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2011 News

  • The Entomology and Plant Pathology Department now has a Facebook page! Check in for news and special announcements!
  • John Skinner, UT Extension professor of entomology, and Michael Wilson, an IT specialist and graduate student, are featured in this article about their research in Tennessee Alumnus Fall 2011 issue.
  • A DuPont Young Professors Award goes to Dr. Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes. He is one of 18 professors from seven countries across the world to earn this recognition. Read more about it in Tennessee Land Life & Science Vol. 8, No. 2/2011 page5 and at PRWeb.
  • Departmental Alumni, Bradley Mullens, has been named fellow of the Entomological Society of America. Read more about his accomplishment here.
  • Extension Associate Professor Scott Steward has earned the Friends of IPM - Pulling Together Award fromt he Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center. Read more about it on page 27 of the Land, Life & Science Spring 2011 issue.
  • Dr. Karen Vail talks about problems with bed bugs in Land, Life & Science Spring 2011 issue.
  • UT Extension Area Specialist Beth Long discusses the impact of the emerald ash borer and the thousand canker disease in Knox County in Land, Life & Science Spring 2011 issue.
  • Dr. John Skinner, a UT Extension professor of entomology, conducts numerous educational programs on beekeeping across the state and region. Read more about UT Partnering in National Honey Bee Health Initiative in the June issue of Third Thursday.
  • The Allen-Abrahamson Awards second place went to Abdul Hakeem, Jerome F. Grant, Gregory J. Wiggins, Rusty J. Rhea, Paris L. Lambdin, David S. Buckley, and Frank A. Hale for their poster titled "Factors Influencing Establishment of Sasajiscymnus tsugae, a Predator of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, in the Southern Appalachians" at the North American Forest Insect Work Conference held May 9 - 12, 2011.
  • Dr. Frank Hale, an entomologist with the Soil, Plant and Pest Center in Nashville, TN, spoke with Kevin Tibbles for NBC Nightly News on May 18, 2011 about the return of the Great Southern Cicaca Brood after a 13 year slumber. Watch the VIDEO.
  • Graduate students Andrea Vu (Advisor Bonnie Ownley) and Jon Mixon (Advisor Steve Bost) were both awarded APS travel grants to attend the 2011 joint meeting of the American Phytopathological Society in Honolulu, Hawaii. The competition involved submission of a symposium proposal on a hot topic in plant pathology. Both students will be presenting on their thesis research at the meeting. Andrea was awarded the Gustaaf A. and Ineke C. M. de Zoeten Student Travel Award for her symposium proposal, “Natural Disasters and Disease Ecology: How Plant Pathologists Can Help in Disaster Relief and Rebuilding.” Jon was awarded the Arthur Kelman Student Travel Award for his symposium proposal, “Plant Nutrition and Effects on Disease.”  
  • Dr. Juan Jurat-Fuentes has received the Chancellor's Honors for the 2011 Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement. read more about it at the Chancellor's webpage.
    Abdul Hakeem was the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Ph.D. Student Display Award for “Establishment of Predatory Beetles against Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: It Just Takes Time.” He grew up in the Hunza Valley of Gilgit District, Pakistan. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Entomology from Azad Jammu and Kashmir University and North West Frontier Province
    Agricultural University Peshawar, respectively. Upon graduation, he was employed by the Department of Agriculture, Gilgit-Baltistan, in Pakistan. He held this position for several
    years until he began a study leave to pursue his advanced degrees in the U.S. He received a M.S. in Entomology and Plant Pathology, funded by a Fulbright Scholarship, at the University
    of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2008. His M.S. program focused on the temporal and spatial impacts of insecticides on non-target organisms on eastern hemlock. Hakeem is currently a Ph.D.
    candidate in the laboratory of Jerome Grant at the University of Tennessee, where he is developing more efficient and effective tools to assess efficacy and impact of exotic biological control agents introduced against hemlock woolly adelgid. Before beginning his studies in the U.S., Hakeem received a Netherlands Fellowship (NFP/TP-Fellowship) to enable him to
    investigate seed potato development. Hakeem also received the Outstanding M.S Student Display Award in 2008 (SEB-ESA) and was the recipient of the 2010 Tennessee Entomological
    Society Best Student Paper. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America, the Tennessee Entomological Society and Gamma Sigma Delta Agricultural Honor Society. Hakeem has presented his research, in both oral and display formats, at various state, regional, and national professional conferences. He also has been active in numerous entomological outreach programs.
  • Dr. Kimberly Gwinn has been selected by CASNR to receive "Kudos" during Faculty Appreciation Week! Please read more here.
  • Scott Stewart, Associate Extension Professor based in Jackson, TN, is one of nine Mid-south entomologist who earned the "Friends of IPM 'Pulling Together'" award from the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center. Read more in the February 2011 issue of Third Thursday.

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