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Bynum leaves agriculture pest management behind; retires after more than 40 years

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications AMARILLO — With more than 40 years of service to Texas A&M AgriLife under his hat, Dr. Edsel “Ed” Bynum Jr. will no longer be traipsing out to fields across the High Plains and South Plains looking for the latest insects pestering agricultural crops. Bynum, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomology specialist in Amarillo, is retiring June 30. A retirement party will be hosted from 5-7 p.m. on June 20 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo… Read More →

Former Student Selected as ANRP Intern in Washington DC

Congratulations to former student Bailee Higgins as she was selected to work as an intern in Washington, DC for the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program this summer. Higgins is currently interning in Congressman John Carter’s office. Carter represents District 31 in Texas, which includes Williamson and Bell Counties. A native of Austin, Higgins graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology in May 2019. Her career goals are to receive a master’s degree in vector biology from Cornell University and work for the Centers for… Read More →

AgriLife Research looks at gene expressions in sugarcane aphid-resistant sorghum

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications AMARILLO – Gene expression in sugarcane aphid-resistant sorghum varieties at times when they are most prevalent in the Texas Panhandle were the focus of a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Sugarcane aphids remain the most significant threat to sorghum production, and their outbreaks can arise quickly and unexpectedly, especially in the Southern High Plains where infestations commonly coincide with sorghum bloom, said Dr. Ada Szczepaniec, AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo. Sugarcane aphid outbreaks in sorghum were first reported in 2013…. Read More →

Jocelyn Holt Receives 2019 Comstock Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Jocelyn R. Holt as she was named the Southwestern Branch recipient of the John Henry Comstock Award during the 2019 Branch meeting in April. Advised by Dr. Raul F. Medina, Holt is examining the interplay between population genetics and insect mutualisms in invasive species. In her research, she is also assessing the role that insect microbiota plays in mediating mutualisms among insects. Holt’s research has revealed microbial differences between sugarcane aphids (SCAs) that seem to correspond to genetic differences between sorghum and sugarcane SCA… Read More →

Ann Pool Receives President’s Award for Academic Advising

Congratulations to Senior Academic Advisor Ann Pool as she received the President’s Award for Academic Advising during the University Advisors and Counselors awards breakfast meeting on May 2 at the MSC. The award is given to the advisor that goes above and beyond their usual duties to help with the mission of academic advising at the university. Since joining the Department in 2013, Pool has been advising undergrads in the Entomology and Forensic and Investigative Sciences programs and those pursuing double majors and minors in the Department. Pool… Read More →

Department of Entomology Students Join More than 10,000 Aggies Graduating in Spring 2019

Congratulations to our students that were part of the more than 10,000 that are expected to walk the stage this spring during commencement at Reed Arena on Friday, May 10. Approximately 43 students in the Department joined a larger number of students graduating from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences during the 9am ceremony. These students included 15 undergraduate Entomology majors, 23 Forensic and Investigative Sciences majors, 3 Master of Science students, and 2 Doctors of Philosophy in Entomology. Congratulations to all that are expected to walk… Read More →

TAMU Entomology Wins Several Awards at Southwestern Branch Meeting

The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M had a good year at this year’s Southwestern Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Tulsa as several students and faculty members received awards during its annual meeting in late April. Ph.D. student Jocelyn Holt received the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award. Holt’s research is looking into increasing our understanding of the interplay between genetics and insect mutualisms in invasive species. Holt is looking at the role insect microbiomes play in mediating mutualisms among insects. Her research has… Read More →

Undergraduate Students Recognized at 23rd Annual Banquet

Congratulations to everyone that was recognized during the 23rd Annual Undergraduate Recognition Banquet that was held at the 7F Lodge on April 11. The evening started with Fatimah Bouderdaben and Katie Rowe introducing everyone and recognizing special guests and banquet organizers. Bouderdaben and Rowe gave accounts of the activities the Aggie Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Undergraduate Entomology Student organizations have done throughout the year. Former Forensics student Michelle Jonika and current Ph.D. student Joanie King served as the keynote speakers. Jonika and King spoke about their experiences… Read More →

Conner Receives Buck Weirus Spirit and Phi Kappa Phi Gathright Outstanding Junior Award

Congratulations to junor Entomology major Marina Conner as she received the Association of Former Students’ Buck Weirus Spirit Award and the Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award. A native of Rowlett, Texas, Conner has been an active member of the COALS Council, where she served as the Entomological Department representative and is member of the Service Committee. She also plays mellophone for the Fighting Texas Aggie Band where she has participated in the Christmas Band at Holiday on the Quad and at a Salvation Army event, as… Read More →

Students Receive COALS Senior Merit Awards

Congratulations to seniors Kylee Morrison and Nicholas Richter as they received Senior Merit Awards during the College’s annual Spring Convocation at the Hildebrand Equine Complex on Saturday, April 11. Morrison, a Forensic and Investigative Sciences major and Chemistry minor, is a member of the Aggie Forensic and Investigative Sciences Organization, where she has been a member of the Banquet Planning Committee, a mentor to underclassmen forensics majors and volunteered at the Chemistry Open House. She also has been involved in other organizations, such as the ARTISTS Organization, and… Read More →