Author Archives: Rob Williams

Resistant varieties, beneficial predators can help producers win sugarcane aphid battle

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications AMARILLO – While sugarcane aphids have been difficult to suppress in past years due to their natural traits and limited insecticide options, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study shows resistant sorghum varieties and beneficial predators could provide a solution. Dr. Ada Szczepaniec, AgriLife Research entomologist at Amarillo, recently authored  “Interactive effects of crop variety, insecticide seed treatment, and planting date on population dynamics of sugarcane aphid and their predators in late-colonized sorghum” in the Crop Protection journal. The full article can… Read More →

Congratulations Spring 2018 Graduates

The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate the students that are expected to graduate during commencement exercises at Reed Arena on Friday May 11. Congratulations and good luck on your futures!! Undergraduates: ENTO majors: Aurora Acevedo Entomology, Business minor Dayvion “AJ” Adams Entomology Mark Jeffrey S. Barbosa Entomology Erich Edward Ethridge Entomology Keyuana Andrea Hilliard Entomology Dawson David Kerns Entomology Anahi Miranda Mendoza Entomology   Double Majors: Katherine Rita Freeman Animal Science and Entomology Double Major Katie Grantham Biomedical Science and Entomology Double Major Traci Dee Hale… Read More →

Professor Uses Insects Encased in Resin to Improve Public Education Programs

Texas A&M Entomology Assistant Professor Gabe Hamer is working to make it easier for training the next generation of medical entomologists by mounting arthropods in resin. In a paper that was recently published in the Journal of Insect Science featured with the journal’s cover image  and on Entomology Today, Hamer’s lab created protocols for encapsulating medically important arthropods in resin for educators to use in educating the public on various arthropods that can vector dangerous diseases, such as Chagas disease, Lyme disease, and Rickettsiosis.  The work was led by graduate student… Read More →

AgriLife Extension program bolsters Texas schools’ pest management approach

by Gabe Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications DALLAS — More than a decade of work alongside Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts in integrated pest management, or IPM, has culminated in national certification of four Texas school districts as “IPM Stars,” said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension school IPM specialist in Dallas. IPM Star certification from the IPM Institute of North America was awarded in April to Plano, Conroe, East Central and Killeen independent school districts for consistent exemplary marks on the institute’s 37-point evaluation. IPM is the practice… Read More →

Department Celebrates Undergraduates’ Achievements During Banquet

The Department of Entomology celebrated the achievements of its undergraduate students during the annual Undergraduate Recognition Banquet on Thursday, April 12 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex. Tammy Starr and Isaac Luna began the banquet by welcoming guests while former students Dikla Medina and Elaine Chu shared their experiences when they were students in the Department and also gave graduating seniors advice after they graduate. Members of the Undergraduate Entomology Student Organization and the Aggie Forensic and Investigative Sciences Organization then presented the group with a record… Read More →

Students, Faculty Receive Awards and Nominations During Southwestern Branch Meeting

The Department of Entomology’s faculty and students received very high honors during this year’s Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America’s 66th annual meeting during the week of March 25-29 in Albuquerque. Members of the Texas A&M Graduate Linnaean Team won first place after defeating the undergraduate team during the final round of the Linnaean Games. Graduate members Fabian List, Mackenzie Tietjen, Joanie King, and Mark Janowiecki, won against the undergraduate team, which consisted of Dayvion Adams, Jeffrey Barbosa, Betty Hernandez, and Aria Deluna. The teams faced… Read More →

Hawkings Receives Women’s Progress Student Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Chloë Hawkings as she received the Women’s Progress Student Award during the ACE Awards Ceremony in the MSC on Wednesday, April 11. Hawkings, who is currently advised by Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy, was honored for her hard work and dedication in demonstrating a commitment to improving the environment for women students through volunteer work, an elected position or advocacy programs on or off campus. Since her college career, Hawkings has been instrumental in representing the Department in several ways. She has served as a leader… Read More →

Students, Postdoc Receive Awards During TAMU Research Competitions

The Department of Entomology has received a lot of recognition this spring as several students and one postdoctoral research associate received honors for their research during Student Research Week and the Ecological Integration Symposium in March and April. The first set of awards were awards were given during Student Research Week in March. Ph.D. student Pierre Lau and undergraduate students Sydney Tippelt and Makaylee Crone as they received awards during the university’s Student Research Week. Lau received Second Place Oral in Graduate Sciences Category for his presentation titled… Read More →

Department Names Dr. Doug Landis 2018 Adkisson Seminar Speaker

The Department of Entomology recently invited Dr. Doug Landis this year’s  Dr. Perry Adkisson Distinguished Lecturer for 2018.  The lecture was held at 4 pm in the Minnie Belle Heep Center during our regular departmental seminar  on Thursday April 5. Landis is a Professor of Insect Ecology and Biological Control in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University where his research focuses on understanding the factors that influence biodiversity in arthropods and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. He is the author of more than 140 peer-reviewed journal… Read More →

Former PhD Student Receives Top Award for Research in Malaysia

Congratulations to former Ph.D. student Chong Chin Heo as he received the research medal for his research at the 54th annual meeting of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine. Heo was honored with the Nadchatram Silver Medal during the opening ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur. The award was given every year to scientists under 45 years old that have done outstanding research in both parasitology and tropical medicine fields. Heo received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences in 2006 and Master of Science in 2009… Read More →