Author Archives: Rob Williams

Hawkings Receives Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for Mentoring

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Chloë Hawkings as she received the 2018 Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for mentorship on Thursday, February 8 during the Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Lecture at the Engineering Technologies Building. Hawkings is the first student in the Departmentt of Entomology that received this high honor, which recognizes the research and mentoring efforts of women on the Texas A&M campus. She was recognized for her efforts in mentoring both undergraduate and graduate women students into the field of entomology. In 2017, Hawkings was one of the founders… Read More →

Pest Management Conference Teaches Professionals Safety, Newest Control Techniques

Hundreds of pest control professionals descended upon the Brazos Center during the first week of January for the annual Texas A&M University Pest Management Conference and Workshop at the Brazos Center. This year, the workshop focused on pest control operator safety, updates on laws and regulations, and the newest research the Urban and Structural Program has been working on during the past year. The conference opened with introductions from Dr. Ed Vargo, the Endowed Chair of the program, Entomology Department Head Dr. David Ragsdale, and a representative from… Read More →

Mike Merchant Receives Award for Distinguished Career from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate Professor and AgriLife Extension Specialist Dr. Mike Merchant for receiving the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Superior Service Award for Distinguished Career during a ceremony in Bryan on January 9. Merchant received the award for his outstanding service and commitment to the field of urban entomology for 28 years serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He started as an entomologist in 1989 in the District 4 offices and has been instrumental in starting many important outreach projects and programs in urban… Read More →

Grad Student Receives Top Award for Research at Beltwide Cotton Conference

Congratulations to Ph.D student James Glover on receiving a top honor for his research at the 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio on January 3-5. Glover received the Best Ph.D. Oral Presentation in Entomology during the conference for his talk titled “Pathogenicity and Transmission of Cotton Seed & Boll Rotting Bacteria Vectored by the Verde Plant Bug” “James did a great job authenticating that a plant bug on cotton, the verde plant bug, transmits and retains a cotton boll rot pathogen,” Brewer said.  “His research led him… Read More →

Gold Receives Staff Meritorious Service Award, Jeanes Receives Lifetime Achievement

Two people in the Department of Entomology received early Christmas gifts in December as the department announced its annual awards during the last week in December. Senior Administrative Coordinator Teresa Gold received the Department of Entomology Staff Meritorious Service Award during a special staff meeting on December 21. Gold has been working with the Department for 17 years as an administrative assistant to the Department Head. As assistant to the department head, Gold works with the Department Head by providing long-range planning and scheduling of activities and events,… Read More →

Congratulations December 2017 Graduates!!

A small group of students in the Department of Entomology had a great start to the holiday season as they joined thousands of other Aggies expecting to graduate in Reed Arena Friday afternoon. The students included seven undergraduates, four Master of Science students, two Ph.D. students, and 10 students receiving their certification in Public Health Entomology during the 2pm ceremony. Students, faculty and families joined the Department in a special celebratory lunch before graduation in the Heep Center where they shared good memories over coffee and light lunch… Read More →

Members of Aggie Women in Entomology Helped Sixth Grade Girls Get Interested in STEM and Entomology

Sixth grade girls statewide had the chance to expand their horizons in science and entomology as members of the Aggie Women in Entomology helped to increase interest in STEM fields during Expanding Your Horizons on Saturday, December 2. This event allows girls in the sixth grade the chance to experience the various areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through interactive lectures and hands-on activities taught by both faculty and student volunteers. During each 45-minute session, grad students and Aggie Women in Entomology members Jocelyn Holt, Alex Payne,… Read More →

Texas A&M scientists synthesize historical tick models to help curb the pest globally

by Steve Byrns, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications COLLEGE STATION – The battle against fever ticks rages on, and a group of Texas A&M University and French National Institute for Agricultural Research scientists are doing their best to determine where the fray will head by synthesizing historical models for use in curbing the pest globally. Texas A&M’s departments of wildlife and fisheries sciences and entomology and the French institute have collaborated for a number of years to model systems approaches meant to address ecological and regulatory questions about fever… Read More →

Linnaean Team Wins First Place, Department Receives Top Awards and Recognition at National Meeting

  DENVER—Several of the Department of Entomology’s undergraduate and graduate students received high recognition for their work during this year’s Entomological Society of America annual meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The conference, which was held from November 5 through 8, allows entomologists to learn the newest research and collaborate with others from across the United States and many international attendees.  It is the largest gathering of Entomologists in the world with 3,700 in attendance this year.  Our students competed in various poster and oral presentation… Read More →

Gordy Receives Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology

Congratulations to Ph.D. student and County Extension Agent John Gordy for receiving the Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology. Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, the award recognizes Dr. Larry Larson’s role as a leader and pioneer in insect management and carries that legacy to the next generation of leaders in applied entomology. Gordy received his Bachelor of Science in both agronomy and entomology at Texas A&M University and received his Master of Science in entomology from Louisiana State Unversity where he worked with Drs. Michael… Read More →