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Department of Entomology

Department of Entomology
123 W. Waters Hall
1603 Old Claflin Place
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-4004

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Entomology Seminar Series

The Department of Entomology sponsors a seminar series covering a wide range of topics and speakers. Seminars are normally held on Mondays of the spring and fall semesters. We typically enjoy some social time with light snacks from 3:40 until 4 pm, when the seminar begins. Please come and join us!

In addition to maintaining a high caliber of speakers, each year the department recognizes alumni and other scientists for their contributions to the science of entomology via the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Theodore L. Hopkins Distinguished Colloquium Award. The students of the Popenoe Entomology Club also select the Popenoe Speaker each year and sponsor his or her visit to the department.

NOTE: Seminars in Waters 231 are streamed live using Zoom. If you would like to watch them live (all times are Central US time), you can join us (and please, if you watch by Zoom have your microphone muted!):

o   Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/2821995612
o   Or join by phone: +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll) or +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll)    Meeting ID: 282 199 5612


Fall 2015 - Mondays at 4 pm, Waters 231
(unless otherwise noted)


DateSpeaker and Presentation Topic/Title
Sep 14Dr. Daniel Swale (Louisiana State University, guest of Yoonseong Park), "Chemical genetics of ion channels: An under-explored but essential component of insect physiology"
Sep 21Luaay Khalaf, Ph.D. Research Proposal (Advisor: Mike Smith), "Assessment of Wheat Curl Mite, Aceria tosichella Keifer, virulence and avirulence on mite-resistant wheat"
Sep 28Dr. Christian Stauffer (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna; guest of Greg Ragland), "Population differentiation in forest insects – the molecular ecology of two prominent European spruce bark beetles"
Oct 5Dr. Youngho Kim (Postdoctoral Associate with Kun Yan Zhu), “Molecular variations of acetylcholinesterase allowing multiple physiological functions in insects”
Oct 12Moustapha Issa, Ph.D. Research Proposal (Advisor: Kun Yan Zhu), “Aerosol insecticides for managing stored product insect pests: Meta-analysis and experimental evaluation of efficacy”
Oct 19Dr. Kirby Stafford (Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station), 2015 KSU Department of Entomology Distinguished Alumnus Recipient, Title TBA
Oct 26Ryan Schmid, Ph.D. Research Proposal (Advisor: Brian McCornack), “Potential Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), attractants and trap deployment strategies"
Nov 2Dr. Barbara Bentz (USDA Forest Service; guest of Greg Ragland), “Divergent natural selection in mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae), a native tree-killer in the western United States”
Nov 9 ESA Presentation Practice for Students
Nov 12*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DAY, TIME LOCATION: Dr. John Gamble (KSRE/College of Agriculture Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator), “Current safety issues”.  3-4 PM, WA126
Nov 23 No seminar - Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 30Phil Freda, Ph.D. Research Proposal (Advisor: Greg Ragland), Evolution of complex life cycles: Is performance constrained across metamorphosis?
Dec 7 Jessica Thomson, Ph.D. Research Proposal (Advisors: Ludek Zurek & Dana Naduch),Escherichia coli and Salmonella Typhimurium in the common house fly (Musca domestica L.): Gut immunity and bacterial procurement, interactions, and transmission in and among house flies”
Streaming Video

Some Seminars are available LIVE via streaming video (using windows media player). Go to video page before the start of seminar . Archived seminars are available the week following seminar.

Other Seminars

Check out a list of seminars in other departments