Congratulations to our fall 2017 Entomology scholarship recipients: Edmund Norris, Rebekah Reynolds, Ashley St. Claire, and Niranjana Krishnan
The 2018 Department of Entomology Newsletter (pdf) is now available, featuring Wendy Wintersteen named 16 Iowa State University president, BugGuide upgrade from crowdfunding, Jurenka and O'Neal pollinator patent, Midwestern Center for Disease Vectors, Faculty of Distinction...
Iowa is leading the five-state implementation of the National 4-H Ag Innovators Experience featuring “Monarchs On the Move!” Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois are aiming to reach 5,000 youth from urban, suburban and rural backgrounds: getting them interested in agriculture innovation and careers, and giving them the opportunity to develop workforce skills to feed the planet.
Congratulations to Erin Hodgson, who was selected as the 2018 winner of the Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. The award recognizes demonstrated excellent performance through program creativity, impact, achievement...
Isai received his Ph.D. from ISU with a major in Entomology. Greg Courtney was his major professor. His latest story is published on the National Geographic Voices page. This story is part of a nine month project with Fulbright and National Geographic exploring Chile's Northern Patagonia Ice Field.
This story is about a remote, pristine area called Ofqui isthmus.
R. Isaí Madriz, an ISU Entomology alumni, recently had one of his stories published as part of the National Geographic Voices project. This story is part of a nine month project with Fulbright and National Geographic exploring Chile's Northern...
Joel Coats, Distinguished Professor of Entomology & Toxicology, in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University has received the 2017 John Doull Award.
Nirianjana Krishnan and Colin Wong moderating a technical session at the 2017 Entomological Society of America meetings recently held in Denver.
Wintersteen’s appointment concludes a nearly six-month national search. She will take office on Nov. 20, 2017. Wintersteen, endowed dean of Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life...
Edmund Norris and Joel Coats organized a symposium on Biorational Control of Medical and Veterinary Pests at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting in Washington, DC this past week. One of our speakers got some publicity on the Science mag website, and Edmund got mentioned as he commented on it. The CEO of ISCA Technologies, who is working to get approval for their formulation, is Agenor Mafra-Neto. Dr. Mafra-Neto was employed as a Postdoc for Entomology from 1993-1996. See link:
Jeff Bradshaw (’07 PhD entomology, plant pathology), entomologist for University of Nebraska Extension and Outreach, has been named research and extension director intern for the Panhandle Center and Panhandle Extension District.
The U.S. Postal Service on August 3, 2017 issued Protect Pollinator stamps to “pay tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators.” “Two of our continents most iconic” insects are featured: the monarch butterfly and the western honey bee. The insects are pictured pollinating five plants native to North America: coneflower, golden ragwort, zinnia, New England aster, and goldenrod. The Protect Pollinators stamps are Forever® stamps for $0.49 each.
Congratulations to Betsy Buffington on receiving the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE) Distinguished Achievement in Pesticide Safety Education Award. Betsy has been instrumental in the development of Worker Protection Standards training materials, online educational resources, and manual development at the national level and received the award...
Dr. Ryan Smith, entomology, is encouraging Iowans to take precautions this summer when spending time outdoors in areas commonly populated by mosquitoes and ticks, which can transmit West Nile virus and other diseases that can have serious or potentially fatal outcomes. More
Congratulations to Dr. Erin Hodgson on completing the 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Academy
Since the first Iowa detection in 2010, emerald ash borer (EAB) continues to expand its range across the Iowa landscape. With confirmed detections now in 50 counties, EAB has now reached more than half of Iowa counties. “This is traditionally the time of year we experience an increase in calls from Iowan suspecting EAB infested trees,” said Mike Kintner, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship EAB and gypsy moth coordinator.
Ge Zhang and Teresa Blader each placed third in their respective highly-competitive student competitions at the Entomological Society of America - North Central Branch meeting held in Indianapolis, IN, June 4-6, 2017.
Teresa Blader and Erika Rodbell co-presented a paper at the Entomological Society of America - North Central Branch meetings held recently in Indianapolis, IN.
Erika Rodbell and Teresa Blader competed in the Triplehorn Pinning Challenge.
Dr. Ken Holscher had a total of 112 students enrolled in ENT 283 in spring semester 2017. Usually about half of the students opt to take the IDALS State Pesticide Certification Exam; its voluntary. This semester 83 students took the exam. About 2/3 of the students took the exams required to be a Commercial Applicator (Core Manual Exam and at least one Category Exam). The remaining 1/3 took the exams required to be a Private Applicator (either the Core Manual Exam or the Private Applicator Exam). There were also a few that did both.
Dr. Aaron Gassmann received the 2017 University Mission Award in Research from the Iowa State University chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta. Gamma Sigma Delta is the Honor Society of Agriculture.
Congratulations to Rebekah Reynolds, Entomology Graduate Assistant, on recently being awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
To read more about the award, visit the NSF Website.
Happy 40th Anniversary to Dr. Donald Lewis, Extension Entomologist, who started at ISU on March 21, 1977. Photo is from the summer of 1977; Dr. Jerry DeWitt (right) and Lewis.
View the recent Des Moines Register article.
Ginny Mitchell has a fondness for something that may make other people’s skin crawl. She loves insects, and has made a career out of it.
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.