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.

June 09, 2017

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. 

May 15, 2017

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. 

April 25, 2017

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.

March 31, 2017

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.

March 21, 2017

Donald Lewis (left) and Jerry DeWitt in summer of 1977.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.

February 23, 2017

Ginny MitchellGinny 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.

February 14, 2017

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.

January 11, 2017

Ryan SmithAMES, 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.

Read the full Iowa State news release.

November 15, 2016

Wendy WintersteenDean 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. 

October 05, 2016

Bryony BonningCongratulations to Bryony Bonning, Professor, who received the Iowa State University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research at the University Awards Ceremony held Monday, September 26, 2016.

September 20, 2016

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.

July 27, 2016

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).

July 05, 2016

Soybean aphid research in the ISU Department of Entomology seeks to use biological control to control this common pest.

July 01, 2016

IA EAB postive sites 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.  

June 07, 2016

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. 

April 12, 2016

Joel Coats (left) and 2016 Paul Dahm memorial lecturer Ke Dong (right).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?



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