Laurie Barley Awarded the UTIA Extension “Award of Excellence”

Laurie Barley has been awarded the prestigious UTIA Extension non-exempt “Award of Excellence” that goes to an outstanding non-exempt employee who has gone “beyond the call of duty.” Laurie was instrumental in contributing to, and continuing, the educational and testing program of our state-wide Pesticide Safety and Education Program (PSEP) during the last 18 months. During this time, testing and recertification continued even as Covid-19 threatened to close them. This award recognizes her contributions to the attainment of the objectives of Extension:  including leadership, initiative, reliability, cooperativeness, personality, professionalism, communications, competence, planning and implementation. Please join us in CONGRATULATING Laurie on this outstanding recognition!

EPP Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 11th is a day to honor and celebrate Indigenous people. Indigenous People are often referred to as the first people or Native people. The UN states there are more than 370 million indigenous people spread across 70 countries worldwide. Practicing unique traditions, they retain social, cultural, economic, and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. EPP’s DEI committee will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day throughout the month of October. For events and seminars celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, please visit our calendar.    

Matthew Longmire in Lab

2021 Tennessee Entomological Society Award Winners

The Tennessee Entomological Society (TES) is dedicated to spreading entomological knowledge throughout the state of Tennessee. Every year, TES holds an annual meeting that highlights student paper competitions. We would like to congratulate each participant for their excellent work while also highlighting the winners from our department. Congratulations and keep up the good work! If you would like to learn more about the Tennessee Entomological Society, please click here for more information.   Undergraduate Award: 1st place, Rachel Baxter (works with Jennifer Chandler and Dr. Karen Vail)                       M.S. Award: 1st place, Kassie Hollabaugh; 2nd place, Allyson Dekovich                       Ph.D.

Portrait Dr. Frank Hale

Dr. Frank Hale Awarded the Richard E. Caron Outstanding Entomologist Award

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Frank Hale as he has been awarded the Richard E. Caron Outstanding Entomologist Award! This award honors the late Dr. Richard E. Caron, extension entomologist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology from 1981 to 1991, who worked tirelessly with extension agents and producers, developing ecologically sound IPM programs for cotton and soybean. This award is presented to a TES member who has shown outstanding work in entomological pursuits. Dr. Hale is an outstanding entomologist and truly deserving of this award as he has shown ! Congratulations Dr. Hale!

Fall Armyworm

Scientists Discuss the Fall Armyworm Invasion

In The Conversation, entomology professor, Dr. Scott Stewart, discusses the invasive species, fall armyworms and control measures. The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is an annual problem and has been invading lawns and fields across the United States. These species destroy lawns by feeding and chewing holes in leaves. To the eyes of many, these fall armyworms come across as worms. However, the fall army worm is a striped caterpillar. In the Summer, the entire lifecycle of the worm is about 30 days and twice the amount of days in the Fall and Spring. To read the full article, please click here.

Dr. Grant, Matthew Longmire, and Kassie Hollabaugh at the Tennessee Valley Fair educating the youth on entomology

EPP Attends the Tennessee Valley Fair

Matthew Longmire and Kassie Hollabaugh, two graduate students, and one faculty member, Dr. Jerome Grant, have recently attended Down on the Farm at the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville. They shared entomology with the kids in attendance. This annual outdoor event, sponsored by University of Tennessee Extension, is a special day dedicated to providing education and information about agriculture, farm safety, and more to young students. About 200 students attended this year’s event, which was modified slightly from previous events due to Covid-19. Bugs Rule!

The EPP Graduate Student Association Plans to Visit the Knoxville Farmers’ Market

Would you like to learn more about pest management and other information that relates to the growth of your crops? On Saturday, September 18th, the EPP Graduate Student Association (GSA) will be attending Market Square Knoxville to improve grower awareness and use of research-based information in pest management. To learn more, please stop by their tent between 9 AM EDT – 12 PM EDT. Flyers, informational packets, and EPP swag will be available.

A photo of Manuel Lluberas in front of the African Queen

This Was Not in the Job Description: Three Decades of Bouncing Around the Tropics Chasing Mosquitoes

EPP has invited Manuel Lluberas, a public health entomologist, to speak about his extensive experience in the control of insects of public health and veterinary importance obtained during the past three decades on September 16th at 1:00 PM EDT. He served twelve years as medical entomologist and medical intelligence officer for the US Navy attached to the US Marines and have been Executive Director for Public Health for H. D. Hudson Manufacturing Company over twenty-six (26) years. Manuel has provided technical assistance on the design, implementation, evaluation, and technical capacity building on integrated vector management to private and public entities and UN agencies in sixty-three (63) countries in three (3) continents. Some of his most significant accomplishments include designing the