Bob was the Entomology Department's Systematist and Taxonomist from 1967 until his retirement in 1996. He passed away on Jan. 18, 2017, at Green Hills Heath Care Center in Ames. Burial of the cremains will take place in the ISU cemetery. Obituary: http://www.amestrib.com/obituaries/20170203/robert-e-lewis-dec-1-1929-82...
The 2017 Department of Entomology Newsletter is now available, featuring several department achievements and awards, along with all the latest happenings.
AMES, Iowa – Systematic mosquito surveillance conducted by Iowa State University entomologists last year found no evidence that the two species most associated with Zika virus have established themselves in the state.
Dean Wendy Wintersteen is the 2016 recipient of the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Wintersteen was honored for her "tireless efforts and commitment to agriculture and her leadership and contributions to Iowa, national and international agriculture." Read more
This year's Entomology Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) Insect Film Festival will be Thursday, November 10th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Reiman Gardens. There will be crafts, snacks, tours of the butterfly wing, an Insect Zoo display, and a showing of the movie Epic.
This is a free event! Please bring friends and family members!
New County Record. The emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, has been confirmed in Iowa County. This finding brings the total to 35 counties in Iowa where EAB is confirmed. Read more in the ISU Extension & Outreach news release from September 19, 2016. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/emerald-ash-borer-confirmed-iowa-county-iowa
Dr. William Showers received the Plant-Insect Ecosystems Lifetime Achievement Award from the Entomological Society of America. Only five of these have been awarded and two were made to faculty from Iowa State (the other was Larry Pedigo).
Soybean aphid research in the ISU Department of Entomology seeks to use biological control to control this common pest. http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2016/06/13/biocontrol
The Iowa Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) team today announced that EAB has been found in 2 additional counties, bringing the total count to 34 counties with confirmed infestations of this exotic pest that kills ash trees. See the map below.
AMES, Iowa – Mosquitoes are taking flight across Iowa, and it’s likely only a matter of time before they appear in a backyard near you.
The impending mosquito season has already begun for medical entomologists at Iowa State University, who will continue longstanding efforts to monitor West Nile Virus and expand surveillance of mosquito species with the potential to carry Zika virus. - Read more
Joel Coats (left) and 2016 Paul Dahm memorial lecturer Ke Dong (right).
Ke Dong of Michigan State University delivered the 2016 Paul Dahm Memorial Lecture titled Can Mosquitoes and Flies Smell Pyrethroid Insecticides?
Should Iowans be concerned about the Zika virus? Dr. Ryan Smith weighs in with information from his lab's mosquito research. You can watch the interview on KCCI's website.
Richard L. Hellmich, assistant professor of entomology at Iowa State University and 1977 graduate of DePauw University, has been inducted into the Greensburg, Indiana Community High School Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place on December 18; he graduated from the high school in 1973.
Dean Wendy Wintersteen received the CAST President’s Award at a gathering held Wednesday, October 28, at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. The event was part of CAST’s Fall Board Meeting, and it featured a speech by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize.
Congratulations, Dr. Wintersteen!
Erin Hodgson was awarded $127,247 for the project, “Protecting Soybeans from Aphids, as Easy as (Rag) 1, 2, and 3.”
Ryan grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, Riverside for both his BS (Biology) and Ph.D. (Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology).
Dr. Joel Coats, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Toxicology, has received the Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award.
Photograph of Joel Coats receiving award from President Leath
Matt O'Neal will serve as the Chair of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture through 2017. Lisa Schulte-Moore will remain as Associate Chair.
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce that Jerry DeWitt of Holly Springs, North Carolina is being honored as a 2015 “NCR-SARE Hero.”
The recent North Central Branch of the Entomological Society meetings were held in Manhattan, Kansas in early June. Three graduate students were recognized for their research poster and presentations in the Student Competition.
Eric Clifton took first place for a poster in the MUVE/PIE session on his Ph.D. research
Mike Dunbar took third place for a presentation on his Ph.D. research in the PIE session