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Mudge Week - 2015

Benjamin Franklin Mudge

On 23-28 March 2015 we will celebrate our Annual Mudge Week. Benjamin Franklin Mudge (right) was one of the first faculty to teach at what was then the Kansas State Agricultural College, later Kansas State University, starting in 1865. He taught the first entomology course at Kansas State ("Insects Injurious to Vegetation"), and it was also the first economic entomology course taught anywhere in the United States. He also taught courses in astronomy, physics, meteorology, botany, zoology, physiology, mineralogy, geology, physical geography, agricultural chemistry, among others. He was beloved by students, so it is entirely appropriate that we have a week of student-centered activities named in his honor. To learn more about this remarkable man, read this memorial written two years after his death in 1879.


2015 Mudge Week Activities and Schedule

23 March

  • Hopkins Colloquium Speaker: Dr, Jay Rosenheim (University of California, Davis):
    • Luncheon with students at noon
    • Hopkins Seminar: "Ecoinformatics for agricultural entomology: using data from farms to solve problems on farms" at 4:00 pm in Waters 328

25 March

  • Special Speaker: Elisabeth Vanderlip, granddaughter of George A. Dean, the first head of the Entomology Department at KSU will share about her grandfather, from 12-1 pm in Waters 126
26 March
28 March
  • Potluck Departmental Spring Social and Awards Luncheon at Konza Prairie (starting at 1:00 pm).

    • At the Social we will announce:
      - Scholarship recipients
      - Perry L. Adkisson Three-minute competition winners (MS and PhD)
      - Awards of Excellence for Administrative and Technical Support

  • And as if that weren't enough, the Popenoe Entomology Club will announce:
       - Club MVP (most valuable Popenoe)
       - Faculty of the Year

3-Minute Thesis Winners:

(l to r: Tom Phillips presenting): Chen Du (1st in MS), Rukmini Puri Giri (2nd in MS), Ryan Schmid (1st in PhD), and Josh Urban (2nd in PhD)

3MT Winners

Mini-Grant Recipients ($500 each):

(l to r: Tom Phillips presenting) Ryan Schmid and Anastasia Cooper


Scholarship Winners for 2015:
Fred Clute Scholarship  Barbara Amoah
Floyd Holmes Scholarship Alice Harris
Reginald H. Painter Scholarship  Philip Freda
Joe Pankaskie Scholarship Anastasia Cooper
Sonny and Gita Ramaswamy Scholarship  Erick Cordeiro
Roger C. Smith PhD Scholarship  Alan Burke