Amanda Buchanan has accepted a postdoc position to work on a project jointly funded to Matt Grieshop’s and our lab. Her focus will be on asparagus related experiments this summer.
We also have to new graduate students joining the VegEnt lab; Margie Lund will be starting this June, and will be working on an organic project dealing with the impact of tillage practices and cover crops on insects in agroecosystems. Ari Grode is currently transitioning from undergrad to grad student status and will be working on a project looking at the relationship between onion thrips and a bacterial disease of onions.
Nicole and Adam won MSU Entomology Department Awards, each worth $1,500. The awards were given out at the Spring MSU Entomology Picnic on May 1. Congratulations!
Adam Ingrao received the prestigious NSF Graduate Student Fellowship, which will provide funding for his tuition and salary for the next 3 years.
Coincidentally, he found out about this good news on the same day when he successfully defended his PhD thesis proposal and officially became a PhD candidate.
Adam’s PhD research focuses on arthropod predators in Michigan asparagus agroecosystems and asparagus plant volatiles that could be used to manipulate natural enemies.
Congratulations to Nicole for winning in the Student Competition for the President’s Prize at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Portland, Oregon! Her 10 minute oral presentation was about how different types of tillage and mulches influence insects, such as seed predators, in a squash field.
Congratulations to Adam, Jeremy, Nicole and Katie for receiving this year’s Michigan Vegetable Industry Scholarship Award ($1,500 each). The scholarships will be presented during the banquet program at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO on Dec. 10 in Grand Rapids, MI.
Congratulations to M.S. student Nicole Quinn for receiving Northcentral SARE‘s graduate student grant in support of her research on enhancing pollinators with flowers in cucurbits. The ~$10,000 will go towards undergraduate support in the field season, supplies and travel.
Two new publications from the lab are now in press. One is by former Ph.D. student, Rob Morrison; an asparagus beetle profile to be published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. The other paper is from work conducted by former M.S. student, Alex Bryant, on biological control of cabbages pests.
Congratulations to three current and former lab members for winning entomology department awards that were given out at the spring picnic. The Paul Wooly Award for outstanding total M.S. program went to former student Alex Bryant who is currently a 4H extension agent at the University of Kentucky. The Robert Dreisbach Award for outstanding total Ph.D. program went to Rob Morrison, who also won the 2013 Bughouse Volunteer of the Year award. Jeremy Jubenville won the 2013 Gene Rhodes Thompson Fellowship.
Congratulations to Katie Demeuse for winning the poster competition at MSU’s Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) in the Agriculture and Animal Science Section. She presented her work on the genetic regulation of insecticide resistance in Colorado potato beetles.
Rob successfully defended his Ph.D. on his asparagus miner research this week! Congratulations and we wish you good luck with your next steps!