Entomology’s Bugged newsletter details changes underway

Change is in the air and most of it is positive. Read MSU Entomology’s news in the fall 2021 Bugged.

Fall brings news of changes in our Department. This issue of Bugged newsletter is my last as Department chairperson as Dr. Hannah Burrack assumes that role January 1. Some of the other developments and changes in this issue of Bugged:

  • Two faculty are participating in new multi-million-dollar projects. Peter White is expanding his unique MothEd program with a National Science Foundation grant, and Marisol Quintanilla will become the global nematode expert as part of a Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Current and Emerging Threats to Crops.
  • We honor the memory of three faculty emeriti: Larry Gut, Fred Stehr and Roger Hoopingarner. Each was actively engaged with the Department and their deaths are a real loss for many of us.
  • Giving! Gary Parsons explains why he is giving to the A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection and the Bug House. Our graduate students request support for their excellent efforts to secure the future of the Entomology Research and Outreach Fellows program.
  • Alumni and medical doctor Mike Kates explains how his classes and research into integrated pest management prepared him to approach his medical patients holistically.
  • Doctoral student Allison Zahorec tells the highlights of finding meaning through researching soil arthropods, helping children overcome fear of insects and experiencing scientists opening up to social justice.

We just recently learned about a very significant gift of two funds and an endowment from the Jordan, Mary Ellen and Stephen Tatter family. My column gives the few details we have at this time. We are very thankful and look forward to telling you more at a later time.

We are happy to share this fall 2021 issue with you.

My sincere wishes for a safe and happy holiday season to each of you – Bill Ravlin, Professor and Chairperson.

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