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2017

The Morning Mixtape: Insects! Bugs!
August 9, 2017
John Tooker and Elizabeth Rowen from the Penn State Department of Entomology talk about insects: what they are, why we need them, and why reaching for your shoe when you see a bug might not be the right move. This is the first installment of a monthly entomology series that will air on the second Wednesday of each month.
Video: Penn State researchers find new solution to combat age-old bedbug problem
August 4, 2017
As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, Penn State researchers have found a potential solution to those unwanted guests that can turn a relaxing vacation into a skin-crawling nightmare.
Student Research Spotlight - Elizabeth Davidson-Lowe
August 4, 2017
This is the 13th, and final, of the short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Scientist Discusses Global Pollinator Crisis
July 21, 2017
Wednesday evening the Wild Center with AdkAction hosted a presentation by Dr. Christina Grozinger, distinguished professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University. The research center is home to the largest group of pollinator researchers in the world. Following a reception at 6 p.m., Groizinger addressed an attentive audience from 7-8 p.m., a lecture that will be repeated Thursday evening at the View in Old Forge. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Student Research Spotlight - Julie Baniszewski
July 21, 2017
This is the 12th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Researchers to develop new gene-editing method for the study of arthropods
July 11, 2017
A grant from the National Science Foundation will enable a Penn State-led team of entomologists to develop and disseminate a technology they say could bring gene-editing capabilities within reach of everyday scientists, regardless of the arthropod species they study.
Widely Used Pesticide Is a Buzzkill for Honeybees
July 10, 2017
Findings add fuel to the debate over whether a commonly used chemical damages insect populations
Student Research Spotlight - Hannah Stewart
July 7, 2017
This is the 11th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Student Research Spotlight - Emily Erickson
June 21, 2017
This is the 10th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Scientists to study how soil health is influenced by pest-management tactics
June 19, 2017
An entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and compare how various pest-management regimes affect the health of soils.
WRAIR and ASTMH: 2nd Annual Alan Magill Malaria Forum
June 19, 2017
On June 9, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research held its Second Annual Malaria Forum in tribute to the late Alan Magill (Col., Ret.). In partnership with ASTMH, this annual event focused on malaria elimination and highlighted the themes of Discovery and Mentorship, two of Alan's passions.
Student Research Spotlight - Alexandra Duffy
June 8, 2017
This is the 9th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Slugging it out with a new contender in the GMO debate
June 7, 2017
It was the closest thing you get to a blind date between a scientist and a journalist.
Higher tick populations or not, take precautions against Lyme disease
June 7, 2017
Recent media reports have suggested that tick populations in Pennsylvania may be particularly high this year, leading to an increased risk of Lyme disease in the state.
Pa lawmakers hear the plight of beekeepers
June 1, 2017
For years, beekeepers have been trying to raise the alarm on the declining population of bees, which play a big role in pollinating our crops. On Monday, Pennsylvania lawmakers on the Joint Legislation Conservation Committee heard testimony on the challenges facing beekeepers in the commonwealth.
How to create a butterfly garden
June 1, 2017
Butterfly gardens can add a splash of color to your yard, while the butterflies themselves are good for the local ecosystem. They are crop and flower pollinators, who play an important role in the food chain.
Student Research Spotlight - Alexandra Duffy
May 26, 2017
This is the 8th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
How you can help save the bees and help pollinator research in Pennsylvania
May 17, 2017
Pennsylvania has one of the highest bee colony losses in the country, with about 45 to 50 percent of colonies dying. Scientists are researching colony collapse disorder and trying to stop it. You can help. There are two citizen science projects in the research lab of Margarita Lopez-Uribe, Penn State extension apiculturist.
Student Research Spotlight - Tyler Jones
May 12, 2017
This is the 7th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Buzzworthy: How you can help America's pollinators
May 9, 2017
The mysterious disappearance of honeybees known as colony collapse disorder no longer is the threat that it once was. But bees of all stripes still need a little help.
Dr. Andrew Read gives Graduate School Commencement Speech
May 8, 2017
Andrew F. Read, Ph.D., Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor of Biotechnology, was the keynote speaker for this year's Graduate School commencement ceremony held on May 7, 2017.
Student Research Spotlight - Hillary Morin
April 28, 2017
his is the 6th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Penn State Extension: The Buzz
April 27, 2017
April 2017 Newsletter
Ticks coming early, fast and furious in Pa.
April 26, 2017
Veterinarian Daniel Oliver diagnosed his first case of Lyme disease in a dog this season last Saturday. “The dog had a mild to moderate fever, was achy and sore and was not eating. He was not acting himself,” said Oliver, who is part of a six-doctor team at Greencastle Veterinary Hospital. “Our in-house test for exposure to Lyme disease was positive.
Former Student in the news
April 25, 2017
It is our great pleasure to tell you that the Fisher Prize Committee of the SSE has selected Megan Greischar as this year's Fisher Prize winner for her paper, "Predicting optimal transmission investment in malaria parasites.”
Penn State researchers receive NIH funding to explore malaria transmission in Southeast Asia
April 25, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.
Waking From Hibernation, the Hard Work of Spring Begins
April 19, 2017
For animals that hibernate, making it to spring is no small feat. Torpor — the state of reduced bodily activity that occurs during hibernation — is not restful. By the time they emerge, hibernating animals are often sleep-deprived: Most expend huge bursts of energy to arouse themselves occasionally in the winter so their body temperatures don’t dip too low. This back-and-forth is exhausting, and hibernators do it with little to no food and water. By winter’s end, some have shed more than half their body weight.
The Morning Mixtape: Pollinators & Pesticides
April 18, 2017
Entomologists Dr. Christina Grozinger and Dr. John Tooker are tonight’s speakers at Science On Tap, sponsored by the PSU Science Policy Society. It takes place at 7 pm at Liberty Craft House. Grozinger and Tooker joined Karly Regan on the Mixtape to talk about saving pollinators and reducing pesticide use.
Researchers Take Aim at Insecticide-Resistant Bedbugs
April 12, 2017
There's a potential new weapon in the fight against the scourge of travelers everywhere -- bedbugs. Researchers from North Carolina State University and Penn State say they have created a fungal "biopesticide" to battle even the strongest bedbugs.
Student Research Spotlight - Brianna Flonc
April 12, 2017
This is the 5th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Student Research Spotlight - Brandon Gominho
March 31, 2017
This is the 4th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Scientists Have Some Wild Ideas for Solving Our Big Bee Problem
March 27, 2017
Last year the U.S. lost a mind-boggling 44 percent of its honeybee colonies. Certain bee species — including the rusty-patched bumblebee and Hawaiian yellow-faced bees — are on the brink of extinction. Even "Buzz the Bee" disappeared from Honey Nut Cheerios boxes earlier this month because General Mills decided removing the familiar mascot could help spotlight the problem.
Bedbugs beware: New research may beat back bedbug epidemic
March 24, 2017
A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.
News from the Eastern Branch ESA Meeting
March 23, 2017
Our students had great success at the Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting in Rhode Island.
Student Research Spotlight - Emily Sandall
March 17, 2017
This is the 3rd of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Scientists reveal core genes involved in immunity of honey bees
March 3, 2017
A core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites has been identified by an international team of researchers. The findings provide a better-defined starting point for future studies of honey-bee health, and may help scientists and beekeepers breed honey bees that are more resilient to stress.
Student Research Spotlight - Ryan Reynolds
March 3, 2017
This is the 2nd of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Grower Spotlight: Brian Campbell Farms
March 2, 2017
Over the past four years, Project ICP has partnered with specialty crop growers across the country to carry out on-farm research on the pollination and yield of fruit, nut, and vegetable crops. Many of these growers, including Brian Campbell of Brian Campbell Farms in central Pennsylvania, are going beyond the scope of Project ICP’s research to test and implement innovative practices to improve crop pollination – and their bottom line.
Bug Camp for Kids 2017 - Registration is now open!
February 22, 2017
Bug Camp for Kids is an educational day camp for eight- to eleven-year-olds. Taught by faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Department of Entomology, the camp offers opportunities for students to observe and collect insects and participate in laboratory exercises to learn a broad range of biological, ecological, and environmental topics.
Three-way dance between herbivores, plants and microbes unveiled
February 21, 2017
What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to a Penn State entomologist.
A Bee Mogul Confronts the Crisis in His Field
February 17, 2017
KERN COUNTY, Calif. — A soft light was just beginning to outline the Tejon Hills as Bret Adee counted rows of wizened almond trees under his breath.
Student Research Spotlight - Angela Coco
February 17, 2017
This is the 1st of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators (APPL-RED) Workshop
February 16, 2017
A unique teacher professional development experience for middle and high school teachers. July 24-28, 2017
Trump’s Hiring Freeze Could Imperil Breakthrough Discovery On Bees
February 7, 2017
The president’s early actions have created uncertainty for the country’s scientists, and could be standing in the way of important research.
Gary Felton named new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Chemical Ecology
January 31, 2017
In a Letter from the Editor in the latest issue of the Journal of Chemical Ecology, John Romeo, who has served as Editor-in-Chief for the journal over the past couple of decades, announced that he is stepping down and that Gary Felton of Penn State University will take over in this position beginning with the February issue of the Journal. Romeo stated, “Gary brings breadth, leadership, and experience to the Journal, as well as a commitment to keeping our standards high and continuing to raise our profile in the competitive publishing arena. I am pleased and confident that the Journal is in good hands.”
Pesticide Additive Could Be One Culprit in Bee Deaths
January 25, 2017
A common pesticide additive, known as an "inert" ingredient, could be one of the causes of the die-offs beekeepers have observed in their hives. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2016 Newsletter: Center for Pollinator Research
January 18, 2017
We have had a very productive and exciting year at the CPR! Please enjoy a copy of our 2016 newsletter, with highlights of the great research, education and extension projects we have led, and the students and postdocs who made this work possible! Special thanks to Katy Evans and Philip Moore for compiling this.
Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses
January 17, 2017
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops — such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits — to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.