It’s PHOTO TIME in TENNESSEE! ‘Bug’ photos, that is! Our department hosted our second annual UT Creepy Crawly Photo Contest from October 2nd to October 21st, 2020. All submitted photos must have been taken on the UT campus in 2019 or 2020. And they were graded from 1) Best ‘Creepy Crawly’ Photo, 2) Scariest Photo, 3) Most Humorous Photo (and new this year) 4) Scariest Photoshop, and Most Humorous Photoshop. A Best of Show has yet to be determined but will also be awarded! Stay Tuned! This contest was hosted by the students in FYS 129 (“A Bug’s Life”) and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology! We had a great turn out this year and can’t wait for the next.
Last week, the Office of Research and Engagement interviewed one of our students and featured them in the recent graduate student spotlight. Please look below for a snippet of their newsletter and be sure to click the link below for the full story! A newsletter from the Office of Research and Engagement Matthew Longmire grew up on his family farm in Clinton, TN, so it was no surprise that he became interested in research on agricultural systems. The fact that he can do this while incorporating another life-long fascination—bugs—is just the icing on the cake. Longmire is a graduate student in entomology and plant pathology at the UT Institute of Agriculture, and his research studies the
The Forty-seventh Annual Conference of the Tennessee Entomological Society was held on October 9th, 2020. The event kicked off with a student paper competition, graduate and undergraduate. We are pleased to announce that the victors from both categories were from our department! Please give recognition and praise to our hard-working researchers: Graduate Competition 1st Place: Swati Mishra, PhD Student– Characterization of resistance to insecticidal double-stranded RNA in a Colorado potato beetle population 2nd Place: Gary Edwards, MS Student– Distribution of the odorous house ant, Tapinoma sessile, clades in East Tennessee and potential cryptic species status Undergraduate Competition: 1st Place: Marlo Black, EPP undergraduate– The common bed bug, Cimex
We interviewed Tara Rickman to share her story: