Posted Aug 24, 2021, 9:30 am by Iowa State University News Service
AMES, Iowa – A recent study led by an Iowa State University entomologist, Dr. Ryan Smith, explores the different kinds of cells that make up mosquito immune systems. The research could shed light on how mosquitoes transmit malaria.
Jim Oleson Scholarship in Entomology
The Jim Oleson Scholarship in Entomology provides scholarships for one undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Insect Science or Entomology per year. Scholarships are for one year but may be renewed for additional years. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic promise and initiative and hence a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. Recent past award recipients were Teresa Blader in 2016, Edmund Norris in 2017, and Ashley St. Clair in both 2018 & 2019.
Steven Harris is the next chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University effective April 1, 2021. More
The 2021 Department of Entomology Newsletter is now available, featuring fond memories of the Insectary and the inaugural batch of ISU Honey.
ISU and Entomology alum Carol Fassbinder-Orth was featured in the August 28 issue of The ISU Alumni Association News Flash.
The 2020 Department of Entomology Alumni Newsletter, covering events from 2019, is now available.
The insectary, constructed in 1928, will be razed in 2020.
Joel Coats, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Entomology, in the Department of Entomology at ISU recently was conferred with the title of Fellow of the American Chemical Society. He was presented with the honor in a ceremony at the National ACS Meeting in San Diego this Fall.
Several members of the ISU Entomology department including students, faculty, and staff, attended the recent Entomological Society of America - North Central Branch meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio from March 17 to March 20.
As part of the National training for 4-H Ag Innovator’s Experience Native Bee Challenge, Iowa State Department of Entomology helped host a group high school students from Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and other midwestern states.
The 2019 Department of Entomology Alumni Newsletter is now available.
AMES, Iowa — This week, the World Wildlife Fund released its 2018-2019 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered approximately 15 acres of forest canopy in Mexico, a doubling of last year’s population, and a level not seen since 10 years ago.
The report provides hope, say leaders of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium.
Melanie Aust is an undergraduate research assistant with the ISU monarch butterfly research team. Aust, a native of Glenwood, Iowa, is a senior in animal ecology and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Environmental Science Club, and Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Club. She has worked with the monarch team in the field and in the lab since 2018.
Erin Hodgson has published an article entitled "Using Immediate Feedback to Improve Short-Term Learning in Extension" in the January 2018 Journal of Integrated Pest Management that explores the use of the IFAT/scratch cards that provides participants with immediate feedback and facilitates learning. Cards offer a low budget, face-to-face technique that provides reliable evaluation data.
Niranjana Krishnan and Maura Hall presented their research at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in Sacramento this month. Niranjana talked about the risks of insecticide use on monarch butterfly larvae and Maura presented her data on neonicotinoid concentrations in various plant species including milkweed.
Aaron Gassmann has contributed to three of the top eight Journal of Economic Entomology articles that were noted as the top articles contributing to the 2017 Impact Factor and most cited for the journal, reported in the 2018 Editorial Board Report. Two USDA, ARS scientists and ISU affiliated faculty, Thomas Sappington and Rick Hellmich contributed to one of those articles entitled, “Early Detection and Mitigation of Resistance to Bt Maize by Western Corn Rootworm” in JEE Volume 109.
Kelsey Fisher, Ph.D. student in entomology is one of 8 finalists in the ISU 3 Minute (3M) thesis competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by master’s or Ph.D. students around the world. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases students' capacity to explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide. The finals are on Nov 5th from 5-6pm in room 2157 Pearson Hall and open to the public. Please attend and support Kelsey
Daniel Robison from West Virginia University, Morgantown, has been named the next endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station.
The ISU Monarch workgroup has been busy this summer. Team members participated in many summer outreach activities; more than 50 events and activities from April-Sept 2018; that’s an average of 2+ per week!
The updated 2.1 version of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy is now published.
The European corn borer publication NCR 0327 has been completed and is available in both print and PDF formats from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. This comprehensive publication is a product of the USDA-NIFA Multi-state Committee NC246. Four Experiment Station...