMP session, MUVE and P-IE: Pests, Extension, and Forensic. “Seeing what’s not there: 3D printing as a tool to improve invasive species detection and identification”

Dom Magistrado, Advisor: Short. 2nd place, TMP session, MUVE: Molecular and Cellular Biology. “Immune defense and the unfolded protein response in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes”

Michelle Pham, Advisor: Gardiner. 1st place, TMP session, P-IE: Conservation and Ecology 1. “Reclaiming vacant land to support stormwater management and insect habitat”

Grace Sward, Advisor: Cañas.  2nd place, TMP session, P-IE: IPM and Insecticide Resistance. “A peek at how different oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) hunting strategies can impact fungus gnat (Lycoriella spp.) management”

Ana Trabanino Pino, Advisor: Michel.  2nd place, TMP session, P-IE: IPM - Field Crops 1. “Near-infrared spectroscopy as a novel tool to identify Lepidopteran infested maize”

Liam Whiteman, Advisor: Strange. 1st place, Poster session: P-IE: Social Insects and Conservation. “Bumble bee pathogens across an urban to rural gradient”

Undergraduate Students

Grant Awards & Entomology Scholarships

Sydney Robare, Advisor: Meuti. Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship $5,928. “Characterizing social and educational drivers of mosquito abundance and disease risk.”

Regan Draeger, Entomology DK & FF Smith Scholarship

Entomological Society of America Annual Research Competition

Lizzy Sakulich, Advisor: Strange. 1st place, Undergraduate Poster session: Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity: Social Insects and Conservation. “Effects of landscape isolation on bumble bee population genetics”

Undergraduate Research Theses

Christiana Arkorful-Bondzie, Advisor: Meuti. Undergraduate Research Thesis, “Do seasonal differences in the ejaculate of male mosquitoes affect the longevity of female Northern house mosquitoes?”

Olivia Bianco, Advisor: Meuti. Honors Research Thesis, “Measuring the Effect of Royal Jelly on the Seasonal Responses and Metabolic Profile of Culex pipiens”

Nicole Sammons, Advisor: R. Johnson. Undergraduate Research Thesis, “Fungi Effects on Varroa Mites”