International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health, Policy slated for 2023

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Student Research Spotlight - Casey Cruse

This is the second of eleven short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Student Research Spotlight - Elena Gratton

This is the first of eleven short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Bee Hotels at the Arboretum at Penn State: A Reflection

IBC Education Progam Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on the use of, and visitors to, the bee hotels recently installed at the PSU Arboretum's Pollinator and Bird Garden

Now Seeking Applications: Apes Valentes Undergraduate Award and Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Scholarship
Birds Biting Bad Bugs: Using Community Science for Spotted Lanternfly Research

CPR member and Entomology graduate student Anne Johnson uses community science to discover key predators of the invasive spotted lanternfly.

The impacts of modern agriculture on insect diversity

Insect Biodiversity Fellow Laura Laiton reports on how monocultural farming practices can change to better serve diverse and beneficial insect communities

Students gain research, mentoring skills in Penn State-SFU collaboration

Jordan Pietrzykoski had never conducted research before. But the junior psychology major and neuroscience minor at Saint Francis University in Loretto was looking for research opportunities to broaden her educational experience.

Entomologists to study how climate change may influence pollinator stressors

A Penn State-led team of researchers will use a newly awarded $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to examine how climate change may influence and interact with various stressors that affect the health of pollinators.

Mining for knowledge: Scientists identify bee that can aid black cherry recovery

A ground-nesting bee family — commonly known as miner bees — could play a heightened role in rebuilding black cherry populations in Pennsylvania and beyond, according to Penn State entomologists who investigated pollinators’ contributions to the valuable hardwood species.

Bug of the Month: January

We are hopping into the new year by highlighting the differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis. This factsheet was produced by Insect Biodiversity Center graduate student fellow Francesca Ferguson

Spotted lanternfly lore: Penn State experts clear up falsehoods about pest

With endless information available 24/7 on the internet and social media, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.

Honeydew contaminated with systemic insecticides threatens beneficial insects

Neonicotinoids and other systemic insecticides can contaminate honeydew, which is an important food source for beneficial insects in agroecosystems, according to an international team of researchers.

Scientists Uncover the Evolutionary Genetic Pathway That Colors Bumble Bee Stripes

Roar supercomputer provides computational power for data-intense gene expression studies.

Entomologist of the Month: January

Margaret S. Collins was the first African American woman to earn a PhD in entomology, specializing in termite diversity. She was also a civil rights activist. This factsheet was produced by Integrative Pollinator Ecology graduate student Sean Bresnahan.

David Hughes makes Newsweek’s inaugural list of 'America’s Greatest Disruptors'

Penn State entomology and biology professor David Hughes aims to be a disruptor; to him, he said, it's the way things get done.

New Frost Entomological Museum exhibit links entomology and the arts

The exhibit is open to the public and free to attend

Entomologist of the Month: December

While Charles Henry Turner studied a diverse array of topics throughout his career, some of his most influential work was on the subject of ant and bee learning and behavior. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research IPE graduate student fellow Staci Cibotti.

Insect Life Under the Leaves

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on how leaf litter benefits insects and larger ecosystems

Reflections from last week's Center for Pollinator Research Symposium

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on the success of this year's Center for Pollinator Research winter symposium

Winterizing Hives at the Arboretum at Penn State

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on preparing bee hives for their first winter at the Pollinator and Bird Garden

Penn State awarded nearly $39M for global research on threats to crops

PlantVillage at Penn State will expand thanks to a nearly $40M grant from the the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). With the USAID award, David Hughes, Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Global Food Security at Penn State, and his team will develop additional tools for plant pest and disease surveillance.

A Look Inside a Bee Hotel

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on this fall's solitary bee workshop, hosted by the Arboretum at Penn State

Past Winners and Current Contenders: IBC Fellows Compete in Nittany AI Challenge

Two IBC graduate student fellows, Kwadwo Amoah and Codey Mathis, will be sharing their research in upcoming AI for Good Expo!

'Zombie Ant' sculpture brings interactive art to Penn State Behrend

The new augmented reality project at Penn State Behrend’s School of Science complex could serve as the set for a drive-in horror movie.

Penn State Entomologists featured in upcoming Research Unplugged speaker series

The Pasto Agricultural Museum will host three “Research Unplugged” presentations Thursday afternoons in October, featuring Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences’ faculty talking about their studies in entomology.

Aquatic insects: The MVPs of stream decomposition

Insect Biodiversity Center fellow and Ecology graduate student Francesca Ferguson highlights a recent study evaluating the role of aquatic insects as critical decomposers, globally, within stream ecosystems.

New CPR/IBC Introduction to Insects Handbook out now

Insect Biodiversity Center members come together to write educational handbook about insects, available online now!

Watch for mass movements of spotted lanternflies

Although many homeowners have reported a greatly diminished population of the spotted lanternfly around their properties, the invaders from Asia known to attack more than 70 types of fruit and landscape trees and vines remain very much with us in at least 34 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

Fly Fishing Virtual Institute to feature legendary angler Joe Humphreys

Humphreys’ protégé, George Daniel, director and lead instructor of Penn State’s fly-fishing program, designed and will host the three-part series