Department of Entomology
123 W. Waters Hall
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.


Fall 2014 - Monday at 4 pm, Waters 328

(unless otherwise noted)


DateSpeaker and Presentation Topic/Title
Sep 83-minute talks by various Entomology Faculty
Sep 15Grad Student Research proposals: Rukmini Puri (KSU Entomology): Role of muscoid flies in the ecology of Shiga-toxicogenic E. coli (STEC) in cattlefeedlots; and Chen Du (KSU Entomology): Characterization of a family of SSGP genes and miRNAs in Hessian fly-wheat interaction
Sep 22Dan Boyle (KSU Biology): Potential applications of modern scanning electron microscopy and elemental analysis
Sep 29Timothy Durrett (KSU Biochemistry): Elucidating and exploiting the unusual substrate specificity of a membrane-bound O-acyltransferase (MBOAT)
Oct 6Deborah Finke (University of Missouri): The cascading effects of predator diversity on an insect-vectored plant pathogen
Oct 13Grad Student Research proposal: Darren Snyder (KSU Entomology): Biting midge control and disease surveillance
Oct 20Grad Student Research proposal: Robert Ewing (KSU Entomology): Do brown recluse spiders (BRS), Loxosceles reclusa Gertsch and Mulaik 1940 (Araneae, Sicariidae), derive greater benefit from dead prey than live prey?
Oct 27Grad Student Research proposal: John Girvin (KSU Entomology): Barley yellow dwarf virus presence in aphids across Kansas
Nov 3Michael E. Scharf (Purdue University): The termite gut as a physiological foundation that underlies termite sociality
Nov 10 
Nov 17 
Nov 24No Seminar - Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 1Yoonseong Park (KSU Entomology): Evolution and functions of insect neuropeptides and their receptors
Dec 8Cheolho Sim (Baylor University): Identification and assessment of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) between Culex complex mosquitoes
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