Bugged newsletter on Entomology during summer 2020

Virus or no virus, MSU Entomology continues to attract great students, staff and faculty, expand our capabilities and enjoy support from alumni, industry partners, students and anyone impacted by insects. Read more in this issue of Bugged.

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This was truly a summer like no other. In this Summer 2020 issue of Bugged, you’ll see that we continue to build off past success and initiate new efforts despite a switch to mostly remote work. Read about:

  • Barry Pittendrigh’s new study showing increased antioxidant consumption slows pesticide resistance in fruit flies.
  • Some surprising findings by postdoctoral researcher Andrea Glassmire and her colleagues in Will Wetzel’s lab from manipulating phytochemical diversity in 16 tomato genotypes and measuring the response of the cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni (Hübner).
  • Willye Bryan, who was lab manager for Professor Emeritus Mark Whalon, and her thoughts about the importance of the ESA publication “Memoirs of Black Entomologists: Reflections on Childhood, University, and Career Experiences” as a resource to inspire Black youth. Bryan is part of the publication’s editorial team.
  • New job appointments for Meghan Milbrath and Ana Heck. Expect a new focus on apiculture and pollinator research and outreach from these personnel changes and a facility reassignment.

Also in this issue, we celebrate our students and staff who were honored with departmental awards this spring. In particular, see our interview with John M. Clark, recipient of our 2020 Entomology Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Find these stories and more, including tips for finding us on social media, in the Summer 2020 issue of Bugged.

Our best wishes to you and your community this fall.

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