July 17, 2018

ISU Department of Entomology graduate, Dr. Scott Hutchins has been selected by President Trump to serve as the U.S. Undersecretary of Research, Education, and Economics (REE) for the USDA.

July 11, 2018

Tom Sappington, USDA-ARS and ISU Entomology Department Affiliate was highlighted in Entomology Today for the publication of a collection of reports that describe insect pests of corn, cotton, soybean and wheat in Journal of Integrated Pest Management. These articles describe the frequency of key insect pest infestations and factors that contribute to increasing or decreasing their populations.

July 02, 2018

Dr. Ryan Smith oversees a program that makes use of traps across the state to monitor the dynamics of the state’s mosquito populations.  Read more in the ISU News Service release from June 26, 2018.


June 01, 2018

A proposal submitted by Megan Rogers  and Dr. Ryan Smith was selected for funding for Fall, 2018 College of Liberal Arts Dean's High Impact Award for Undergraduate Research.

May 03, 2018

R. Isaí Madriz received his Ph.D. from ISU with Dr. Greg Courtney.  He received a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship and has produced the following insect board game for educators.

March 29, 2018

Isaí Madriz, ISU Entomology Ph.D. alumni, had his latest story published on the National Geographic Voices page. This story is part of a nine month project with Fulbright and National Geographic exploring the surrounding areas of Chile's Northern Patagonia Ice Field.

The story is about the rare primitive crane fly. 

March 28, 2018

Iowa Monarch LeadershipThe Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was one of four groups that was presented the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader Awards at the Iowa Agriculture Leaders Dinner on March 6.

March 27, 2018

Linnaean Games Team 2018Iowa State had a very strong presence at this year’s North Central Branch-Entomological Society of America meeting. A group of 15 entomology students attended the 2018 NCB-ENT meeting in Wisconsin this past week. 

January 31, 2018

Congratulations to our fall 2017 Entomology scholarship recipients: Edmund Norris, Rebekah Reynolds, Ashley St. Claire, and Niranjana Krishnan

January 30, 2018

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...

January 26, 2018

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.

January 17, 2018

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...

January 17, 2018

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.

December 04, 2017

Dr. R. Isaí Madriz 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...

November 29, 2017

Joel Coats receiving the 2017 John Doull Award from Richard Martin, President of Central States Chapter of the Society of ToxicologyJoel Coats, Distinguished Professor of Entomology & Toxicology, in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University has received the 2017 John Doull Award.

November 28, 2017

Nirianjana Krishnan and Colin Wong moderating a technical sessionNirianjana Krishnan and Colin Wong moderating a technical session at the 2017 Entomological Society of America meetings recently held in Denver. 

October 23, 2017

Wendy WintersteenAMES, Iowa – The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, today named Wendy Wintersteen the 16th president of Iowa State University.

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...

August 28, 2017

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:

August 22, 2017

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.

August 11, 2017

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.  

July 27, 2017

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...

June 26, 2017

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

June 20, 2017

Hodgson ELA cohortCongratulations to Dr. Erin Hodgson on completing the 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Academy

June 15, 2017

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.


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