Welcome to Entomology!
What Entomology is, and why you should care -
Entomology is the study of insects, but also embraces the study of other Arthropods, including spiders, ticks, and mites. Arthropods are the most diverse and abundant macro-organisms on earth, and have a great impact on us throughout our lives. Entomology is a broad science that addresses many relevant issues. We compete with insects for our food, and there is an emphasis in our department on protecting crops from insect attack in the field and after harvest to help provide safe and healthy food to mankind. Arthropods also transmit numerous serious diseases to humans (malaria, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Leishmaniasis, and many more), and work in our department addresses how transmission occurs and how to stop it to foster global human health. Arthropods provide great insights into our place on the planet and the vast diversity of life and how it developed. Work in our department is addressing the great diversity of Arthropods, and how the myriad life histories have evolved in ecological and historical contexts, helping us know how to protect and conserve our world for generations to come.
General Department Information
Dr. John Reese Named a 2013 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. John Reese, Professor of Entomology at K-State, was selected as a Fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest scientific organization (the official announcement is here). He was selected for distinguished contributions to entomological sciences, particularly in the fields of plant-insect interactions and plant resistance to insects. Dr. Reese's research focuses on plant resistance to insects. He specializes in aphid salivary enzymes in insect-plant interactions, functionality of genes in aphid salivary glands, plant resistance to aphids and plant tolerance to aphid feeding damage. Dr. Reese has published more than 120 peer reviewed journal articles. This is a singular honor, with Dr Reese joining another member of our department, Dr. Kun Yan Zhu (2012 Fellow), as 2 of only 19 AAAS Fellows at Kansas State University. Congratulations, John!
Dr. Raul Guedes Receives 2013 Distinguished Alum Award From Department
Dr. Raul Guedes (pictured, left in image receiving the award from Department Head John Ruberson), who received his PhD in 1997 under the co-direction of Drs. Srini Kambhampati and Kun Yan Zhu, was presented with the 2013 Distinguished Alum Award from the Department of Entomology on Thursday, 7 November 2013. Dr. Guedes has had a very successful career at the Federal University of Viçosa, the top-ranked agricultural university in Brazil. He has built a strong international reputation in pesticide-arthropod interactions, stored product pests, insect communications, and arthropod ecophysiology. An author on 133 refereed journal articles and 12 book chapters, he has trained 11 PhD and 18 MS students, and is currently directing 4 MS and 3 PhD students. He is currently supporting 2 postdoctoral researchers, and has previously directed 6 others. He is also serving as the Scientific Director of the Arthur Bernardes Foundation (Research Foundation of the Federal University of Viçosa) and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. He presented an excellent seminar on Thursday, 7 November, entitled "Insecticides in insects: Too Much of a Good Thing ....?". The seminar video is available by clicking here or on the picture at left.
Entomology PhD Student Barbara Amoah Receives National Honor
Barbara Amoah recently was awarded a "Love of Learning" Award of $500 by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi - the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. She was one of 147 recipients of the award nationwide across all disciplines. Barbara is a member of the the Kansas State University chapter of the Society. The Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award was initiated in 2007 to help fund graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, and travel related to teaching and studies for active Society members. Barbara came to Kansas State University from Ghana. Congratulations, Barbara!
Dr. Brian McCornack and Team Garner National Australian Award
KSU Assistant Professor of Entomology Brian McCornack is part of the Global CSI Team, with Jonathan Marshall of Bondi Labs (Australia) and others, that has been awarded the 2013 Inclusive Innovators Challenge sponsored by the Business for Millennium Development (B4MD), an Australia-based not-for-profit organization. B4MD invited teams from leading institutions, companies, and NGOs throughout Australia to compete at the Australian Business Congress in Sydney, Australia, in August 2013 to pitch new inclusive business concepts – scalable, commercially viable ways of working with low-income people to develop communities. This 2-day event attracted over 1100 senior corporate professionals who were seeking new ways to grow or reinvent their businesses. The team’s “Plant Doctor Game” was selected based on its ability to meet Millennium Development Goals. The Plant Doctor Game is an educational video game (serious game) that will be playable on low-end mobile devices and is designed to develop and improve core plant health diagnostic skills of agricultural extension workers in developing countries. Initially, the game is intended to complement the current face-to-face plant-doctor training program but is moving towards scalable, comprehensive training modules. Through this award BM4D will offer their services to help the Global CSI team to develop their business model and leverage their global network as the team continues development of the serious game. Congratulations, Brian!
Dr. Kun Yan Zhu Important Part of 2013 Award-winning Regional Project
KSU Entomologist Kun Yan Zhu is an active participant in the Western Region Regional Project that was selected as the 2013 winner of the Western Region Excellence in Multistate Research Award. This project was selected the best out of 34 Western Region regional research projects. The Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors presented the Award in recognition of the excellent productivity and outputs of regional multistate project W-2045, entitled "Agrochemical Impacts on Human and Environmental Health: Mechanisms and Mitigation". The participants in the project are actively researching solutions to managing agricultural pests using chemical tools that have minimal environmental and human impact, and on reducing risks of harmful chemicals in food and fiber production systems. Congratulations to Kun Yan and the other project participants!
Three Entomology Grad Students Earn Awards at 2013 ESA-NCB meeting
KSU Department of Entomology graduate students presented and won awards for their presentations at the North Central Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Rapid City, 16-19 June 2013. Salehe Abbar (pictured, left) was awarded 2nd Place in the Plant-Insect Ecosystem Section PhD posters for her poster entitled “Evaluation of low risk compounds as methyl bromide alternatives to manage ham mite, Tyrophagus putrescentiae”. Her major professor is Dr. Tom Phillips. Barbara Amoah (pictured, middle) was awarded 3rd Place in the Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology/Medical, Urban, and Veterinary Entomology sections of the PhD oral competition for her paper entitled “Towards IPM of the mold mite, Tyrophagus putrescentiae: Trapping and monitoring mite populations in ham processing facilities”. Her major professor is Dr. Tom Phillips. And Alice Harris (pictured, right) was awarded 3rd Place in the Plant-Insect Ecosystems section of the PhD oral competition for her paper entitled “Reduced insecticide use in soybean fields: A look into the development of site-specific strategies to manage Dectes texanus”. Alice’s major professor is Dr. Brian McCornack.
Scholarship Winner, Maricela Robles-Murguia, Meets Donor, Floyd Holmes, at College of Agriculture Scholarship Brunch
Maricela Robles-Murguia (left), PhD student with Dr. Marcelo Ramalho-Ortigao, met with Alum Floyd Holmes at the Scholarship Brunch on 4 May 2013. Maricela was the winner of the Floyd Holmes Scholarship, and had the opportunity to have brunch with Mr. Holmes himself. Mr. Holmes earned both his BS and MS from K-State in Entomology and went on to a long and very successful career, serving during World War II in the Army's medical entomology group in the Pacific, and subsequently in industry, where he had a wide range of experiences and was involved in building the foundation for many modern insect control technologies. He has kindly shared his success with rising generations of students as a very generous donor to the department for many years, and is greatly committed to Entomology students and their success. Thank you, Mr. Holmes, and congratulations Maricela!
Student Scholarship and Three-minute Thesis Winners Presented
The winners of the 2013 student scholarships and the Three-minute Thesis competition are available here. Congratulations to all of the winners!
The Department of Entomology has an excellent, highly-ranked faculty committed to research, teaching, and extension in diverse contemporary disciplines related to entomological science. Kansas State University is a major research institution which also places high value on its teaching and extension programs. The university is located in Manhattan, within the scenic Flint Hills Region. Read More.