Entomology 590: Special Topics

Current Semester:

Fall 2018

590G Molecular Entomology. Smith. 1 credit, one meeting per week.

Overview:  To review techniques and current molecular biology methods to better understand their application in the study of entomology. The course will provide background into study of DNA, transcription, and translation, as well as an introduction to principles in genetics. From these techniques, we demonstrate applications of molecular biology to study gene function in a variety of insect systems and outline translational approaches using RNAi, transgenesis, and CRSIPR-Cas9 gene-editing technologies.  Students are expected to engage in in-class discussions of the material and will present recent literature from the field of insect molecular biology.

Aims of the course:
-To provide background knowledge in the concepts of molecular entomology
-To increase knowledge of studies in insects using molecular biology methods
-To create discussions regarding the translational applications of molecular techniques to modify insect populations

 


Upcoming Semester:

Spring 2019

590I Toxicology and Biochemistry. Coats.1 credit, one meeting per week.

Overview:  This course addresses the toxicity of insecticides of all types against insects and ticks, including conventional insecticides, natural products from plants, microorganisms, and animals, insect growth regulators, as well as repellents. We will discuss the mechanisms of action on insect nervous systems, basal metabolism, lipid synthesis, midgut function, and growth and development. The course will first provide background on the principles toxicology and how toxicity is measured. Students will present recent literature from the field of insect toxicology and lead a discussion with the class.

Aims of the course:
-To provide background knowledge in the concepts of insect toxicology
-To increase knowledge of studies in insects using insect toxicology methods
-Allow students to use their communication skills to lead discussions with the class

 


 

Previous Semesters:

Spring 2018

590D Insect Systematics and Evolution. Courtney. 1 credit, one meeting per week.  The goal of this course is to review contemporary topics and current issues in insect systematics, phylogenetics, evolution, genomics, co-evolution, and related topics. Students will present recent literature that include aspects of insect systematics and evolution. Students are also expected to engage in in-class discussions of the material. Grading will be via letter grade. There are no prerequisites for this class.

Fall 2017

590F Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Smith. 1 credit, one meeting per week. The goals of this course are to review contemporary topics and current issues in the transmission of disease by arthropod vectors of medical and veterinary importance. Students will present recent literature from the fields of medical and/or veterinary entomology that include aspects of disease transmission, epidemiology, and challenges for vector control.  Students are also expected to engage in in-class discussions of the material. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. There are no prerequisites for this class.

 


 

Upcoming Schedule:

F18 590G Molecular Entomology (Smith)

S19 590I Toxicology and Biochemistry (Coats)

F19 590A Biological Control and Pathology (Gassmann / O'Neal)

S20 590N Population Genetics (Gassmann / Sappington)

F20 590B Chemical Ecology and Behavior (Jurenka)

S21 590C Ecology and Pest Management (O'Neal)

F21 590F Medical and Veterinary Entomology (Smith)

S22 590D Evolution and Systematics (Courtney)

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