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
“The art of searching for an answer to any question”
EPP graduate students Nick Strange and Swati Mishra will present their proposal seminars entitled “Pollinators and terpene chemistry of the rare sunflower Helianthus verticillatus” (NS) and “Mechanism of resistance to RNA-interference in Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Colorado potato beetle)” (SM) on Friday, March 23rd, at 10am in PBB 160.