Brundage Receives Honoring Excellence Award

Dr. Adrienne Brundage’s engaging teaching style and her caring for students has yet garnered another award as she was recognized by Residence Life on Friday, February 1 at the Memorial Student Center. Brundage was recognized with the organization’s Honoring Excellence Award during its ceremony in the Gates Ballroom. The awards are given annually to eight outstanding and faculty staff who go above and beyond inside and outside of their daily jobs to impact student learning and academic success. As an Associate Instructional Professor, Brundage teaches the Veterinary Entomology… Read More →

Grad Student Receives Top Award at American Bee Research Conference

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Alex Payne for receiving the Student Paper Award for her presentation at the 2019 American Bee Research Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Payne received the award  presentation titled “Spillover in eusocial insects: Detection of honey bee (Apis meliifera) associated viruses in ants.” The award was given by the American Association of Professional Apiculturists to the best student papers at the conference at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Paper and presentation topics must include the genus Apis and are judged on the quality of the… Read More →

Conference Offers Training Opportunities for Pest Management Professionals

Bob Davis showing participants of the commercial kitchens mini-session. Photo by Janet Hurley

Hundreds of pest control professionals convened at the Brazos Center to learn the latest in pest control and pest management strategies during the 73rd meeting of the Texas A&M Pest Management Conference and Workshop on Wednesday, January 16-Friday, January 18. The 73rd annual workshop allows pest management professionals and to learn the latest innovations and rule changes affecting their businesses. The workshop featured experts in controlling pests in urban and other settings. The conference opened on Wednesday with a welcome by Dr. Ed Vargo and keynote speaker Dr…. Read More →

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale Team, Charles Allen Win Superior Service Awards

Dr. Charles Allen, center with his award. Standing next to Allen is Dr. Bob Whitson, interim associate director for state operations (left) and Dr. Parr Rosson, Interim Director - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Members of the Crape Myrtle Bark Scale Team and Dr. Charles Allen started the New Year off on a good note as they both received Superior Service Awards from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service during the AgriLife Conference on January 8. The Crap Myrtle Bark Scale Team consists of Dr. Mengmeng Gu (Horticulture Sciences), Dr. Mike Merchant (Entomology), Erfan Vafaie (Entomology), Laura Miller (County Extension Agent- Commercial Horticulture), Janet Laminack (County Extension Agent-Horticulture), and Dr. Yu Zhang (Ag Economics). The team was established in 2013 to help educate… Read More →

Allen to Retire After 38 Years with AgriLife Extension Entomology

The Department of Entomology will be saying goodbye to a longtime leader in boll weevil eradication as Dr. Charles Allen will retire on January 31 after 38 years with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Allen’s career started with working in 1981 as an Area Extension Specialist in Weslaco for two years. He then moved to Fort Stockton in 1983 where he worked as an Extension Specialist for 13 years. In 1996, he was an Extension Entomologist at the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in Monticello, Ark. Allen then… Read More →

Grad Students Receive Honors at Texas Plant Protection Association Conference

Luke Pruter standing with Dr. Mike Brewer. Submitted photo

Four grad students received awards for their outstanding research at the 30th annual Texas Plant Protection Conference on December 4-5 during a special luncheon at the Brazos Center on December 5. Ph.D. student Luke Pruter was presented the 2018 Ph.D. Student Award in Excellence in recognition of his research and outreach efforts with his dissertation on the best use of advanced pest management technologies (Bt-hybrid corn and atoxigenic strains of A. flavus) for reducing corn yield and quality losses associated with insect ear-feeders (corn earworm and fall armyworm)… Read More →

Research Assistant Receives Staff Meritorious Service Award

Azyucena Mendoza-Herrera receiving the Staff Meritorious Service Award from Dr. David Ragsdale. Photo by Rob Williams

Congratulations to research assistant Dr. Maria Azucena Mendoza-Herrera as she received the Department of Entomology’s Meritorious Service Award during a special awards presentation on Thursday, December 13. Mendoza-Herrera has been working as a research assistant in Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy’s lab since 2014 where she has helped Tamborindeguy achieve her research goals in her lab. During her career, Mendoza-Herrera has authored five papers, including first author recognition on two. This year she published two papers describing the plant symptoms associated with two bacterial haplotypes. Mendoza-Herrera is currently working on… Read More →

Congratulations December 2018 Graduates!

  The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate the following students that joined more than 700 students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as a total of more than 5,237 universitywide that are expected to be awarded degrees during the 2pm commencement ceremonies at Reed Arena on Friday, December 14. Undergraduates Lindsay Akers Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and Entomology John Michael Grunseich Plant and Environmental Soil Science and Entomology Betty Nicole Hernandez Entomology Woojung Kim Biomedical Sciences and Entomology Jonathan Daniel Koehl Entomology… Read More →

Ibanez Recognized with 2018 Comstock Award

Freddy Ibanez

Former Ph.D. student Freddy Ibanez’s research and hard work were recently recognized as he received the Entomological Society’s John Henry Comstock Award for his research conducted in Texas A&M University under the supervision of Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy. Ibanez received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Santiago of Chile in 2006 and began his career studying molecular biology, focusing on developmental genes associated with gastrulation in Drosophila melanogaster, and epigenetic mechanisms. In 2013, Ibanez started his Ph.D. in entomology at Texas A&M University under the direction… Read More →

Students Receive Top Awards at ESA Annual Meeting

Alex Payne standing to receive her award.

The Department of Entomology had a winning year as several students received awards and were recognized at this year’s Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C Canada. The first of the students was Ph.D. student Alex Payne who won  first place in the Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology Section with her talk titled “Spillover in eusocial insects: Detection of honey bee (Apis Mellifera) associated viruses in ants” “I am very proud of Alex. She’s a great presenter and it doesn’t matter what project it is, she does… Read More →