Rufus Akinrinlola

Rufus Akinrinlola Shares Hemp Research with the Cannabis Cultivation & Science Podcast

Ph.D. Candidate Rufus Akinrinlola, whose concentration is in Sustainable Diseases and Integrated Pest Management, was a recent guest on “Cannabis Cultivation & Science”, a KIS Organics’ podcast. This podcast is hosted by Tad Hussey, owner of KIS Organics – a business organization that offers organic farming supplies, natural pesticides, and more. During the podcast, Rufus discussed his research on hemp and recent publication with his mentor, Assistance Professor and Extension Specialist Dr. Zach Hansen, titled “Hemp Fungicide Efficacy Field Trial for Leaf Spot and Powdery Mild”. In recent years, the production of hemp has increased in Tennessee. Rufus stated this increase, as well as his interest in researching biological and organic pesticides, were the primary reasons for conducting a field

Portrait Dr. Pat Parkman

Dr. Pat Parkman Announces Plans for Retirement

Entomology and Plant Pathology Research Assistant Professor Pat Parkman announced that he plans to retire effective December 31, 2021. Dr. Parkman joined the department in November 1996. Since joining EPP, Parkman conducted research on honey bee pests and developed extension materials for beekeepers; wrote several training manuals for the department’s Pesticide Safety Education Program; and served as UTIA’s IPM Coordinator, representing Tennessee in the USDA Southern Region. Parkman stated that one of his greatest achievements was serving as Director of Lindsay Young’s Beneficial Insects Laboratory. Dr. Parkman has served as Director for the last fifteen years. The focus of LYBIL is to mass rear predators of the hemlock wooly adelgid, an invasive and deadly pest of hemlock trees, which was

Dr. Frank Hale and his wife at the 2021 Winter Banquet

Dr. Frank Hale Announces Plans for Retirement

Dr. Frank Hale grew up in Wilmington, Ohio. As the son of a general surgeon and naturalist, it was only “natural” for Frank to pursue science. He began on his entomology journey in the 1970s at the University of Cincinnati after meeting Dr. Tom Wood, an expert in Membracidae (treehoppers). He eventually accompanied Dr. Wood and his former classmate, Dr. Glenn Morris, who studied Tettigoniidae (katydids), to Costa Rica in 1976. During the day, he was learning treehoppers with Dr. Wood while at night, he was learning katydids with Dr. Morris. This is when Dr. Hale recalls he officially caught the “bug” of entomology. Dr. Frank Hale finds Extension entomology to be very gratifying. His co-workers and colleagues have been

Dr. Sebe Brown

EPP Welcomes New Assistant Professor at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center

Please help welcome Dr. Sebe Brown to EPP. Dr. Brown joined the team this past Monday, December 13, 2021, as an Assistant Professor in Fields Crops Entomology at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, Tennessee. In this role, Brown will deliver a comprehensive and dynamic extension program in IPM related to common field crops grown in Tennessee (cotton, soybean, corn, and wheat). This involves supporting county agents, crops consultants, and other stakeholder groups. Dr. Brown will also play a key role in the academic life of EPP graduate students by serving as a major advisor. Brown says “a complete extension program relies on three key components to be effective: research, teaching, and outreach. These three components are

EPP 2021 Winter Banquet

On Friday, December 10, 2021, the EPP Annual Winter Banquet was held. During this event, many students, staff, faculty, and their families celebrated the end of the year. During the banquet, a game of trivia began that featured questions on the subject of entomology, plant pathology, pop culture, and geography. However, in the end, the table featuring Dean Xin, Dr. Bonnie Ownley, Dr. Ernest Bernard, Dr. Windham, Sarah Collins, and their families won first place. Students Amira Cornish, Julian Cosner, Gary Edwards, Trinity Hamm, Kassie Hollabaugh, and Elias Zuchelli were acknowledged. These six students have graduated during the 2021 year and have achieved a great milestone. Congratulations to you all on your accomplishment. Recently announced retirees, Dr. Frank Hale, Dr. Pat

Rebecca Butler in Field

Entomology Students Attend the 2021 Annual Entomological Society of America Meeting

The Entomological Society of America held its annual meeting October 31 – November 3, 2021, in Denver, CO. Several of our entomology graduate students attended this professional meeting to present their current research, network, and more. While in attendance, a few of our students, Rebecca Butler, Corey Day, and Kassie Hollabaugh, received an award! We would like to congratulate all of the attending students for their outstanding work!  

2021 Buggy Buffet Cancelled

Buggy Buffet is an annual event that involves students from UT’s First-Year Studies class “A Bug’s Life”. Over the years, this event presented a selection of menu items that feature insect-based ingredients. For example, during the annual event in 2019, some of the students truly enjoyed ants-on-a-log while others ate chocolate chirp cookies and drank a banana bug smoothie. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 virus, the 2021 Buggey Buffet event has been canceled. We are hoping to host another Buggy Buffet soon!  

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.