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Dr. Clémentine Dabire receives awardNew

​B. York

Date Added: 3/26/2015

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On Friday, March 20, 2015, Dr. Clémentine Dabire from Burkina Faso in Africa was presented with a plaque recognizing her special efforts and success with the PICS program.  Department Head Steve Yaninek made the presentation.  Clémentine is pictured here with Dieudonné Baributsa, who is directing the PICS 3 program.​

Extension provides ANR training and prepares first responders

​Tim Gibb

Date Added: 3/20/2015

Extension.bmpOn Feb 5th the Purdue Entomology Extension Team invited County Extension Educators from throughout the state to come to Purdue as guests for a full day of hands-on, face-to-face Entomological training.   

Objectives of the meeting were to update the county educators on issues such as how to recognize and manage pests that have recently or will soon become serious pests in our state.  Arming county extension partners with the latest entomological information and updates will allow them to be more effective in their role as educators.   

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Buzzy Bee

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
March 12, 2015

Photo: John Obermeyer

Date Added: 3/17/2015

IBuzzy Bee.jpgf you are a baby boomer, or the parent of a baby boomer or two, you might remember a toy called Buzzy Bee. Buzzy Bee was one of the children's toys widely marketed in the U.S. during the 1950s. This was back in "BC" - before computers - so kids didn't have screen time on devices such as cell phones and video games to keep them occupied. 


This was a time when watching a TV screen was generally a family affair. The choice of what to watch was limited, because there were only three TV networks in those days. Shows such "Ozzie & Harriet", "The Red Skelton Show," "Leave It to Beaver," "Dennis the Menace" and "Lassie" were standard fare. Roy Rogers, Davy Crockett and Sky King were western heroes who engaged in fierce six-shooter battles with bad guys. There were "Looney Tunes" cartoons and a kids' variety show - "The Mickey Mouse Club." What baby boomer can forget the Mickey Mouse ear hats, the Mouseketeer roll call and the names Annette, Bobby and Doreen?  

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Zaspel lab undergrad receives award

​J. Zaspel

Date Added: 3/16/2015

Robert Behring PERC.jpgOne of the undergraduate students doing research in Dr. Zaspel's lab, Robert Behring, recently received a grant from the Prairie Biotic Research, INC.  The award was for $1,000 and the title of the project is: Ecology, Distribution, and Behavior of the Meadow Rue Owlet Moth Calyptra canadensis (Lepidoptera: Erebidae).  [Robert is on the left in the photo!]


Congratulations to all!

Baby Insects

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
February 26, 2015

Photo: John Obermeyer


Date Added: 3/10/2015

Hornworm.jpgMany years ago I did media training in preparation for a national tour promoting the O. Orkin Insect Zoo at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As part of the training I participated in a mock TV interview with a former TV anchorman. I was ready. I had "talking points" and some flea larvae for show and tell.   


After the practice interview the trainer pointed out that I had used a term that at least 90 percent of my audience would not recognize. The term was larvae. He asked rhetorically, "Exactly what are larvae?" "Larvae are immature insects," I replied. "So if larvae are baby insects," he said, "why not call them that?" My media trainer then pointed out that if I really wanted to get my message across I would have to use words that general audiences would understand, not scientific jargon.

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Jeff Stuart's research cited in Ag News

​Natalie van Hoose
Agriculture News - March 2, 2015

Photo courtesy of Andrew Nuss

Date Added: 3/4/2015

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Jeff Stuart and his research team are featured in this week's issue of Purdue University Agriculture News.  The team has sequenced the Hessian fly genome and helped figure out how this insect causes galls in wheat.


To read the entire story, click on Jeff Stuart's research.

Murdock and Baributsa attend Millionaires Club luncheon

​B. York

Date Added: 2/23/2015

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Larry Murdock and Dieudonné Baributsa attended the Millionaire's Club Luncheon on February 11, 2015 in the Anniversary Drawing Room of the Purdue Memorial Union.  The Excellence in Research Awards dinner celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of Purdue's research community, so in 2005 the College of Agriculture started its own Millionaire's Club to recognize CoA faculty who have been awarded a one million dollar (or higher) grant.   

Drs. Murdock and Baributsa were awarded ten million dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to launch the third phase of the PICS program, PICS3.


Grzegorz Buczkowski featured in Purdue Ag News

​Natalie  Van  Hoose

Date Added: 2/19/2015

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The February 18, 2015 issue of Purdue University Agriculture News featured research on ants and hydrogel bait by Grzegorz Buczkowski.  To read the entire article, click managing invasive ants.


You may have noticed this article in the February 19th Exponent under the "ETYMOLOGY" section on Page 2!
PICS technology saving crops in Malawi

​James Chavula
The Nation
February 1, 2015

Date Added: 2/17/2015

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The newspaper headline shouts, "Improved sack kills weevils."  Important news in a country where the insects destroy a quarter of the stored grains harvested by small farmers in this southeast African nation.  To read the entire article published in The Nation on February 1, 2015, click PICS Helps Malawi. 

Pass the honey, Honey

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
February 12, 2015

Date Added: 2/13/2015


Honey, as you know, is a sweet substance. It is also a wonderful food. No one can say how long humans have been eating honey. There are numerous mentions of honey in the Old Testament of the Bible, and rock paintings dating back some 8,000 years depict humans collecting honey from bee nests. It is probably safe to assume that humans have been eating honey for most of our existence.


We have learned about some of the foods in the diet of ancient humans because identifiable pieces and parts of food items show up in the fossil record. Bones and shells from animals and stems and seeds from plants don't disintegrate rapidly and persist in rock formations discovered by archeologists. On the other hand, a liquid such as honey is not likely to be preserved in such a way. 


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Nick Seiter (BS '07, MS '09) cited in Arkansas TV news video on Kudzu bug

​B. York

Date Added: 2/5/2015



​Purdue entomology alumnus Nicholas Seiter was recently interviewed by an Arkansas television station.  Nick is an extension entomologist who did his PhD on Kudzu bug, which has now found its way into Arkansas. 

To watch the video clip and read the entire article, click on Nick Seiter's interview.
Ian Kaplan in Ag Research Spotlight in January

​B. York

Date Added: 2/2/2015
Dr. Ian Kaplan is featured this month in the Ag Research Spotlight to underscore the theme, “Strengthening ecological and environmental integrity in agricultural landscapes.”
To read the article, click Ian in the Spotlight.
Pilgrim among Insects

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
January 22, 2015

Date Added: 1/26/2015

VaseBookEnd200.jpgA number of years ago a boyhood friend sent me a book. He liked the book and thought I would enjoy it as well. The book reminded him of the carefree, bygone times of our youth. Days when two young farm boys traipsed through meadows, roadsides and streams, wallowing in everything that nature had to offer.  He also said that the book had a lot of insect stuff in it so it was right down my alley. 

The book was "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" by Annie Dillard. It wasn't just another nature book but the 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winner for General Non-Fiction. It is a book about nature, spirituality and religion. Many people have compared the book to the work of Henry David Thoreau. That is an apt comparison. Dillard actually did her college senior thesis on Thoreau's work. Furthermore, she lived for a year at Tinker Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and kept a journal of her thoughts and observations that became the basis for the book.

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Four from ENTM receive 2015 Provost Awards

​B. York

Date Added: 1/23/2015

2015 Provost Awards.jpgCERIS staff members Joe Hegarty and Preston Wiley received Provost Awards at the luncheon held Thursday, January 22, 2015 in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.  Joe has been with Purdue for 30 years, and Preston observed his 10th anniversary with the University.

Other award winners were Tammy Luck (35 years) and Susan Schechter (20 years)  Congratulations to all!
Pictured here are department head Steve Yaninek, Preston Wiley, Joe Hegarty, and CERIS director Eileen Luke.
Grzegorz Buczkowski part of AgSEED venture
​Keith Robinson
Date Added: 1/16/2015


Dr. Grzegorz Buczkowski participated as a research team member in a recent AgSEED project.  In case you missed it in the recent issue of Agricultures magazine, go to this link to read the full article​: AgSEED Project.

Insect Insults
​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
January 8, 2015
Date Added: 1/13/2015

ShakespeareBookRoaches800.jpgNo one is better known for use of words in the English language than William Shakespeare. The Bard, lo those many years ago, composed 43 works consisting of 884,421 words. For all of us remembering those dreaded writing assignments in high school, that is over 4,400 themes of 200 words each!

Shakespeare used 31,534 individual words in his writing. Don't you sometimes wonder who counts these things? Shakespeare no doubt had a large vocabulary, but he also coined words and phrases, many of which are commonly used today. For words such as eyeball, farmhouse, gossip, rawboned and sanctimonious, we can thank ol' William. It was Shakespeare's creativity that also gave us these phrases: naked truth, money's worth, one fell swoop, own flesh and blood, the short and the long of it and cold-blooded.

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2014 MRTF Award goes to Tim Gibb
​B. York
Date Added: 1/8/2015

Gibb_Tim.JPGDr. Timothy Gibb, ​Insect Diagnostician and Turf Pest manager, has been selected to received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation.  The award will be presented on January 22, 2015 at the MRFT Award Ceremony in Indianapolis as part of Indiana Green Expo.  Congratulations, Tim!

The Christmas Fly
Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
December 24, 2014
Date Added: 12/30/2014

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Ah, the joyous Christmas season! A time of festive celebrations - at work, at schools, at private homes and certainly at churches. 

Everywhere you go there are Christmas decorations. As a popular Christmas song recounts: "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style." Those words are the introduction to "Silver Bells," composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans in 1950. Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell sang the now classic carol in the movie "The Lemon Drop Kid." Bing Crosby and Carol Richards were the first to record the song.

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Brittany Peterson featured in Graduate Ag Research Spotlight
​Wendy Madore
Date Added: 12/19/2014

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Brittany Peterson is the featured graduate student in the current edition of Purdue Agriculture Graduate Ag Research Spotlight.  Her write-up appears below.   

​Science was always a strong suit for Brittany Peterson, an Air Force brat who spent her high school years in a suburb of St. Louis.  "I was fascinated by opportunities to make discoveries," she says.  Peterson earned a bachelor's in microbiology at Western Illinois University as a likely precursor to medical school.  She hadn't considered graduate school until her thesis advisor, an ichthyologist, encouraged her to think instead about a career in research. 

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Cesar Cabra featured in Ag Research Spotlight
​B. York
Date Added: 12/12/2014


Cesar Cabra, Colombian intern with Jeff Holland, was featured in the Global Student Ag Research Spotlight.  He is a researcher with the Undergraduate Research Experience Purdue-Colombia program . . . (UREP-C).  His segment is reproduced here.
"Cesar Cabra's research in the department of entomology is focused on hardwood ecosystem experiments that include various approaches to understanding the conservation of natural resources.  He is part of the "beetle crew" directed by Dr. Jeff Holland.  He leads an "Intrepid lab team" (as the people now know them) deep into the forest to collect, clean, and rebuild beetle traps.  Cesar and his team enumerate species that affect trees in search of ecological bio-indicators of biodiversity loss and environmental fragmentation." 
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