The risk of contracting this disease in Ohio is extremely low. Chagas disease is a chronic illness caused by a protozoan parasite (Trypanosoma cruzi) that is similar to the one that causes African sleeping sickness. In brief, when an infected kissing bug feeds on a human host, the parasite can be transmitted to humans. Chagas disease is an important illness throughout Central and South America. Read 12/22/15 story here.
Help us congratulate our award winners from the 2017 Entomological Society of America meeting!
Graduate Student Scholarship:
Katie Todd (The Ohio State University)
John Henry Comstock Award:
Susan Jones trained her termites to be Buckeyes.
We wanted to share the exciting news of our students, who competed and won awards for presentations of their research:
- Molly Dietrich Mabin: second place (advisors Celeste Welty & Mary Gardiner)
- Kayla Perry: first place (advisor Dan Herms)
- Katherine Todd: second place (advisor Mary Gardiner)
- Drew Spacht: first place (advisor Dave Denlinger)
- Liu Yang: first place (advisor Pete Piermarini)
- Erin O’Brien: first place (advisor Dan Herms)
- Huayan Chen: first place (advisor Norm Johnson)
In addition, winners of the Triplehorn Challenge (a timed tournament of curatorial pinning skills):
- 1st place Alice Vossbrinck (Masters in Plant Health Management student from Entomology)
- 2nd place Andrea Kautz (MS graduate in Entomology)
Peter Piermarini believes there’s a new, biological way to combat the mosquitoes that transmit Zika, dengue, malaria and other dreaded diseases: Make them unable to pee. It’s no potty joke.
Graduate research fellow Yvan Delgado de la Flor’s research was featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Qué Pasa, OSU? This magazine highlights the contributions of the Latino community here at OSU. This particular issue is focused on individuals working in science fields.
Six graduate students from the Entomology Department traveled to Lexington KY in October to attend the Ohio Valley Entomological Association’s Annual Forum. Molly Dieterich, MaLisa Spring, Doug Sponsler, Chris Riley, Katie Todd, and Yvan Delgado de la Flor all presented as part of the student paper competition. Two OSU students won awards at the event: Katie Todd won first place and MaLisa Spring received second place in the MS student competition.
Chris Riley was elected President-Elect of OVEA. He will organize the 2017 meeting in Ohio. The 2016 conference will be hosted by Purdue University.
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