Author Archives: Rob Williams

A family legacy of sustainability, education

Source: A family legacy of sustainability, education | AgriLife Today Frisbie family gifts will support agriculture, ecosystems, education, more Texas A&M University often shapes the interests and passions of not just the individual, but entire families. In the case of the Ray Frisbie family, with the university’s help, they are creating a legacy as diverse as the passions they share. Each in their own way, Frisbie, his wife, Renée, and their daughter, Katelan ’09, grew to love the university. In appreciation, the Frisbies have committed a legacy gift… Read More →

Brundage, Jensen, Payne, Siders receive Vice Chancellor Awards in Excellence

Congratulations to Adrienne Brundage, Ph.D., Robert Jensen, Alexandria Payne, and Kerry Siders who all received Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence this year. These awards recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions displayed by faculty, students and staff members across Texas A&M AgriLife. Teaching Awards The Teaching Award was presented to Adrienne Brundage, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor, Department of Entomology. A member of both the Entomology and Forensic and Investigative Sciences faculties, Brundage teaches numerous online, face-to-face, and hybrid entomology and forensic sciences courses. The Forensic and Investigative Sciences newsletter… Read More →

Hurley recognized as integrated pest management pioneer for schools

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications Janet Hurley continues to be surprised by her career choice. She envisioned a job in health care, but despite fighting on a different front line, public health is still her focus. Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management, IPM, program specialist, Dallas, was recently awarded the International Integrated Pest Management Award of Excellence for IPM Practitioner – Academic by the IPM Symposium for her outstanding work in school IPM. The IPM Symposium is a 100% volunteer run… Read More →

$3.9M project on self-deleting genes takes aim at mosquito-borne diseases

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers’ work to aid mosquito control efforts by Olga Kuchment, Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications To control mosquito populations and prevent them from transmitting diseases such as malaria, many researchers are pursuing strategies in mosquito genetic engineering. A new Texas A&M AgriLife Research project aims to enable temporary “test runs” of proposed genetic changes in mosquitoes, after which the changes remove themselves from the mosquitoes’ genetic code. The project’s first results were published on Dec. 28 in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, titled “Making gene… Read More →

Congratulations Fall 2020 Graduates

The Department of Entomology congratulates our students graduating during the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences commencement ceremonies held at Reed Arena during the week of December 9-18. A total of 21 students from the department are will receive their diplomas along with thousands of other students within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences this fall. Seven of the Ph.D. students received their hoods during the doctoral hooding ceremony held on December 10 and degrees will be conferred to three M.S. and eleven B.S. students during the… Read More →

Students Win Top Awards at ESA Annual Meeting

Eight students from the Texas A&M Department of Entomology were awarded 1st or 2nd place in the 2020 Entomological Society of America’s annual national meeting student 10-minute paper competition for the Presidents Prize. This year’s meeting was held virtually from November 11-25. During the competition, students presented their research in one of four sections: 1. Medical, Urban, Veterinary Entomology, 2. Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology, 3. Plant – Insect Ecology(P-IE), and 4. Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity (SysEB). “We are quite proud of all of our TAMU students who participated… Read More →

Juliana Rangel Receives Award for Outstanding Research, Outreach in Beekeeping Industry

The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M congratulates Dr. Juliana Rangel as she received the Dr. John G. Thomas Meritorious Service Award from the Texas Beekeepers Association during a special visit on Tuesday, November 3. Rangel received the award for her outstanding research and her dedication to the beekeeping industry. Her research involves investigating various aspects of the reproductive biology of honey bee queens and drones, honey bee nutritional biology, and the behavioral ecology and genetics of managed and wild honey bees. The award is given to a… Read More →

Aggie awarded grant for sugarcane aphid research

Student strides to make entomology, STEM more inclusive by Susan Himes, Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications Jocelyn Holt, a doctorate candidate in the Department of Entomology of Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, understands it is easier to win a battle when you know what weapons your enemies have in their arsenal. Following that line of thinking, Holt envisions a future where agricultural producers will know key genetic traits of the pests on their crops so they may target them more precisely. But Holt wants to take… Read More →

Texas honey production tops 7.4 million pounds

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications Texas remained sixth in the nation for honey production in 2019, and is home to thousands of overwintering hives that contribute to the nation’s agricultural economy each growing season, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Bexar County, said Texas beekeeping falls into three categories – hobbyists, sideliners and commercial. Hobbyists are backyard beekeepers who keep bees, typically less than 10 hives, to meet Texas’ agriculture exemption for… Read More →

Grunseich Receives ESA Master’s Student Achievement Award

The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University congratulates Master’s student John Grunseich as he was awarded with the Entomological Society of America’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Master’s Student Achievement in Entomology Award. The award is given to master’s students who have demonstrated creativity and significant achievements through research, teaching and/or outreach in entomology. Grunseich joined Dr. Anjel Helms’ lab in 2019 where he is studying the chemical ecology of below ground multitrophic interactions among plants, root-feeding herbivores, and natural enemies. Grunseich is investigating the role of chemical compounds in… Read More →