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COD : F. Thomas Turpin

1991 Certificate of Distinction Winner F. Thomas Turpin

F. Thomas Turpin


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Turpin, a graduate of Washburn University, Kansas, and Iowa State University, Iowa, where he studied biology and entomology, joined the Department of Entomology faculty in 1971 as an assistant professor. He conducts research into the biology and control of insects that infest corn. He has served as president, vice president, and a member of the board of directors of the agricultural alumni association, and has served on the Fish Fry program committee since 1976. He was a developer of the Latta Games, a college bowl to increase awareness of agriculture among high school students. Turpin teaches two courses, promoting entomology with humor and originality. He developed a cartoon character, Bug Scout, which is used to teach and promote pest management concepts among farmers; he developed and authors a newspaper column about insects, “On Six Legs,” which is published in over 50 newspapers, and he helped originate the Linnaean Games, now a national contest, to increase student involvement in Entomology Society of America meetings. Turpin gives some 100 talks a year to audiences of all ages, and participates in the School of Agriculture’s “Professors in the Classroom” outreach programs, the county extension serviced People Power Programs, and he annually judges entomology exhibits at county and state fairs. Turpin is a member of Who’s Who in the Midwest, American Men of Science, Gamma Sigma Delta and Alpha Zeta honorary societies, and received the North Central Branch Entomological Society of America Award of Merit and served on the governing board. He is the society’s president-elect.