Recent winners at the Entomological Society of America meeting

The Entomology Department was well represented at the 2013 Entomological Society of America annual meeting held in Austin, Texas, in November.

Zsofia Szendrei accepts the instructional video award for her students.

The Entomology Department was well represented at the 2013 Entomological Society of America annual meeting held in Austin, Tex., in November. About 75 alumni and friends reconnected with the Department by joining us for our MSU Breakfast.

Congratulations to the following students who won awards.

Students in Zsofia Szendrei’s Tri-trophic Interactions class – Chris Adams, Krista Buehrer, Dan Hulbert, Keith Mason, Shahlo Safarzoda, and Rob Morrison – received the YouTube Your Entomology award in the Instruction Category for their video “Tri-tropic Interactions.”  View the video.

Megan Woltz (PhD 2013 Landis Lab) was the recipient of the 2013 International Organization for Biological Control-Nearctic Regional Section (IOBC-NRS) Robert J. O’Neil Outstanding PhD in Biological Control Award. As part of the award ceremony, Megan presented a talk titled Landscape structure, coccinellid immigration, and soybean aphid biological control at the IOBC-NRS’s annual meeting held in conjunction with the ESA meeting. Megan is currently a post-doc with Dr. Jana Lee (MS Landis Lab) at Oregon State University and working on biological control of spotted wing Drosophila.

In the graduate student 10-minute talk competition, John Pote (MS 2013 Grieshop Lab) won an award for his talk on Biology of the reemergent pest apple flea weevil, Orchestes pallicornis Say, and methods for its organic control (view details) (John Pote, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Anne L. Nielsen, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Matthew Grieshop, Michigan State University; Larry Gut, Michigan State University; Krista Buehrer, Michigan State University).

We had two recipients in the poster competition:

Size does matter: larger patches of diverse floral resources increase insect pollinator density, diversity, and their pollination of native wildflowers (view details) by Brett R. Blaauw, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University

Effects of larval habitat density and ITN/LLIN use on the spatial distribution of malaria vectors (view details) by Robert S. McCann, Michigan State University; Joseph P. Messina, Michigan State University; David W. MacFarlane, Michigan State University; M. Nabie Bayoh, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Kenya Medical Research Institute; John M. Vulule, Kenya Medical Research Institute; John E. Gimnig, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Edward D. Walker, Michigan State University.

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