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Cliff Sadof helps create app to deal with EAB

​Gretchen Frazee

Date Added: 5/20/2015

​A Tree Doctor app is available to assist homeowners in early detection and treatment of Emerald Ash Borer activity in their trees.  Cliff Sadof helped develop this app so that more ash trees can be protected.  


To read WFYI's descrption of the app's value, go to EAB app.

Larry Murdock named Distinguished Professor

​B. York
Photo: Ben Prickel

Date Added: 5/15/2015

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On Friday, May 15, 2015, the Board of Trustees named Larry L. Murdock a distinguished professor of entomology.  This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a faculty member and this is the first entomology professor to receive the designation.​  After the BoT meeting, a well-attended reception honoring Dr. Murdock was held in the department.  Dean of Agriculture Jay Akridge and Department Head Steve Yaninek offered comments, and former department head Eldon Ortman also attended.


To view the official Purdue News announcement, click on distinguished professor.

40% of bee colonies lost nationally

​Kelly Roberts, May 13, 2015

Date Added: 5/14/2015


A local new team talked with area beekeepers, as well as Tom Turpin, to explain the drastic mortality rate among honeybees.  Many local beekeepers have lost more than half of their hives.


To read the article from, click honeybee colonies dying.

Swarms Hanging Around

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs - May 14, 2015

Date Added: 5/14/2015

​If I were asked to create a “Top Ten” list of truly amazing things that insects do, I would have to include the swarming behavior of honey bees on that list. To be sure, as a beekeeper I must admit that I am a bit biased in my attitude toward honey bees. A person who studies honey bee biology or learns firsthand by owning a colony or two of the little creatures cannot help but view these insects with admiration.


There are several aspects of honey bee biology that might qualify for my “Top Ten” list. One is that the industrious bees process nectar into honey that is stored as a food resource for winter months. Humans steal a lot of “the fruit of the hive” from bees for our use.  Honey bees are also pollinators, an ecological partnership with plants that results in seed set and fruit production. Then there is the honey bee dance. Bees use this dance, sometimes called a waggle dance, to communicate the direction and distance of flowers to other bees.

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PICS Team receives Corps of Engagement Award

​S. Yaninek

Date Added: 5/13/2015

Murdock Engagement Award.jpgCongratulations to the PICS team for their award from the Purdue Office of Engagement on May 13, 2015.  The Corps of Engagement Award was received by the team that included Larry Murdock and Dieudonne Baributsa from Entomology, as well as those listed below for their work on Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) post harvest storage technomogy.  Enclosed are photos from the awards ceremony.  The medium is stored as view only, but Beth York can provide copies upon request. 


Other member of the PICS team include: Corinne Alexander, Carole Braund, Natalie carroll, Heather Fabries, Joan Fulton, William Horan, Katy Ibrahim, Jess Lowenberg-Deboer, Lisa Mauer, Amanda Mosiman, George Okantey, Maria Restrepo-Turner, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, and Charles Woloshuk.


View photos at Engagement Award photos.

USDA-NIFA says Agriculture a great field for new grads

​B. York

Date Added: 5/12/2015

​Information reported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture discloses that "One of the best fields for new college graduates? Agriculture."  To view the entire article, click on ​Ag a great field for grads.

Hoosier Hysteria includes Entomology

​B. York

Date Added: 5/8/2015

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Julie Speelman spent the day on Friday, May 8th with 165 fourth graders at ​Prairie Trace School in Carmel, Indiana, as part of their Hoosier Hysteria program.  The children were split into three groups and Julie gave each group a 40-minute presentation on Indiana aquatic insects and how they have adapted to life underwater.  The children were so excited about her visit that they created this welcome poster for her and insisted on giving it to her when she left.  The original is posted in the hallway outside the main office in Smith Hall (room 100) and will remian there for a few days for any who would like to see it.

Christian Oseto partners with Envision Center on grasshopper dissection

​David Stephens

Date Added: 5/7/2015

DGrasshopper.jpgr. Christian Oseto has partnered with ITaP's Envision Center on a virtual dissection program.  This technology allows students to practice a dissection ​in the virtual realm before doing an actual dissection in Entomology 207.  


To view the article on the new technology as written for the Information Technology page, click on virtual dissection.

Entomology well represented at Spring Awards Program

​B. York

Date Added: 5/7/2015

Entomology faculty and staff received numerous awards at the Spring Awards Program​College of Agriculture Recognition Program held on April 27, 2015 in the PMU Ballrooms.  To see a complete list of all honorees, click on Spring Awards.

Entomology now the face of research at Purdue

​B. York, S. Yaninek

Date Added: 5/4/2015

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The Facebook page entitled "Research at Purdue" carries this exerpt: "Check out our new cover photo, a 3D render using circuit theory to model the flow of beneficial predatory insects across a county simultaneously through thousands of potential pathways. The image, supplied by Jeffrey D. Holland, associate professor of landscape ecology and biodiversity in the Department of Entomology, represents a project that he published in Ecological Applications."  The cover photo from the Facebook article is included here.


The ESA (Ecological Society of America) journal article referenced is entitled "Graph and circuit theory connectivity models of conservation biological control agents," and appears in Volume 23, Issue 7 of the publication.  To read the article in its entirety, go to Jeff Holland's 3D render.

Celebration of Graduate Teaching Excellence

​S. Yaninek

Date Added: 4/30/2015

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Yesterday the Purdue University Teaching Academy (Chris Oseto, Tom Turpin and Al York are members) and the Center for Instructional Excellence hosted the 17th Annual Celebration of Graduate Training Excellence in Ross-Ade Stadium’s Shively Club. 
Mahsa Fardisi was nominated for the Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award.  Brittany Peterson was selected for the Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award (she also attended the event - photo attached), and Faith Weeks earned her Advanced Graduate Teacher Certificate.  Congratulations to Mahsa, Brittany and Faith!
Gene White (MS '96) promoted at Rentokil NA

​PCT Magazine
April 29, 2015

Date Added: 4/29/2015


Entomology alumnus Gene White (MS '96) has bee promoted at Rentokil North America, the compnay he joined in 2013.  Rentokil operates pest management companies in the United States, Mexico and Canada. 


To read the entire article from PCT magazine (Pest Control Technology) click Gene White promoted.

Alumnus Stoy Hedges receives honor


Date Added: 4/28/2015

Stoy HStoy Hedges HS Honor.jpgedges, BS '81, was honored Saturday night by his high school as their "Alumnus of the Year."  The plaque presented during the proceedings states: 


Mooresville High School Alumni Association Award - STOY HEDGES, Class of 1977 - Whose Accomplishments Have Reflected Honor on Mooresville High School.


Congratulations to Stoy!

As the Worm Turns

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
April 23, 2015

Date Added: 4/24/2015

Worm.bmpMy mother always referred to a day or two in springtime as a wormy day. One day this month - April 15 to be exact - was such a day here in central Indiana and not just because income taxes were due! At least that is how it appeared to me when I walked down our asphalt driveway to retrieve the morning newspaper. Worms were crawling every which way on the road.


It was one of those spring days that began with an early morning rain. An April shower of the type that is purported to bring May flowers. But this little bit of precipitation also brought worms to paved roadways and sidewalks.

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Greg Hunt and Krispn Given quoted in Exponent this week

​Abbey Wilson
Purdue Exponent Online
April 21, 2015

Date Added: 4/23/2015

​The Purdue Exponent featured an article about bees in the April 21st issue and included quotes from both Dr. Greg Hunt and Krispn Given in the Hunt lab.  Entitled "The buzz about honey bees," you can view the entire article by clicking the buzz about honey bees.

Greg Hunt quoted by Christian Science Monitor

​Samantha Laine
The Christian Science Monitor
April 17, 2015

Date Added: 4/21/2015


A truck crash in Washington state prompted a call to Dr. Greg Hunt after millions of angry bees escaped.  To read his comments and the entire article, click on bees flee truck crash.

President Daniels cites PICS research in addressing global food security

​Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
April 15, 2015

Date Added: 4/20/2015

Mitch Daniels.jpgDuring his presentation at the Global Food Security Symposium 2015 organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, President Mitch Daniels mentioned the PICS project:

"Perhaps most illustrative are the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags.  What started as a simple realization by an entomology professor that without oxygen, crop-destroying insects couldn't metabolize starch into water, has become an innovative crop storage solution that has already saved farmers in West and Central Africa millions of dollars in lost crops at a cost of less than 1 penny per pound of crop produced."
You can read the entire article by clicking on Daniels credits PICS.
Chicago Post-Tribune highlights Bug Bowl

​Joan Dittmann
Freelance columnist
April 15, 2015

Photo courtesy John Obermeyer

Date Added: 4/17/2015

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​​An article carried this week in the Chicago Post-Tribune Describes Spring Fest and highlights the Bug Bowl activities.  Entitled "Family destinations: Visitors go buggy over Spring Fest at Purdue," you can read the entire article here.

Linda Mason is "In the Spotlight" in Purdue Today

​Purdue Today
April 14, 2015

Date Added: 4/14/2015


Purdue Profiles: Linda Mason
Linda Mason has a storied career in entomology.  She's implemented and presented her pest management programs in numerous countries such as Greece and Japan.  She's also appeared on national television shows, including MTV's "Road Rules" and "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, all in the name of entomology.  Mason has been a professor of entomology at Purdue since 1991, but her more recent appointment as associate dean of the Graduate School has allowed her to share her passion for preofessional development with all graduate students.


Invasive beetle found in Indiana


Date Added: 4/14/2015
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The Walnut Twig Beetle - the insect involved in Thousand Cankers Disease of Black Walnut - has been detected in Indiana for the first time at a Franklin County sawmill.  To read the DNRs press release, click walnut twig beetle.
Shown here are a walnut twig beetle and the cankers they can cause.

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