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EPP Members Received UTK GSS Awards

  Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPSAW) is an opportunity to show our gratitude to graduate and professional students for their work and contributions to the university. The 2022 GPSAW will take place April 4 – 9 and will consist of events held by multiple departments and colleges throughout campus. During this week, the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) and The Graduate School will also be hosting an award ceremony to recognize students, staff, and faculty award recipients for their outstanding work and accomplishments. We are happy to announce three members of our department who will receive awards at the 2022 Graduate Student Senate Awards Reception: Trinity Hamm, Sarah Boggess, and Kassie Hollabaugh. We would like to thank them each

Dr. Kimberly Gwinn and Dr. Darrell Hensley Celebrate 35 Years of Service

  On Monday, April 11, 2022, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will be honoring UTIA employees with 25 or more years of service. This year, Dr. Kimberly Gwinn and Dr. Darrell Hensley will both be honored at the UTIA Service Awards Reception as they each have 35 years of service. We would like to thank you both for your hard work and dedication. Congratulations on 35 years with UTIA! You both are a source of inspiration and motivation.

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Registration is Now Open For The 2022 TN Master Beekeeping Program Classes

Registration is now open for the 2022 TN Master Beekeeping Program classes! Whether you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper or have been keeping bees for years, there is always new research-based information to learn. Please join us and help the bees by increasing your education to improve your beekeeping operation and decrease your losses. More information can be found here: https://epp.tennessee.edu/masterbee/. Due to the level of interest, please be patient when trying to register.

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EPP Professors Attend 2022 Joint ESA-SEB & APS-CD Meeting

  The 2022 Joint Entomological Society of America, Southeastern Branch (ESA-SEB) and American Phytopathological Society (APS-CD) Meeting took place both in-person and virtually March 26-30. With the meeting being held in-person and virtually, it provided members of the organizations the flexibility to attend. Two EPP professors, Dr. Jerome Grant and Dr. Zach Hansen attended the in-person conference, which took place at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Jerome Grant promoted “entomophagy using an entomological phenomenon: Brood x periodical cicada”. While at the conference, Dr. Grant also served as GamesMaster in the Entomology Games. He stated that the “games were wonderful, exciting and educational!” After twelve years as GamesMaster, these games were the last

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Matthew Longmire and Julian Cosner Receive 1st Place at SEB, ESA 2022 in Puerto Rico

  Although our students did not travel to Puerto Rico to attend the Joint Meeting of the Southeastern Branch, Entomological Society of America and the American Phytopathological Society-Caribbean Division, several students did participate in the Virtual Student Competition. Those competing were Julian Cosner, Kassie Hollabaugh, Jessica Krob, and Matthew Longmire. Two of these students received 1st place in their sections: Matthew Longmire (1st place, Ph.D. Student Virtual Ten-Minute Paper Competition) and Julian Cosner (1st place, Ph.D. Student Virtual Poster Competition). Congrats Matthew and Julian!

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Winter 2022 issue of 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘛𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘦 Mentions Vector Biology

Have you explored the Winter 2022 issue of Our Tennessee? The article, One Health for All, covers many UT faculty members and their contributions to the One Health Initiative, an initiative that focuses on animal and environmental health conditions that impact society. One of their examples featured some of the vector biology work conducted in Dr. Becky Trout Fryxell‘s laboratory. To review the article, visit https://our.tennessee.edu/2022/one-health-for-all/. To read more about Trout Fryxell and the work that her lab does, visit her page at https://epp.tennessee.edu/directory/dr-rebecca-trout-fryxell/.  

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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

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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

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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

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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