Twenty-First Annual Graduate Student Forum

Thursday, August 23  2018
Minnie Belle Heep Center, Rm. 103

9:30 – 9:40 Opening Remarks, Welcome by Dr. Juliana Rangel

9:40 – 10:40 Keynote Faculty Panel

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break, 1st Floor Atrium

11:00 – 11:15 Ana Fontes – “Domestication, Spread, and Breeding Mediated Evolution of Maize Defense Against Western Corn Rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera)” Advisor: Dr. Julio S. Bernal

11:15 – 11:30 Ivy Wei Chen – “Insect sterol requirements: a novel target for controlling insect herbivore pests.Advisor: Dr. Keyan Zhu-Salzman

11:30 – 11:45 James Tracy – “Spatial modeling of Eastern Monarch Butterfly roadkill during fall migration from Oklahoma to Mexico.” Advisor: Dr. Coulson & Dr. Allen Robert Knutson

11:45 – 12:00 Ashley Tessnow – Performance consequences of protein:carbohydrate variation on the fall armyworm, S. frugiperda, as an agricultural pest. Advisor: Dr. Greg Sword

12:00 – 12:15 Cody Gale – “Cotton plant volatiles associated with herbivory and two fungal spore seed-treatments.” Advisor: Dr. Greg Sword

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 1:15 Jocelyn Holt – “Quantifying mutualistic interactions in an invasive ant and aphid species.” Advisor: Dr. Raul F. Medina

1:15 – 1:30 Kyle Gilder – “Crapemyrtle bark scale: analysis of factors influencing infestation and control.” Advisor: Dr. Kevin M.Heinz

1:30 – 1:45 Constance Lin – “The role of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in carrion decomposition.” Advisor: Dr. Micky Eubanks

1:45 – 2:00 Erfan Vafaie – “Use of multiple natural enemies for inoculative biological control of Bemisia tabaci in greenhouse Poinsettia production.” Advisor: Dr. Kevin M. Heinz

2:00 – 2:15 Coffee Break, 1st Floor Atrium

2:15 – 2:30 Liz Walsh – “Effects of pesticide exposure during development on the mating frequency of honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) queens.” Advisor: Dr. Juliana Rangel

2:30 – 2:45 Andrew Golnar – “The impact of co-circulating parasites on West Nile virus transmission.” Advisor: Dr. Gabriel Hamer

2:45 – 3:00 Caixing Xiong – “Evaluation of Aib and PEG-polymer Insect Kinin Analogs on Mosquito and Tick GPCRs, Identifies Potent New Pest Management Tools with Potentially Enhanced Biostability and Bioavailability.” Advisor: Dr. Patricia V. Pietrantonio

3:00 – 3:15 Lauren Beebe – “Critical thermal maxima of the larval stadia of two forensically important blow fly species, Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart) and Cochliomyia macellaria (Fabricius) (Diptera: Calliphoridae).” Advisor: Dr. Aaron Tarone

3:15 – 3:45 Coffee and Cookies Reception, 1st Floor Atrium. Judge Deliberation

3:45 – 4:00 Awards Ceremony

4:00 Adjourn

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