Winners of 2nd Annual UT Creepy Crawly Photo Contest!!

  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.

Graduate Student Spotlight from the Office of Research and Engagement

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

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TES Student Paper Winners!!

  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

2020 Awards for EPP Faculty & Staff

  On August 21, 2020, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture presented more than 30 awards and promotions to Institute personnel. Among these were Drs. Alan and Mark Windham and Kimberly Campbell. Congratulations!   Awards Cavender Outstanding Award for Best Publication “Established by Dutch Cavender, former director of communications, and his wife, Marilee, this award recognizes excellence in the development of published material produced by professionals in the Institute of Agriculture. This year, we recognize two publications series. These co-winners were chosen from peer-reviewed publications produced by units of UTIA.”                                  Alan S. Windham & Mark T. Windham The Plant Pathologist Brothers received this

SARIF Summer GRA Award – Michelle Odoi

Congratulations, Michelle!! The 2020 Faculty Senate Research Council Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Committee and the Office of Research & Engagement (ORE) has made its funding decisions, awarding Michelle Odoi a $3600 stipend for the summer. Michelle is a PhD student with a concentration on Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Molecular Interactions. She is under the tutelage of Drs. Denita Hadziabdic-Guerry and Robert Trigiano. Her proposal is titled Hunger Solution in West Africa: Genetic Diversity and Spatial Distribution of Native Frafra Potato Plants. This project had been previously worked on by her mentor, Dr. Hadziabdic-Guerry in Africa during her Fulbright fellowship. You can view Michelle Odoi’s proposal here We are very proud of Michelle and can’t wait to see where her accomplishments take her!

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Accomplishments From a Recent Graduate, Dr. Wanwan Liang

  Dr. Wanwan Liang (class of 2019 and former EPP graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Jerome Grant) recently published her fourth manuscript from her doctoral research conducted at the University of Tennessee. Her manuscripts were published in four prestigious journals: Biological Invasions, Ecological Modeling, Environmental Entomology, and Remote Sensing. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Center of Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University and can be contacted at wliang5@ncsu.edu. Dr. Liang was an amazing student during her time here at UT. She excelled academically and socially; she fit right at home here in our department. She even stopped by to help with last year’s Buggy Buffet! We are very proud of her. If you get

Amani Khalil smiling candidly after her research poster was awarded "Best Judged Poster"

Amani Khalil Awarded “Judged Best Poster” from SSAWG Conference 2020!

Amani Khalil– Mani to her friends– recently won the poster competition at the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) this past week in Little Rock, Arkansas. She competed against 36 other posters from other students, extension agents, and organizations. Mani is a Graduate Research Assistant and working on her MS. She is tackling the interaction between native perennials and pollinators and follows the mentorship of Dr. Laura Russo. We are very proud of your accomplishment, Mani. Please keep up the great work!!