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AgriLife Extension community fire ant control program a template for success

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications ROUND ROCK – For more than a decade, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management program specialist Wizzie Brown has been engaged in a community-wide battle against one of the state’s most persistent pests – the fire ant. Since 2005, Brown and residents of the Wood Glen community in Round Rock, north of Austin, have collaborated in a neighborhood fire ant program to control the proliferation of fire ants, eliminate their unsightly mounds and keep them from biting area residents…. Read More →

Sword Named Innovation Award Recipient

Congratulations to Professor and Charles R. Parencia Chair in Cotton Entomology Dr. Greg Sword for receiving the Texas A&M Technology Commercialization’s Excellence in Innovation Award on May 4, 2017. The awards were presented during a special luncheon at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center inside the George Bush Presidential Library. Sword was recognized for his research with fungal endophytes that led to collaboration with an industry partner to produce a commercially available seed treatment for cotton. The treatment allows cotton plants plagued by dwindling irrigation water and drought to… Read More →

Entomology Students Among 10,000 Aggies Graduating in Spring 2017

A large number of students from the Department joined more than 10,000 Aggies that are expected to graduate Friday morning during the May graduation ceremony at Reed Arena. The students included 23 undergraduates, 4 Masters students, and 4 Ph.D. students, as well as 26 Public Health Entomology Certificate recipients. Students and families were also treated to a special reception in the Heep Center fourth floor atrium, where they shared memories over cake and snacks. Drs. Pete Teel and David Ragsdale also wished everyone good luck and said a… Read More →

Department of Entomology Undergraduates Recognized During Special Reception

COLLEGE STATION, Texas–Several of the Department’s undergraduates received recognition and awards at a special recognition reception on the first floor of the Heep Center on Wednesday, May 3. Students and faculty members were first treated to food outside Room 103 before the main program started and juniors Tammy Starr and Dayvion Adams welcomed everyone to the event. After the welcome, guest speaker Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin said a few words of encouragement to the graduating seniors during the keynote address. Adams then reported highlights from the Undergraduate Entomology Student… Read More →

Texas A&M Entomology Receives Numerous Awards at Southwestern Branch Meeting

AUSTIN—It looks like the spring semester 2017 is going well for the Department as several students, staff and faculty members received awards during the 2017 Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America meeting in Austin from April 11-17. Ph.D. students Carl Hjelmen and Adrian Fisher were co-recipients for first place in the Ph.D. Oral Presentation category. Hjelmen was recognized for his presentation titled “What is underreplication and how does this phenomenon contribute to the enigma of genome size evolution in Drosophila?” Fisher was awarded for his presentation… Read More →

Kilpatrick Receives 2017 COALS Senior Merit Award

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Shelby Kilpatrick’s hard work and dedication is paying off well as she received the College of Agriculture of Life Sciences’ Senior Merit Award during the College’s Spring Convocation on Saturday, April 8. Kilpatrick is a senior Entomology and Agricultural Leadership and Development double major. She is a very active member of the Department’s Undergraduate Entomology Student Organization, where she served as Outreach Coordinator in 2015-2016 and Secretary and Webmaster in 2014-2015. As the UESO’s Outreach Coordinator, she was responsible for coordinating volunteers for various outreach programs,… Read More →

Students Receive Awards for Research at Ecological Integration Symposium

Congratulations to senior Shelby Kilpatrick and Ph.D. student Tyler Raszick on receiving top awards during the 2017 Ecological Integration Symposium  held on Friday, March 24. Kilpatrick tied for first place in the Undergraduate Oral Presentation category. Kilpatrick’s presentation was titled “Density-dependent phenotypic plasticity in Schistocerca lineata Scudder, 1899 (Orthoptera: Acrididae)” Kilpatrick is an Entomology and Agricultural Leadership and Development double major and works in Dr. Hojun Song’s lab. Raszick tied for first place in the Graduate Oral Presentation category with his presentation titled “Boll Weevil (Antonomous grandis) population… Read More →

Hamer Receives $3.5 Million to Study Mosquito-Borne Viruses

Mosquitoes are considered the deadliest animal on the earth, not because of the annoying bite, but because of their ability to transmit pathogens resulting in human diseases such as Malaria, West Nile and Dengue fever, and most recently, Zika. Assistant Professor of Entomology, Dr. Gabriel Hamer, has received $3.5 million in new funds in the past year from several agencies to research mosquitoes and mosquito-borne viruses.  According to Hamer, “These applications for external support were prepared by large collaborative teams from multiple universities and agencies”. Two of these… Read More →

Department Names Frank Zalom as 2017 Adkisson Distinguished Seminar Speaker

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The Department of Entomology recently announced Dr. Frank Zalom as the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Perry Adkisson Distinguished Seminar Speaker Award during a special seminar that was held on Thursday, March 30. Zalom is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California – Davis and has appointment as an Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Specialist for the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He teaches arthropod pest management and conducts research on integrated pest management (IPM) on vine, tree, and small fruits… Read More →

Entomology Department Helps Youths Practice for 4-H, FFA Judging Contests with Annual Clinic

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—More than 170 members of the Future Farmers of America and 4-H youth programs statewide and their agricultural science teachers, adult leaders and county agents spent a rainy Saturday morning learning about entomology, entomology contests, and testing their insect identification skills in the Heep Center during the Entomology Judging Clinic on Saturday, March 4. The annual half-day clinic is designed to help 4-H and FFA students with skills to collect, prepare, and identify insects, to learn about their biology and relationships to different environments, all in… Read More →