Author Archives: Rob Williams

Professor Named 2018 TAMU Presidential Impact Fellow

COLLEGE STATION, Texas–The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate Dr. Zach Adelman for being named a Texas A&M University Presidential Impact Fellow. Adelman was among a total of 21 faculty members from the University’s 16 colleges, two branch campuses, and its libraries, who were honored during a special ceremony in the Bethancourt Ballroom at the Memorial Student Center on October 25. Following earlier work on the generation of mosquitoes resistant to viral pathogens, Adelman’s research has more recently focused on the development of novel gene editing/gene replacement… Read More →

Incredible Edible Insect Event in San Antonio a ‘tasteful’ experience

By Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications SAN ANTONIO — More than 300 people attended the recent Incredible Edible Insect Event held in the culinary garden area of the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The event, which included a four-course tasting of foods made with insect-based ingredients, was presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County in collaboration with the botanical garden and other nature-oriented organizations. Each tasting was of a chef-demonstrated recipe in which insects or insect-based ingredients were used. Featured chefs included Dave Terrazas,… Read More →

Hapes Recognized for Completing Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program

Congratulations to Senior Academic Advisor Rebecca Hapes as she recently completed the 2016-2018 National Academic Advisors Association’s Emerging Leadership Program Class this October. Hapes was recognized for completing her role as a mentor during the two-year-long program during an awards of the NACADA annual conference in Phoenix in October. Hapes was one of 10 academic advisors that were selected internationally to become a mentor to 10 Emerging Leaders, which are advisors that are interested in advancing in leadership within the NACADA organization, engaging in work on committees and… Read More →

Vargo Quoted in National Newspaper Article on Termite Research

Professor and Endowed Chair for Urban and Structural Entomology Dr. Edward Vargo was interviewed in a recent New York Times article on the discovery of all-female termite societies in Japan. Such colonies are produced without sexual reproduction. Vargo was quoted in the article saying that determining how and why certain colonies evolved asexuality might yield insights into the purpose of sex and sexual reproduction. Read the article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/science/termites-colonies-males.html

Professor Speaks on Fire Ant Research at International Conference

Dr. Patricia Pietrantonio, professor of Entomology at Texas A&M University, was the State-of-the-Art Speaker at the 29th Conference of European Comparative Endocrinologists (CECE), in August in Glasgow, Scotland. Held every two years, the purpose of the CECE meeting is to share new ideas and network with other researchers interested in the field of endocrinology. Pietrantonio’s presentation was during the “Omics and the Physiology of Insect Neuropeptides” section. Pietrantonio was invited by Professor Shireen Davis (University of Glasgow), the coordinator for nEUROSTRESSPEP. This Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme… Read More →

Advisor Receives Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Advising and Student Relations

The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate Senior Academic Advisor Ann Pool as she received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Dean’s Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Advising and Student Relations during the Fall Awards Ceremony at the AgriLife Center in September. Pool received the award for her outstanding efforts in advising undergraduates in both the Entomology and Forensic and Investigative Sciences programs and conducting various outreach programs within the Department. Since joining the Department in 2013, Pool advises more than 300 undergraduates, and has been… Read More →

Study Abroad Trips to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica Bring Valuable Field Research Experience to Students

Several students from the Department of Entomology and other departments around the university spent the summer researching in a different location as they ventured to Trinidad and Tobago and at the Soltis Research Center in Costa Rica this summer for research during two study abroad programs. The two groups developed and carried out research projects in the field and learned about the local cultures in both Trinidad and Tobago, and in Costa Rica. At the end of the program, the students turn their research into a paper that… Read More →

Grad Students Research Presentations Receive Awards During Forum

Three graduate students received top awards for their research during the 21st annual Graduate Student Forum held in the Heep Center on August 23. The forum gives graduate students the experience of presenting their research to peers in a format similar to what they would see during a research paper competition at conferences. Students were given a set amount of time to present their research and answer questions from the audience. Erfan Vafaie received first place for his presentation titled “Use of multiple natural enemies for inoculative biological… Read More →

Children learn about insects, science at Summer Bug Camp

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications SAN ANTONIO – For the past 10 summers, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist has been sharing her love of insects, nature and science with Bexar County youth. “Each summer we conduct three regular Summer Bug Camps for kids ages 7-12 along with a junior entomology camp for kids 4-6 years old,” said Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist, Bexar County. “The regular camps are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. over a three-day period and the junior… Read More →

Congratulations Summer 2018 Graduates!

The summer ended well for four students in the Department of Entomology as they joined approximately 2,200 Aggies during summer commencement on August 10. The students expected to graduate this summer included 2 undergraduates and 2 Master’s degree candidates. The Department would like to congratulate the following students and wish them good luck on their future endeavors: Undergraduates Gabriel Rick Contreras Bachelor of Science – Entomology Aria Crysta Deluna Bachelor of Science – Entomology Graduate Students – Master of Science Ryan Selking Entomology Jeremy Hewlett Entomology