Entomology and Plant Pathology
News from the Department
News, Announcements, Congratulations
Mackenzie Jochim was recently named a CASNR Senior of Distinction. Each Senior of Distinction award recipient was presented a personalized DASNR triangle representing the three branches of the land-grant mission – teaching, research and extension – and an engraved plaque from the college. Mackenzie was also honored as a 2012-2013 CASNR Dean’s Award of Excellence recipient. Congratulations Mackenzie!
Rebecca Pace has been named the winner of the 2013 OSU Graduate College Summer Dissertation Fellowship. The Fellowship comes with a $5,000 award and the student and project will be highlighted on the OSU Graduate College websites.
Sunny Evans was the winner of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for 2013.
Students from the department recently “cleaned up” at the Southwestern Branch Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, held in Las Cruces, NM. Individual award winners included: Rebecca Pace, 1st place Ph.D. oral presentation; Tyler Ward, 1st place M.S. oral presentation; Kyle Risser, 2nd place oral presentation; Beth Ferguson 3rd place oral presentation; Sandipa Gautam, 1st place Ph.D. poster; Nisha Bajracharya 1st place M.S. poster; Charlie Konemann, 3rd place M.S. poster. The team from OSU also won the Linnaean Games and qualified for a trip to the ESA Annual Meeting to represent the branch. Members were Tyler Ward, Kyle Risser, Rebecca Pace, Trisha Dubie, and Kenneth Masloski.
In addition Lisa Overall was the Comstock Award Winner for the branch. The J. H. Comstock Award is given to one graduate student from each of the Entomological Society of America's five Branches to promote interest in the science of entomology at the graduate level and to stimulate interest in attending the ESA Annual Meeting. The award includes an all-expense-paid trip to the national meeting, a $500 cash prize, and a certificate that is presented during the ESA Annual Meeting.
Congratulations to each and every one of these students for a job well done!!
Tyler Ward won first place for his poster at the ESA Annual Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Don Arnold, Survey Entomologist and Curator of the K.C. Emerson Entomology Museum, retired after 50 years of service to the department. Click below to watch the Sunup segment on Don.
Dr. Phil Mulder was elected Vice President-Elect of the Entomological Society of America. His term will begin at the ESA Final Business Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 14. Following a progression, he will serve as President for the annual meeting in 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Grants and Contracts
Dr. Carmen Greenwood is part of a team including researchers from the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management that have been awarded $2.7 million from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to determine how to better manage northern bobwhite quail populations. The research will be conducted in the Packsaddle and Beaver River wildlife management areas in northwestern Oklahoma.
Dr. Godsey and the Okanola Team (Drs. Kris Giles, John Damicone, Tom Royer, Mark Boyles, Randy Taylor, and Texas A&M are Co-PI's) received confirmation that their project entitled "Maintaining the Momentum of Expanding Southern Plains Winter Canola Acres" was funded for $154,000 for a one year period.
Dr. Deborah Jaworski: "Regulation of thrombin genes in the salivary glands of partially fed mated female Lone star ticks." Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, $3,000.
Dr. John Damicone: "Soybean Yield Response to Disease Management Inputs" and "Soybean Cyst Nematode Survey." Soybean Board, $21,070.
Dr. Jeanmarie Verchot: A two year study designed to help canna lily growers avoid the spread of disease in the tropical plant. OCAST, $85,978