Author Archives: Rob Williams

Rangel Receives COALS Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Diversity

Congratulations to Dr. Juliana Rangel as she received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Diversity on Friday, January 10. The award was given at a special awards breakfast before the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ session at the AgriLife Conference held at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. Rangel is an assistant professor in the Department where she conducts honey bee biology research. Since joining the department in 2013, she has mentored a total of 19 undergraduate students in which… Read More →

Wharton Receives Lifetime Achievement Recognition

Congratulations to professor emeritus Dr. Bob Wharton as he received the Department of Entomology’s Lifetime Achievement Recognition. Since joining the Department in the early 1980s, Wharton was well-liked for his teaching and mentoring of graduate students and his success in teaching has resulted in a number of superbly-trained, equally passionate, and independent-thinking graduate students graduating from the Department. He has served on 4 thesis and dissertation committees for 8 consecutive years and created an atmosphere of candid discussion and self-discovery for students and promoted inquiry-driven and hypothesis- based… Read More →

4Ry, USDA, Texas A&M AgriLife to develop innovative spraying technology for cattle fever ticks

by Laura Muntean, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications 4Ry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have signed a collaborative research agreement to develop a means to more efficiently and effectively spray cattle and kill cattle fever ticks, according to a 4Ry Inc. announcement. Cattle fever ticks are vectors of pathogens causing bovine babesiosis, also known as cattle tick fever, and are the focus of the U.S. Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program. Pete Teel, Ph.D., AgriLife Research entomologist, regents professor and interim department… Read More →

Kerns Receives TPPA Academic Agency Award

Congratulations to Professor and Extension Specialist Dr. David Kerns as he received the Texas Plant Protection Association’s Academic Agency Award during the 2019 Texas Plant Protection Conference. Kerns is also the Assistant Department Head for Extension Programs and Statewide IPM Coordinator. He received the award for his outstanding dedication and service to Texas agriculture and to the Texas Plant Protection Association. “I am very honored to receive the award and credit the people I work with for the recognition,” Kerns said.      

Professor Participates in Post-Graduate Program Planning Workshop in Brazil

Texas A&M Entomology professor Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy spent the second week in December helping members of the State University of Maringá plan the future for its post-graduate Agronomy program during a special workshop meeting at the university from December 9-12. During her visit, Tamborindeguy gave a two-day course on Tools to Study Vector-Borne Plant Diseases in Maringá, she also gave a seminar on the study of plant-psyllids-Liberibacter interactions in the Umuarama Campus. Finally, Tamborindeguy spoke about her research and what she does at the Department of Entomology at… Read More →

Congratulations Fall 2019 Graduates!

The Department of Entomology experienced two milestones this fall as a Ph.D. student was a speaker at the Ph.D. graduation ceremony and our students joined a record number of students that are expected to graduate at Reed Arena on Friday afternoon. Recent Ph.D. graduate Zanthé Kotzé got the chance to speak at the inaugural doctoral hooding and commencement ceremony held at Rudder Theater on December 7. Kotzé was selected from thousands of applicants and wanted a way to help give back to her university. “I am honored that… Read More →

Students Create Podcast for Veterinary Entomology Class

Students in Dr. Adrienne Brundage’s Veterinary Entomology class are now on the air as the first set of podcasts from the ENTO 208 class recently became live. This fall, the students created a site with various podcasts talking about insects and veterinary entomology and other things entomological. Brundage got the idea for this podcast series after seeing a disconnect between science students learned in class and trying to translate it into something that non-scientists could understand. She wanted to come up with something that would help them to… Read More →

Texas A&M Entomology Sweeps Awards at ESA National Meeting

Fifteen students, the Sugarcane Aphid Team, and two retired faculty members in the Department were recognized at the 2019 annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America meeting in St. Louis. The four-day-long event featured speakers from universities across the nation, symposia, and student poster and paper contests, as well as mixers and networking events held at the America’s Center and the Marriott Grand St. Louis Hotel. Professor Emeritus Dr. Jim Woolley received recognition for being editor in chief of the Thomas Say Publications from 2003-2019 during the… Read More →

Grad Student Wins Jeffery La Fage Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Pierre Lau as he received the 2019 Jeffery P. LaFage Student Award for Applied Research on Social Insects during the Entomological Society of America annual meeting in St. Louis. Lau is completing his Ph.D. research at Texas A&M under the direction of Dr. Juliana Rangel where his doctoral work is focused on how to improve honey bee nutrition, with a focus on bees’ preferences for specific ratios of protein-to-lipid within pollen resources. Lau’s findings so far suggest that bee pollen-to-lipid ratio preferences are substantially… Read More →

Tawny crazy ants’ weird genetics may help them thrive in new environments

by Olga Kuchment, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications Tawny crazy ants’ pattern of genetic inheritance may have helped the South American species spread in the U.S., Texas A&M AgriLife researchers have discovered. The results could lead to a new way to control this invasive species. “We might be able to use the mechanism to drive a lethal gene into the population,” said Dr. Ed Vargo, senior investigator of the study and professor of urban and structural entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University…. Read More →